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China imposes limit on oil supply to North Korea

BEIJING (AP) — China announced Saturday that it will limit energy supplies to North Korea and stop buying its textiles under U.N. sanctions imposed over its nuclear and missile development, further reducing support from Pyongyang's last ally. Expor...

 

From desert wheat in Arizona to pasta in Italy

CASA GRANDE, Ariz. (AP) — Italian pasta chefs are known for crafting dishes that are as much local culture as they are food. What is less well-known is that Arizona's desert durum wheat is a common ingredient in Italian pasta. Arizona plant...

 

Average US gas price drops 7 cents as refineries bounce back

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average price of a gallon of regular-grade gasoline fell 7 cents nationally over the past two weeks, to $2.62. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey said Sunday that the drop comes as flooded...

 

How Trump could undermine the US solar boom

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) Tumbling prices for solar energy have helped stoke demand among U.S. homeowners, businesses and utilities for...

 

Trade panel: Cheap imports hurt US solar industry

WASHINGTON (AP) — Low-cost solar panels imported from China and other countries have caused serious injury to American manufacturers, a U.S. trade commission ruled Friday, raising the possibility of the Trump administration imposing tariffs that...

 

Duke Energy reverses, will disclose coal ash disaster maps

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The country's largest electric company says it will publish federally mandated maps that it previously refused to publish, showing what could happen to neighboring properties if a coal-ash pit burst. Duke Energy Corp. said Frid...

 

North Dakota has first confirmed 2017 case of cattle anthrax

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota has its first confirmed case of livestock anthrax this year. State Veterinarian Susan Keller says the case in a Sioux County cattle herd was confirmed Thursday. Anthrax bacteria spores lie dormant in the soil and...

 

Not home? Walmart wants to walk in and stock your fridge

NEW YORK (AP) — Would you be OK with letting a stranger into your house for the sake of convenience? Walmart is testing the idea with a new service that lets a delivery person walk into your home when you're not there to drop off packages or put...

 

Ontario joins California's market to sell pollution credits

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California on Friday expanded its market for buying and trading permits to emit greenhouse gases to include the Canadian province of Ontario. The market is the centerpiece of California's cap-and-trade program, which aims...

 

3 things to watch for from the Federal Reserve on Wednesday

WASHINGTON (AP) — It will come as no surprise if the Federal Reserve has an announcement to make when its latest policy meeting ends Wednesday: That it's ready to begin paring its enormous $4.5 trillion portfolio containing Treasurys and mortgage...

 

Ohio increases fines to $2.3M against pipeline developer

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's environmental regulators have more than doubled the proposed fines against a company building a natural gas pipeline from West Virginia to Michigan, saying Wednesday the two sides are at an impasse. The fines now stand...

 

San Francisco sues oil companies over climate change

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco is suing five of the world's largest oil and gas companies for the costs of sea walls and other infrastructure needed to protect against climate change. The lawsuit filed Tuesday in California court accuses the...

 

Report: Iran group hacks aviation, petrochemical industries

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A group of hackers suspected of working in Iran for its government is targeting the aviation and petrochemical industries in Saudi Arabia, the U.S. and South Korea, a cybersecurity firm warned Wednesday. The...

 

Trump slams Venezuela at UN; Maduro calls him 'Hitler'

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — President Donald Trump urged world leaders Tuesday to help restore "democracy and political freedoms" in Venezuela, singling out the South American country for some of his most blistering criticism in a speech to the United...

 

UN report says 40 million in 'modern slavery' in 2016

GENEVA (AP) — U.N. agencies and partners say some 40 million people were ensnared by modern slavery last year, decrying a scourge that disproportionately affects women and girls. The new report by the U.N.'s labor organization, ILO, and the...

 

Health benefit offers from small businesses keep vanishing

Only half of America's smallest businesses now offer health coverage to their workers because many say steady cost hikes have made it too expensive to afford a benefit that nearly all large employers still provide. The Kaiser Family Foundation said...

 

States expand investigation of opioid makers, distributors

Attorneys general from most states are broadening their investigation into the opioid industry as a nationwide overdose crisis continues to claim thousands of lives. They announced Tuesday that they had served subpoenas requesting information from...

 

Internal watchdog says EPA mismanaging toxic site cleanups

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cleanups at some U.S. hazardous waste sites have stopped or slowed down because the Environmental Protection Agency does not manage its Superfund staff effectively to match its workload, an internal government watchdog said...

 

Tax cuts quiet once-deafening GOP call for fiscal discipline

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans spooked world markets in their ardor to cut spending when Democrat Barack Obama occupied the White House. Now, with a GOP president pressing for politically popular tax cuts and billions more for the military, few in...

 

Hurricanes increase demand for North Dakota oil

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Bakken sweet crude oil is seeing increased demand and is temporarily priced at a premium due to recent hurricanes that hit Texas and Florida. North Dakota Pipeline Authority director Justin Kringstad says...

 

N Carolina oil and gas panel to meet despite agency warning

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A reconstituted panel charged with regulating North Carolina oil and natural gas exploration — including fracking — plans to meet for the first time this week, even as Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's administration questions...

 

Banks lead US stocks modestly higher; oil prices slide

Banks and other financial companies led U.S. stocks modestly higher Monday, nudging the stock market to another record high. The Standard & Poor's 500 index and Dow Jones industrial average closed at new highs as the market extended its gains from...

 

House backs $1.2T spending bill with more money for military

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-led House on Thursday passed a sweeping $1.2 trillion spending bill that provides billions more dollars for the military while sparing medical research and popular community development programs from deep cuts...

 

AP NewsBreak: Medicare card remake to protect seniors

WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare cards are getting a makeover to fight identity theft. No more Social Security numbers plastered on the card. Next April, Medicare will begin mailing every beneficiary a new card with a unique new number to identify them....

 

Richmond police say 19 arrested during anti-pipeline protest

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Richmond police say 19 people were arrested during an anti-pipeline protest outside the headquarters of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. Police spokeswoman Chelsea Rarrick says the protesters were arrested for...

 

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