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Petroleum Council reconvenes task force to look at flaring

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Petroleum Council has reconvened a task force to look at flaring, as infrastructure has been unable to keep the pace with rising natural gas production. Oil companies produced 2.08 billion cubic feet of...

 

Minnesota's $5B case over 3M chemicals heads to trial

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota officials will soon try to convince a jury that manufacturer 3M Co. should pay the state $5 billion to help clean up environmental damage that the state alleges was caused by pollutants the company dumped for decades....

 

Report: California pot growers lagging in getting licenses

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nearly two months after recreational marijuana became legal in California, less than 1 percent of the state's known growers have been licensed, according to a report released Monday by a pot industry group. The 38-page report...

 

Senate to vote on immigration compromise, Trump plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump would veto a bipartisan Senate compromise that would help young "Dreamer" immigrants and build his coveted border wall, the White House threatened on Thursday, fueling doubts that any immigration measures...

 

Grammys defends itself about women representation

NEW YORK (AP) — After a few missteps, The Recording Academy is reassuring its members that it is not lagging behind the music industry when it comes to female representation. In a letter sent to voting and non-voting members Thursday, which was...

 

McDonald's moves cheeseburgers off Happy Meal menu

NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald's is taking cheeseburgers and chocolate milk off its Happy Meal menu in an effort to cut down on the calories, sodium, saturated fat and sugar that kids consume at its restaurants. Diners can still ask specifically for...

 

Energy drives US wholesale prices up 0.4 percent in January

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. wholesale prices rose 0.4 percent in January, the biggest increase since November, as a big jump in energy prices offset a small decline in the cost of food. The January rise in wholesale prices, which measure the cost of...

 

House GOP leaders struggle to push immigration bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — As badly as things have gone for immigration legislation in the Senate, it's not looking any easier in the more conservative House. Republican leaders there are scrambling to find enough GOP votes to pass a measure that's even mor...

 

Food box idea draws criticism from Democrats, advocates

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is pushing what it calls a "bold new approach to nutrition assistance": replacing the traditional cash-on-a-card that food stamp recipients currently get with a pre-assembled box of canned foods and other...

 

EPA head expenses nearly $200,000 in travel over 6 months

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt and staffers billed taxpayers nearly $200,000 for his trips over six months last year, according to travel vouchers obtained by an environmental organization. Pruitt...

 

Hezbollah: US not honest broker in Lebanon's gas dispute

BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah urged fellow politicians Friday not to let the U.S. administration divide their ranks while it mediates a dispute with Israel over offshore gas drilling rights, saying the U.S. is not an honest...

 

Indiana ag leaders: NAFTA overhaul would devastate farmers

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Leaders of Indiana's agriculture industry say President Donald Trump's plan to either overhaul the North American Free Trade Agreement or withdraw the U.S. from the deal could be a dangerous blow to the state's farmers. The...

 

Trump appeals California judge's curb on birth control rules

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice is appealing a California judge's decision to temporarily block new Trump administration rules allowing more employers to opt out of providing no-cost birth control to women. Lawyers filed the...

 

EPA chief says he flies first class due to security concerns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Environmental Protection Agency has broken months of silence about his frequent premium-class flights at taxpayer expense, saying he needs to fly first class because of unpleasant interactions with other...

 

US inflation pressures raising expectations for rate hikes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Inflation pressures appear to be building in the U.S. economy, a prospect that is heightening anxiety about potentially higher borrowing rates that could slow economic growth. The latest source of concern was a report Wednesday...

 

Trump shows willingness to raise fuel taxes

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday signaled his openness to a 25-cent fuel tax increase to help pay for his infrastructure proposal. Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware said Trump told lawmakers in a White House meeting that he would be...

 

Arizona lawmakers mull tax break for power plant coal

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Legislature is being asked to exempt coal used in a power plant on the Navajo Nation from the state's sales tax as a way to help make the plant more attractive for potential buyers. The Navajo Generating Station in Page...

 

US inflation pressures raising expectations for rate hikes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Inflation pressures appear to be building in the U.S. economy, a prospect that is heightening anxiety about potentially higher borrowing rates that could slow economic growth. The latest source of concern was a report Wednesday...

 

Activist facing riot trial seeks judge's help with evidence

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — An American Indian activist accused of inciting a riot during protests in North Dakota against the Dakota Access oil pipeline wants a judge to force prosecutors to obtain and turn over evidence from private security firms. The...

 

$30 billion pledged in Kuwait at summit to rebuild Iraq

KUWAIT CITY (AP) — International donors pledged $30 billion to help rebuild Iraq after the war against the Islamic State group, Kuwait announced Wednesday, overcoming Western doubts and donor fatigue over Mideast crises to help the battle-ravaged n...

 

Rise in core consumer prices stokes inflation fears

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer prices, excluding the volatile food and energy categories, rose 0.3 percent last month. That was the biggest climb in a year and has intensified inflation fears in financial markets. Overall consumer prices rose 0.5...

 

Gov't says health costs to keep growing faster than economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health care spending will keep growing faster than the overall economy in the foreseeable future, squeezing public insurance programs and employers who provide coverage, the government said Wednesday. Annual projections from...

 

Police recommend corruption charges for Netanyahu

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police on Tuesday recommended that Benjamin Netanyahu be indicted on bribery and breach of trust charges in a pair of corruption cases, dealing an embarrassing blow to the embattled prime minister that is likely to fuel...

 

Winners and losers under Medicare drug plan in Trump budget

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some Medicare beneficiaries would face higher prescription drug costs under President Donald Trump's budget even as the sickest patients save thousands of dollars, a complex trade-off that may make it harder to sell Congress on...

 

Mulvaney hawks Trump budget on Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House budget director came to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to sell President Donald Trump's budget, but the administration's allies in the Senate preferred to talk about last year's tax cut rather than the trillion-dollar...

 

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