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Michigan official calls for shutting down oil pipeline

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's attorney general on Thursday called for shutting down twin oil pipelines beneath the waterway where Lakes Huron and Michigan meet, as the state released a consultant's report outlining alternative scenarios...

 

Steep slide in tech companies pulls US stocks lower

A steep slide in technology companies pulled U.S. stocks lower Thursday, erasing gains from the previous day. Investors also sold big-dividend stocks as bond yields rose. Banks and energy stocks bucked the broader market decline. Crude oil prices...

 

Nebraska commission hears opinions on Keystone XL pipeline

NORFOLK, Neb. (AP) — Opponents of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline told the Nebraska Public Service Commission this week that they're concerned about potential environmental problems from the project, but supporters say such concerns are...

 

Pipeline security company says it's victim of smear campaign

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The heavily criticized company that handled private security for the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline said Thursday that its efforts were aimed at creating a safe working environment and that it's the victim of a smear...

 

UAE energy chief downplays gas shortfall amid Qatar standoff

PARIS (AP) — The United Arab Emirates' energy minister says his country has sufficient resources to ward off any energy shortfall stemming from Gulf countries' standoff with key gas supplier Qatar. Suhail al-Mazrouei told The Associated Press in...

 

Widows of Nigerian activists launch civil case against Shell

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The widows of four activists executed 22 years ago in Nigeria are launching a civil action in the Netherlands, alleging complicity by oil giant Shell in their husbands' deaths, human rights organization Amnesty...

 

US quietly publishes once-expunged papers on 1953 Iran coup

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Once expunged from its official history, documents outlining the U.S.-backed 1953 coup in Iran have been quietly published by the State Department, offering a new glimpse at an operation that ultimately pushed...

 

Missouri law to allow farm machinery on highways at night

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is signing bills to allow farm equipment on highways at night and tax propane used as vehicle fuel. Greitens announced his support Thursday. One new law will allow farm machinery with proper...

 

51st Iowa county confirms presence of emerald ash borer

CLARKSVILLE, Iowa (AP) — Officials say Butler County has become the 51st Iowa county in which an insect that's killed millions of ash trees has been found. Officials with Iowa's Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources Department and the...

 

Kansas wheat harvest mixed amid disease, storm damage

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — This year's winter wheat harvest has been a mixed bag for Kansas, as farmers race to bring in the crop amid damaging spring storms that have pounded some fields with hail. Fields around Norton and Goodland in northwest Kansas w...

 

Feds release long-awaited recovery plan for Mexican wolves

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — After repeated failures over decades, U.S. wildlife officials have finally drafted a recovery plan for endangered wolves that once roamed parts of the American Southwest and northern Mexico. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife...

 

USDA expands emergency grazing in drought states

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is providing additional assistance for livestock producers dealing with the ongoing drought across North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana. The USDA has expanded emergency grazing on land...

 

Wheat virus reaching epidemic levels in Nebraska Panhandle

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A wheat virus outbreak has reached epidemic levels and has been damaging fields and yields in the southern Nebraska Panhandle, authorities said. The Nebraska Wheat Association earlier this month reported that as many as 85 perc...

 

Why market competition has not brought down health care costs

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) It is easier than ever to buy stuff. You can purchase almost anything on Amazon with a click, and it is only...

 

Doping drug gives no edge to serious cyclists in study

The blood booster at the heart of the Lance Armstrong doping scandal does not improve real-world cycling performance, according to the most rigorous study yet of how the protein EPO affects athletes. The results, published Thursday in the journal...

 
 By Alan Fram    Regional    June 30, 2017

GOP may keep some Obama tax increases to save health bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republican leaders considered keeping one of former President Barack Obama's big tax increases on wealthier Americans and using the money to fatten proposed subsidies for the poor in a bid Thursday to placate moderate GOP...

 
 By Ken Thomas    Regional    June 30, 2017

Trump picks Indiana health commissioner for surgeon general

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump nominated Indiana's health commissioner to serve as the next U.S. surgeon general on Thursday, selecting an anesthesiologist who promoted needle-exchange programs while serving under Vice President Mike...

 

Climate change up close: Southern, poor counties to suffer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Poor and southern U.S. counties will get hit hardest by global warming, according to a first-of-its-kind detailed projection of potential climate change effects at the local level. The study, published Thursday in the journal...

 

The Latest: Auditor predicts 35 percent Medicaid cut by 2036

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Senate Republicans' effort to pass a health care overhaul and keep the party's promise to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law (all times local): 4:35 p.m. The Congressional Budget Office says Medicaid...

 
 By Mike Stobbe    Regional    June 30, 2017

Oregon infant's illness prompts warning about placenta pills

NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials are warning new moms about the potential dangers of taking pills made from their placenta, after an Oregon infant's infection was tied to the practice. Trendy among some mothers, the practice of eating the placenta...

 

Science Says: Pregnant or trying? Don't let Zika guard down

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Zika virus may not seem as big a threat as last summer but don't let your guard down — especially if you're pregnant or trying to be. While cases of the birth defect-causing virus have dropped sharply from last year's peak...

 
 By Erica Werner    Regional    June 30, 2017

Analysis: For GOP Congress, an imperative on health care

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Republicans are stymied over health care. But after seven years of promising to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama's law, they risk political disaster if they don't deliver. Republicans anticipate a...

 

Global cyberattack seems intent on havoc, not extortion

PARIS (AP) — A cyberattack that caused indiscriminate economic damage around the world was apparently designed to create maximum havoc in Russia's neighbor and adversary Ukraine, security researchers said. While the rogue software used in the...

 

What Amazon wants from Whole Foods: Data on shopping habits

NEW YORK (AP) — Why is Amazon spending nearly $14 billion for Whole Foods ? One reason: People who buy yoga mats and fitness trackers on Amazon might also like grapes, nuts and other healthy items at the organic grocery chain. In short, the deal...

 

Large study links key pesticide to weakened honeybee hives

WASHINGTON (AP) — A common and much-criticized pesticide dramatically weakens already vulnerable honeybee hives, according to a new massive field study in three European countries. For more than a decade, the populations of honeybees and other key...

 

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