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Judge orders new federal review of Keystone XL pipeline

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered the U.S. State Department to conduct a more thorough review of the Keystone XL oil pipeline's proposed pathway after Nebraska state regulators changed the route, raising the possibility of further...

 

US energy secretary: Mexico's energy independence good goal

MEXICO CITY (AP) — U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry says he supports the plans of Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to increase the country's energy independence, even if it could mean fewer purchases from U.S. refineries. The U.S...

 

Interior Department eyes protected Arctic land for drilling

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Trump administration is aiming to open millions of acres (hectares) of Alaska Arctic land for drilling that was protected under the Obama administration. The U.S. Department of the Interior began talks with state...

 

Kudlow: China is sending team to Washington to talk trade

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and China are resuming trade talks, raising hopes for a way out of an intensifying dispute between the world's two largest economies. White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow told reporters Thursday that the...

 

Inside a super PAC that spends on everything but winning

WASHINGTON (AP) — The two billionaire mega donors poured $1.25 million into a super PAC that was supposed to supercharge Chris McDaniel's insurgent bid to be Mississippi's next Republican senator. A year later, much of the money from Illinois...

 

Trump wants federal suit against opioid manufacturers

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is asking Attorney General Jeff Sessions to file a federal lawsuit against certain companies that supply and manufacture opioids. Speaking during a Cabinet meeting Thursday, Trump said he's directing...

 

As Musk admits to job stress, Tesla's board may have to act

Elon Musk's erratic behavior was front and center again this week as the CEO of Tesla conceded that he's overwhelmed by job stress, pushing his electric car company's stock down and bringing pressure on its board to take action. Musk's revelation, in...

 

US ends Syria stabilization funding, cites more allied cash

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is ending funding for Syria stabilization projects as it moves to extricate the U.S. from the conflict, citing increased contributions from anti-Islamic State coalition partners. The State Department said...

 

Federal agency issues proposals for downsized Utah monuments

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The U.S. government on Wednesday issued proposals for managing two national monuments in Utah that were significantly downsized by President Donald Trump last year, saying its preference for one of the sites would be the...

 

Top 4 bids 30 percent of Gulf of Mexico lease sale's $178M

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Oil and gas companies made $178.1 million in high bids for federal leases in the Gulf of Mexico. That's about 28 percent above the last gulf-wide sale in March. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management says 29 companies bid on 144...

 

Putin hosts Turkmen counterpart after signing Caspian deal

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has hosted the leader of Turkmenistan for talks following the signing of an agreement on that divides the resources of the Caspian Sea among neighboring countries. Putin's talks with Turkmen President...

 

US retail sales rose at robust 0.5 pct. annual rate in July

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans shopped at a healthy pace in July, buying more cars, clothes and appliances, evidence that consumers are helping drive robust economic growth. Retail sales rose at a 0.5 percent annual rate in July, after a 0.2 percent...

 

AP Interview: FBI eyes plethora of river-related threats

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Giant cranes loading and unloading gargantuan barges. Oil tankers, supply vessels and pipelines serving a vital energy industry. Flood control structures. Chemical plants. Cruise ships. Drinking water sources. All...

 

US newsrooms to Trump: We're not enemies of the people

NEW YORK (AP) — The nation's newsrooms are pushing back against President Donald Trump with a coordinated series of newspaper editorials condemning his attacks on "fake news" and suggestion that journalists are the enemy. The Boston Globe invited...

 

Turkey increases tariffs on some US goods, escalating feud

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey said Wednesday it is increasing tariffs on some U.S. products like cars, alcohol, and coal — a move that is unlikely to have much economic impact but highlights the deteriorating relations with the U.S. in a feud...

 

White House admits error for false claim on black employment

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House has acknowledged error in its false claim that President Donald Trump created three times as many jobs for African-Americans than President Barack Obama. It was a rare admission of fault for an administration that...

 

EPA challenged safety of administration mileage freeze

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency privately challenged the Trump administration's rationale for freezing Obama-era mileage standards, saying the proposal would actually increase U.S. highway deaths. In announcing the mileage...

 

Puerto Rico officials say all of island now has power again

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Power has been restored to all of Puerto Rico for the first time since Hurricane Maria struck nearly 11 months ago, officials said Tuesday. The island's electric utility announced that crews working in the southern...

 

Judge scraps Idaho order forcing landowners into oil leases

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho officials violated the U.S. Constitution by forcing several landowners to sell their natural gas and oil to a Texas company without giving them a meaningful way to fight the state's decision, a judge said. The ruling...

 

Oklahoma City sets sales tax record amid economic upswing

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City received a record $40.2 million in sales tax revenue this month, benefiting from the upswing in the local economy. The August revenue distances the city further from recent budgets that led to staff cuts and...

 

US wheat from Pacific Northwest heading to war-torn Yemen

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Seven ships loaded with wheat grown in America's Pacific Northwest are sailing for Yemen, where a stalemated civil war has pushed more than 8 million people to the brink of starvation. The U.S. Agency for International...

 

No leaks: Cushy job offers for discarded Trump staffers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. And, perhaps, your potential leakers closer yet. President Donald Trump's political operation has made a regular practice of providing soft landing-pads for discarded staffers,...

 

Manafort chooses not to testify as defense rests its case

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Paul Manafort's defense rested its case Tuesday without calling any witnesses in the former Trump campaign chairman's tax evasion and bank fraud trial. Manafort himself chose not to testify. The decision not to call...

 

Gates testimony dredges up Trump inaugural spending mystery

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump's inaugural committee pushed back hard last summer on questions about whether the unprecedented $107 million budget for the event was fraught with cost overruns and misspending. A top inauguration official assured...

 

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's economic mirage; Sanders on Medicare

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is pulling numbers out of thin air when it comes to the economy, jobs and the deficit. He refers to a current record-breaking gross domestic product for the U.S. where none exists and predicts a blockbuster...

 

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