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Fed judge to decide whether climate change lawsuit proceeds

American flag, pipeline protest

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge in Eugene, Oregon, is considering arguments about whether a lawsuit brought by a group of children and a leading climate scientist can go forward. The plaintiffs’ lawsuit alleges that the federal government has known for more than 50 years that carbon pollution causes climate change, but it has failed to implement plans to ...

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Boston mayor hoping to bring self-driving cars to city

BOSTON (AP) — Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is hoping to bring self-driving cars to the city’s narrow, twisting roads. Walsh announced the launch of a program Wednesday designed to help develop autonomous technologies within Boston, whose original street plan — according to local lore — was laid down in part based on the paths that cows cut through the city. ...

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Watchdog: Charge against protest reporter should be tossed

pipeline protest, Dakota Access

MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — A broadcast journalist reporting on a protest against the Dakota Access pipeline has been charged with criminal trespass in North Dakota, and an international watchdog is calling for the misdemeanor to be dropped. Court records show Amy Goodman, the host of independent news program “Democracy Now,” was charged Thursday. A warrant for her arrest was issued ...

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Tribe asks judge to side with feds in oil pipeline pause

Sacred Stones camp, Sioux, Dakota Access, pipeline protest

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe wants a federal judge to recognize three federal agencies’ request for a developer to “voluntarily pause” work on a segment of the Dakota Access pipeline that the tribe says holds sacred sites and artifacts. The tribe said in court documents filed Monday it wants U.S. District Judge James Boasberg to “formalize” ...

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Analysis: Turf wars steal spotlight from Louisiana coastal issue

Louisiana, coastal wetlands, coastal loss

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — When a south Louisiana flood board and a few coastal parishes took oil and gas companies to court over coastal wetland loss it looked like a new chapter might be opening in Louisiana: government agencies taking political risks to hold a major industry accountable for environmental damage. Fans of old fashioned Louisiana politics can take heart, ...

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Judge grants partial stop on North Dakota pipeline work

Dakota Access, pipeline protest

WASHINGTON (AP) — An American Indian tribe succeeded Tuesday in getting a federal judge to temporarily stop construction on some, but not all, of a $3.8 billion four-state oil pipeline, but its broader request still hangs in the balance. U.S. District Judge James Boasberg said Tuesday that work will temporarily stop betweenNorth Dakota’s State Highway 1806 and 20 miles east of ...

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5,300-gallon oil spill being cleaned in south Louisiana

oil spill Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Coast Guard says a south Louisiana pipeline has been secured and authorities are investigating what caused roughly 5,300 gallons of crude oil to leak near Bay Long. The Coast Guard in New Orleans received a report Monday about the leak from a pipeline owned by Harvest Pipeline Company. The pipeline was struck by a Great ...

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The Latest: Over 107K in Georgia lose power due to Hermine

Hermine, storm, Florida

CARRABELLE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on Hermine (all times local): 11:45 a.m. More than 107,000 customers were reported without power across Georgia as crews worked to repair damage left by Hermine. Georgia Power reported on its online outage map shortly before noon Friday that about 30,000 were in the Savannah area and more than 20,000 others were in the ...

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US takes key step to implement sage grouse conservation plan

A Greater Sage Grouse seen flaunting its tail feathers. (Image: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via Flickr)

DENVER (AP) — Federal land managers have issued new guidelines that will help determine what restrictions are imposed on oil and gas drilling, livestock grazing and other activities in the West to protect the greater sage grouse. The guidelines released Thursday are part of a broader effort to save the distinctive bird without resorting to the Endangered Species Act, which ...

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Ethics panel won’t clear PSC member lease to solar company

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) An Alabama Public Service Commission member should not sign a potentially lucrative lease with a solar energy company that hopes to sell energy to a utility he regulates, a state ethics panel said Thursday. The Alabama Ethics Commission, voting 3-2, issued an advisory opinion Thursday saying Public Service Commissioner Chip Beeker should not enter into the agreement ...

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