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NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — President Barack Obama has argued for action on climate change as a matter of health, environmental protection and international obligation. On Wednesday, he added national security. Those who deny global warming are putting at risk the United States and...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Four of the world's biggest banks agreed Wednesday to pay more than $5 billion in penalties and plead guilty to rigging the currency markets — a rare instance in which federal prosecutors have wrung an admission of criminal wrongdoing from a major financial...
1 p.m. (PDT) An oil industry group says it will review a California oil spill once cleanup is complete to learn from it and try to prevent future spills. "As an industry, we are always concerned when accidents like this happen," the Western States Petroleum Association said in a...
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department has declined to press criminal charges in connection with a contract fraud investigation at a private Idaho prison. The FBI began investigating the Idaho Correctional Center last year. The facility had been run by Corrections...
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — ConAgra Foods agreed Wednesday to pay $11.2 million, a sum that includes the highest criminal fine ever in a U.S. food safety case, to settle a federal charge that the company shipped Peter Pan peanut butter tainted with salmonella from a plant in Georgia,...
11:30 a.m. (PDT) The company that owns the pipeline that broke and spewed oil into the Pacific Ocean says it's still unknown exactly how much oil was lost, but the pipeline was operating at maximum capacity. Plains All American Pipeline LP official Darren Palmer says the...
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers gave final approval on Wednesday to a bill abolishing the death penalty that would make it the first conservative state to do so since 1973 if the measure becomes law. The vote margin in the unicameral Legislature was more than enough to...
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A group of California farmers, in a surprising turnaround, is volunteering to give up a fourth of their available water this year, sharing a resource that has been all but guaranteed to them for more than a century. It could become one of the most important...
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Farmers and other landowners who staked the earliest claims to California's water are last to suffer cutbacks at times of drought under the state's water-rights system. Now the dry spell has become so severe that even some of these 4,000 "senior water...