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  • US energy chief: New England energy issues vexing

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The nation's top energy official delivered a blunt message Monday to a Connecticut audience of energy executives, regulators, environmentalists and others who already know that fuel heating and cooling homes and businesses and running power plants in New England is among...

  • Lawsuit seeks to block sale of Oregon forest lands

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Conservation groups filed a lawsuit Monday to block the sale of a portion of the Elliott State Forest to a private timber company. The lawsuit filed in Lane County Circuit Court in Eugene contends a 1957 law prohibits the state from selling any portion of the Elliott...

  • PG&E pleads not guilty in fatal pipeline blast

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric Co. pleaded not guilty Monday to a dozen felony charges stemming from alleged safety violations in a deadly 2010 natural gas pipeline explosion that leveled a suburban neighborhood in the San Francisco Bay Area. As survivors of the blast looked on,...

  • Connecticut's nuclear plant can use warmer water

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's nuclear power plant won permission to use warmer water from Long Island Sound for cooling at one of its two units in Waterford, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced Monday. The Millstone 2 plant may use water as warm as 80 degrees Fahrenheit, up...

  • USDA establishes rural business investment program

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Monday a new $150 million program designed to provide investment capital to help small agriculture-related business in rural areas with cash needed to expand. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced in Cedar Rapids...

  • NYC official questions oil firm's political giving

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The New York City comptroller has asked a Texas oil company to explain why it has been connected to political donations that appear to have little to do with its energy business. Comptroller Scott Stringer, investment adviser and trustee to the $150 billion city pension...

  • Chesapeake Bay grasses rebound after 3-year slide

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Scientists say an indicator of the Chesapeake Bay's health — underwater grasses — has reversed a three-year downward trend. The Chesapeake Bay Program released its annual report on underwater grasses on Monday. The program says the abundance of underwater grasses...

  • White House: Obama 'consistent' in wanting Keystone XL reviewed on merits

    White House press secretary Jay Carney said that President Obama has been “consistent” in wanting the Keystone XL review process to be carried out on its merits, days after the State Department announced another delay. “The president has been consistent in always wanting this process to...

  • Montana uses grant to buy grizzly bear habitat

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Land Board on Monday approved a $345,000 purchase of 320 acres of threatened grizzly bear habitat to add to the Blackleaf Wildlife Management Area in Teton County. The state is buying the land from The Conservation Fund with a grant from a U.S. Fish and...

  • Air quality board considers easing diesel rules

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — California air quality officials are considering giving small trucking operations more time to comply with new rules to clean up diesel emissions. The proposal would push back deadlines by a few years for small fleets, lightly used trucks and those in rural areas with...

  • Report: Sandy's fallout affecting small business

    LONG BEACH, N.Y. (AP) — When suburban New York delicatessen owner P.J. Whelan heard the findings of a Federal Reserve Bank of New York poll released Monday on Superstorm Sandy's effect on small businesses, he began nodding in agreement. "They got those numbers right," the Long Beach, N.Y.,...

  • AAA: Gas prices up 4 cents to $3.64 a gallon

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Gas prices in Rhode Island are up 4 cents from last week but are below the U.S. average. The latest weekly price report from AAA Southern New England, released Monday found the average cost of a gallon of regular self-serve in the state is $3.64. The local price is 4...

  • Nonprofit's Detroit agriculture work moves ahead

    DETROIT (AP) — A nonprofit's plans to create agriculture projects in Detroit neighborhoods are moving forward. The Detroit Free Press reports (http://on.freep.com/1iCBjn7 ) RecoveryPark began construction Friday of a high-tunnel greenhouse in which more than two dozen varieties of herbs and...

  • Sherpas consider boycott after Everest avalanche

    KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Buddhist monks cremated the remains of Sherpa guides who were buried in the deadliest avalanche to hit Mount Everest, a disaster that has prompted calls for a climbing boycott by Nepal's ethnic Sherpa community. Nepal's government said late Monday it would consider the...

  • Court rejects Exxon Mobil appeal of $105M verdict

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has declined to disturb a $105 million verdict against Exxon Mobil for contaminating New York City's groundwater. The justices had no comment Monday on their order rejecting Exxon Mobil Corp.'s appeal of the 2009 verdict the city won for the costs of...



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