08/29/14 05:30 PM
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott says municipal bans on single-use plastic bags are illegal. In a five-page attorney general's opinion Friday, the Republican gubernatorial nominee said a state law prohibits local governments from prohibiting, restricting or charging a...
08/29/14 05:15 PM
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Advisories for high surf along the Southern California coast have been canceled for all but Orange County as remnants of a former hurricane diminish in the eastern Pacific. The National Weather Service say the remaining high surf advisories will end at 8 p.m. Friday, but...
08/29/14 04:30 PM
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine fishery officials on Friday proposed regulations to manage black sea bass, a species that is increasing in abundance in the state's waters. The regulations would govern recreational and commercial fishing of the species, said Maine Department of Marine Resources...
08/29/14 04:00 PM
HOUSTON (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 18 this week to 1,914. The Houston firm said Friday in its weekly report that 1,575 rigs were exploring for oil and 338 for gas. One was listed as...
08/29/14 03:00 PM
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A coalition of environmental groups says oil trains are making people in Albany sick, and they're asking state regulators to investigate. The group includes the Sierra Club, Environmental Advocates of New York and Earthjustice. They wrote to the state's Department of...
08/29/14 02:45 PM
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A top federal water administrator said Friday that several myths stand in the way of broad agreements needed to deal with increasing demand for water in the drought-stricken and over-allocated Colorado River basin. Assistant Secretary of the Interior Anne Castle told the...
By Zack Colman | 08/29/14 01:42 PM
The rules proposed by the Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management would institute guidelines governing the drilling method on public and tribal land.
By Paul Bedard | 08/29/14 12:54 PM
Before you join in with the ALS "ice bucket challenge" fundraiser, PETA has something they want you to know: The group tests on animals.
By Zack Colman | 08/29/14 08:21 AM
President Obama tapped Colette Honorable, the Democratic utility regulatory chief in Arkansas who's earned praise from both sides of the aisle in Washington, as nominee for commissioner at the federal electric grid regulator.
08/29/14 05:02 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — The giant African snail damages buildings, destroys crops and can cause meningitis in humans. But some people still want to collect, and even eat, the slimy invaders. The Agriculture Department is trying to stop them. Since June, department authorities have seized more than...
08/28/14 08:30 PM
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — U.S. Forest Service officials say they tried to balance competing interests in a plan that will allow loggers to remove trees killed in a massive Central California wildfire last year. Environmentalists, however, have called it a travesty. The highly awaited decision...
By Washington Examiner | 08/28/14 06:56 PM
Even as his administration has been measuring the guillotine for Burger King, Obama was himself hatching a plan with the openly stated purpose of moving beyond the confines of U.S. law.
08/28/14 06:15 PM
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management will resume issuing oil and gas leases next year for federal lands in California after a new study found limited environmental impacts from fracking and other enhanced drilling techniques, the agency said Thursday. The move will end a halt...
08/28/14 06:00 PM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — It will be next month before Gov. Bobby Jindal will likely get a chance to change the membership of a south Louisiana flood board that's suing dozens of oil, gas and pipeline companies. The panel that nominates members for the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection...
By Zack Colman | 08/28/14 05:51 PM
Democrats ranked climate change as the most pressing global problem facing the U.S., while Republicans find it the least urgent, a poll said.
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