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  • Abbott says plastic bag bans are illegal

    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...

  • Southern California surf diminishing

    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...

  • Black sea bass fishery to see new rules in Maine

    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...

  • US rig count up 18 to 1,914

    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...

  • Critics say NY oil trains are polluting air

    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...

  • US official airs 'myths' on Colorado River water

    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...

  • Fracking rules expected to be finished in September

    The rules proposed by the Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management would institute guidelines governing the drilling method on public and tribal land.

  • PETA challenges ALS 'ice bucket challenge' over animal testing

    Before you join in with the ALS "ice bucket challenge" fundraiser, PETA has something they want you to know: The group tests on animals.

  • Obama taps Arkansas utility chief for FERC

    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.

  • USDA seizes more than 1,200 illegal giant snails

    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...

  • Feds say balance struck in California logging plan

    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...

  • President Obama's own inversion

    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.

  • Feds to resume leasing for fracking in California

    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...

  • Future of 'Big Oil' suit at stake as panel meets

    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...

  • Chasm divides parties on climate change

    Democrats ranked climate change as the most pressing global problem facing the U.S., while Republicans find it the least urgent, a poll said.



From the Weekly Standard

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