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  • PARIS— French investigators say they have found evidence of possible emissions fraud in Fiat, Renault, Peugeot-Citroen and Volkswagen cars sold in France, but have found no proof of fraud in Opel vehicles. The Finance Ministry announced in a statement Monday that its consumer fraud agency has closed its investigation into Opel, having found no "facts...

  • BERLIN— The world must swiftly shift energy production away from fossil fuels if it is to prevent a dangerous increase in global temperatures, according to separate reports released Monday by two international agencies. The International Energy Agency and the International Renewable Energy Agency were asked to outline scenarios that would keep global...

  • Mining is technically legal in Maine, and officials approved a law in 2012 calling for an overhaul of mining rules. But J.D. Irving and other companies claim it's impossible to mine in Maine because lawmakers have twice failed to approve rules proposed by the state Department of Environmental Protection. Opponents referenced the 2014 environmental disaster...

  • KANSAS CITY, Mo.— In a story March 17 about a Kansas man accused of tainting a lab with radioactive waste, The Associated Press misstated the name of an organization he founded. Kansas man accused of tainting lab with radioactive waste. KANSAS CITY, Mo.— A Kansas chemist is accused in a federal indictment of illegally storing radioactive material that contaminated...

  • St. Louis- based Peabody, the world's largest private-sector coal producer, owns mines in Australia and the United States and supplies the global market with the metallurgical coal used in steelmaking and the thermal coal used to generate electricity. In the environmental settlement, the Department of Justice was negotiating on behalf of the Environmental...

  • By Balazs Koranyi and Gernot Heller. BADEN BADEN, Germany, March 18- Financial leaders of the world's biggest economies dropped a pledge to keep global trade free and open, acquiescing to an increasingly protectionist United States after a two-day meeting failed to yield a compromise. Breaking a decade-long tradition of endorsing open trade, G20 finance...

  • *Makes only token statement on trade. BADEN BADEN, Germany, March 18- Financial leaders of the world's biggest economies dropped a pledge to keep global trade free and open, acquiescing to an increasingly protectionist Unites States after a two-day meeting failed to yield a compromise. Breaking a decade-long tradition of endorsing open trade, G20 finance...

  • RENO, Nev.— Sierra Club lawyers who've preached against the environmental evils of coal-burning power plants for decades are trying to force the closure of the last significant one in renewable energy-rich Nevada with arguments based on a different sort of green: money. Critics of the Valmy coal plant scored a key victory last month when state regulators...

  • BADEN BADEN, Germany, March 18- The world's financial leaders rowed back on a pledge to keep an open and inclusive global trade system after being unable to find a suitable compromise with an increasingly protectionist United States. Making only a token reference to trade in their communique, finance ministers and central bank chiefs from the world's top 20...

  • PARIS, March 18- French Finance Minister Michel Sapin said he regretted that a meeting of world financial leaders on Saturday had failed to reach satisfactory conclusions on climate change and trade. Sapin highlighted successes of the G20 meeting in Germany such as a determination to fight tax avoidance, clamp down on terrorist financing and strengthen...

  • BADEN BADEN, Germany, March 18- The world's financial leaders are unlikely to endorse free trade and reject protectionism in their communique on Saturday because they have been unable to find a wording that would suit a more protectionist United States, G20 officials said. But the new administration in the United States is considering trade measures to curb...

  • March 17- Warren Buffett's compensation for running Berkshire Hathaway Inc edged up 4.0 percent last year to $487,881 reflecting the higher cost of keeping the world's second-richest person safe. Berkshire said Buffett's salary in 2016 was $100,000, the same amount he has received for more than a quarter century, while the cost of providing him with home and...

  • KANSAS CITY, Mo.— A Kansas chemist is accused in a federal indictment of illegally storing radioactive material that contaminated his now-closed lab in a suburban Kansas City industrial park, costing U.S. taxpayers $760,000 to clean up as a Superfund site. Long-term exposure increases the risk of developing several diseases, such as lymphoma, bone cancer, and...

  • BADEN BADEN, Germany, March 17- The world's financial leaders will renounce competitive devaluations and warn against exchange rate volatility, a document showed on Friday, but are likely to struggle to find common ground on trade and financing against climate change. Finance ministers and central bank governors of the world's top 20 economies are meeting in...

  • Trump came to the Detroit area earlier this week to announce that his Environmental Protection Agency will re-examine gas mileage requirements that were affirmed in the Obama administration's last days. We have to design our vehicles to be fuel efficient not only in the U.S., but in Europe and Asia, "said John Juriga, director of powertrain at the Hyundai-Kia...

  • White House Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney speaks about of U.S. President Donald Trump's budget in the briefing room of the White House in Washington, March 16, 2017.

    Ignoring climate change is a ‘bad deal’ for the US, The Verge reports.

  • The state Supreme Court upheld a 2014 decision by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to give Sunflower Electric Power Corp. the go-ahead for its project. The utility wants to build an 895- megawatt plant adjacent to an existing one outside Holcomb, in southwestern Kansas and estimates the cost at $2.2 billion. But in its unanimous ruling, the...

  • CONCORD, N.H.— Environmentalists and hiking groups are stepping up a fight against a proposal to build a luxury hotel a mile from the summit of Mount Washington, complaining it would damage the fragile alpine ecology and destroy the scenic views. The owners of a historic cog railway that runs up Mount Washington, the highest peak in the Northeastern U.S., are...

  • BADEN-BADEN, Germany, March 17- Opposition from the United States, Saudi Arabia and others has forced Germany to drop a reference to financing programmes to combat climate change from the draft communique at a G20 finance and central bankers meeting. President Donald Trump, who took office in November, has called global warming a "hoax" concocted by China to hurt...

  • BADEN BADEN, Germany, March 17- World financial leaders have dropped a reference to financing climate change from their draft communique, said an official taking part in a meeting of finance ministers and central bankers of the Group of 20 leading economies. At their last meeting in July 2016 in the Chinese city of Chengdu, the G20 financial leaders said they...