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  • FORT WORTH, Texas— Facebook is building a massive data center in Texas to provide more computing capacity for the online social network's 1.4 billion users to share tidbits of their lives with friends and family. This will be Facebook's fourth data center in the U.S., joining others in Oregon, Iowa and North Carolina. Google Inc., a Facebook rival, recently picked...

  • WASHINGTON— A Supreme Court ruling that undermined a federal rule targeting mercury pollution will not affect the Obama administration's plan to limit greenhouse gas emissions to slow the effects of global warming, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said she was disappointed with last week's...

  • ATHENS, Ohio— Ohio University officials say the campus nestled in the state's coal-mining country will transition from coal to natural gas fuel by the end of the year. The school still uses coal-fired boilers to generate steam to heat and cool campus buildings, but a $5.5 million project to build a pipeline carrying natural gas to the university's power plant is...

  • RIGA/ STRASBOURG, France, July 7- A Soviet-era rubbish dump in a swamp on the outskirts of Riga was once an obstacle to Latvia's European Union membership. They are pollinated by bumble bees specially imported from Belgium, headquarters of the EU, which made reform of the rat-infested health hazard a requirement for Latvia's EU accession in 2004..

  • Motorcycle or car? Toyota's electric 3-wheeler Monday, 6 Jul 2015 | 2:19 PM ET
    The electric i-Road is being piloted in Japan and France, but company hopes to introduce it more widely.

    "I-Road is small, it's easy to get around, it's super easy to park ... so it checks a lot of boxes for the city of the future," says one exec.

  • PHILADELPHIA— A U.S. appeals court on Monday approved a federal plan to limit pollution in the Chesapeake Bay despite objections from farmers, builders and others who accused the Environmental Protection Agency of a power grab. The losers are rural counties with farming operations, nonpoint source polluters, the agricultural industry, and those states that...

  • HARARE, Zimbabwe— Twenty elephants exported to China would be "better off" in Chinese zoos rather than struggling wildlife parks in Zimbabwe, the southern African nation's minister in charge of wildlife said on Monday, dismissing protests from animal rights groups. Zimbabwe's national parks are overpopulated and the Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife...

  • BOSTON— The casino gambling industry is off and running with the recent opening of the Plainridge Park Casino in southeastern Massachusetts. Gambling revenues from the Plainville slots parlor are flowing daily into the state coffers, though the Massachusetts Gaming Commission cautions it's too early to say whether revenues will meet projections.

  • Its largest utility, Green Mountain Power, gets 9 percent of its mix from Seabrook, company spokeswoman Kristin Carlson said. But Vermont takes about a third of its power from the huge dams on the rivers of northern Quebec. All of it raises a question: Is greener-than-thou Vermont just exporting its energy problems?

  • Mow the lawn, help the planet—by good landscaping Saturday, 4 Jul 2015 | 9:00 AM ET
    Sheep Meadow in Central Park is a mixture of four types of turfgrass.

    The U.S. is becoming a much greener place, but turf maintenance comes with a host of environmental considerations.

  • July 3- About 5,000 residents evacuated after the derailment of a freight train carrying flammable and toxic gas in eastern Tennessee were allowed home on Friday as investigators looked into the cause of the fiery accident. Authorities were examining the black box from the CSX Corp train that derailed with one tank car bursting into flames at midnight...

  • July 3- Investigators on Friday were looking into what caused a freight train carrying flammable and toxic gas to derail and catch fire in Tennessee, forcing the day-long evacuation of 5,000 people, officials said. The flames that engulfed a car of the CSX Corp train in Blount County, near Maryville in eastern Tennessee, late Wednesday were extinguished by late...

  • QUITO, July 3- It is one of the most biodiverse nations on earth, boasting the Amazon rainforest, Andean mountains and the Galapagos Islands, where Charles Darwin formulated his theory of evolution. Yet with a heavy reliance on oil and mining, Ecuador, where Pope Francis begins his South America tour this weekend, is a prime example of tensions between politics,...

  • QUITO, July 3- Ecuador is one of the most biodiverse nations on earth, boasting the Amazon rainforest, Andean mountains and the Galapagos Islands, where Charles Darwin formulated his theory of evolution. Yet with a heavy reliance on oil and mining, Ecuador, where Pope Francis begins his South America tour this weekend, is a prime example of tensions between...

  • Fast fashion has a dirty little secret Friday, 3 Jul 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    A woman walks past an H&M store in New York

    Fast fashion has a dirty little secret and the solution, this fashion entrepreneur says, is made in America.

  • NEW ORLEANS— More than five years after the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history fouled beaches, coated seabirds in thick goo and threatened delicate marshes, BP has agreed to pay a record settlement to affected states in hopes of bringing an end to a legal drama that has cost the company billions. Federal and state government officials touted the...

  • Is China's climate pledge full of hot air? Thursday, 2 Jul 2015 | 11:33 PM ET

    China's climate pledge to the United Nations this week has been widely applauded, but some experts believe the government is under-promising.

  • July 2- The White House on Thursday directed the three U.S. agencies that oversee biotech crop products to improve and modernize their regulatory "framework" to boost public confidence in a system that critics call a failure. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service proposed a rule in 2008 after being cited in a government...

  • NEW ORLEANS— Most of the $18.7 billion proposed settlement that BP reached over its 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill would go to five Gulf Coast states, if the deal is approved by a judge. Florida would receive $3.25 billion, with about $2 billion for economic loss and the rest distributed throughout the state to environmental projects such as beaches and piers.

  • HOUSTON, July 2- BP Plc has reached an $18.7 billion deal with the U.S government and five states to settle litigation stemming from its deadly 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil well blowout and explosion that killed 11 men and unleashed the worst spill in U.S. history. It also seeks to resolve environmental and economic damage claims by Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama,...