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  • MANAGUA, Nicaragua— An environmental study has concluded a planned $50 billion canal across this Central American nation is "viable," officials said Monday, but without releasing details of the report. Canal Commission spokesman Telemaco Talavera said the next step is to submit the findings to an analysis conducted jointly with the Environment Ministry.

  • FRESNO, Calif.— Dozens of farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta submitted plans Monday to the state saying they intend to plant less thirsty crops and leave some fields unplanted to meet voluntary water conservation targets amid the relentless California drought, officials said. At least 120 farmers in the delta east of San Francisco had filed...

  • Southern Copper Corp's $1.4 billion Tia Maria project was put on hold last month amid deadly protests. David Montoya, a cabinet official tasked with conflict prevention, accused protest leaders of feeding fears about pollution from Tia Maria in order to win the dispute and pave a political future for themselves. Several leading opponents of Tia Maria belong...

  • OSLO, June 1- France suggested on Monday that world leaders should attend only the start of a summit on climate change in Paris in six months, hoping to avoid a repeat of the last failed attempt in 2009 when they came at the end and left empty-handed. Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius also said France hoped to agree some elements of a U.N. climate deal by October, weeks...

  • PITTSBURGH— Chevron Appalachia LLC has agreed to pay a nearly $940,000 fine levied by the state Department of Environmental Protection over a natural gas well explosion and fire that killed a contractor. Last month, Chevron agreed to pay $5 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of the worker, Ian McKee, 27, of Morgantown, West Virginia.

  • Beloved Missoula artist Dolack to close gallery Monday, 1 Jun 2015 | 11:10 AM ET

    MISSOULA, Mont.— A customer from New Hampshire just told Monte Dolack that she's stopped by his gallery for years when he breaks the news. He's closing his showroom on West Front Street after 22 years and some 255 First Fridays, by his estimate. His surrealist and sometimes whimsical prints and posters have reached far beyond the Montana landscapes they depict, to...

  • BEIJING— Restaurant operator KFC said Monday it filed a lawsuit against three companies in China whose social media accounts spread false claims about its food, including that its chickens have eight legs. KFC's China CEO Qu Cuirong said in a statement that it was hard for companies to protect their brands against rumors because of the difficulties in...

  • LONDON, June 1- Europe's top oil and gas companies urged governments around the world to introduce a pricing system for carbon emissions, as governments meet in Bonn, Germany, on Monday to work on a U.N. deal to fight climate change. Criticized for not doing enough to tackle climate change, the chief executives of BG Group, BP, Eni, Royal Dutch Shell, Statoil and France's...

  • Whether we like it or not, if it comes to the Congress, they will refuse. " "We must find a formula which is valuable for everybody and valuable for the U.S. without going to the Congress," said Fabius, who will host the U.N. climate summit in Paris in December where the new agreement is supposed to be adopted. Those pushing for a legally binding deal in Paris include the 28-...

  • NEW ORLEANS— A federal judge on Monday tossed out one of two pending charges against a former BP executive the federal government accuses of trying to hide the severity of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt threw out a charge of obstruction of Congress against David Rainey, BP's former vice president of exploration for the Gulf of...

  • A look at competing math on pools versus lawns Monday, 1 Jun 2015 | 1:30 AM ET

    ORANGE, Calif.— The drought gripping California has the swimming pool and spa industry on the offensive. Here is a look at the numbers being cited by three different parties who are concerned about the installation— or lack of installation— of new pools in California this summer:. With a cover, the pool becomes as efficient as a backyard planted with...

  • ORANGE, Calif.— The California swimming pool and spa industry has launched a campaign to market itself as a drought-friendly landscaping option as the state enters a fourth summer of drought that has residential pools and other conspicuous water users in the crosshairs. They're saving water, "said John Norwood, the California Pool and Spa Association's...

  • WASHINGTON— The Obama administration says a new federal rule regulating small streams and wetlands will protect the drinking water of more than 117 million people in the country. Shelley Moore Capito, R- W.Va., is promising to "rein in" the government through legislation or other means. The rules are among a host of regulations that majority Republicans have...

  • CHICAGO, May 30- Indiana is training 300 prisoners to kill infected chickens and banning bird shows at county fairs. Iowa is trying to figure out how to deal with a mountain of dead- and reeking- chickens. Robert Cobb, state veterinarian for Georgia, the nation's leading producer of chickens raised for meat, which has not had any cases so far.

  • PARIS— Climate change is a threat to international security, France's influential Environment Minister Segolene Royal warned Saturday— adopting an unusually hawkish stance as she heads to the U.S. to push for a global deal on reducing emissions at a landmark Paris conference this year. Royal, longtime former partner of President Francois Hollande and one of...

  • ALBANY, N.Y.— As New York state lawmakers enter the final weeks of their session, prospects have dimmed for several formerly high-profile proposals such as a ban on potentially harmful chemicals in children's toys, a minimum wage increase and a bill to prevent discrimination against transgender people. Laws governing New York City's rent regulations and a key...

  • LOS ANGELES— The leader overseeing a massive oil cleanup along the California coast defended the initial response, saying there were workers on the ground after the spill that stained popular beaches. As more crews arrived the next day, they began raking oily sand and cleaning rocks on the beach— an exercise that continues more than a week after one of the largest...

  • The Environmental Protection Agency raised its previous targets for the amount of biofuels to be mixed into motor fuel for the three years to 2016. As expected, the proposed goal was short of the aggressive targets set by Congress in a 2007 law. The EPA proposal was a year and a half behind schedule and followed years of uncertainty over the Renewable Fuel...

  • WASHINGTON, May 29- Alpha Natural Resources Inc no longer qualifies for a government program that subsidizes a share of mine cleanup insurance, requiring the coal company to find another way to cover roughly $400 million in liabilities, Wyoming officials said on Friday. "At the end of the day, the rules for self bonding are very clear," said Keith Guille, a spokesman...

  • May 29- Alpha Natural Resources Inc said it was notified by Wyoming's environment department that it no longer qualified for "self bonding," which allowed the coal miner to avoid insurance or provisions of about $400 million for cleanup of mines. The news comes a day after a Delaware judge asked Alpha Natural to pay for the legal defense of Donald Blankenship, the...