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  • TOANO, Va.— Lumber Liquidators is refuting a "60 Minutes" report that raised health concerns about some of its laminate flooring products and pushed its stock price to its lowest level in more than two years. In a Monday filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Lumber Liquidators said all of its laminate flooring meets the safety standards set by...

  • SEATTLE— Several environmental groups on Monday sued the Port of Seattle to prevent Royal Dutch Shell PLC from using Seattle's waterfront as a homeport for its Arctic oil drilling fleet. The Port of Seattle in early February signed a two-year lease with Foss Maritime Co., whose client is Shell, to rent 50 acres across from downtown Seattle.

  • Democrats fend off GOP renewable energy bill Monday, 2 Mar 2015 | 11:03 AM ET

    DENVER— A Republican effort to reduce renewable energy mandates on Colorado utilities failed its first test before a Democratic panel Monday. The rejection of the renewable-energy reduction continued a string of misses for the GOP, which has tried to use its bigger piece of the Legislature to roll back laws passed in recent years. Dan Thurlow, R- Grand Junction,...

  • The Internet's newest hit: A movie about smog Monday, 2 Mar 2015 | 10:07 AM ET
    A cyclist wearing mask rides along a road in Nanjing, China.

    A film critical of China's smog is an online hit, suggesting greater tolerance discussing the country's pollution, the FT reports.

  • NEW YORK— Shares of Lumber Liquidators are sliding in Monday premarket trading following a report on "60 Minutes" that the company's laminate flooring made in China may not meet California's health and safety standards. The "60 Minutes" report, which aired on CBS on Sunday, said that Lumber Liquidators' laminate flooring made in China contains high levels of...

  • State board to hear anti-wind group's appeal Monday, 2 Mar 2015 | 7:06 AM ET

    AUGUSTA, Maine— The Maine Board of Environmental Protection is scheduled to meet this week to consider an appeal of the Bingham Wind Project by the anti-wind group Friends of Maine's Mountains. The Kennebec Journal reports that the project has received the approval of the state Department of Environmental Protection. The Bingham Wind Project, which would...

  • BEIJING— A slick new documentary on China's environmental woes has racked up more than 175 million online views in two days, underscoring growing concern in the country over the impact of air, water and soil pollution. Hosted by former state television reporter Chai Jing, "Under the Dome" offers a well-produced look at the cost to the environment of 30 years of...

  • SHANGHAI, March 2- China's environmental ministry has ordered local governments in two key steel-producing cities to take tougher action against polluters from the sector as part of efforts to improve air quality. Inspectors from China's Ministry of Environmental Protection last week summoned mayors from the cities of Linyi in the eastern province of...

  • The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is taking comments and data about monarchs through March 2, and a decision on whether to list the monarch as threatened is due in December. Environmentalists say the butterfly's decline— the overwinter population in Mexico reached a low in 2013— has coincided with the rise of St. Louis- based agribusiness giant Monsanto's...

  • Tom Wolf, who ran last year with the backing of environmental groups, will soon be giving a first glimpse at how his administration will approach the powerful Marcellus Shale natural gas industry. Next week, Wolf's Department of Environmental Protection is preparing to release its plans to update various rules over the drilling industry, including how it must...

  • China's wild panda population rebounds Saturday, 28 Feb 2015 | 11:58 AM ET
    Mother giant panda Juxiao is seen with one of her triplets at Chimelong Safari Park in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, December 9, 2014.

    China's wild panda population has rebounded thanks to intensive conservation efforts and a decline in poaching, the Financial Times reports.

  • *Opposition plan march in Moscow on Sunday. Nemtsov, 55, was shot four times in the back by assailants in a white car as he walked across the bridge over the Moskva River in central Moscow with a Ukrainian woman, who was unhurt, just before midnight on Friday, police said. Police sealed off the blood-stained bridge close to the red walls of the Kremlin and Red Square for...

  • Gas prices soar in California as supply shrinks Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 4:34 PM ET

    LONG BEACH, Calif.— Gas prices are soaring in California in a classic example of supply and demand after an explosion stopped gasoline production at an Exxon Mobil refinery while another remains offline due to labor unrest. The situation underscores the frustrating complexity of the gasoline market in California, where state environmental regulations...

  • SANDWICH, Mass.— Parts of the Massachusetts coastline could face a lengthy recovery process after being pummeled by severe winter storms, the state's top environmental official said Friday. Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Matthew Beaton was joined by local state legislators as he toured beaches in Sandwich and Barnstable on Cape Cod.

  • STOCKHOLM— Switzerland has become the first country to submit a pledge to the United Nations for a new global climate deal, vowing to cut its greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030, compared to 1990 levels. The European Union, United States, China and Norway have also announced their intended targets but haven't formally submitted them to the U.N.

  • Dredging work finished on Snake and Clearwater rivers Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 12:26 PM ET

    LEWISTON, Idaho— Dredging work in the Snake and Clearwater rivers near the Idaho and Washington state border to aid barge traffic is finished. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers tells the Lewiston Tribune that work wrapped up Thursday, a few days ahead of schedule. The dredging is part of a $16 million plan to deal with sediment that forms in slack water created by the...

  • At a legislative hearing Feb. 11, Entergy Corp. Vice President Mike Twomey was asked what would happen if a dedicated investment fund doesn't grow enough to cover the estimated $1.2 billion cost of decommissioning the Vernon facility. Arnie Gundersen, a former nuclear industry engineer who now consults with groups critical of the industry, labeled the...

  • JACKSON, Miss.— An employee being sued by Southern Co. will get another four weeks to work out his defense and look for a lawyer, but won't be able to sue the company or talk about his employment dispute in the meantime. An Alabama state court judge on Friday extended a temporary restraining order that also bans Brett Wingo from talking about his work for Southern...

  • Hmm...Exxon, Jersey reach deal in 11-year case Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 7:29 AM ET
    Governor Chris Christie

    Exxon Mobil and New Jersey reached a settlement of about $250 million in an environmental suit seeking $8.9 billion in damages. The NYT reports.

  • BRUSSELS— The European Union, Japan and other nations hunting for the eastern Atlantic Bluefin tuna are fearful that Turkey's unilateral decision to exceed catch limits agreed last year is threatening the stock recovery and the organization regulating its conservation. Documents seen by The Associated Press and EU comments on Friday show that during an...