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  • 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,...

  • ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE, July 2- The White House said on Thursday it was pleased to see an agreement reached with BP to end litigation over environmental damage and human casualties caused by the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

  • July 2- BP Plc's agreed to pay out $18.7 billion to the U.S. government and five coastal states to settle damages claims from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill. The following are details of the payouts and reaction from officials in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas:. LOUISIANA: The hardest state because of its proximity to the spill will receive more...

  • July 2- The International Monetary Fund warned on Thursday that Greece would need an extension of its European Union loans and a large debt writeoff if it grows more slowly than expected and economic reforms are not implemented. The IMF warning in a preliminary draft of its latest debt sustainability report came as Greece readies for a Sunday referendum on an...

  • July 2- BP has reached an $18.7 billion settlement of damages claims from the U.S. government and five states after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. PAVEL MOLCHANOV, ANALYST AT RAYMOND JAMES:. "The total amount-- $18.7 billion-- obviously is a massive payout, but it's spread over 15 to 18 years, making it quite manageable from a cash flow standpoint.

  • July 2- BP Plc has reached a comprehensive $18.7 billion settlement with the U.S. government and five states, a landmark deal that effectively ends years of litigation over environmental damage and human casualties caused by the 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill. Clean Water Act fines and natural resources damages, along with claims by Alabama, Florida, Louisiana,...