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  • FACTBOX-Obama and Modi aim high with India summit Saturday, 24 Jan 2015 | 2:00 PM ET

    President Barack Obama arrives in India on Sunday for the second time, to build on what he calls one of the defining relationships of the 21st Century. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's assertiveness in the region has already aligned India more with Washington, but they do not see eye-to-eye on Pakistan, and India is worried about the exit of U.S. troops from...

  • Obama to cut short India trip to pay call on Saudi Arabia Saturday, 24 Jan 2015 | 12:22 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama will cut short his three-day trip to India to travel to Saudi Arabia to pay respects following the death of King Abdullah, U.S. and Indian officials said Saturday, hours before the U.S. president was to depart for New Delhi. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the president and first lady Michelle Obama would travel to...

  • Coal production drops in China for 1st time in 14 years Saturday, 24 Jan 2015 | 12:07 AM ET

    BEIJING— China recorded its first drop in coal production since 2000 last year, as the world's biggest greenhouse gas emitter pulls back on its use of the fossil fuel and switches to cleaner energy sources. According to the country's national coal association, China produced 3.5 billion tons of coal in the first 11 months of 2014, 2.1 percent less than the same...

  • BILLINGS, Mont.— Federal officials have issued a $1 million penalty against Exxon Mobil Corp. for safety violations stemming from a pipeline rupture in 2011 that spilled 63,000 gallons of crude into Montana's Yellowstone River. Safety regulators said in part that Exxon Mobil had failed to adequately heed warnings that its 20- year-old Silvertip Pipeline...

  • BISMARCK, N.D.— Water testing has shown that saltwater contamination from a massive pipeline spill in northwestern North Dakota reached the Missouri River, the state's environmental chief said Friday, adding that officials don't expect harm to wildlife or drinking water supplies because it was so diluted. Blacktail Creek and the Little Muddy River were...

  • Obama heading to India, hoping to improve ties Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 2:45 PM ET

    Yet the White House says it still was caught off guard when Modi invited Obama to be the first American president to attend India's annual Republic Day festivities, which mark the day in 1950 that the country's constitution came into force. "There's a great affinity between the United States and India and our people, but there's also a history that is complicated...

  • Harvard buys water rights in drought-hit wine region Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 2:23 PM ET
    A vineyard belonging to Brodiaea Inc., owned by the Harvard endowment fund, is pictured in Shandon, California January 20, 2015.

    Harvard University has become one of the biggest grape growers in California's drought-stricken wine country.

  • Richmond- based Dominion Resources is partnering with other utilities to build the $5 billion Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which would cross the Blue Ridge Mountains to deliver gas from Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. Friday's rally was organized by the Sierra Club and Friends of Nelson, a group of property owners in Nelson County who live along the proposed...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 23- Issuance of green bonds for companies working on battling climate change are booming, but investors say the label needs safeguards against bogus proposals that could sour retail buyers and wealth advisers just starting to tune into the securities. "The market is at a critical juncture, and it is important that certain standards and certain...

  • The order comes after Bridger Pipeline of Casper, Wyoming, announced plans to bury its line deeper beneath the Yellowstone to protect against future accidents. The Department of Transportation order would make that improvement mandatory and require identical action where the line runs beneath the Poplar River in northeast Montana. The Yellowstone is a...

  • DAVOS, Switzerland— Climate change and poverty took center stage Friday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, where leaders began campaigning in earnest for twin global accords aimed at cooling the planet and easing the suffering of multitudes. French President Francois Hollande, Rwandan President Paul Kagame and U.N. The United Nations' first round of...

  • We're optimistic on climate change: UN  Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 3:15 AM ET

    Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, says world leaders are bullish on climate change and are ready to take action.

  • Hazy skies will serve as the backdrop to meetings with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other officials who are expected to discuss India's biggest environmental woes: Heavy reliance on fossil fuels that has transformed New Delhi into the planet's most polluted capital and made India the third biggest national emitter of greenhouse gases.

  • BISMARCK, N.D.— Earthen barriers have been set up across a creek and water was being tested Thursday around the site of a nearly 3 million-gallon leak of saltwater generated by oil drilling, the largest spill of its kind during North Dakota's current oil rush. Pipeline operator Summit Midstream Partners LLC and state inspectors will keep testing the soil and...

  • BOSTON, Jan 22- Boston's ageing pipeline network leaks about $90 million worth of natural gas each year, marking a sizeable financial loss and a threat to the environment, according to a study released on Thursday by Harvard researchers. "Some 2.7 percent of the gas that is brought to the Boston region never makes it to customers, it escapes into the atmosphere,"...

  • BISMARCK, N.D.— Following the largest saltwater spill of North Dakota's current oil boom, Democrats in the state legislature said Thursday they will revisit measures overwhelmingly rejected two years ago that would mandate additional monitoring and safeguards. Cleanup was underway after the spill of nearly 3 million gallons of brine leaked from a pipeline...

  • Senate panel passes energy-efficiency utility bill Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 3:12 PM ET

    INDIANAPOLIS— Major utility companies would be able to develop their own energy-efficiency programs and charge customers to implement them under a bill that cleared a state Senate committee Thursday, but the panel's chairman said the bill still needs a lot of work. "Energizing Indiana was good in the beginning," said committee chairman Sen.

  • Honeymoon ends as Wolf, Senate GOP, spar over nominees Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 11:36 AM ET

    HARRISBURG, Pa.— Two days after the inauguration of Gov. The Democratic chief executive and the Republican-controlled Senate locked horns Thursday after Wolf abruptly fired his Republican predecessor's appointee to head the state Office of Open Records and tried to stop a slew of other eleventh-hour GOP nominees. Corbett announced two weeks ago that he was...

  • Ex-Freedom Industries president faces new fraud charge Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 11:12 AM ET

    CHARLESTON, W.Va.— A former Freedom Industries executive charged in a West Virginia chemical spill is facing a new federal fraud charge stemming from the company's bankruptcy. A federal grand jury in Beckley handed up a superseding indictment on Wednesday against former Freedom President Gary Southern and three other former executives.

  • Bill to leave cap-and-trade program sees little support Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 11:07 AM ET

    CONCORD, N.H.— There was little public appetite at a hearing Thursday for a bill that would pull New Hampshire out of a multistate effort to reduce carbon emissions. New Hampshire is one of nine states participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a system where each state sells carbon emission allowances to producers. New Hampshire gets about $18...