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  • DENVER— Federal regulators have recommended that a northwestern Colorado coal mine threatened with closure partly over its impact on global warming remain open. Jackson's ruling came in response to a lawsuit filed by New Mexico- based WildEarth Guardians, which also has sued to challenge the San Juan coal mine in New Mexico and the Spring Creek mine near the...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 1- A multimedia, multi-state advertising blitz from industry groups opposing new national ozone standards reached Pennsylvania on Tuesday, part of their last-ditch attempt to scuttle the Obama administration's plans to issue new rules governing ground-level smog by Oct. 1. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sent its...

  • Trump's mass deportation idea was tried in the 1930s Sunday, 30 Aug 2015 | 8:24 AM ET

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's call for mass deportation of millions of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally, as well as their American-born children, bears similarities to a large-scale removal that many Mexican-American families faced 85 years ago. During that time, immigrants were rounded up and sent to Mexico,...

  • EPA: Clean water rule in effect despite court ruling Friday, 28 Aug 2015 | 2:37 PM ET

    The EPA says the rule, which took effect Friday in more than three dozen states, will safeguard drinking water for millions of Americans. The House has ignored a White House veto threat and passed a bill to block it, and a Senate committee has passed a measure that would force the EPA to withdraw and rewrite it. The senators— two Democrats and two Republicans— said in an...

  • But the stock climbed further after the billionaire investor disclosed the stake in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and said that he plans to speak with Freeport and may seek board representation. Freeport is undervalued, Icahn said in the filing, and he intends to address "executive compensation practices and capital structure as...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 27- U.S. lawmakers should work with the Department of Energy to restructure a project to convert excess U.S. weapons-grade plutonium into fuel for commercial nuclear reactors instead of abandoning it, former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson said. Richardson told Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid in an Aug. 21 letter that switching to a...

  • TORONTO, Aug 27- Freeport-McMoran Inc said on Thursday it will slash its mining capital budget by 25 percent next year and cut 10 percent of its U.S. mine staff, as the diversified miner and energy producer attempts to weather an ongoing slump in copper prices. This marks the latest in a string of cuts from the Arizona- based company, which earlier this month reduced...

  • TORONTO, Aug 27- Freeport-McMoran Inc said on Thursday it will slash its mining capital budget by 25 percent next year and cut 10 percent of its U.S. mining staff, as the diversified miner and energy producer attempts to weather an ongoing slump in copper prices. Shares of Freeport-McMoran, which will also suspend operations and lower production at some U.S. mines,...

  • Aug 27- Diversified U.S. miner and energy producer Freeport-McMoran Inc said it would cut 10 percent of its U.S. mining workforce and lowered the amount it plans to spend on mining in 2016 by 25 percent to $2 billion as commodity prices continue to fall. The company, which operates seven open-pit copper mines in North America, plans to suspend mining at its Miami...

  • BILLINGS, Mont.— Members of a federal cleanup crew were initially trapped and unable to warn downstream communities that they had accidentally unleashed toxic waste water from a Colorado gold mine, according to government documents released Thursday. During that time, a trickle of water started by excavation work at the site grew to a torrent and 3 million...

  • Arizona severs ties with prison operator over July riots Wednesday, 26 Aug 2015 | 6:17 PM ET

    Doug Ducey announced the action against Centerville, Utah- based Management and Training Corp. after the state released a scathing report about numerous issues at the Kingman prison, including a "culture of casual indifference toward staff and training" that contributed to the riots. "What happened at Kingman was frightening, disturbing and completely...

  • ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— Tens of thousands of low-income New Mexicans will have more time to meet work and job-training requirements if they want to remain eligible for food stamps, state officials announced Tuesday. New Mexico Human Services Secretary Brent Earnest told The Associated Press that his department decided to delay implementation of the...

  • Navajo farmers reject use of water after mine spill Tuesday, 25 Aug 2015 | 8:47 AM ET

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.— One of the largest communities of Navajo farmers along the San Juan River has voted to keep irrigation canals closed for at least a year following a spill of toxic sludge at a Colorado gold mine. The unanimous vote by more than 100 farmers in Shiprock, New Mexico, was heart-wrenching and guarantees the loss of many crops, Shiprock Chapter President...

  • Micron Products Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Arrhythmia Research Technology based in Fitchburg, makes the new ammunition, which are much larger than rubber bullets and have silicone heads that expand and flatten on impact, enhancing the pain and incapacitating a suspect. 'I had to shake it off, "said Allen Ezer, executive vice president of Security Devices...

  • Documents released by U.S. officials have revealed that the Environmental Protection Agency knew of the potential for a blowout of toxic wastewater from a Colorado mine more than a year before a government cleanup team accidentally triggered such a release earlier this month. About 3 million gallons of water from the mine flowed into Colorado's Animas...

  • LAS VEGAS— President Barack Obama brought presidential star power to tout the benefits of solar electricity in Western states during an annual green power conference Monday in Las Vegas hosted by U.S. Obama headlined an event that Reid has nurtured as Democratic leader of the Senate to seek support for new executive actions and other efforts aimed at making...

  • EPA knew of 'blowout' risk for tainted water at gold mine Saturday, 22 Aug 2015 | 12:42 AM ET

    The EPA released the documents late Friday following weeks of prodding from The Associated Press and other media organizations. The plan was produced by Environmental Restoration LLC, a private contractor working for the EPA. EPA spokeswoman Melissa Harrison said Saturday she could not immediately answer questions about the matter.

  • Reflecting plans announced in May and June, when U.S. crude futures averaged $60 a barrel, drillers added two oil rigs in the week ended Aug. 14, bringing the total count up to 672, the highest since early May, oil services company Baker Hughes Inc said in its closely followed report. Drillers added oil rigs in two of the four major U.S. shale oil basins, with five in the...

  • BERNALILLO, N.M., Aug 5- A U.S. The agreement is critical for U.S. exports and agriculture as a whole, said USDA Under Secretary Michael Scuse at a conference in Bernalillo, N.M., attended by sugar farmers and policymakers, an audience with little to gain from the 12- country agreement. The U.S. sugar market is highly managed through a complex system of price supports and...

  • TULSA, Oklahoma, July 28- The rebound in U.S. jobs, limited in the early part of the recovery to a handful of booming industries such as oil, has broadened across the country as old-line industrial areas such as Michigan and sun belt hubs like Florida pick up the slack. Riding the shale oil and gas boom, Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and three other states made an outsized...