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  • AUSTIN, Texas— Texas and 12 other states have asked a federal court to block final rules from President Barack Obama's administration designed to reduce coal mining's impact on streams. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton petitioned a Washington- based appeals court for an injunction Tuesday. Joining Texas are Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Indiana,...

  • District Judge Scott Skavdahl in Casper said Monday that he couldn't immediately conclude the Interior Department had overstepped its authority with the rules, which seek to reduce air pollution and waste by requiring gas to be captured and sold rather than flared. That allows time for the lawsuit contesting the rules filed by Montana, North Dakota, Wyoming,...

  • Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday that 522 rigs sought oil and 136 explored for natural gas this week. Colorado, North Dakota, Ohio and Pennsylvania fell by one each. Alaska, Arkansas, California, Kansas, New Mexico, Utah and West Virginia were all unchanged.

  • WASHINGTON— Traffic deaths surged about 8 percent in the first nine months of last year, continuing an alarming upward spiral that may be partially explained by more Americans on the roads due to the economic recovery, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates released Friday. The sharp increase comes as drivers are putting more...

  • FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.— In a story Jan. 11 about an effort to preserve dark skies in the Flagstaff, Arizona area, The Associated Press reported erroneously the type of images used in the study. The National Park Service says a decadeslong commitment to preserving a dark sky for stargazers and wildlife is paying off for a small Arizona city, with images showing far less...

  • The Interior Department imposed a moratorium on new coal sales last year following longstanding complaints from federal investigators and members of Congress that the program was shortchanging taxpayers. "Increased emissions of carbon into our atmosphere are having a profound impact and if we don't get on this, future generations will pay a heavy price,"...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 11- The U.S. Interior Department on Wednesday recommended federal coal leasing reforms to ensure taxpayers receive the fair value of the fuel and account for its impact on climate change, but the incoming administration could derail those measures. Federal coal, primarily from Wyoming's Powder River Basin, accounts for more than 40 percent of...

  • Now that Republican President-elect Donald Trump is poised to take charge, deficits and debt just don't seem to matter to the GOP. Trump and incoming top White House officials such as his chief of staff, Reince Priebus, are making it clear that the new administration doesn't support tackling the financial problems of the huge benefit programs that are the...

  • FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.— A decadeslong commitment to preserving a dark sky for stargazers and wildlife is paying off for a small Arizona city, with satellite images showing far less excess artificial light than cities of comparable size, the National Park Service said. Flagstaff, home to Lowell Observatory, embraced dark-sky efforts nearly 60 years ago, and the images...

  • PHOENIX— The Associated Press has named Anna Johnson as regional news director for the U.S. The appointment was announced Monday by Brian Carovillano, AP's vice president for U.S. News. She has extensive experience as an AP reporter, editor and newsroom leader in the United States and in the Middle East.

  • Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday that 529 rigs sought oil and 135 explored for natural gas this week. New Mexico and Texas each gained three rigs, Louisiana added two and Colorado, Ohio and Pennsylvania each added one. Arkansas, California, Kansas, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Utah and West Virginia were all unchanged.

  • CHEYENNE, Wyo.— Federal officials withdrew a proposed requirement for companies to clean up groundwater at uranium mines across the U.S. and will reconsider a rule that congressional Republicans criticized as too harsh on industry. The plan that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency put on hold Wednesday involves in-situ mining, in which water containing...

  • Snowplows clear Highway 88 in Woodford, California. (File photo).

    Winter storm warnings were in effect across much of the western third of the country early Thursday, NBC News reports.

  • Winter storm warnings were in effect in parts of California, Colorado, Wyoming and Utah following days of snowfall and cold. California, where a five-year drought has triggered dozens of wildfires, was bracing for floods after heavy rainfall earlier in the week. Snow in the Sierra Nevada mountain range, which provides a critical source of water for California...

  • CHICAGO, Dec 23- Peabody Energy Corp failed to explain how it will cover future mine cleanup costs in a reorganization plan filed late Thursday, triggering concerns over the company's use of "self-bonds." Howard Learner, executive director of the Chicago- based Environmental Law& Policy Center, said the reorganization plan dodged the issue of self-bonding,...

  • Coal is loaded into a truck at the Jim Bridger Mine, owned by energy firm PacifiCorp and the Idaho Power Company, outside Point of the Rocks, Wyoming.

    Cheap, low-sulfur coal from one state feeds the West, but the region is shifting to natural gas and renewable energy.

  • The unit, whose onshore operations span five states- Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Wyoming- and seven oil and gas basins, has average daily net production of about 300,000 barrels of oil equivalent. Denver is a logical- and strategic- place for us to be and a natural fit for our business, " BP Lower 48 Chief Executive David Lawler said. A number of employees from...

  • HOUSTON, Dec 13- Roughly a third of the more than 3,000 barrels of oil that spilled into a North Dakota creek following a pipeline leak last week has been recovered, a local official said on Tuesday. An estimated 4,200 barrels of oil leaked from the Belle Fourche Pipeline on a hill just above the Ash Coulee Creek, and an estimated 3,100 barrels made it into the water,...

  • The primary disputes in Friday afternoon's testimony were whether traditional Medicare, which is managed by the government, competes with Medicare Advantage, run by insurers, and whether Aetna pulled out of some public Obamacare exchanges out of anger after the department filed its lawsuit. The government has shown that once a person signs up for Medicare...

  • Before dawn, Rick Velasquez shovels fresh snow during a winter storm in Boulder, Colo., Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016.

    The arctic blast has blanketed the Rockies and Plains with subzero temperatures, NBC News reports.