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U.S. fossil fuel official says tech can help coal industry

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Touring Wyoming at a crucial time for the top coal-mining state, the U.S. official who oversees government research into fossil fuels said Thursday it’s not too late for new technology to help the coal industry. “The Wyoming coal industry is going through a ...

Weedmaps to stop advertising unlicensed pot businesses

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The major online pot shop directory and cannabis marketplace Weedmaps announced Wednesday that it will no longer allow black-market businesses to advertise on its site, a decision that could boost California’s efforts to rein in its vast illegal market. State regulators ...

Air New Zealand blames profit dip on engine issues, fuel

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand’s national carrier said Thursday that increased fuel costs and engine problems were the main reasons why its annual profit dropped by more than 30 percent. Air New Zealand on Thursday reported a pre-tax profit of 374 million New Zealand dollars ...

Pentagon cancels billion-dollar missile defense project

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is pulling the plug on a billion-dollar, technically troubled project to build a better weapon that would destroy incoming missiles. The move is aimed in part at considering new approaches to missile defense at a time of rapid technological change. The ...

Trump acknowledges China policies may mean economic pain

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump acknowledged Tuesday his aggressive China trade policies may mean economic pain for Americans but insisted they’re needed for more important long-term benefits. He insisted he’s not fearing a recession but is nonetheless considering new tax cuts to ...

Walmart sues Tesla for solar panels that went up in flames

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart sued Tesla for “gross negligence” on Tuesday, saying that the electric car company’s energy division installed solar panels that went up in flames on its store rooftops. The retailer said fires broke out at seven store rooftops between 2012 and 2018, causing ...

Java still a no-no for Mormons despite fancy coffee names

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has issued a warning to members that coffee is prohibited no matter how fancy the name, that vaping is banned despite the alluring flavors and that marijuana is outlawed unless prescribed by “competent” doctors. The ...

California’s 113-month job growth ties record set in 1960s

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s job growth is now in its 113th month, tying the expansion of the 1960s as the longest on record as the world’s fifth largest economy continues its recovery from the Great Recession, officials announced Friday. The country’s most populous state ...

Virgin Galactic reveals futuristic outpost for space tourism

UPHAM, N.M. (AP) — Spaceport America is no longer just a shiny shell of hope that space tourism would one day launch from this remote spot in the New Mexico desert. The once-empty hangar that anchors the taxpayer-financed launch and landing facility has been transformed into a ...

Google employees call for pledge not to work with ICE

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google employees are calling on the company to pledge it won’t work with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection or Immigration and Customs Enforcement agencies. It’s the latest pushback from the tech giant’s workforce. A group of employees posted a petition ...

States sue Trump administration over new coal rules

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A coalition of 21 Democratic-led states sued the Trump administration Tuesday over its decision to ease restrictions on coal-fired power plants, with California’s governor saying the president is trying to rescue an outdated industry. In June, the U.S. ...

Court rules for U.S. in fight over Nevada plutonium shipment

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday ruled against Nevada in a battle with the U.S. government over its secret shipment of weapons-grade plutonium to a site near Las Vegas. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied the state’s appeal after a judge ...

Documents: Plant owners ‘willfully’ used ineligible workers

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Six of seven Mississippi chicken processing plants raided Wednesday were “willfully and unlawfully” employing people who lacked authorization to work in the United States, including workers wearing electronic monitoring bracelets at work for previous immigration ...

Uber posts biggest quarterly loss ever

NEW YORK (AP) — Uber lost $5.24 billion in the second quarter — its largest quarterly loss ever — after making huge stock-based payouts in the months following its initial public offering. The ride-hailing giant said Wednesday it paid $3.9 billion in stock-based compensation and ...

Report: Facebook offering ‘millions’ to publishers for news

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook is reportedly in talks with news publishers to offer “millions of dollars” for the rights to publish their material on its site. The move follows years of criticism over its growing monopolization of online advertising to the detriment of the struggling news ...

Brazilian federal police arrest businessman Eike Batista

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Federal police on Thursday arrested Brazilian businessman Eike Batista, once the holder of the country’s biggest fortune, on suspicion of market manipulation and money laundering. This is the second time that authorities have arrested Batista, a former oil and mining ...

U.S. lays out enforcement priorities for animals on planes

The government is telling airlines and passengers how it will enforce rules governing animals that people bring on planes. The Transportation Department said Thursday that airline employees can bar any animal they consider a safety threat. Airlines, however, can be punished if they ban an ...

After years of waiting, medical marijuana sold in Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Marine veteran struggling with PTSD and a woman fighting cancer became some of the first people to purchase medical marijuana in Louisiana on Tuesday, as the state became the first in the Deep South to dispense therapeutic cannabis, four years after state lawmakers ...

ID theft stings, but it’s hard to pin on specific data hacks

NEW YORK (AP) — Equifax 2017 . Marriott 2018 . Capital One 2019. Data breaches through hacking attacks are distressingly common these days, and personal details about you can lead to identity theft, such as credit cards and loans in your name. But it’s hard to pin the blame on any ...

E-cigarette giant Juul’s campaign donations favor Dems

WASHINGTON (AP) — E-cigarette giant Juul Labs gave nearly $100,000 to members of Congress during the first half of 2019 as the company faced the bulk of the blame for a surge of underage vaping and calls for tighter government regulation of the industry. The donations from Juul’s ...