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Pakistan shuts key border crossing in wake of shrine attack
Pakistan shuts key border crossing in wake of shrine attack

ISLAMABAD (AP) - Pakistani authorities shut down a second key border crossing into Afghanistan, halting trade supplies to the neighboring landlocked country and increasing tensions between the two nations in the wake of a bloody suicide bombing at a beloved shrine in Pakistan, officials said Saturday.

The Latest: Trump calls media
The Latest: Trump calls media 'enemy of the American people'

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times EST):

Planes clip wings in ground collision at Phoenix airport

PHOENIX (AP) - Two passenger jets clipped their wingtips in a minor ground collision close to a Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport terminal. Nobody was injured in the Thursday evening incident.

Suspect in North Korean
Suspect in North Korean's killing had wad of cash, moved hotels, cut her hair

By Liz Lee and Kanupriya Kapoor KUALA LUMPUR/JAKARTA (Reuters) - The woman with the acronym 'LOL' on her shirt who was arrested this week in connection with the murder of North Korea's Kim Jong Nam stayed in cheap hotels, carried a wad of cash and cut her hair a day before the brazen attack at Kuala Lumpur airport. According to the receptionist at one of the hotels, a woman who had checked in under the Vietnamese name of Doan Thi Huong on Sunday Feb. 12 left early in the morning on Monday, the day of the assassination, and returned later, showing no signs of stress. Police believe she was the person who, at around 8:20 a.m. that day, had approached the estranged half-brother of North...

Venezuela opposition parties fear election ban as Socialists dig in
Venezuela opposition parties fear election ban as Socialists dig in

By Brian Ellsworth CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's government is pushing forward with measures that could exclude some opposition political parties from future elections, potentially paving the way for the ruling Socialists to remain in power despite widespread anger over the country's collapsing economy. The Supreme Court, loyal to socialist president Nicolas Maduro, has ordered the main opposition parties to "renew" themselves through petition drives whose conditions are so strict that party leaders and even an election official described them as impossible to meet. Socialist Party officials scoff at the complaints.

More murders in Philippine drug war despite police pull-back: rights group
More murders in Philippine drug war despite police pull-back: rights group

Shadowy assassins are still killing poor Filipinos, despite a police withdrawal from Rodrigo Duterte's deadly drug war, a rights group said Friday, as Manila filed criminal charges against the president's top critic. "The targets are still the same, as far as we are concerned: people linked to drugs and who live in poor neighbourhoods," Wilnor Papa, campaign official for the Philippine branch of Amnesty International, told AFP. In one new shooting incident covered by an AFP photographer, police found four men dead inside a shanty in northern Manila before dawn on Thursday, in a scene very similar to those covered at the height of the drug war.

Exclusive: ConocoPhillips puts Canadian natgas assets on the block - sources
Exclusive: ConocoPhillips puts Canadian natgas assets on the block - sources

By John Tilak and Nia Williams TORONTO/CALGARY (Reuters) - ConocoPhillips has decided to sell several of its Canadian conventional natural gas assets in a deal that could fetch as much as $2 billion as the biggest U.S. independent oil producer pulls back further from Canada, people familiar with the matter told Reuters. Several investment banks have made pitches to ConocoPhillips in recent weeks and the Houston-based company is close to hiring a financial adviser to run a formal sale process, the people said. When contacted by Reuters, ConocoPhillips spokesman Rob Evans pointed to an announcement last November that said the company could sell up to $8 billion in natural gas assets.

Senate advances nomination of Trump pick Pruitt to head EPA
Senate advances nomination of Trump pick Pruitt to head EPA

The U.S. Senate on Thursday voted to advance the nomination of President Donald Trump's pick to run the Environmental Protection Agency and a final vote could occur on Friday. The Senate voted 54 to 46 to advance Scott Pruitt, the attorney general of oil and gas producing Oklahoma. Pruitt has come under criticism from many lawmakers for suing the agency he intends to run 14 times on behalf of Oklahoma.

The Latest: Senate moves EPA nominee closer to approval
The Latest: Senate moves EPA nominee closer to approval

The Latest on President Donald Trump's Cabinet nominations under Senate consideration (all times local): 11:40 a.m. President Donald Trump's controversial choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency ...

Feds Investigating Fox News For Alleged Securities Laws Violations
Feds Investigating Fox News For Alleged Securities Laws Violations

The revelation came during a hearing in a $50 million sexual harassment suit against Roger Ailes filed by former Fox News personality Andrea Tantaros.

Sen. Collins of Maine to oppose Pruitt nomination to EPA

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine announced Wednesday that she's going to vote against President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency.

California demand for wind power energizes transmission firms
California demand for wind power energizes transmission firms

By Nichola Groom LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A firm controlled by Philip Anschutz, the billionaire entertainment and pro sports magnate, will soon build the largest wind farm in the United States to serve utilities in California, where officials have set ambitious green power goals. The $5 billion project, however, will be constructed 700 miles away in Wyoming, a state better known for coal mines and oil fields. The vast distance between the two states provides a different Anschutz-owned firm with another big opportunity: a $3 billion project building transmission lines to deliver the power - one of a dozen similar power-line projects by other companies across the West.

AP Top Extended Financial Headlines at 10:44 a.m. EST

The $3.3 billion acquisition by SoftBank Group Corp., the Japanese telecommunications, internet and solar energy giant, of Fortress Investment Group marks tycoon Masayoshi Son's latest step in building ...

Kia will build its own hydrogen fuel cell vehicle in 2021
Kia will build its own hydrogen fuel cell vehicle in 2021

Kia is reportedly working on a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle to go on sale in 2021. The alternative energy model will help the Korean automaker meet tighter emissions regulations that go into effect in 2025.

Vestas leaps to top spot in U.S. wind market
Vestas leaps to top spot in U.S. wind market

Danish wind turbine maker Vestas Wind Systems has leapt to the top of the U.S. wind market, overtaking General Electric in new capacity installed last year, although slower demand growth and doubts over political support could threaten its position. Vestas, the world's biggest wind turbine maker, supplied 43 percent of the 8.2 GW of wind power capacity connected to the U.S. power grid last year, the American Wind Energy Association said in a quarterly report. By contrast, General Electric's market share stood at 42 percent in 2016, down from well over half in 2014, the association said, although GE remains the market leader in terms of overall installed capacity in the United...

Wind power industry passes major milestone, now boasts over 100K jobs in the U.S.
Wind power industry passes major milestone, now boasts over 100K jobs in the U.S.

The Department of Energy reported a milestone in alternate energy jobs with more than 100,000 Americans now employed by the wind industry. The future demand for wind workers will increase as wind power facilities spread more widely across the U.S.

French authorities report explosion in nuclear power plant's machine room but say there is no radioactive leak

PARIS (AP) - French authorities report explosion in nuclear power plant's machine room but say there is no radioactive leak.

The U.S. solar power industry added over 51,000 new jobs last year, and it
The U.S. solar power industry added over 51,000 new jobs last year, and it's still growing

The solar industry is now a jobs leader in the U.S. Solar now employs more people than natural gas, more than doubles the number of jobs in coal, triples wind energy employment, and totals more than five times nuclear energy jobs.

Scores of EPA workers object to Trump
Scores of EPA workers object to Trump's pick to lead agency

CHICAGO (AP) - Hundreds of current and former employees of the Environmental Protection Agency are speaking out against President Donald Trump's pick to head the department.

China announces it now produces more solar power than anyone
China announces it now produces more solar power than anyone

China takes a lot of flak when it comes to environmentalism. Some of the most striking images to come out of the country in recent years show cities smothered in smog and citizens wearing masks to protect themselves from the barely breathable air. But China is making some big strides in the realm of renewable energy, and its efforts to reduce its reliance on smog-producing coal in 2016 have now made it the top producer of solar energy on the planet.  As Reuters reports , China revealed that at the end of 2016 its photovoltaic capacity - which is energy generated by solar technologies - hit 77.42 gigawatts. The country plans to add a total of 110 gigawatts of capacity by 2020. Last year,...

China has become the world
China has become the world's biggest producer of solar energy

Not only is it the world's most populous country, it's now also the world's biggest producer of solar energy. The NEA noted that the nation officially claimed the title after doubling its installed photovoltaic (PV) capacity last year

U.S. Republicans ax disclosure, emissions rules on energy
U.S. Republicans ax disclosure, emissions rules on energy

By Lisa Lambert and Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Republicans on Friday repealed a securities disclosure rule aimed at curbing corruption at energy and mining companies and voted to ax emissions limits on drilling operations, part of a push to remove Obama-era regulations on extractive industries. In a 52-47 vote, the Republican-controlled Senate approved a resolution to eradicate a rule requiring companies such as Exxon Mobil and Chevron Corp to publicly state taxes and other fees paid to foreign governments like Russia. The House of Representatives already passed the measure.

EPA: Oklahoma regulators should do more to curb earthquakes

The Environmental Protection Agency has told Oklahoma regulators to do more to protect the state from a surge in earthquake activity that scientists have linked to the underground disposal of oil and gas ...

Trump team relaxes EPA restrictions on media and contracts
Trump team relaxes EPA restrictions on media and contracts

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration said Friday it has thawed its temporary freeze on contract and grant approvals at the Environmental Protection Agency, with all $3.9 billion in planned spending moving forward.

Amber Valletta pens op-ed against EPA nominee Scott Pruitt
Amber Valletta pens op-ed against EPA nominee Scott Pruitt

NEW YORK (AP) - Oklahoman, model, actress, mother and Sierra Club ambassador Amber Valletta is "worried sick" about her home state's attorney general leading the Environmental Protection Agency and said as much in an op-ed piece released Friday on Glamour.com

Senate kills SEC anti-corruption disclosure rule for big energy companies
Senate kills SEC anti-corruption disclosure rule for big energy companies

The Republican-led Congress killed a controversial U.S. securities disclosure rule early on Friday aimed at curbing corruption at big oil, gas and mining companies. In a 52 to 47 vote, the Senate approved a resolution already passed by the House of Representatives that wipes from the books a rule requiring companies such as Exxon Mobil and Chevron Corp to publicly state the taxes and other fees they pay to foreign governments. Republican President Donald Trump is expected to sign it shortly.

Senate panel advances Trump EPA chief pick over Democrats
Senate panel advances Trump EPA chief pick over Democrats' boycott

By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Senate committee suspended rules on Thursday to approve U.S. President Donald Trump's controversial choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday, amid a boycott of his nomination by the panel's Democratic members. John Barrasso, chair of the Senate's environment and public works committee, said the panel would "suspend several rules" temporarily to approve the nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as EPA administrator. Democrats on the committee boycotted Wednesday's meeting to approve Pruitt, saying that he doubts the science of climate change and has too many conflicts of...

ConocoPhillips reports 4Q loss

ConocoPhillips (COP) on Thursday reported a loss of $35 million in its fourth quarter. On a per-share basis, the Houston-based company said it had a loss of 3 cents. Losses, adjusted for one-time gains ...

After oil and gas, Denmark
After oil and gas, Denmark's Dong ditches coal

Danish green energy giant Dong said Thursday it was pulling out of coal use, burning another bridge to its fossil fuel past after ditching oil and gas. Dong is the biggest wind power producer in Europe. "The future belongs to renewable energy sources, and therefore we're now converting the last of our coal-fired power stations to sustainable biomass," said CEO Henrik Poulsen in a statement.

Tillerson
Tillerson's job as chief U.S. diplomat got harder before it began

By Arshad Mohammed and Lesley Wroughton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Rex Tillerson's job as chief U.S. diplomat became harder before it even began because of White House moves that have antagonized Muslim nations, European allies, Mexico and U.S. bureaucrats, current and former U.S. officials said. The Senate confirmed Tillerson as the 69th secretary of state on Wednesday by a 56-43 vote, making the former Exxon Mobil Corp CEO the chief foreign affairs adviser to Republican President Donald Trump.

Senate roll vote on Rex Tillerson for secretary of state

WASHINGTON (AP) - The 56-43 roll call Wednesday by which the Senate confirmed Rex W. Tillerson, former CEO of Exxon Mobil, to be secretary of state.

Senate confirms Rex Tillerson, former CEO of Exxon Mobil, to be President Donald Trump's secretary of state.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate confirms Rex Tillerson, former CEO of Exxon Mobil, to be President Donald Trump's secretary of state.

The Latest: Dems boycott EPA pick
The Latest: Dems boycott EPA pick's confirmation hearing

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on President Donald Trump's Cabinet nominees (all times local):

Trump
Trump's secretary of state pick headed for Senate approval

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump's nomination of Rex Tillerson for secretary of state is headed toward Senate confirmation after several Democrats crossed party lines to back the former Exxon Mobil CEO.

Trump's Supreme Court nominee questions power of administrative agencies

By Andrew Chung and Lawrence Hurley NEW YORK (Reuters) - Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch is known for questioning how far courts should go in deferring to federal agencies on interpreting the law, a view that could be important for U.S. companies and, perhaps, for President Donald Trump. Nominated by Trump on Tuesday to fill a vacancy on the nation's highest court, the 49-year-old Gorsuch is widely viewed as a sharp-eyed jurist and a crisp writer who has the potential to be a persuasive voice on the court. In a recent case, Gorsuch took a dim view of a landmark 1984 high court ruling, Chevron v. Natural Resources Defense Council.

Russia
Russia's nuclear giant pushes into wind energy

Russia's nuclear agency Rosatom said Tuesday that it was joining with a Dutch company to create a wind turbine venture, hoping to tap a domestic market worth billions of euros each year. The Russian government wants wind energy to generate two percent of the country's electricity output by 2024, and Rosatom already has a contract to build 26 wind farms in the south of the country. Rosatom's deputy chief, Kirill Komarov, said the goal was not only to build turbines, but to shape regulations for the sector and train specialists.

Imperial Oil profit boosted by asset-sale gain

(Reuters) - Imperial Oil Ltd , majority owned by Exxon Mobil Corp , reported a sharp rise in fourth-quarter profit, helped by a gain from the sale of its service stations. The company's oil and gas business posted net income of C$103 million, compared with a loss of C$289 million a year earlier, helped by a recovery in oil prices. The company has kept a tight leash on costs since oil prices began to slide in mid-2014.

EU set to meet green energy goal; UK trails - document
EU set to meet green energy goal; UK trails - document

The European Union is on track to meet its goal for renewables to supply up 20 percent of its energy by 2020, the EU executive said in a report seen by Reuters, although Britain, Ireland and Luxembourg are lagging behind. In a stock take on the bloc's climate targets, due to be published on Wednesday, the European Commission saw renewables accounting for 16.4 percent of overall consumption in 2015. Fearing President Donald Trump will pull the United States out of a global pact to cut emissions, EU officials hope leadership in renewables will help forge ties with China to keep pushing diplomatic efforts to fight global warming.

The EPA
The EPA's Transition Head Revealed He Has No Idea What's Happening With The EPA

Popular Science just published what it states is a leaked memo from EPA transition head Don Benton, more or less the agency's top dog at the moment and who orders EPA staffers to ignore what the media is saying while simultaneously admitting he doesn't know what's going on. Due to the important nature of the work that is done here at the EPA, we are falling under a greater media microscope than most agencies. In addition, many news outlets are quoting individuals who are no longer serving on the EPA transition team.

A Week in the Life of a Working Online MBA Student

By day, Quinn Woodard Jr. is an electrical engineer at Chevron Corp. By night, he's an online student pursuing his MBA at the Indiana University--Bloomington Kelley School of Business, hoping to accelerate his career and develop new skills. Woodard doesn't have much time to study during the morning or afternoon -- that's typically reserved for after work a few evenings each week. When he returns home, Woodard might attend a live class session through videoconferencing, work on group projects virtually with classmates or complete other assignments.

McCain warns Trump not to lift sanctions on Russia
McCain warns Trump not to lift sanctions on Russia

U.S. Senator John McCain, commenting on Friday on speculation that President Donald Trump may lift sanctions on Russia, said he hoped the administration would reject that "reckless course." "If he does not, I will work with my colleagues to codify sanctions against Russia into law," McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee and one of the Republican party's senior foreign policy voices, said in a statement. A decision by Trump to ease sanctions imposed on Moscow over its annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region could complicate efforts to win Senate confirmation of Rex Tillerson, Trump's nominee for secretary of state. Tillerson worked with...

What Tesla Motors Inc. (TSLA) CEO Elon Musk Is Saying About Donald Trump

Count Tesla Motors Inc (ticker: TSLA) CEO Elon Musk as one executive who is taking a wait-and-see attitude toward President Donald Trump. On Tuesday, Musk replied to a tweet from The Economist to show encouragement for Trump's nominee for secretary of state, former Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM) CEO Rex Tillerson. Musk followed up with another tweet in support of a carbon tax, reports Fortune.

Chevron swings to 4Q profit on revenue boost, cost cuts

Chevron Corp. swung to a fourth-quarter profit on a higher revenue and lower costs, but still fell short of Wall Street expectations. Its shares fell almost 3 percent in morning trading Friday. The San ...

Ghana's only oil refinery shut after explosion -union

Ghana's only oil refinery, the Tema Oil Refinery, is shut after an explosion at a newly installed 5.8-million-euro crude oil heating unit, a senior union official said on Friday. The blast at the crude distillation unit, which caused no casualties, is the latest problem to hit the refinery, which has for decades performed below its capacity of 45,000 barrels per day. "The new furnace is now scrap," said a union leader who declined to be identified.

Official: Trump wants to slash EPA workforce, budget
Official: Trump wants to slash EPA workforce, budget

WASHINGTON (AP) - The former head of President Donald Trump's transition team at the Environmental Protection Agency says he expects the new administration to seek significant budget and staff cuts.

AP Explains: What is the EPA, and why is it in the hot seat?
AP Explains: What is the EPA, and why is it in the hot seat?

The former head of President Donald Trump's transition team at the Environmental Protection Agency says he expects the new administration to seek significant budget and staff cuts for the department. Here's ...

Official: Trump wants to slash EPA workforce, budget
Official: Trump wants to slash EPA workforce, budget

WASHINGTON (AP) - The former head of President Donald Trump's transition team at the Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday he expects the new administration to seek significant budget and staff cuts.

Exxon names environmentalist to board of directors
Exxon names environmentalist to board of directors

HOUSTON (Reuters) - Exxon Mobil Corp, the world's largest publicly traded oil producer, named an environmentalist to its board of directors on Wednesday.

Republicans to kill U.S. rules on corruption, environment, labor and guns next week
Republicans to kill U.S. rules on corruption, environment, labor and guns next week

By Lisa Lambert WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional Republicans are set to overturn a slew of Obama-era regulations next week, including a controversial anti-bribery rule aimed at U.S. resource companies such as Exxon Mobil Corp and Chevron Corp , according to a top lawmaker. After six years of legal battles, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in June approved the rule requiring companies to disclose payments to foreign governments. Other rules eyed for quick overturning by Congress include newly minted environmental, gun control and labor relations measures, sources said.

Why did Trump order a media blackout for the EPA? Can he do that?

Having rebuffed climate science repeatedly in his run-up to the election, President Trump seems to be teeing up a series of policy changes to steer the government away from his predecessor's priorities and toward a course of action in line with his views. The new administration has sent directives to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of the Interior (DOI), the Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in an apparent effort to limit communications with the public, multiple unnamed sources told Reuters. The EPA was instructed further to take down its webpage dedicated to climate change, an action that could take place as...

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