- Nuclear crossroad: California reactors face uncertain future Updated: Nov-28-15 6:37 pm
LOS ANGELES - Six years ago, the company that owns California's last operating nuclear power plant announced it would seek an extended lifespan for its aging reactors. Pacific Gas and Electric Co. envisioned Diablo Canyon as a linchpin in the state's green energy future, with its low-carbon electricity illuminating homes to nearly midcentury.
- Judge rules against 13-year-old in climate change challenge Updated: Nov-28-15 5:52 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - A judge has ruled against a 13-year-old girl who took North Carolina to court over climate change, but the eighth-grader says she'll continue to fight for environmental protections.
- Judge rules against 13-year-old in climate change challenge Updated: Nov-28-15 5:49 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - A judge has ruled against a 13-year-old who took North Carolina to court over climate change.
- Burn bans in effect in Pierce and Snohomish counties Updated: Nov-28-15 5:38 pm
TACOMA, Washington - Stagnant weather conditions and rising air pollution has prompted the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency to maintain a Stage 2 burn ban in Pierce and Snohomish counties.
- Audit: School bus inspection program skips smaller vehicles Updated: Nov-28-15 4:41 pm
CARSON CITY, Nevada - A Nevada Highway Patrol program that inspects the state's school buses for safety is overlooking dozens of vehicles that don't fall under the traditional definition of a bus, according to state auditors.
- Wood-burning ban in effect in Eugene and Springfield Updated: Nov-28-15 12:51 pm
EUGENE, Oregon - The Lane Regional Air Protection Agency has imposed a 24-hour ban on wood burning in Eugene and Springfield.
- Florida counties fight fracking push Updated: Nov-28-15 11:56 am
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - Dozens of Florida cities and counties oppose a plan to give the state control over the oil and gas exploration process known as fracking.
- News Guide: What to know about December legislative session Updated: Nov-28-15 11:48 am
LANSING, Michigan - The Michigan Legislature returns Tuesday for two or three weeks of voting with a number of issues on tap before it adjourns for the year.
- Proposals would set age 21 as minimum for buying smokes Updated: Nov-28-15 9:50 am
BOSTON - As Boston considers raising the legal age for purchasing cigarettes and other tobacco products in the city from 18 to 21, Massachusetts lawmakers are weighing the possibility of a making such a change on a statewide basis.
- Race to settle budget fight means resolving policy disputes Updated: Nov-28-15 9:30 am
WASHINGTON - Farm-state lawmakers are trying to thwart new clean water rules.
- Use of banned pesticide not isolated event in US territories Updated: Nov-28-15 12:05 am
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Nine months after a vacationing family nearly died from exposure to methyl bromide on the island of St. John, authorities have come to at least one troubling conclusion: The use of the banned pesticide was not an isolated event in U.S. Caribbean territories.
- Gay marriage is legal but not on tribal lands Updated: Nov-27-15 5:22 pm
FLAGSTAFF, Arizona - Cleo Pablo married her longtime partner when gay weddings became legal in Arizona and looked forward to the day when her wife and their children could move into her home in the small Native American community outside Phoenix where she grew up.
- Marijuana club opens in former Fairbanks wine bar Updated: Nov-27-15 3:24 pm
FAIRBANKS, Alaska - A marijuana club that allows consumption but not sales quietly opened this week in Fairbanks and its owners say they are operating within state law.
- Hundreds gather in Cuba in frustration at Ecuador visa rule Updated: Nov-27-15 3:14 pm
HAVANA - Hundreds of angry Cubans confronted police and Ecuadoran embassy officials in an unusual display of public discontent on Friday after the surprise announcement of a new visa requirement aimed at choking off this year's historic overland emigration of Cubans across more than 3,000 miles (5,000 kilometers) of South and Central America to the U.S. border with Mexico.
- Republican wants to impound cars if drivers lack license Updated: Nov-27-15 2:09 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Drivers without valid licenses who are pulled over by police would have to immediately surrender their cars under a bill proposed by a Republican legislator.
- Romania OKs visit by Russian official under EU travel ban Updated: Nov-27-15 12:44 pm
BUCHAREST, Romania - Romania's foreign ministry has defended a visit by a Russian legislator who is on a European Union sanctions list, saying restrictions do not apply for international meetings.
- Wallowa County holds public hearing on pot business ban Updated: Nov-27-15 12:34 pm
ENTERPRISE, Oregon - Despite voting 2-to-1 against marijuana sales in 2014, residents of Wallowa County voiced strong opinions for both sides about a proposed ordinance to prohibit wholesale and retail marijuana operations in unincorporated areas of the county.
- Feds extend comment period on plan to close areas to mining Updated: Nov-27-15 12:08 pm
BOISE, Idaho - The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has extended the public comment period on the agency's plan to withdraw 10 million acres of public lands in six western states from potential mineral extraction to protect habitat for the greater sage grouse.
- Southwest Idaho a wildfire restoration lab for land managers Updated: Nov-27-15 11:27 am
MARSING, Idaho - Even before the smoke cleared last summer, scientists and resource specialists spread out across the blackened range of the Owyhee Mountains to assess the damage of the Soda Fire.
- Agency: Stagnant, cold air and wood stoves equal pollution Updated: Nov-27-15 10:59 am
OLYMPIA, Washington - An Olympia area clean air agency is asking residents to voluntarily reduce their use of wood stoves because of stagnant, cold air is putting the region's air quality at risk.
- 3 Chinese brokerages say they are under investigation Updated: Nov-27-15 8:04 am
BEIJING - Three of China's biggest securities firms are under investigation in a fresh aftershock from this summer's market plunge.
- South Dakota regulators to decide on Dakota Access pipeline Updated: Nov-27-15 7:51 am
PIERRE, South Dakota - South Dakota regulators are expected to decide Monday whether to grant a construction permit for a pipeline that will cross through the state as it carries oil from North Dakota to Illinois.
- Farm recalls produce used in Costco salad linked to E. coli Updated: Nov-26-15 9:48 pm
SAN FRANCISCO - A California farm is recalling a vegetable mix believed to be the source of E.coli in Costco chicken salad that has been linked to an outbreak that has sickened 19 people in seven states, the Food and Drug Administration said Thursday.
- Law allowing guns on campus sparks discussion among students Updated: Nov-26-15 12:22 pm
WICHITA, Kansas - University students in Kansas are starting to talk about a day in the not-too-distant future when anyone over 21 who legally owns a gun will be allowed to carry it onto campuses.
- Widows: Railroad knew of defect before veterans killed Updated: Nov-26-15 12:05 pm
LUBBOCK, Texas - Intensive care nurse Angie Boivin had just tended to a woman whose leg was severed near the hip when she saw her husband Larry lying nearby under an American flag blanket. She says that she was with him when he took his last breath.