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People walk next to a gas station flooded and damaged by the impact of Hurricane Maria, which hit the eastern region of the island, in Humacao, Puerto Rico, Wednesday, September 20, 2017. The strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in more than 80 years destroyed hundreds of homes, knocked out power across the entire island and turned some streets into raging rivers in an onslaught that could plunge the U.S. territory deeper into financial crisis. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

A stunned Puerto Rico seeks to rebuild after Hurricane Maria

- Associated Press

Tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans stunned by a hurricane that crushed concrete balconies, twisted metal gates and paralyzed the island with landslides, flooding and downed trees vowed to slowly rebuild amid an economic crisis as rescue crews fanned out across the U.S. territory Thursday.

A gate at the U.S. Oil Recovery Superfund site is shown Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, in Pasadena, Texas, where three tanks once used to store toxic waste were flooded during Hurricane Harvey. The Environmental Protection Agency says it has found no evidence that toxins washed off the site, but is still assessing damage.  (AP Photo)

Evidence of spills at toxic site during floods: AP exclusive report

- Associated Press

The U.S. government received reports of three spills at one of Houston’s dirtiest Superfund toxic waste sites in the days after the drenching rains from Hurricane Harvey finally stopped. Aerial photos reviewed by The Associated Press show dark-colored water surrounding the site as the floods receded, flowing through Vince Bayou and into the city’s ship channel.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin holds an umbrella as he looks at an outdoor fitness equipment installed on the Onezhskaya Embankment in Petrozavodsk, Russia, Wednesday, July 26, 2017. (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Europeans concerned over U.S. sanctions on Russia

- The Washington Times

Proposed U.S. legislation to expand sanctions against Russia has sparked an angry reaction in Europe, where EU officials warned Wednesday the moves could undermine the sensitive energy security relationship between Moscow and Western Europe.

Ethanol bill defeated in Senate

- The Washington Times

In a major defeat for the ethanol industry, senators of both parties joined forces late last week to sink a controversial bill that would've allowed gasoline with 15 percent ethanol to be sold year-round.

Pro-ethanol bill dividing both parties

- The Washington Times

An unlikely coalition of environmentalists, labor unions, boaters and some of the Senate's most conservative Republicans is mobilizing to fend off a pro-ethanol bill that has divided both parties and, if passed, would mark one of the biggest wins in recent memory for the industry.

California Gov. Jerry Brown (center) said that the Golden State had a moral duty to act on efforts to combat climate change, and applauded the state's bipartisan cap and trade extension. "Tonight California stood tall and once again, boldly confronted the existential threat of our time," Mr. Brown said of the state's initiative. (Associated Press)

California passes cap and trade extension with GOP support

- The Washington Times

By extending its controversial cap and trade system for another decade, California this week officially replaced the federal government as the nation's most powerful actor on global warming — and in the process got several Republicans to buck their national party leadership.

Gov. Jerry Brown, center, flanked by lawmakers from both sides of the aisle, speaks of the passage of a pair of climate change measures, Monday, July 17, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Brown, lawmakers celebrate bipartisan cap-and-trade victory

- Associated Press

California's signature initiative to fight global warming will get another decade of life after lawmakers from both parties joined Gov. Jerry Brown in extending the law credited with reducing the state's carbon footprint.