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In this photo taken July 14, 2010, an electric plug charges a Smart Car electric drive vehicle in New York. People buying all-electric cars where coal supplies the power may think they are helping the environment. But a new study shows those coal-powered plug-in vehicles can be making the air dirtier and worsening global warming. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

All-electric car may not be so green, study says

- Associated Press

People buying all-electric cars where coal supplies the power may think they are helping the environment. But a new study says those plug-in vehicles can be making the air dirtier and worsening global warming.

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon leaves his hand print next to a message that reads in Spanish "Everyone for the rights of all! Count on me Peru!" with his signature during a ceremony at the Antenor Oregon school in Lima, Peru, Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. Ban Ki-moon is in Peru for the Climate Change Conference, along with representatives from more than 190 countries that are working on drafts for a global climate deal that is supposed to be adopted next year in Paris. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

At U.N. climate talks, a crack in rich-poor barrier

- Associated Press

A last-minute deal that salvaged U.N. climate talks from collapse early Sunday sends a signal the rich-poor divide that long held up progress can be overcome with a year to go before a landmark pact is supposed to be adopted in Paris.

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Lincoln power utility adds wind, solar farms

Associated Press

Lincoln's power utility has announced plans to use enough power from wind farms and a solar energy project to increase its renewable energy generation portfolio to 48 percent by 2016.

File - This Nov. 6, 2013 file photo shows anti-whaling activist Paul Watson, center, founder of the Oregon-based Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, as he listens during a contempt of court hearing in federal court in Seattle. Radical environmentalists have been found in contempt of court for failing to heed an order to halt their relentless campaign to disrupt the annual whale hunt off the waters of Antarctica. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday, Dec. 19, 2014 ordered a lower court to determine how much Watson and members of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society owe Japanese whalers. (AP Photo/Karen Ducey, Pool, file)

Protesters in contempt of court for anti-whaling campaign

- Associated Press

Radical environmentalists who threw acid and smoke bombs at Japanese whalers were found in contempt of court for continuing their relentless campaign to disrupt the annual whale hunt off the waters of Antarctica.

Hopes, fears, doubts surround Cuba's oil future

- Associated Press

One of the most prolific oil and gas basins on the planet sits just off Cuba's northwest coast, and the thaw in relations with the United States is giving rise to hopes that Cuba can now get in on the action.

Will shale boom, new regulations cost coal jobs?

- Associated Press

Eight years ago, Scott Mathieson was working as a mining contractor in Cambria County when he heard of job opportunities in the thick-seamed coal mines of Greene County. The ex-Marine Corps officer had spent almost 10 years with Allegheny Belting Inc., building his resume by vulcanizing conveyor belts and realigning chutes for the mines.

US Rep. Smith asks Obama to preserve levee plan

Associated Press

Missouri Congressman Jason Smith has written to President Barack Obama to push for the completion of a Missouri Bootheel region levee after concerns were raised about the project.

Illinois farm groups foresee market growth in Cuba

Associated Press

Illinois farm groups are looking to Cuba as a growing market for corn, soybeans, pork and other products the state produces, and they see the state's access to rail and river transportation as an advantage to trade with the Caribbean island nation of 11 million consumers.

A look at large coal ash spills in the US

- Associated Press

The Obama administration on Friday set the first national standards for waste generated from coal burned for electricity, called coal ash, treating it more like household garbage rather than a hazardous material. The Obama announcement ended a six-year effort that began after a massive spill of the ash that contains toxins at a Tennessee power plant in 2008. Since then, the EPA has documented coal ash waste sites tainting hundreds of waterways and underground aquifers in numerous states with heavy metals and other toxic contaminants.

President Obama signs Montana wilderness law

Associated Press

President Barack Obama has signed wilderness legislation that preserves large areas of land in the North Fork of the Flathead and on the Rocky Mountain Front.

Wild horse advocates push to enter Wyoming lawsuit

- Associated Press

Wild horse advocacy groups across the country are pushing to intervene in a federal lawsuit the state of Wyoming filed recently against the U.S. Bureau of Land Management accusing the federal agency of not doing enough to reduce wild horse populations.

Rescue group wants to care for escaped Idaho cows

Associated Press

A national farm animal rescue organization says it wants to take possession of two cows that escaped from an Idaho slaughterhouse - but first, it has to find the missing animals.

Minnesota news in brief at 7:58 p.m. CST

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A federal judge on Friday ordered home confinement and GPS monitoring for two former officials with a now-defunct Massachusetts compounding pharmacy at the center of a 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people and sickened more than 750 others across the country.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a casino license celebration at Proctor's Theatre on  Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, in Schenectady, N.Y. Rivers Casino and Resort at Mohawk Harbor on Wednesday was recommended by the state's Gaming Facility Location Board for a Capital Region casino license. Cuomo will visit the three upstate New York counties selected for new casinos by the state's Gaming Facility Location Board. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

Siena poll: New York split on fracking

- Associated Press

New Yorkers remain divided over hydraulic fracturing for natural gas as the state prepares to outlaw the drilling process, according to a Siena College poll released Friday.

Some gray wolves to be returned to endangered list

- Associated Press

A federal judge on Friday threw out an Obama administration decision to remove gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region from the endangered species list - a decision that will ban further wolf hunting and trapping in three states.