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Oil can be seen in the Gulf of Mexico, more than 50 miles southeast of Venice on Louisiana's tip, as a large plume of smoke rises from fires on BP's Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig in this April 2010 file photo. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Gulf states reach $18.7B settlement with BP over oil spill

- Associated Press

BP and five Gulf states announced a massive settlement Thursday that resolves years of legal fighting over the environmental and economic damage done by the energy giant’s oil spill in 2010.

The White House this week once again is zeroing in on climate change, a top priority for President Obama during his final 18 months in office. (Associated Press)

Obama climate change agenda faces legal, political resistance

- The Washington Times

With Barack Obama’s legacy on health care seemingly secure after last week’s landmark Supreme Court decision, the president’s ambitious environmental agenda will come into sharper focus — but a host of legal challenges and growing defiance across the country threaten his efforts to fight climate change.

This Dec. 13, 2010, file photo shows CMS Energy Corp.'s B.C. Cobb Plant in Muskegon, Mich. (Jeffrey Ball, The Muskegon Chronicle via AP) ** FILE **

Supreme Court strikes down Obama power-plant regulations

- The Washington Times

President Obama’s climate change agenda hit a roadblock at the Supreme Court on Monday, but the administration brushed aside the decision and declared victory anyway, saying most utilities already have made the pollution cuts that technically are no longer necessary in light of the high court’s ruling.

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Suit in deaths of 19 firefighters ends in little cash

- Associated Press

A dozen families who lost loved ones when 19 members of a Hotshot firefighting crew were overcome by a 2013 wildfire originally wanted $220 million from the state for their deaths, plus changes to how Arizona responds to fires and trains its crews.

New York agency issues permits for removing invasive species

- Associated Press

The Adirondack Park Agency has approved two general permits for removing non-native plants and animals from the 6 million acres of state forests and wilderness and privately owned land in northern New York.

Farmers go high-tech in bid to reduce bay pollution

- Associated Press

The fields near here are lush and green, but farmer Kyle Hutchison wanted to give his corn crop one last dose of plant food before the chest-high stalks grew too tall to treat.

Judge to hear request to halt ocean blasting research plan

- Associated Press

A federal judge will hear arguments this month by fishing groups who want him to shut down a research project that involves blasting the ocean floor off the coast of New Jersey with sound waves.

FILE - In this Nov. 29. 2013, file photo, Edmonton Oilers' Andrew Ference carries the puck against the Columbus Blue Jackets during an NHL hockey game in Columbus, Ohio. Decades after he collected bottles to take to the recycling depot for money while he was growing up in Edmonton, Ference participated in an NHL panel at the fifth annual Green Sports Alliance Summit this week and gave one of the keynote addresses at the conference attended by business and sports leaders from across the country. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon, File)

Green movement coloring way sports looks at environment

- Associated Press

Andrew Ference was at the beginning of his NHL career when he met Dr. David Suzuki, who hosts a TV show in Canada. The conversation with the award-winning scientist changed the life of the young defenseman.

Bentley says oil spill settlement won't solve budget crisis

- Associated Press

Alabama lawmakers spent the majority of the 2015 legislative session turning over every legislative cushion in the House in hopes of finding an elusive sum of money to solve a looming budget gap for the next fiscal year.

Deepening of Charleston Harbor moving quickly forward

- Associated Press

The planned half-billion dollar deepening of the Charleston Harbor shipping channel has passed another milestone, and final approval of the plan is expected from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers by early fall.

U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, left, is greeted by Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang before a meeting at the Zhongnanhai leadership compound in Beijing Friday, July 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, Pool)

US official: China, US working to end ivory trade

Associated Press

The United States and China want to increase cooperation in fighting wildlife trafficking and are working to end commercial ivory trading, a U.S. Cabinet secretary said Friday.

BP to pay record $18.7 billion to states affected by spill

- Associated Press

More than five years after the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history fouled beaches, coated seabirds in thick goo and threatened delicate marshes, BP has agreed to pay a record settlement to affected states in hopes of bringing an end to a legal drama that has cost the company billions.

NY environmental groups pushing solar installations

Associated Press

Environmental groups along the Southern Tier and Hudson Valley say they are launching campaigns this month to help homeowners and small businesses add solar energy installations using financial incentives.

Camping ban eased on some WMAs in oil patch for holiday

Associated Press

North Dakota's Game and Fish Department is lifting an overnight camping ban on Tuesday and Wednesday for some wildlife management areas in the western oil path next week due to the Fourth of July holiday.