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Former militia leader pleads guilty to 19 cheating clients

Associated Press

A former leader of the militia group called 3% of Idaho has pleaded guilty to grand theft after he cheated 19 clients from his former property management company out of about $100,000, prosecutors said.

FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2019, file photo, a gas station that was attacked during protests over rises in government-set gasoline prices is reflected in a puddle, in Tehran, Iran. Internet connectivity is trickling back in Iran after the government shut down access to the rest of the world for more than four days in response to unrest apparently triggered by a gasoline price hike. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)

Iran net outage first to effectively isolate a whole nation

- Associated Press

Internet connectivity is trickling back in Iran after the government shut down access to the rest of the world for more than four days in response to unrest apparently triggered by a gasoline price hike.

FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2019 file photo, explosion survivor Erin Martinez speaks at a news conference at the Capitol in Denver. Martinez, who survived a deadly home explosion caused by a leaking and abandoned underground gas pipeline near her home, urged Colorado regulators Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019 to verify that energy firms who say they've complied with rules actually do so. Martinez made her plea as regulators consider new underground oil and gas pipeline safety regulation prompted by the 2017 explosion that killed her husband, her brother, injured her 11-year-old son and left her with burns covering 40% of her body. (Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via AP, File)

Colorado approves new flowline rules after fatal blast

Associated Press

Colorado regulators on Thursday approved a set of safety measures designed to increase citizen protections in areas surrounding thousands of miles of underground oil and gas pipelines in the state.

FILE - This Feb. 9, 2016, file photo shows ice forming on pipelines built near the Colville-Delta 5 field, or as it's more commonly known, CD5, drilling site on Alaska's North Slope. The Trump administration will consider a new management plan and expanded oil drilling for the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, an Indiana-size area that former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar characterized as an "iconic place on our Earth." The Bureau of Land Management announced Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, it will take public comment through Jan. 21 on four alternatives for the reserve in northern Alaska. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen,File)

US agency to consider expanded drilling in Alaska reserve

- Associated Press

The Trump administration will consider a new management plan and expanded oil drilling for the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, an Indiana-size area that former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar characterized as an “iconic place on our Earth.”

House urges court to lift hold on subpoena for Trump records

- Associated Press

House Democrats and Manhattan’s top prosecutor told the Supreme Court Thursday that President Donald Trump’s arguments to shield his tax returns and financial records are weak, and not deserving of the justices’ intervention.

Alabama Power fees on solar challenged

- Associated Press

Environmental groups on Thursday challenged Alabama Power’s charges on those who use solar panels to produce part of their home electricity, a fee the utility maintains is necessary to cover providing backup power.

New Mexico task force rolls out climate change strategies

- Associated Press

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Thursday reiterated her commitment to addressing the causes and effects of climate change as a panel of experts concluded that New Mexico needs to pick up the pace if it wants to meet its goals over the next decade.

EPA prosecutions of polluters approach quarter-century lows

- Associated Press

Criminal prosecution and convictions of polluters have fallen to quarter-century lows under the Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency, deepening three years of overall enforcement declines, according to Justice Department statistics.