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People wearing yellow vests demonstrate in Peyrorade, southwestern France, Friday, Dec. 14, 2018. French President Emmanuel Macron is calling for "calm" and "order" ahead of promised new protests by the broad yellow-vest movement after rioting in recent weeks.  (AP Photo/Bob Edme)

Tear gas in Paris, but fewer protesters and bigger demands

- Associated Press

A protest movement that has brought the French into the streets for five Saturdays in a row in a major challenge to President Emmanuel Macron lost momentum in its latest nationwide outcry, but the smaller crowds pushed fervently for one of their expanding demands, a citizen’s referendum to help define policy.

Participants leave before the end of the final session of the COP24 summit on climate change in Katowice, Poland, Friday, Dec. 14, 2018.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Nations at U.N. climate talks back universal emissions rules

- Associated Press

After two weeks of bruising negotiations, officials from almost 200 countries agreed Saturday on universal, transparent rules that will govern efforts to cut emissions and curb global warming. Fierce disagreements on two other climate issues were kicked down the road for a year to help bridge a chasm of opinions on the best solutions.

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Xcel Energy's climate plan includes carbon capture

- Associated Press

As Xcel Energy executives announced their vision of delivering zero-carbon electricity by 2050 in Denver, they may have also revived a long debate over the viability of carbon capture technology.

Drilling rigs bring workers, tax windfall to Oklahoma

Associated Press

As drilling for oil and natural gas increases, some Oklahoma towns are reaping the economic benefits from temporary workers who need food, plus housing that often comes in the form of recreational vehicles.

Gas plant debate moves from Minnesota to Wisconsin

- Associated Press

Clean energy advocates will get a second chance to block a proposed natural gas plant in northern Wisconsin, though odds will not be in their favor.

In this Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016 photo, wind turbines are shown at Grande Prairie Wind Project in O'Neill, Neb. (Megan Farmer/Omaha World-Herald via AP)

Omaha utility board may lean toward environmental reform

- Associated Press

Six years ago, most people elected to the Omaha Public Power District board ran on holding electricity rates low. They campaigned on the importance of containing the costs of powering homes and businesses.

Decatur schools to pay substitute teachers more

Associated Press

Substitute teachers in Decatur City Schools have received a 10 percent to 13 percent pay raise, and school officials hope the increase will help attract substitute employees.

FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2018 file photo, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke speaks after an order withdrawing federal protections for countless waterways and wetland was signed, at EPA headquarters in Washington.  Trump says on Saturday, Dec. 15,  Zinke leaving administration at end of year, successor to be announced next week.(AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Interior Secretary Zinke resigning, cites 'vicious' attacks

- Associated Press

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, facing federal investigations into his travel, political activity and potential conflicts of interest, will be leaving the administration at year's end, President Donald Trump said Saturday. In his resignation letter, obtained by The Associated Press, Zinke said "vicious and politically motivated attacks" against him had "created an unfortunate distraction" in fulfilling the agency's mission.