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In this Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017, file photo, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown speaks to media representatives in Salem, Ore.  (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File) ** FILE **

Oregon Democrats lack votes for climate bill that sparked GOP walkout

- Associated Press

The president of the Oregon Senate said Tuesday there weren’t enough votes in his majority Democratic caucus to approve a landmark climate bill that has sparked a walkout by Republicans and exacerbated tensions between urban and rural areas.

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A fishing boat speeds past an oil tanker in the distance in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, June 15, 2019. The Kokuka Courageous, one of two oil tankers targeted in an apparent attack in the Gulf of Oman, was brought to the United Arab Emirates' eastern coast Saturday. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)

Rocket hits Iraqi oil site, wounds 3 workers, officials say

- Associated Press

A rocket hit an oil-drilling site in Iraq's southern Basra province early Wednesday, striking inside a compound housing energy giant Exxon Mobil and wounding three local workers, one seriously, Iraqi officials said.

Trump EPA close to gutting Obama rule on coal power plants

- Associated Press

The Trump administration is close to completing one of its biggest rollbacks of environmental rules, replacing a landmark Obama-era effort that sought to wean the nation's electrical grid off coal-fired power plants and their climate-damaging pollution.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani smiles as he speaks to Russian President Vladimir Putin during their talks on a sideline of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, Friday, June 14, 2019. Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has called for closer cooperation between Tehran and Moscow amid rising regional tensions. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Iran says it will break uranium stockpile limit in 10 days

- Associated Press

Iran will break the uranium stockpile limit set by Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers in the next 10 days, the spokesman for the country's atomic agency said Monday while also warning that Iran could enrich uranium up to 20% - just a step away from weapons-grade levels.

Hunt for cause of massive South America power outage begins

- Associated Press

As lights turned back on across Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay after a massive blackout that hit tens of millions people, authorities were still largely in the dark about what caused the collapse of the interconnected grid and were tallying the damage from the unforeseen disaster.

An oil tanker is on fire in the sea of Oman, Thursday, June 13, 2019. Two oil tankers near the strategic Strait of Hormuz were reportedly attacked on Thursday, an assault that left one ablaze and adrift as sailors were evacuated from both vessels and the U.S. Navy rushed to assist amid heightened tensions between Washington and Tehran. (AP Photo/ISNA)

Attacks on oil tankers raise fears of military response between U.S., Iran

- The Washington Times

Fears of a military clash between the U.S. and Iran reached new heights Thursday as the Trump administration roundly blamed Tehran for fresh attacks on two oil tankers near the Strait of Hormuz that left a massive ship in flames, triggered a spike in global oil prices and set nerves on edge over the prospect of a military response from Washington.

Lawmakers in Texas and North Carolina are the latest to push for increases in fees for hybrid and electric vehicles. However, that push is getting resistance from environmental groups who say the fees would discourage people from buying these vehicles. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

States losing gas tax revenue on electric, hybrid cars

- The Washington Times

States are losing gas tax revenue on hybrid and electric cars, but their efforts to raise registration fees on those vehicles for road maintenance projects is meeting opposition from environmentalists and auto manufacturers.