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This image provided on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019, by the U.S. government and DigitalGlobe and annotated by the source, shows damage to the infrastructure at Saudi Aramco's Abaqaiq oil processing facility in Buqyaq, Saudi Arabia. The drone attack Saturday on Saudi Arabia's Abqaiq plant and its Khurais oil field led to the interruption of an estimated 5.7 million barrels of the kingdom's crude oil production per day, equivalent to more than 5% of the world's daily supply. (U.S. government/Digital Globe via AP)

Energy prices spike after Saudi oil attack; U.S. blaming Iran

- Associated Press

Global energy prices spiked on Monday after a weekend attack on key oil facilities in Saudi Arabia caused the worst disruption to world supplies on record, an assault for which President Donald Trump warned that the U.S. was “locked and loaded” to respond.

In this July 23, 2019, file photo, California Gov. Gavin Newsom gives a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

California Gov. Gavin Newsom to buck Democrats, veto environmental bill

- Associated Press

California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced he will buck Democratic legislative leaders by vetoing legislation aimed at stopping the Trump administration from weakening oversight of longstanding federal environmental laws in California.

In this Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, photo, debris litters the ground at Advance Auto Parts following severe weather in Sioux Falls, S.D. (Abigail Dollins/The Argus Leader via AP)

Likely tornado, high winds cause damage in South Dakota

Associated Press

Severe weather, including a probable tornado, struck eastern South Dakota leaving a trail of damaged buildings, downed power lines, fallen trees and some reports of injuries, officials said Wednesday.

People wait outside the state Capitol after a hearing challenging the constitutionality of the state legislature's repeal of the religious exemption to vaccination after a rally outside the Albany County Courthouse Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019, in Albany, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)

Tap water turns pink in N.Y. capital

Associated Press

That’s not rose flowing from your faucet. The tap water in parts of New York’s capital is turning pink, but officials say it’s perfectly safe to drink.

An Isle of Palms resident clears the drain on Hartnett Blvd. during Hurricane Dorian at the Isle of Palms, S.C., Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, in Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)

Hurricane Dorian makes landfall in North Carolina

Associated Press

Hurricane Dorian came ashore Friday morning at Cape Hatteras on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, marking its first U.S. landfall since it slammed into the Bahamas days ago.

A man talks on his mobile phone next to a catamaran that was thrown onshore by the Hurricane Dorian near highway close Freeport, Grand Bahama, Bahamas, Tuesday Sept. 3, 2019. Relief officials reported scenes of utter ruin in parts of the Bahamas and rushed to deal with an unfolding humanitarian crisis in the wake of Hurricane Dorian, the most powerful storm on record ever to hit the islands. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

Bahamians begin rescues as Dorian moves on toward U.S. coast

- Associated Press

Bahamians rescued victims of Hurricane Dorian with jet skis and a bulldozer as the U.S. Coast Guard, Britain’s Royal Navy and a handful of aid groups tried to get food and medicine to survivors and take the most desperate people to safety.

Strong winds from Hurricane Dorian blow the tops of trees and brush while whisking up water from the surface of a canal that leads to the sea, located behind the brush at top, seen from the balcony of a hotel in Freeport, Grand Bahama, Bahamas, Monday, Sept. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

Deadly Dorian weakens to Category 3, still pounds relentlessly at desperate Bahamas

- Associated Press

Hurricane Dorian came to a catastrophic daylong halt over the northwest Bahamas, flooding the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama with walls of water that lapped into the second floors of buildings, trapped people in attics and drowned the Grand Bahama airport under 6 feet of water. At least five people died and 21 injured people were airlifted to the capital by the U.S. Coast Guard, Bahamas officials said.

A man stands on a store's roof as he works to prepare it for the arrival of Hurricane Dorian in Freeport on Grand Bahama, Bahamas, Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019. Hurricane Dorian intensified yet again Sunday as it closed in on the northern Bahamas, threatening to batter islands with Category 5-strength winds, pounding waves and torrential rain. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

Hurricane Dorian pummels Bahamas with Category 4 assault

- Associated Press

Hurricane Dorian hovered over the Bahamas on Monday, pummeling the islands with a fearsome Category 4 assault that shredded roofs, hurled cars and forced even rescue crews to take shelter until the onslaught passes.

Larry Weiner, from Pembroke Pines, loads bags of sand in preparation for Hurricane Dorian at Jaycee Park, Friday, Aug. 30, 2019 in Hutchinson Island, Fla. Hurricane Dorian was muscling a chaotic path toward Florida, with officials and residents bracing for the possibility it would unleash its full fury early next week but clinging to the glimmer of hope that the strengthening storm could simply skirt the coastline. (Matias J. Ocner/Miami Herald via AP)

Dorian becomes a Category 4 monster powering toward Florida

- Associated Press

Hurricane Dorian powered toward Florida with increasing fury Friday, becoming an “extremely dangerous” Category 4 storm but leaving forecasters uncertain whether it would make a direct hit on the state’s east coast or inflict a glancing blow.

Conservative groups back Trump on auto mileage proposal

- The Washington Times

A coalition of conservative groups announced its support Friday for the Trump administration’s proposed revised tailpipe emission standards, following decisions by several automakers to side with California’s stricter fuel-economy requirements.

Brevard County prepares for the approach of Hurricane Dorian, as well over 100 vehicles lined up at 10:00am for free sandbags being filled by trustees from the Brevard County Jail in the parking lot of Calvary Chapel, a church in Viera West, it was one of several locations offering sandbags.  (Tim Shortt/Florida Today via AP)

Florida preps for an ‘absolute monster’: Hurricane Dorian

- Associated Press

Unsure where Hurricane Dorian is going to land next week, many Florida residents faced a sense of helplessness as they prepared for what President Donald Trump said could be an “absolute monster” of a storm.

In this July 24, 2018, photo, corn grows in front of a barn carrying a large Trump sign in rural Ashland, Neb. The Trump administration is following through on a plan to allow year-round sales of gasoline mixed with 15% ethanol. The Environmental Protection Agency announced the change Friday, May 31, 2019, ending a summertime ban imposed out of concerns for increased smog from the higher ethanol blend. The change also fulfills a pledge that President Donald Trump made to U.S. corn farmers to allow the higher ethanol sales year-round. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik) **FILE**

Trump says farmers will be ‘so happy’ with new plan to boost ethanol

- The Washington Times

President Trump said Thursday he’s preparing to announce a “giant package” to boost demand for ethanol, responding to rising concerns in rural America about the administration’s exemptions for refineries from blending biofuels, which is required under the nation’s ethanol mandate.

Store shelves are empty of bottled water as residents buy supplies in preparation for Hurricane Dorian,  in Doral, Fla., Thursday, July 29, 2019.  The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Dorian could hit the Florida coast over the weekend as a major hurricane. (AP Photo/Marcus Lim)

Hurricane Dorian picks up steam, menaces Florida

- Associated Press

Leaving mercifully little damage in its wake in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, a strengthening Hurricane Dorian posed an increasing menace to Florida on Thursday as it swirled toward a possible direct hit on the state over Labor Day weekend.

Emergency Center personnel stand next to a tv screen showing a meteorological image of Dorian, as they await its arrival, in Ceiba, Puerto Rico, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. Puerto Rico is facing its first major test of emergency preparedness since the 2017 devastation of Hurricane Maria as Tropical Storm Dorian nears the U.S. territory at near-hurricane force.  (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

Dorian hits U.S. Virgin Islands as Category 1 hurricane

- Associated Press

Dorian became a Category 1 hurricane on Wednesday as it struck the U.S. Virgin Islands, with forecasters saying it could grow to Category 3 status as it nears the U.S. mainland as early as the weekend.

Marriott banning little shampoo bottles by 2020

- Associated Press

It could be lights out for tiny toiletries. Marriott International, the world’s largest hotel chain, said Wednesday it will eliminate small plastic bottles of shampoo, conditioner and bath gel from its hotel rooms worldwide by December 2020. They’ll be replaced with larger bottles or wall-mounted dispensers, depending on the hotel.

In this Aug. 6, 2019, file photo, Ansol and Janie Clark pose at a memorial Ansol Clark constructed near the Kingston Fossil Plant in Kingston, Tenn. The Tennessee Valley Authority was responsible for a massive coal ash spill at the plant in 2008 that covered a community and fouled rivers. The couple says the memorial is for the workers who have come down with illnesses, some fatal, including cancers of the lung, brain, blood and skin and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Ansol Clark drove a fuel truck for four years at the cleanup site, and now suffers from a rare blood cancer. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Sick and dying Tennessee workers demand help after cleaning coal ash

- Associated Press

The Tennessee Valley Authority, long respected for providing good jobs and cheap electricity, is facing a growing backlash over its handling of a massive coal ash spill a decade ago, with potentially serious consequences for an industry often opposed to environmental regulation.

In this July 23, 2019, file photo, California Gov. Gavin Newsom gives a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

Automakers reject Trump’s regulatory relief, cozy up to California

- The Washington Times

President Trump’s plans for the biggest deregulatory effort of his presidency, a rescinding of California-led tailpipe emission standards established late in the Obama administration, have run into mounting opposition from automakers that have joined forces with California Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat.

In this Aug. 20, 2019, drone photo released by the Corpo de Bombeiros de Mato Grosso, brush fires burn in Guaranta do Norte municipality, Mato Grosso state, Brazil. Brazil's National Institute for Space Research, a federal agency monitoring deforestation and wildfires, said the country has seen a record number of wildfires this year. (Corpo de Bombeiros de Mato Grosso via AP)

Global worry over Amazon fires escalates; Bolsonaro defiant

- Associated Press

Amid global concern about raging fires in the Amazon, Brazil’s government complained Thursday that it is being targeted in smear campaign by critics who contend President Jair Bolsonaro is not doing enough to curb widespread deforestation.