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Arch Coal suspends plans for major new mine in Montana

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Arch Coal is suspending its plans to develop a major coal mine in southeastern Montana two months after the industry giant filed for bankruptcy protection. The St. Louis-based company on Thursday cited a weak coal market and an uncertain permitting outlook in announcing it was suspending its application for the proposed Otter Creek mine. Otter Creek ...

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The Latest: Trump says fracking approval can help him win NY

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gives a thumbs-up as he arrives during a rally at Wexford County Civic Center, Friday, March 4, 2016, in Cadillac, Mich. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on campaign 2016 (all Eastern Standard Time): 9:15 p.m. GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump says he thinks he can win New York, despite Democrats’ significant voter registration advantage, because he’s in favor of a practice called fracking. Trump tells an audience in New Orleans on Friday night that “New York has been let down” because ...

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Nigeria: 30 killed in pre-election violence in oil state

WARRI, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria’s governing party says at least 30 of its members have died as oil-rich Rivers state prepares for a rerun of legislative elections previously annulled amid fraud and killings. Rivers state is a stronghold of the opposition Democrats who deny responsibility and, according to state government spokesman Austin Tam George, blame the spate of killings over ...

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ExxonMobil sued over Baton Rouge chemical plant’s emissions

The ExxonMobil chemical plant in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Image: Christopher Barnette via Flickr)

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — An environmental group’s lawsuit claims ExxonMobil Corp. continues to violate Clean Air Act regulations despite a 2014 settlement over emissions from the company’s Baton Rouge chemical plant. The Louisiana Environmental Action Network sued the company in federal court on Thursday. The suit alleges that pollution from the plant jeopardizes the health of nearby residents of ...

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North Dakota regulators OK Xcel Energy settlement refund

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Xcel Energy customers in North Dakota will get a refund as part of an ongoing settlement in the utility’s dispute with the federal government over the storage of spent nuclear fuel. The North Dakota Public Service Commission on Wednesday approved the refund, which totals about $700,000 and will average about $3 per customer. The Minneapolis-based utility ...

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Brazil’s Marcelo Odebrecht sentenced to more than 19 years

Marcelo Odebrecht, CEO of Odebrecht. (Image: Worldsteel via Flickr)

SAO PAULO (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday sentenced the former president of the country’s largest construction company to more than 19 years in prison for involvement in the massive corruption scheme at Brazil’s state-run oil company Petrobras. Judge Sergio Moro, who is heading the Petrobras investigation, sentenced Marcelo Odebrecht to 19 years and four months imprisonment on charges ...

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