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Supreme Court hears battle over Atlantic Coast Pipeline

DENISE LAVOIE

February 24, 2020

The Supreme Court on Monday appeared ready to remove an obstacle to construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, with a majority of justices expressing skepticism about a lower court ruling that tossed out a key permit needed for the natural gas pipeline to cross under the Appalachian Trail.Justices ...

Costs, delays scuttle 124-mile Constitution Pipeline project

MARY ESCH

February 24, 2020

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The nearly $1 billion Constitution Pipeline project, which had been designed to take natural gas from Pennsylvania's shale gas fields to metropolitan New York and New England, has been abandoned after years of legal regulatory challenges made it economically unfeasible, a spokeswoman...

Key Atlantic Coast Pipeline permit heads to Supreme Court

DENISE LAVOIE, SARAH RANKIN, and ALAN SUDERMAN

February 22, 2020

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — When plans for the 605-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline were first unveiled in 2014, supporters of the natural gas project brimmed with enthusiasm and promises.The pipeline would bring natural gas from West Virginia to growing markets in Virginia and North Carolina, and with it, w...

North Dakota regulators OK expanded Dakota Access pipeline

JAMES MacPHERSON

February 19, 2020

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota regulators on Wednesday unanimously approved expanded capacity for the Dakota Access pipeline, saying they believed the project had met exhaustive state and federal requirements.The 3-0 vote by the all-Republican Public Service Commission came after the body signaled last month...

Homeland Security waives contracting laws for border wall

ELLIOT SPAGAT

February 18, 2020

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Trump administration said Tuesday that it is waiving federal contracting laws to speed construction of a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border, moving the president closer to fulfilling a signature campaign promise in an election year but sparking criticism about potential for fraud, wa...

Firm loses compensation claim vs. Norway for spy recruitment

February 18, 2020

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Norwegian concrete company on Tuesday lost its compensation case against its home country, claiming it suffered financial losses after Norway's intelligence services tried to recruit two of its employees working in Russia.The Oslo District Court ruled that “there is no ...

Lawmaker questions China’s offer to build UK high speed rail

PAN PYLAS

February 15, 2020

LONDON (AP) — Allowing China's state-run rail construction company to build a high-speed rail line linking London with central and northern England would be an “extremely questionable" decision, a prominent British lawmaker said Saturday.Tom Tugendhat, a Conservative lawmaker who chairs the U.K....

US energy chief sees business potential in Portugal project

BARRY HATTON

February 12, 2020

SINES, Portugal (AP) — The U.S. government and businesses are eyeing an Atlantic port in Portugal as a springboard for expansion and an increased presence in Europe, the U.S. energy chief said Wednesday.The planned expansion of Sines port’s container and liquefied natural gas terminals present “an ...

House approves plan to create US women’s history museum

ASHRAF KHALIL

February 11, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three years after the opening of the Smithsonian's landmark Museum of African American History and Culture, momentum is building toward the creation of a museum dedicated to American women's history.The House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a bill to establish the museum inside th...

Rebuilding Afghanistan has a high human cost, US agency says

RAHIM FAIEZ

February 11, 2020

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Rebuilding Afghanistan has cost hundreds of lives, according to a new report released Tuesday by a U.S. government watchdog that monitors the billions of dollars Washington spends in the war-ravaged country.The Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction, John F. ...

New York Cardinal hopes to build bridges with Cuba visit

February 10, 2020

U.S. Cardinal Timothy Dolan said Monday he hopes that his visit to Cuba serves to build bridges between the peoples of the two countries amid tensions between their governments.Dolan, the Archbishop of New York, was invited to the island by Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel. After visiting Cuba's cen...

Turkmenistan president’s son appointed minister

February 8, 2020

ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan (AP) — Turkmenistan's autocratic president has named his only son to head the country's newly established ministry for construction and industry.The appointment that was announced Saturday in the government's newspaper Neitralny Turkmenistan comes just days after President Gu...