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Putin visits Greece for energy, investment talks

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin made his first trip to a European Union country this year Friday with a visit to Greece that will include a stop at a secluded Christian Orthodox monastic sanctuary in the country’s north. Under heavy security, Putin arrived for a two-day visit expected to focus on energy cooperation and Russian investments during ...

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Western Maryland town of Friendsville proposes fracking ban

FRIENDSVILLE, Md. (AP) — The western Maryland town of Friendsville is proposing a ban on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas within its jurisdiction. The Town Council voted 4-2 Thursday to have its attorney review the proposed ordinance. Council member Jess Whittemore says in a statement he expects final passage this summer. The town is in Garrett County, which overlies part ...

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Utah hearing on federal coal-leasing reform draws hundreds

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Coal miners and their supporters came out in force to a public hearing Thursday in Salt Lake City, blasting a moratorium on federal coal leases as the latest attack in a war on coal that unfairly blames fossil fuels for climate change and air quality problems. They also touted the industry’s vital economic contributions in Utah ...

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UMaine’s offshore wind project gets another boost

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A University of Maine-led offshore wind power pilot project has officially been selected to join a federal government demonstration program. The Aqua Ventus was originally passed over for a $47 million grant, but the Department of Energy awarded some funding because the project showed promise. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King said Friday that the project ...

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At UN climate talks some worry about Brexit, Trump impacts

BONN, Germany (AP) — Climate negotiators ended their first talks after last year’s landmark Paris Agreement on Thursday with some delegates expressing concern about the potential impact of upcoming votes in the U.S. and Britain. Britons will decide next month whether to remain in the European Union while Americans will elect a new president in November. The 28-member EU has ...

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Colorado governor’s book raises Clinton veep speculation

DENVER (AP) — John Hickenlooper, Colorado’s term-limited Democratic governor, released a candid autobiography and is doing the book talk rounds this week, reviving speculation that he is positioning himself to join Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign ticket. Hickenlooper insists he hasn’t been approached by Clinton’s camp, and he uses self-deprecating humor to deflect queries about his ambitions. But his name has ...

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Interest in solar power soaring while utility seeks rate cut

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Interest in solar power is soaring in Montana because of the state’s sunny skies and profit potential. But NorthWestern Energy, the largest public utility in Montana, is seeking a sharp cut in rates set by the Public Service Commission, the Great Falls Tribune reported. That could curb some of the enthusiasm. NorthWestern currently pays $66 per ...

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Spain gets EU consent to spend $2.4BN on shutting coal mines

MADRID (AP) — Spain has won approval from European authorities to spend 2.13 billion euros ($2.4 billion) on the closure of 26 coal mines by 2018. The government expenditure includes covering production losses as the uncompetitive mines wind down, providing financial support to laid-off workers through severance payments and social security benefits, and financing safety and other works after the ...

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New cloud formation discovery may lessen warming forecast

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new discovery about how clouds form may scale back some of the more dire predictions about temperature increases caused by man-made global warming. That’s because it implies that a key assumption for making such predictions is a bit off. “What this will do is slightly reduce and sharpen the projections for temperature during the 21st century,” ...

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Hopkins resigns from gas line board for Alaska Senate run

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Luke Hopkins, who was narrowly confirmed to the board of the Alaska Gasline Development Corp. last month, has resigned from that post to run for the state Senate. In a letter to Gov. Bill Walker, dated Wednesday, Hopkins said his decision to run was motivated by what he considers a lack of leadership in the Legislature. ...

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