Air quality

Nessa King of Wyndham, Maine, returns a shot while playing volleyball in record breaking heat at Old Orchard Beach, Maine, Thursday, May 18, 2017. King was one of hundreds of Maine high school seniors who skipped school to enjoy a day at the beach with classmates. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
May 18, 2017 - 9:06 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Heat records were burning up Thursday in cities in the Northeast as the region gets a summer preview. The mercury reached 92 degrees in Boston shortly after noon Thursday, breaking the old record of 91 degrees for May 18 set in 1936, according to the National Weather Service. The 81-...
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May 11, 2017 - 3:12 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge in San Francisco has approved a $1.2 billion settlement with owners of about 88,500 Volkswagens with 3-liter diesel engines rigged to cheat on emissions tests. Judge Charles Breyer gave the deal final approval during a hearing Thursday. The deal ends most of the...
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May 11, 2017 - 6:22 am
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutch environmental organization has launched a crowdfunding campaign to pay for new legal action aimed at forcing the Dutch government to do more to combat air pollution. The Dutch branch of Friends of the Earth filed a case last year arguing that the government...
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May 10, 2017 - 11:42 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a surprising win for environmentalists and Democrats and a blow to the fossil-fuel industry, the Senate on Wednesday failed in a bid to reverse an Obama-era regulation restricting harmful methane emissions that escape from oil and gas wells on federal land. The vote was 51-49...
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May 10, 2017 - 10:38 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has blocked an effort to overturn an Obama-era regulation restricting harmful methane emissions that escape from oil and gas wells on federal land. The measure failed on a vote of 51-to-49 in the Republican-led chamber. Republican leaders were seeking to overturn the...
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FILE - Int his April 1, 2017, file photo, Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, speaks before Vice President Mike Pence in Reynoldsburg, Ohio. Republicans from energy-producing states are under pressure as the Senate considers whether to overturn an Obama-era regulation that would restrict harmful methane emissions escaping from oil and gas wells on public land. Portman said May 8, he will support the repeal effort after weeks of public silence, saying he got assurances from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke that he will take steps to reduce methane waste. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
May 09, 2017 - 5:43 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans from energy-producing states are under pressure as the Senate weighs whether to overturn an Obama-era regulation to restrict harmful methane emissions escaping from oil and gas wells on public land. A coalition of groups with ties to the fossil-fuel industry and the...
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May 09, 2017 - 1:59 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House has postponed a Tuesday meeting to discuss whether the United States should withdraw from the landmark international climate deal struck in Paris under the Obama administration. The White House said late Monday that the meeting would be rescheduled. This is the...
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FILE - In this April 3, 2014 file photo giant machines dig for brown coal at the open-cast mining Garzweiler in front of a smoking power plant near the city of Grevenbroich in western Germany. Despite uncertainties about whether the United States will remain committed to the Paris climate accord under President Donald Trump, diplomats convened talks in Bonn, Germany, Monday, May 8, 2017 on implementing the details of the global deal to combat global warming. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)
May 08, 2017 - 11:51 am
BONN, Germany (AP) — Despite uncertainties about whether the United States will remain committed to the Paris climate accord under President Donald Trump, envoys convened talks Monday in Germany on implementing the details of the deal to combat global warming. During ten days of talks in the...
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May 08, 2017 - 11:20 am
BONN, Germany (AP) — Despite uncertainties about whether the United States will remain committed to the Paris climate accord under President Donald Trump, envoys convened talks Monday in Germany on implementing the details of the deal to combat global warming. During ten days of talks in the...
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FILE - In this March 14, 2017 file photo Volkswagen cars are lifted inside a delivery tower of the company in Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen will report first-quarter and hold analyst and investor conference call on Wednesday, May 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, file)
May 03, 2017 - 5:14 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German automaker Volkswagen saw its first quarter profit jump 44 percent as it focused on selling more profitable models and worked past its scandal over diesel cars rigged to cheat on emissions tests. Costs and fines from the scandal that emerged in Sept. 2015 have dinged...
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