- Japan stocks down 5.3 percent after Europe, US sell-off Updated: Feb-11-16 10:13 pm
TOKYO - Japan's main stock index dived more than 5 percent Friday, leading other Asian markets lower, after a sell-off in banking shares roiled investors in Europe and the U.S.
- Illinois residents weigh in on proposed coal mine expansion Updated: Feb-11-16 9:08 pm
HILLSBORO, Illinois - Some central Illinois residents are asking state regulators to reject a proposed expansion of a coal mine where an underground fire has smoldered for nearly a year.
- Massive gas leak near Los Angeles plugged after 16 weeks Updated: Feb-11-16 8:15 pm
LOS ANGELES - A blowout at a natural gas well that leaked uncontrollably for 16 weeks and drove thousands of residents from their Los Angeles homes was plugged Thursday, a utility said.
- New Mexico braces for budget crunch linked to oil prices Updated: Feb-11-16 7:42 pm
SANTA FE, New Mexico - The chairman of New Mexico's Senate Finance Committee warned Thursday that the state could be short on revenue by $700 million or more during the current fiscal year because of reduced income from oil and gas production and anemic corporate and sales tax receipts.
- Lawmakers seek advice on Docking building controversy Updated: Feb-11-16 7:39 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Lawmakers said Thursday they have asked the Kansas attorney general to analyze agreements state officials reached on the planned implosion of a state office building and construction of a new Capitol Complex energy plant.
- Illinois News Digest Updated: Feb-11-16 7:04 pm
Good afternoon. Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up in Illinois at 6 p.m. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Chicago bureau at 312-781-0500 or email@example.com. Herbert McCann is staffing the desk. AP-Chicago News Editor Hugh Dellios can be reached at 312-920-3624 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Group questions Peabody Energy's coal mine self-bonding Updated: Feb-11-16 6:59 pm
CHEYENNE, Wyoming - An environmental group is formally questioning Peabody Energy's ability to fully bond its coal mines in Wyoming and elsewhere in the Rocky Mountain region, saying the St. Louis-based company has insufficient funding to qualify for self-bonding.
- Utility estimates LA-area gas leak to cost at least $250M Updated: Feb-11-16 5:53 pm
LOS ANGELES - The Latest on the gas leak near Los Angeles that was stopped for the first time in nearly four months (all times local):
- Obama says climate rule on 'strong legal footing' Updated: Feb-11-16 5:22 pm
ATHERTON, California - President Barack Obama says he is very confident his administration is on "strong legal footing" in its defense of a key piece of his climate-change agenda.
- Eminent domain possible issue in pipeline's passage in Iowa Updated: Feb-11-16 5:06 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa utilities regulators are considering whether to allow a Texas company to bury 346 miles of a crude oil pipeline under farmland and give it authority to use eminent domain to force unwilling landowners to sign easements.
- Utility company in Cedar Falls builds solar panel garden Updated: Feb-11-16 5:05 pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - Cedar Falls Utilities is constructing a garden of solar panels on the western side of the city as part of a project for its customers.
- Alaska adopts new rules for dispersant use in oil spills Updated: Feb-11-16 4:40 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Alaska oil spill responders have adopted new rules for the rapid use of chemical dispersant but say dispersant will continue to be considered only rarely when mechanical cleanup is not practical.
- Oklahoma budget hole jumps to $1.3 billion amid downturn Updated: Feb-11-16 4:11 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma finance officials say the hole in next year's budget has increased to $1.3 billion, or nearly 20 percent of last year's spending, amid depressed oil prices.
- The Latest: Taylor has no problem letting voters decide pot Updated: Feb-11-16 4:07 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Latest from a forum for journalists organized by The Associated Press (all times local):
- Canadian company seeks to buy Joplin utility Updated: Feb-11-16 3:18 pm
JOPLIN, Missouri - Missouri regulators are evaluating a Canadian company's planned purchase of a Joplin-based utility.
- Gasoline prices in Arizona now at $1.71 per gallon Updated: Feb-11-16 3:08 pm
PHOENIX - Gasoline prices around Arizona are down again at the pumps this week.
- Treasury sanctions key Islamic State leaders Updated: Feb-11-16 3:01 pm
WASHINGTON - The Treasury Department is sanctioning three leaders of the Islamic State, including a senior oil official, who are instrumental in the group's finances and recruitment.
- Illinois News Digest Updated: Feb-11-16 2:30 pm
Good afternoon. Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up in Illinois at 1:30 p.m. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Chicago bureau at 312-781-0500 or email@example.com. Herbert McCann is staffing the desk. AP-Chicago News Editor Hugh Dellios can be reached at 312-920-3624 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Brazil police arrest ex-president of construction company Updated: Feb-11-16 12:57 pm
SAO PAULO - Brazilian police have arrested the former president of construction giant Andrade Gutierrez for his suspected role in a bribery scandal involving the state-owned company that operates Brazil's two nuclear power plants.
- Federal regulators look to cancel leases in Thompson Divide Updated: Feb-11-16 10:37 am
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado - Federal land managers are moving toward a compromise between conservationists and energy officials about oil and gas leases in the Thompson Divide.
- NRC: Nuclear plant employee skipped assigned fire watches Updated: Feb-11-16 10:36 am
PLYMOUTH, Massachusetts - The owner of the Pilgrim nuclear power plant in Plymouth faces possible punishment from federal regulators because a former security officer admitted to skipping his hourly fire watches then falsifying records to make it appear as if they been completed.
- Oil price drop pushes Total profit down 26 percent Updated: Feb-11-16 6:47 am
PARIS - Total says its fourth quarter earnings skidded 26 percent as the collapse in oil prices hit another global energy giant.
- Louisiana's current budget woes mirror 1988 financial gaps Updated: Feb-11-16 5:02 am
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - A new Louisiana governor inherits a massive budget mess, a state struggling with years of red ink that his predecessor patched through rather than fixing. Now, government services are on the chopping block, threatened with hefty reductions.
- Survey: Solar workforce grows in New Mexico Updated: Feb-11-16 5:01 am
SANTA FE, New Mexico - State energy officials say the solar industry's workforce is growing in New Mexico.
- Rio Tinto posts $866M loss, blames deteriorating economy Updated: Feb-11-16 3:40 am
SYDNEY - Mining company Rio Tinto said Thursday it suffered a loss of $866 million in 2015 as deteriorating economic conditions around the world pressured prices of commodities such as iron ore and coal.