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`Ground Zero' for House Control Puts Trump's Appeal to the Test

From the Iron Range in the north to soybean farms in the south, the defining dynamics of this year’s U.S. congressional elections are playing out in four Minnesota House races that both parties view
Ready-to-Wear and Re-Wear — Meet Sustainable Fashion

Ready-to-Wear and Re-Wear — Meet Sustainable Fashion

The fashion industry consumes a lot of resources and creates a lot of mess to keep you looking stylish. There’s the crude oil that has to be extracted to make synthetic fabrics, the water and
Italy Bridge Disaster Shows Faultline in Populist Coalition

Italy Bridge Disaster Shows Faultline in Populist Coalition

The collapse of a 50-year-old highway bridge in northern Italy this week has highlighted the tensions running through the country’s populist coalition.
In Lady Liberty’s Shadow, Builders Eye N.J. Playground for Rich

In Lady Liberty’s Shadow, Builders Eye N.J. Playground for Rich

Lady Liberty, raising her torch above New York Harbor, welcomes the world’s poor. Below that flame, New Jersey may make a near-priceless swath of taxpayer-owned parkland into a playground for the
Oil Major and Miner Ethics Scrutinized by Methodist Investors

Oil Major and Miner Ethics Scrutinized by Methodist Investors

Divestment may be too blunt an instrument to encourage the world’s biggest oil and mining companies to behave ethically: the Methodist Church is prepared to back those committed to mending their ways.
Vermont Nominates First U.S. Transgender Candidate for Governor

Vermont Nominates First U.S. Transgender Candidate for Governor

Montpelier, Vt. (AP) -- A former Vermont utility executive on Tuesday became the first transgender candidate from a major political party to be nominated for governor, and she'll face the Republican
Former GE Executive Stefanowski Wins GOP Nod for Connecticut Governor

Former GE Executive Stefanowski Wins GOP Nod for Connecticut Governor

Hartford, Conn. (AP) -- Bob Stefanowski, a former GE executive who pitched himself to voters as Bob the Rebuilder, won Tuesday's Republican primary for Connecticut governor in an upset and will face a
Illinois Sues Trump’s Chicago Hotel for Harming River

Illinois Sues Trump’s Chicago Hotel for Harming River

The state of Illinois accused the Trump International Hotel & Tower of jeopardizing the Chicago River’s aquatic life.
California Ponders Plan B If Trump Wins Opener in Tailpipe Fight

California Ponders Plan B If Trump Wins Opener in Tailpipe Fight

Even as California professes optimism in its legal fight against President Donald Trump’s rollback of tailpipe emissions limits, the state is eyeing a fallback plan that could test how much its
Caspian Sea Breakthrough Treaty Set to Boost Oil, Pipeline Plans

Caspian Sea Breakthrough Treaty Set to Boost Oil, Pipeline Plans

Five Caspian Sea states reached a breakthrough agreement on sovereign rights to the sea, paving the way for new oil and gas extraction -- and pipelines -- after more than two decades of disputes.
Rashida Tlaib Poised to Become First Muslim Woman Elected to Congress

Rashida Tlaib Poised to Become First Muslim Woman Elected to Congress

Detroit (AP) -- Rashida Tlaib's opposition to President Donald Trump began while he was still candidate Trump and before she decided to run for Congress.
Trump May Relax Auto Standards While Making Them Harder to Meet

Trump May Relax Auto Standards While Making Them Harder to Meet

The Trump administration’s plan to ease vehicle-emission mandates lifts some burdens for automakers but also would strip away options that have made it easier for them to comply and have encouraged
Walmart Deadlocked With U.S. Over Bribery Probe

Walmart Deadlocked With U.S. Over Bribery Probe

Walmart Inc. set aside nearly $300 million last fall for a possible resolution with the U.S. government over international bribery allegations, a sign that an end to the years-long investigation was
Nafta Snub Tests Trudeau’s Armor Against Trump’s Aggression

Nafta Snub Tests Trudeau’s Armor Against Trump’s Aggression

Justin Trudeau’s popularity among voters faces a fresh test after the U.S. left his top diplomat out of recent Nafta talks with Mexico.
EPA Chief Says He Wants Compromise With California on Car Rules

EPA Chief Says He Wants Compromise With California on Car Rules

The Trump administration wants an agreement with California on automobile efficiency regulations to avoid a messy legal battle with the state, the Environmental Protection Agency’s top official told
Canada Loosens Carbon Limit for Big Emitters Facing Competition

Canada Loosens Carbon Limit for Big Emitters Facing Competition

Large industrial companies in Canada will face an easier carbon limit when Justin Trudeau’s government starts putting a price on emissions next year.
Post-Pruitt Pragmatism on Display as EPA Chief Alters Course

Post-Pruitt Pragmatism on Display as EPA Chief Alters Course

New EPA Chief Andrew Wheeler has adopted much of his predecessor Scott Pruitt’s agenda -- but not his style.
EU Counts Its Trade Blessings After Striking Deal With Trump

EU Counts Its Trade Blessings After Striking Deal With Trump

The European Union appears to have won a big trade-war ceasefire with the U.S. for a small price -- at least in the short term.
GOP Leaders Try to Steer Trump Away From Pre-Election Shutdown

GOP Leaders Try to Steer Trump Away From Pre-Election Shutdown

House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will meet with President Donald Trump at the White House Wednesday to discuss how to avoid a politically damaging government shutdown
How a Frenzied Race to Harness the Mekong Turned Deadly

How a Frenzied Race to Harness the Mekong Turned Deadly

Stretching from its headwaters in the high-altitude Tibetan Plateau to its endpoint in the delta marshes of Vietnam, the mighty Mekong River is one of the world’s great ecosystems. For Laos, it