SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — As candidates for attorney general, Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow vowed to root out fraud and uphold the laws of Utah with the highest integrity. They served a combined 13 years as attorney general while holding significant political sway and ambitions for higher office.
DENTON, Texas (AP) — A North Texas community that sits on a large natural gas reserve could become the first city in the state to partially ban hydraulic fracturing, with city leaders in Denton set to vote early Wednesday on a citizen-led petition to outlaw new permits for the drilling method.
The United States is considering imposing unilateral sanctions on Russia over its threatening moves in Ukraine, a shift in strategy that reflects the Obama administration's frustration with Europe's reluctance to take tougher action against Moscow, according to U.S. and European officials.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A handful of new wildfires, some started by lightning, grew dramatically Tuesday in central Washington, and several threatened homes even as firefighters made progress against a destructive Oregon blaze.
DENTON, Texas (AP) — A North Texas community that sits on a large natural gas reserve could become the first city in the state to ban hydraulic fracturing, with city leaders in Denton set to vote late Tuesday on a citizen-led petition to outlaw new permits for the drilling method.
By Jennifer Chaussee SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Water regulators in California approved tough new conservation measures on Tuesday to limit outdoor water use, including daily fines of up to $500 for using a hose without a shut-off nozzle. "We are facing the worst drought impact that we or our grandparents have ever seen," said State Water Board Chair Felicia Marcus. "An emergency requires action, and today’s announcement is a much-needed response to California’s drought emergency," said Ed Osann, senior policy analyst with the Natural Resources Defense Council, which supported the regulations. California is in the third year of a catastrophic drought that has diminished the Sierra Nevada snow pack, which normally feeds the state's rivers and streams with cool water.
By Michael Hirtzer CHICAGO (Reuters) - An ethanol plant in Nebraska corn country is pumping out fuel made from sugar beets, and corn farmers are suing to stop it - a small-town dispute that offers an unusual take on the debate over the market-distorting impact of sugar and corn subsidies. The dispute in Aurora, population about 4,400, brings into conflict two of the largest U.S. farm programs, one promoting sugar production and the other corn-based ethanol. Aventine Renewable Energy Holdings Inc, a privately held Illinois firm, is reaping profits producing ethanol with cheap sugar, thanks to a U.S. Agriculture Department subsidy of beet sugar. Local corn farmers, who benefit from a government rule that forces oil companies to blend ethanol into gasoline, say in court documents that Aventine's action violates an agreement to use their grain exclusively as a feedstock for the firm's recently reopened plant in Aurora.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court late Tuesday refused to halt the execution of a Missouri inmate accused of killing three people in 1995, but defense attorneys said they were continuing to fight in the courts and had requested a stay at the district court level.
(Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday denied a request to stay the execution of a convicted triple murderer who says he suffers from mental incapacity, ruling within hours after an appeals court lifted a stay granted by a federal judge. Missouri prison officials were planning to put John Middleton to death by lethal injection at 12:01 a.m. CDT on Wednesday at the state prison in Bonne Terre. U.S. District Judge Catherine Perry issued a stay of execution on Tuesday morning after Middleton's attorneys argued that he was not competent to be executed. But the 8th U.S. ...