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India government favors petcoke import ban, U.S. would be biggest loser

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's government is in favor of banning imports of petroleum coke on environmental grounds, according to a government affidavit filed with the country's top court, which could be a big blow to U.S. refiners who export heavily to the country.

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Monsanto offers cash to U.S. farmers who use controversial chemical

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Monsanto Co will give cash back to U.S. farmers who buy a weed killer that has been linked to widespread crop damage, offering an incentive to apply its product even as regulators in several U.S. states weigh restrictions on its use.

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China says 8 northern cities failed air quality targets in Oct, Nov

BEIJING (Reuters) - Eight northern Chinese cities failed to meet air quality targets in October and November, even as local authorities launched rigorous steps to cut emissions during the winter, the government said on Monday.

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California wildfire rages toward scenic coastal communities

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Reuters) - A raging wildfire pushed toward a string of California coastal cities on Sunday, prompting new evacuations as crews fought to save homes in the face of gusty winds that have fueled blazes across the state for nearly a week.

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FBI email: Sessions wasn't required to disclose foreign contacts for security clearance

A newly released document shows that the FBI told an aide to Attorney General Jeff Sessions that Sessions wasn't required to disclose foreign contacts that occurred in the course of carrying out his government duties when he was a senator.

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New evacuations ordered as winds reinvigorate California wildfire

VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - California's largest wildfire pushed toward prosperous coastal cities on Sunday, prompting a new wave of evacuations as firefighters struggled to curb its destructive power with the gusty winds that have fueled fires for nearly a week.

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New evacuations ordered as California wildfires rage on

VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - The largest California wildfire advanced on coastal towns near Santa Barbara on Sunday, stoked by the gusty winds and dry conditions that have fueled destructive blazes across the state's southern region.

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Trains canceled, flights grounded after snow hits Britain

LONDON (Reuters) - Some trains were canceled, flights were grounded and a rugby match was called off on Sunday after Britain experienced heavy snow fall in some areas.

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Egypt to sign contracts for nuclear power plant during Putin's visit: sources

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt will sign contracts with Moscow during Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to Cairo on Monday for the country's first nuclear power plant, three senior sources told Reuters on Sunday.

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France to push for European financial transactions tax

PARIS (Reuters) - France will push for an European financial transactions tax to fund the fight against climate change, four French government ministers said in a joint statement.

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Crews battling California wildfires gird for return of high winds

VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - Santa Ana winds that have stoked wildfires across Southern California, destroying hundreds of buildings and forcing evacuations of some 200,000 people are forecast to return in force on Sunday, authorities said.

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China looks to nuclear option to ease winter heating woes

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - With its smog-prone north desperate to slash coal consumption, China is looking to deploy nuclear power to provide reliable winter heating, raising public safety concerns - though developers say the risks are minimal.

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California firefighters make gains ahead of strong winds

VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters in Southern California made progress on Saturday in their multifront battle against a slew of wildfires that have killed at least one person, destroyed hundreds of buildings and forced more than 200,000 people from their homes this week.

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Strong winds pose fresh threat in California wildfires

VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown will survey the destruction of the state's devastating wildfires on Saturday, as firefighters rushed to contain the blazes before dry desert winds were expected to intensify.

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Firefighters race to contain California wildfires as winds set to strengthen

VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters in Southern California were under pressure on Saturday to contain six raging wildfires, which have destroyed hundreds of buildings and forced tens of thousands of people to flee, before fierce winds are expected to strengthen again.

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China's Xinjiang halts mining in nature reserve to curb pollution: Xinhua

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's far western Xinjiang region has suspended mining in one of its big nature reserves, the official Xinhua news agency reported, amid rising environmental concerns.

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Weather eases the battle as California wildfires grow

VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - Growing wildfires chewing through parts of Southern California on Friday ravaged avocado farms, racehorse stables and a retirement community, even as milder weather aided firefighters in their efforts to slow the progress of six major blazes.

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U.S. House committee 'may reconsider' WHO cancer agency funds

LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. congressional committee members warned on Friday that Washington's funding of the World Health Organization's cancer research agency could be halted unless it is more open about its operations.

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No respite in sight from fast-moving Southern California wildfires

VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - Exhausted fire crews made little headway on Friday in containing the most troublesome of six major wildfires burning in South California as dry winds fanned flames that ravaged avocado farms, racehorse stables and a retirement community.

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Boston Herald files for bankruptcy protection to pursue sale

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 8 (Reuters) - The parent company of the Boston Herald filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Friday and will look to sell the newspaper to Gatehouse Media LLC, a move that underscores the hard times facing traditional print journalism.

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BRIEF-Social Reality Says On Dec 4, Co Entered Into Settlement Agreement With tronc Inc And Tribune Content Agency LLC

* SOCIAL REALITY INC - ON DEC 4, CO ENTERED INTO A SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT WITH TRONC INC AND TRIBUNE CONTENT AGENCY LLC - SEC FILING

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Environmentalists Ask: Is India’s Government Making Bad Air Worse?

As northern India is swallowed by an epic smog cloud, critics say that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s business-friendly policies are exacerbating the problem.

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High winds to hamper California firefighters into weekend

FARIA BEACH/LILAC, Calif. (Reuters) - Armies of firefighters on Friday battled an expanding front of Southern California wildfires that have raged for five days and destroyed at least 500 structures, with the gusty winds expected to drive the conflagrations into the weekend.

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Norway cuts payments to Brazil after Amazon forest losses rise

OSLO (Reuters) - Norway has slashed its annual payments to Brazil to protect the Amazon rainforest by 60 percent to $42 million after a rise in forest destruction in 2016, but welcomed signs that losses have slowed this year, Norway's Environment Ministry said on Friday.

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High winds to hamper California firefighters through weekend

FARIA BEACH/LILAC, Calif. (Reuters) - Armies of firefighters on Friday battled an expanding front of Southern California wildfires that have raged for five days and destroyed at least 500 structures, with the gusty winds driving the conflagrations expected to continue into the weekend.

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NYC mother seeks millions from city after child's lead poisoning

(Reuters) - A Brooklyn mother is seeking millions from the city after her toddler was poisoned while living in a lead-infested apartment, the latest charge that New York has failed to protect children from the toxin.

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Berlin zoo on survival watch for newborn polar bear

BERLIN (Reuters) - Berlin's Tierpark zoo is anxiously waiting to see if a polar bear cub survives its first few days, when the likelihood of it dying is especially high, the zoo's director said.

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France's Macron hunts for more money to slow climate change

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron will next week press rich countries to increase climate financing and urge investors worldwide to turn their backs on polluters in a bid to accelerate efforts to combat global warming.

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Firefighters battle intense wildfires in Southern California

FARIA BEACH/LILAC, Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters battled several intense wind-driven wildfires early on Friday across densely populated Southern California that have destroyed at least 500 structures and chased tens of thousands of people from their homes over the past five days.

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Firefighters battle intense wildfires ravaging southern California

FARIA BEACH/LILAC, Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters battled several intense wind-driven wildfires early on Friday that have swept across densely populated Southern California, destroying at least 500 structures and chasing 190,000 people from their homes over the past five days.

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Ash billows from Bali volcano in fresh volley of activity

KARANGASEM, Indonesia (Reuters) - A rumbling volcano on Indonesia's tourist island of Bali ejected greyish-white plumes of ash on Friday, a timelapse sequence of Reuters images showed, a reminder, if it were needed, that its weeks-long period of activity has not ended.

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Vatican should bring money-laundering cases to trial, watchdog agency says

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican needs to bring cases of suspected money laundering to trial, a European finance watchdog urged on Friday, saying the good progress made by its financial regulators needed to be matched by judicial muscle.

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Volkswagen recalls 30,777 cars in Russia: standards agency

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's standards agency Rosstandart said on Friday it had been informed about the recall of 30,777 Volkswagen Polo cars sold in Russia in 2015-2017.

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Magnitude 6.6 earthquake strikes Micronesia: Pacific Tsunami Warning Center

(Reuters) - A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 6.6 struck east-northeast of Yap in Micronesia in the Pacific Ocean on Friday, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) said, but there was no tsunami threat.

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Kinder Morgan Canada wins Trans Mountain pipe expansion appeal

CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - Canada's energy regulator ruled on Thursday in favor of Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd's appeal to sidestep some municipal permits for its Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, a major victory for the C$7.4 billion ($5.8 billion) project.

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Kinder Morgan Canada wins appeal on Trans Mountain expansion

CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - Canada's energy regulator ruled on Thursday in favor of Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd in its appeal seeking to sidestep some municipal permits needed for the company's C$7.4 billion ($5.8 billion) Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

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EPA chief says public climate debate may be launched in January

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency could launch a public debate about climate change as soon as January, Administrator Scott Pruitt said on Thursday, as the agency unwinds Obama-era initiatives to fight global warming.

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U.S. delays rule on methane emissions from federal lands

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration will delay an Obama-era rule limiting emissions of the powerful greenhouse gas methane from oil and gas operations on federal and tribal lands, it said on Thursday, a move slammed by environmentalists.

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Wildfires pile woes on California pot industry after tough year

(Reuters) - Wildfires blazing through Southern California are worrying marijuana growers, who fear that smoke could damage their crops, the basis of a newly legalized industry in the state.

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Trump open to biofuel policy reform, senators say after meeting

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump is open to reforming the country's biofuels policy if it can be done in a way that protects jobs in both the refining and agriculture industries, senators said on Thursday after a meeting with Trump on the issue.

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Trump open biofuel policy reform, senators say after meeting

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump is open to reforming the country's biofuels policy if it can be done in a way that protects jobs in both the refining and agriculture industries, senators said on Thursday after a meeting with Trump on the issue.

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EPA chief says may launch public climate debate in January

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency could launch a public debate about climate change as soon as January, administrator Scott Pruitt said on Thursday, as the agency continued to unwind Obama-era initiatives to fight global warming.

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U.S. energy office gets new chairman as nuclear, coal vote looms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A new chairman was sworn in on Thursday at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission who will lead the agency as it considers a directive from the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump to subsidize ailing coal and nuclear power plants.

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EU to intervene in Microsoft's U.S. Supreme Court data protection case

BRUSSELS, Dec 7 (Reuters) - The European Union is to make a submission to the U.S. Supreme Court in its hearing of the U.S. Department of Justice's appeal against a ruling which prevented prosecutors from gaining access to emails held by Microsoft in Ireland.

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Trump to meet senators to discuss biofuels policy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas will lead a delegation of lawmakers in a meeting with President Donald Trump on Thursday to argue for changes to the nation's biofuels policy to protect oil refining jobs.

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Southern California fires force 200,000 people to flee

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Hundreds of Los Angeles area schools shut their doors on Thursday as raging wildfires wreaked havoc on Southern California, forcing about 200,000 people to flee and destroying hundreds of houses.

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U.S. Interior Department wants more oil drilling, expedite ANWR permits

(Reuters) - The Department of the Interior, the U.S. government's second largest revenue generator behind the IRS, is trying to be a better business partner to oil companies to curb falling revenues, Vincent DeVito, energy advisory to the Secretary of the Interior, said on Thursday.

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Trump to meet senators to discuss renewable fuel program

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will meet with Republican senators on Thursday to discuss his commitment to the Renewable Fuel Standard, the White House said.

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EU gains powers to check up on new car approvals

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU negotiators agreed new rules on Thursday that give Brussels the power to check up on national car approval authorities and set targets for emission checks in the aftermath of the Volkswagen emissions scandal.

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Just subtract water - how a dry spell allowed winds to lash California with flames

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Hot, dry Santa Ana winds will likely whip up the unseasonably fierce wildfires ravaging Southern California on Thursday, forecasters said. The gales have come at the worst time, at the end of a long dry spell.

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FBI head Wray will testify after Trump trashed agency

FBI Director Chris Wray will step into the public eye on Thursday for the first time since President Donald Trump disparaged the agency last weekend as "in tatters."

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Winds whip up wildfires, forcing mass evacuations in California

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Hot, dry Santa Ana winds are expected to fan several relentless wildfires in southern California on Thursday, where hundreds of houses have burned and tens of thousands have fled their homes around Los Angeles, the second-largest U.S. city.

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Malawi hit by blackout as falling dam levels drain hydropower

BLANTYRE (Reuters) - Many parts of Malawi remained without electricity on Thursday after water levels at the country's two main dams sunk to critical levels and affected hydro power plants, the power utility said on Thursday.

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China scales back northern gas push to avert heating crisis

BEIJING (Reuters) - Beijing scaled back its plan to convert northern cities to cleaner fuel this winter after provinces warned of gas shortages, residents struggled to keep warm and reports of freezing classrooms deepened concerns about a heating crisis.

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China eases northern gas push to avert heating crisis

BEIJING (Reuters) - Beijing has eased a push to convert northern cities to gas or electric heating this winter, after two provinces warned of gas shortages and reports of freezing classrooms deepened concerns about a winter heating crisis, local media said on Thursday.

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U.S. reviews rule removing protections for Yellowstone grizzlies

PINEDALE, Wyo. (Reuters) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is reviewing a decision to strip some grizzly bears of federal protections after a court ruling found flaws with a formula used to delist Great Lakes wolves, officials said on Wednesday.

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Wildfire burns homes, winery in L.A.'s posh Bel-Air neighborhood

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A wind-whipped wildfire raged on Wednesday into a wealthy Southern California neighborhood, destroying at least four homes, threatening dozens more and scorching a building at a winery owned by billionaire media mogul Rupert Murdoch.

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Argentine drought threatens to wallop late-planted corn and soy

CHIVILCOY, Argentina (Reuters) - Juan Graneros does not remember the last time he saw rain fall on the soy and corn fields he leases in Argentina's bread-basket province of Buenos Aires, and he and fellow farmers are starting to doubt they can recover investments made in this year's crops.

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Crude-producer Alberta unveils rules for large carbon emitters

CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - Canada's main crude-producing province Alberta unveiled new rules on Wednesday on how it would charge large industrial emitters including the oil sands sector for carbon output, saying emissions will be cut by 19 percent by 2030.

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Global warming may be more severe than expected by 2100: study

OSLO (Reuters) - World temperatures could rise 15 percent more than expected this century, obliging governments to make deeper cuts in greenhouse gas emissions to limit global warming, scientists said on Wednesday.

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China fines for environmental violations up 48 percent from Jan-Oct: ministry

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China firms accused of violating environmental regulations paid fines totaling 1.02 billion yuan ($154 million) in the first 10 months of 2017, up 48 percent from a year earlier, the environment ministry said on Wednesday.

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More than 200 nations promise to stop ocean plastic waste

NAIROBI (Reuters) - More than 200 countries signed a U.N. resolution in Nairobi on Wednesday to eliminate plastic pollution in the sea, a move some delegates hoped would pave the way to a legally binding treaty.

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More than 1,000 firefighters battle California inferno

VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - More than 1,000 firefighters battled an unrelenting wildfire on Wednesday that threatened more than 12,000 homes in and around Ventura, the biggest of several uncontrolled Southern California blazes fanned by intensifying dry Santa Ana winds.

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India stumped in efforts to clear toxic smog as cricketers throw up

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's state-run NTPC is launching bids for clean technology for two coal-fired power plants near New Delhi, officials said, as criticism mounts over the country's failure to end a toxic smog which strikes the capital every winter.

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China's warm start to winter heats up Chinese steel, mill profits

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - A warm start to the winter has boosted steel prices and margins for mills in China, the world's top producer, as the higher temperatures have allowed projects to proceed that would normally have come to a halt.

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Unrelenting California wildfire threatens thousands of homes

VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - An unrelenting wildfire fanned by hot, dry Santa Ana winds threatened more than 12,000 homes in and around Ventura, California, on Wednesday, forcing thousands of people to race for safety.

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London hails electric cabs for a fare to a "different world"

LONDON (Reuters) - London's black cab has gone electric - and it's just hit the roads.

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China's smog-plagued Hebei draws up environmental tax plan

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - The smog-prone northern Chinese province of Hebei has drawn up plans to launch a comprehensive environmental protection tax starting in the new year that will give more incentives for local polluters to clean up, it said on Wednesday.

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China fines for environmental violations up 48 pct from Jan-Oct: ministry

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China firms accused of violating environmental regulations paid fines totaling 1.02 billion yuan ($154 million) in the first 10 months of 2017, up 48 percent from a year earlier, the environment ministry said on Wednesday.

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U.S. rejects federal protection for white-tailed prairie dogs

PINEDALE, Wyo. (Reuters) - The white-tailed prairie dog will not be declared an endangered or threatened species after the U.S. government deemed on Tuesday there was no danger despite declines in its population from human development and disease.

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Husqvarna, U.S. affiliate to pay $2.85 million over emissions data

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Sweden's Husqvarna AB and its U.S. affiliate agreed on Tuesday to pay a $2.85 million civil penalty to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Air Act, the Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency said in a statement.

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Interior secretary urges size cuts, management changes to more monuments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Tuesday recommended President Donald Trump reduce the size and change the management of more national monuments in the western United States, and lashed out at critics of cuts already announced to protected areas in Utah.

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Hundreds of homes destroyed by out-of-control California wildfire

VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - A fast-moving wildfire whipped by hot, dry Santa Ana winds destroyed hundreds of homes and other buildings in and around Ventura, California, on Tuesday as thousands of residents were forced to flee ahead of the flames.

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While U.S. Senate pushes Alaska wildlife refuge drilling, industry looks elsewhere

(Reuters) - Even as the U.S. Senate moves to allow oil drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), the real action is 150 miles (241 km) west, where industry proponents hope a coming sale of 10 million acres of land will revitalize the state's sagging crude production.

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Interior secretary urges size cuts to more national monuments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Tuesday recommended President Donald Trump reduce the size of more national monuments in the western United States, and he lashed out at critics of cuts already announced to protected areas in Utah.

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Emergency declared as wildfires rage near Los Angeles; thousands flee

VENTURA COUNTY, Calif. (Reuters) - Thousands of Californians north and west of Los Angeles fled their homes as two out-of-control wildfires spread rapidly overnight, fueled by strong desert winds that hampered firefighters, officials said on Tuesday.

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Somalia's Puntland region declares state of emergency over drought

BOSASO, Somalia (Reuters) - Somalia's semi-autonomous region of Puntland declared a state of emergency on Tuesday and appealed for food and water because of shortages triggered by a severe drought.

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EU supervision at issue in final talks on new car rules

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Giving Brussels more supervision over national car regulators is a hurdle in talks this week to agree new EU rules after the Volkswagen scandal, with Germany and Italy opposed, according to EU documents and sources.

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Wildfires near Los Angeles force thousands to evacuate; one dead

VENTURA COUNTY, Calif. (Reuters) - Two wind-fueled wildfires north and west of Los Angeles have caused at least one death, forced the evacuations of thousands of people and triggered widespread power outages, officials said on Tuesday.

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BMW rejects allegations of excessive emissions in road tests

BERLIN (Reuters) - BMW has denied that engine management software shut off a system filtering nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions in some of its diesel cars after a German environmental group alleged that a 3-Series estate car in a series of road tests emitted amounts of NOx which were seven times above the legal limit.

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Thousands flee wildfire in Ventura County, north of Los Angeles

VENTURA COUNTY, Calif. (Reuters) - A rapidly spreading wildfire in the foothills north of Los Angeles threatened thousands of homes on Tuesday, forcing residents to evacuate after causing at least one death and power outages throughout the area, officials said.

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Ohio River towboat captain navigates a changing America

(Reuters) - In the 29 years that towboat captain Joe Gray has worked flotillas of barges up and down the Ohio River, he has witnessed the decline at the heart of industrial America in what is known as the country's Rust Belt.

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Asian dolphins a step closer to extinction: group

TOKYO (Reuters) - The International Union for Conservation of Nature said on Tuesday it had changed the status of the Irrawaddy dolphin and finless porpoise, both living in Asian waters, to "endangered" from "vulnerable", meaning they are closer to extinction.

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In China gas push, one-size doesn't fit all as CNOOC hires tankers

BEIJING (Reuters) - Local authorities in China should not use a one-size-fits-all approach to implement the country's push to heat millions of homes with natural gas this winter, the official English language paper China Daily said in an editorial on Tuesday.

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Exxon climate-change probe goes to Massachusetts top court

BOSTON (Reuters) - Exxon Mobil Corp will urge Massachusetts' top court on Tuesday to allow it to avoid handing over records to the state's attorney general amid a probe into whether the oil company misled investors and consumers about its knowledge of climate change.

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Scientists watch and wait as Bali's menacing volcano rumbles

KARANGASEM, Indonesia (Reuters) - The question Indonesian volcanologist Devy Kamil Syahbana gets most is the one he cannot answer - when, or if, rumbling Mount Agung on Bali island will blow up in a major eruption.

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Wildfire forces thousands to flee homes north of Los Angeles

(Reuters) - A rapidly growing wildfire in the foothills north of Los Angeles threatened thousands of homes on Tuesday, forcing nearby residents to evacuate after causing at least one death and power outages throughout the area, officials said.

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Growing wildfire threatens hundreds of homes north of Los Angeles

(Reuters) - A rapidly growing wildfire, stoked by strong wind gusts, in the foothills north of Los Angeles threatened hundreds of homes on Monday and forced nearby residents and students at a small college to evacuate, fire and school officials said.

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New Zealand foreign minister praises China ties, damps fears of protectionism

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand will develop a close relationship with China, Foreign Minister Winston Peters said on Tuesday, putting to rest fears that his protectionist campaign rhetoric would fuel tension with a key trading partner.

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Trump outlines big cuts to Utah monuments, environmentalists sue

WASHINGTON/SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Monday shrank two wilderness national monuments in Utah by at least half in the biggest rollback of public land protection in U.S. history, drawing praise from pro-development lawmakers and a lawsuit from environmentalists.

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Trump outlines big cuts to Utah monuments, tribes prepare to sue

WASHINGTON/SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump announced big cuts to two of Utah's sprawling wilderness national monuments on Monday in a bid to boost development, angering tribes and environmental groups that called it an attack on crucial land protections.

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Trump outlines big cuts to Utah monuments, riling tribes, environmentalists

WASHINGTON/SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump announced big cuts to Utah's sprawling wilderness national monuments on Monday, angering tribes and environmental groups that want to keep the areas off limits to development.

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Engie plans to go green via biogas and renewable hydrogen

PARIS (Reuters) - French utility Engie plans to switch all of its gas operations to biogas and renewable hydrogen by 2050, making it 100 percent green, its chief executive said on Monday.

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Poor regulation, dodgy pills spur plan for African drugs agency

LONDON (Reuters) - Last July, Ugandan officials seized fake versions of the cancer drug Avastin on sale in Kampala, revealing only the tip of an iceberg of bogus medicines found all too often in Africa.

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U.S. judge orders oil-spill response plan for Dakota Access Pipeline

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal judge on Monday ordered Energy Transfer Partners to coordinate with tribes to create an oil-spill response plan for the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline by April 1, 2018.

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Environmentalists say they'll try to sue German, EU authorities over glyphosate

VIENNA (Reuters) - Environmentalist groups said on Monday that Germany and the European Union had broken the rules when assessing the safety of the weed-killer glyphosate and that they would try to bring legal actions against the institutes involved.

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Trump to shrink Utah monuments, riling tribes and environmentalists

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will visit Utah on Monday to announce big cuts to the state's sprawling wilderness national monuments, a move that is likely to trigger legal challenges from tribes and environmental groups.

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China suspends flights from Bali to China due to volcanic ash: report

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's aviation authority has suspended all flights from the Indonesian holiday island of Bali to Chinese cities until the threat of volcanic ash clears, the state-run People's Daily newspaper reported on Monday.

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Earthquake strikes off Kermadec Islands, no tsunami warning

SYDNEY (Reuters) - An earthquake of magnitude 6.0 struck off the Kermadec Islands at a depth of 10 km on Monday, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said. There was no tsunami warning.

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Magnitude 6.0 quake hits Ecuador: USGS

LONDON (Reuters) - A magnitude 6.0 earthquake has hit Ecuador, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said on Sunday.

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Protesters call for Trump to preserve Utah monument areas

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (Reuters) - More than 5,000 people rallied on the steps of the Utah State Capitol on Saturday afternoon to protest U.S. President Donald Trump's expected shrinking of two national monument areas in the state.

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Obama laments lack of U.S. climate leadership in Paris

PARIS (Reuters) - Former President Barack Obama lamented the lack of U.S. leadership in the fight against climate change during a visit to Paris on Saturday, in a veiled rebuke of his Republican successor's decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord.

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UPDATE 2-UK cyber agency targets Kaspersky in warning on Russian software

Dec 1 (Reuters) - Britain's main cyber security agency on Friday warned British government agencies to avoid using anti-virus software from Russian companies, the latest in a series of moves targeting Moscow-based security software maker Kaspersky Lab.

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Brazil environmentalist Marina Silva to run for president in 2018

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Former Brazilian senator and environmental minister Marina Silva said Saturday she will seek her party's nomination to run for the presidency next year.

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Drilling in Alaska refuge likelier as Senate clears tax bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Oil and gas drilling in a vast northern Alaskan wildlife refuge the U.S. government has protected since 1960 moved a step closer to reality on Saturday with the passage by U.S. Senate Republicans of the tax bill.

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More Bali flights canceled on forecast of volcanic ash

DENPASAR, Indonesia (Reuters) - Airlines canceled more flights departing the Indonesian holiday island of Bali on Saturday, citing forecasts of deteriorating flying conditions due to a risk of volcanic ash from the erupting Mount Agung volcano.

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Cyclone batters southwestern India coast killing 14, many missing

MUMBAI (Reuters) - Cyclone Ockhi barrelled into the Lakshwadeep islands in southwestern India on Saturday after drenching the neighboring states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu, claiming so far around 14 lives with many fishermen still feared trapped at sea.

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UK cyber agency targets Kaspersky in warning on Russian software

(Reuters) - Britain's main cyber security agency on Friday warned British government agencies to avoid using anti-virus software from Russian companies, the latest in a series of moves targeting Moscow-based security software maker Kaspersky Lab.

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FDA approves heart protection claims for Amgen cholesterol drug

(Reuters) - Amgen Inc can now promote the ability of its potent but expensive cholesterol drug to reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes, after U.S. health regulators approved adding those benefits to the medicine's prescribing label, the company said on Friday.

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BRIEF-Protea Biosciences Group Says Board Determined It Will Be Required To File Voluntary Petition For Reorganization Under Chapter 11

* PROTEA BIOSCIENCES GROUP INC - ON NOV 30, BOARD OF CO DETERMINED IT WILL BE REQUIRED TO FILE VOLUNTARY PETITION FOR REORGANIZATION UNDER CHAPTER 11

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U.S. consumer financial watchdog official defies Trump from within agency

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two days after a federal court endorsed President Donald Trump's deregulatory pick for a consumer watchdog, a rival official was encouraging agency staff to keep up the pressure on the lending industry, several current and former officials said on Friday.

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Quake hits southeast Iran, destroys homes; no fatalities reported

ANKARA (Reuters) - A strong earthquake of magnitude 6.0 struck southeastern Iran on Friday, injuring at least 42 people and destroying several homes in an area where most people live in villages of mud-walled homes. State media said no deaths had been reported.

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Trump plans to meet oil industry reps on U.S. biofuel policy: sources

(Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump has agreed to meet with representatives of the oil refining industry and their legislative backers to discuss the nation's biofuels program, according to two sources briefed on the matter.

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Three years too short to replace glyphosate, French farmers say

NIOVILLE, France (Reuters) - President Emmanuel Macron's promise to rid France of controversial weedkiller glyphosate within three years has left some farmers in the European Union's largest grain producing country on edge.

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Lebanon choked by burning garbage, rights group says

BEIRUT (Reuters) - People and municipalities have resorted to burning garbage in Lebanon as a result of government mismanagement and it may badly damage the health of nearby residents, Human Rights Watch said on Friday.

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After drought, monster storm threatens Australia's wheat crop

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Heavy rains in eastern Australia forecast to intensify over the weekend are threatening to wipe out or damage up to 4 million tonnes of wheat due to be harvested shortly, forecasters said on Friday.

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Global powers strike deal to research before fishing Arctic seas

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Delegations from the United States, Russia, and China and other countries struck a deal on Thursday to refrain from commercial fishing in the high Arctic seas, one of world's fastest-warming places, until scientists can determine what fish are there and whether they can be harvested sustainably.

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Earthquake of magnitude 6.0 strikes off northeast Papua New Guinea

SYDNEY (Reuters) - A powerful earthquake of magnitude 6.0 struck the northeast coast of the Pacific Ocean nation of Papua New Guinea on Thursday, the United States Geographical Survey (USGS) said.

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China's carbon intensity falls four percent in first three quarters: official

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's carbon intensity - the level of carbon emissions per unit of economic growth - fell about 4 percent in the first three quarters of 2017, putting the country on track to meet its five-year targets, a senior official said.

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China extends new water tax to encourage saving: Xinhua

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China has extended a pilot taxation scheme to encourage water conservation to another nine provinces and regions, including the arid capital Beijing, Ningxia and Inner Mongolia in the desertified northwest, Xinhua news agency reported late on Thursday.

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Magnitude 4.1 quake strikes Delaware, equals estimated state record

(Reuters) - A magnitude 4.1 earthquake struck Delaware on Thursday in a rare seismological occurrence for the U.S. Northeast, officials said, with the temblor's strength equaling the estimated magnitude of an 1871 quake that was believed to be the largest ever in the state.

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China's carbon intensity falls 4 percent in first three quarters: official

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's carbon intensity - the level of carbon emissions per unit of economic growth - fell about 4 percent in the first three quarters of 2017, putting the country on track to meet its five-year targets, a senior official said.

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Magnitude 4.1 quake strikes Delaware: USGS

(Reuters) - A magnitude 4.1 quake struck Delaware on Thursday, in a rare seismological occurrence for the U.S. Northeast, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

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Climate activists delay U.S. gas pipeline approvals: regulator

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - National environmental groups waging legal battles against energy projects are delaying approval of U.S. natural gas pipelines, a top federal energy regulator said on Thursday.

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Magnitude 4.4 quake strikes Delaware: USGS

(Reuters) - A magnitude 4.4 quake struck Delaware on Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

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FEMA chief questions agency's role, urges more local response

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency on Thursday said the wave of recent U.S. disasters, from multiple storms to raging wildfires, must redefine the agency's role and that localities must be more prepared to shoulder crises.

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U.S. EPA ups biofuel targets slightly, draws scorn from refiners

(Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Thursday it will require fuel companies to blend slightly more biofuels into the nation's gasoline and diesel next year, angering oil refiners who view them as a competitive threat.

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EPA sets U.S. biofuels targets slightly higher for 2018

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Thursday it will require fuel companies to blend slightly more biofuels into the nation's gasoline and diesel next year, reversing a previous proposal for a small cut.

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Arctic drilling hits speed bumps in U.S. tax bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A quest by Republicans to open Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Reserve was slowed after a nonpartisan Senate official ruled late on Wednesday that the exploration was subject to environmental assessments by the Interior Department.

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Scientists look to Bali volcano for clues to curb climate change

OSLO (Reuters) - Climate scientists are tracking an erupting volcano on the Indonesian holiday island of Bali for clues about a possible short-cut to curb global warming by injecting sun-dimming chemicals high above the Earth.

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EPA 2018 biofuels targets slightly higher: source

(Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will require fuel companies to blend 19.29 billion gallons of renewable fuels into the nation's fuel supply in 2018, up slightly from the 19.28 billion gallons required for 2017, a source briefed on the matter told Reuters on Thursday.

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EPA to hold conventional biofuels targets steady: Bloomberg

(Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will require fuel companies to blend 19.29 billion gallons of renewable fuels into the nation's fuel supply in 2018, up slightly from the 19.28 billion gallons required for 2017, according to a report from Bloomberg.

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West Africa population planners battle to woo Muslim hearts

DAKAR/LIBORE, Niger (Reuters) - Mabingue Ngom, the head of the U.N. Population Fund in West Africa, knows that if he wants to cut birth rates he can't ignore religion.

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Hurricane Harvey makes Houston reassess growth-friendly policies

HOUSTON (Reuters) - Melinda and Joel Loshak raised two children in a stylish ranch house in Houston's upscale Meyerland neighborhood and planned to retire there. Now they are hoping the government will knock it down.

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Tropical storm kills at least seven in Sri Lanka

COLOMBO (Reuters) - A tropical storm has killed at least seven people and left five fishermen missing in Sri Lanka, bringing down trees across main roads and on houses, officials said on Thursday, warning of landslides and flooding in severely hit areas.

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BRIEF-BP Biofuels And Copersucar Form Joint Venture To Operate Ethanol Storage Terminal

* BP PLC - BP BIOFUELS AND COPERSUCAR TODAY ANNOUNCED THAT THEY HAVE AGREED TO FORM A JOINT VENTURE

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China's ceramics capital struggles to adapt amid war on smog

ZIBO, China (Reuters) - The city of Zibo, China's ceramics capital, is undergoing environmental shock therapy to clear its filthy skies and transform its economy - and not everyone is happy.

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U.S. recovery plan for endangered Mexican wolf assailed by environmentalists

(Reuters) - The Trump administration on Wednesday unveiled a recovery plan for the endangered Mexican wolf, but environmentalists immediately assailed the program as so deficient it would lead to the demise of one of North America's most imperiled mammals.

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Cumulus Media files for bankruptcy protection

Nov 29 (Reuters) - U.S. radio broadcaster Cumulus Media Inc filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and said it has entered into a restructuring agreement with certain of its lenders to reduce more than $1 billion in debt.

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Republicans in House seek protection for municipal bonds in tax bill

(Reuters) - A group of Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday urged keeping federal tax breaks on private activity bonds sold by the developers of hospitals, nursing homes, airports and toll roads to reduce costs.

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Opinion: CFPB, the agency I didn't know I needed

Late last May, I accepted a job offer in Minnesota, loaded my family in the van, and -- two months ahead of the actual move -- drove to the Twin Cities to start looking for a new place to live. But when it came time to get pre-approved for a loan, our best laid plans went awry.

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Non-drop shop: Christmas tree farmer prepares for seasonal rush

COLCHESTER, England (Reuters) - With Christmas around the corner, Wick Farm in Colchester, eastern England, is gearing up by harvesting its crop of fir trees.

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Winter weather could stress power grids in several European countries

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Sustained cold spells and low generation availability could cause problems for electricity networks in several European countries this winter although most are well prepared, a power network lobby said on Wednesday.

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China makes its biggest seizure of endangered pangolin scales: state media

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese customs have seized 11.9 tonnes of scales of pangolins, the world's most poached animal and under threat of extinction, in their biggest seizure of its kind, state media said on Wednesday.

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China's Hebei to enforce emergency anti-smog measures Dec 1-4

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's northern province of Hebei will implement emergency steps from Dec. 1 to Dec. 4 as another wave of severe pollution is expected to hit, local authorities said on Wednesday.

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Indonesia reopens Bali airport as wind clears volcanic ash

DENPASAR, Indonesia (Reuters) - The airport on the Indonesian holiday island of Bali reopened on Wednesday as wind blew away ash and smoke spewed out by a volcano, giving airlines a window to get stranded tourists out and authorities more time to urge villagers to move to safety.

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In China, Fears That New Anticorruption Agency Will Be Above the Law

Mainstream lawyers and law professors in China are taking a risk in speaking out against a move that they say would violate the country’s Constitution.

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Indonesia reopens Bali airport after closure over volcano activity

DENPASAR, Indonesia (Reuters) - Bali airport reopened on Wednesday, Indonesian authorities said, two days after a volcanic eruption spread ash across the holiday island and forced its airport to close, stranding tourists and spurring evacuation efforts.

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Cyclone kills 19, most under landslide, on Indonesian island of Java

JAKARTA (Reuters) - A tropical cyclone killed 19 people on the Indonesian island of Java, officials said on Wednesday, with most of the victims caught under a landslide.

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Bali volcano stops flights again as tourists struggle to get out

KARANGASEM, Indonesia (Reuters) - Indonesia shut the airport on its holiday island of Bali for a third consecutive day on Wednesday, as the erupting Mount Agung volcano spewed ash that blocked flight paths and spurred authorities to hasten evacuation efforts.

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Indonesia shuts Bali's airport for third day due to volcanic ash

AMED, Indonesia (Reuters) - Indonesia shut its airport on Bali for a third consecutive day on Wednesday due to a volcanic ash cloud, as the rumbling Mount Agung volcano continued to paralyze flights on the holiday island and cause a mass evacuation around the mountain.

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China's war on smog 'biggest uncertainty' for copper smelters: Jiangxi Copper executive

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's environmental crackdown is the "biggest uncertainty" facing the nation's copper smelters, as the government steps up inspections and stiffens emissions control standards, an executive from Jiangxi Copper Co Ltd said on Wednesday.

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Trump administration permits ENI to drill for oil off Alaska

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Eni US could begin work on oil exploration in federal waters off Alaska as soon as next month after the Trump administration on Tuesday approved permits for leases the company has held for a decade, the Interior Department said.

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Brazil lower house passes bill aimed at boosting biofuels use

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's lower house of Congress approved on Tuesday a bill to set up a program to boost the use of biofuels, a move that could sharply change the way fuel distributors operate in the country.

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Judge won't block Trump's pick for watchdog agency

A federal judge hearing the case over who rightfully can lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on an acting basis Tuesday denied a request to block President Donald Trump from installing Mick Mulvaney as acting director.

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What Trump is doing to consumer agency isn't normal

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Supreme Court wary about widening whistleblower protections

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Conservative and liberal U.S. Supreme Court justices on Tuesday appeared reluctant to broaden protections for corporate insiders who blow the whistle on securities law violations or fraud by their companies.

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Large iceberg breaks free from glacier in southern Chile

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - A large iceberg broke off the Grey glacier in southern Chile, authorities said on Tuesday, adding that the cause of the rupture was unclear.

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TransCanada engages Nebraska landowners on new Keystone XL route

Calgary, Alberta/TORONTO (Reuters) - TransCanada Corp has started engaging landowners on a new route for its Keystone XL pipeline approved by the state of Nebraska, the company said on Tuesday, exploring the costlier path as it mulls a final decision on the expansion project mooted nearly a decade ago.

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U.S. repeal of carbon rule criticized in coal country

CHARLESTON, W. Va. (Reuters) - Health groups, environmentalists and a former coal miner criticized the Trump administration's proposal to dismantle an Obama-era rule to slash carbon emissions from power plants at a public hearing held in the heart of coal country on Tuesday.

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U.S. top court wary about widening whistleblower protections

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Conservative and liberal U.S. Supreme Court justices on Tuesday appeared reluctant to broaden protections for corporate insiders who blow the whistle on securities law violations or fraud by their companies.

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UPDATE 1-U.S. top court wary about widening whistleblower protections

WASHINGTON, Nov 28 (Reuters) - Conservative and liberal U.S. Supreme Court justices on Tuesday appeared reluctant to broaden protections for corporate insiders who blow the whistle on securities law violations or fraud by their companies.

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U.S. top court weighs protections for corporate whistleblowers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday appeared hesitant to broaden protections for corporate insiders who blow the whistle on financial wrongdoing and fraud by their employers, with several justices suggesting the law does not cover those who report the violations only internally instead of to the government.

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U.S. EPA takes repeal of clean power plan to coal country

CHARLESTON, W. Va. (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency heard testimony from coal miners, lobbyists, environmentalists and others on Tuesday at a public meeting in West Virginia on the agency's proposal to dismantle an Obama-era plan to slash carbon emissions from power plants.

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Germany clears $1.19 billion in diesel pollution funds for cities

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's federal government on Tuesday released 1 billion euros ($1.19 billion) of promised funding to help municipalities tackle diesel pollution but environmentalists doubt the move will help avert bans of polluting vehicles.

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Trump administration warns of consumer protection panel disruptions in court filing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration warned that granting a temporary restraining order to prevent the president from naming an interim director of the U.S. consumer watchdog would be an extraordinary intrusion into the executive branch and harm the agency.

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Fur flies as cheetah races electric Formula E car

(Reuters) - The cheetah is renowned for being the world's fastest mammal, but is also one of its most endangered species.

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Activists say Poland breaches EU laws on logging in ancient forest

WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland has repeatedly breached a European Union court ruling banning logging in the Bialowieza forest, a UNESCO World Heritage site, environmentalists said on Tuesday.

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Trump administration warns of disruptions in court filing on consumer protection panel

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration has warned that granting a temporary restraining order against the president for control of the U.S. consumer watchdog agency would be an extraordinary intrusion into the executive branch and harm the agency.

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China's government accuses four cities of air pollution failures

BEIJING (Reuters) - Four cities in China's northeastern province Heilongjiang were accused by the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) of increasing air pollution due to administrative failures.

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German cities call on Merkel to release diesel pollution funds

BERLIN (Reuters) - German cities will call on the government to immediately release 1 billion euros ($1.2 billion) of promised funding to cut diesel pollution and help them avert a potential ban on diesel vehicles.

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EPA takes repeal of clean power plan to coal country

CHARLESTON, W. Va. (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will hear testimony from coal miners, lobbyists, environmentalists and others on Tuesday at a public meeting in West Virginia on the EPA's proposal to dismantle an Obama-era plan to slash carbon emissions from power plants.

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The Daily: Listen to ‘The Daily’: What’s Going On at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau?

We look at the messy public fight for control of the government’s top consumer financial watchdog and at the deregulatory pressures it faces.

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Tourists, authorities feel the heat as Bali volcano keeps airport closed

KARANGASEM, Indonesia (Reuters) - Indonesia on Tuesday extended the closure of the airport on Bali as ash from a volcano swept the island, stranding thousands of tourists as authorities tried to persuade villagers to leave their homes near the erupting mountain.

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Former consumer agency chief shares how he thinks power struggle will play out

Richard Cordray, who stepped down from the top Consumer Financial Protection Bureau position prior to the weekend, has his thoughts on how the power struggle for his old job will play out.

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Trump-installed consumer agency head sets hiring freeze, halts new rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The fight for control of the U.S. consumer watchdog agency intensified on Monday as Mick Mulvaney, President Donald Trump's pick to run the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), imposed a hiring freeze and halted any new regulations.

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UPDATE 6-Trump-installed consumer agency head sets hiring freeze, halts new rules

* Judge, both sides agree to resolve the issue quickly (Recasts with Mulvaney comments, adds federal court hearing)

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Indonesia extends Bali airport closure due to Agung eruption

JAKARTA/AMED, Indonesia (Reuters) - Indonesia's transportation ministry said on Tuesday it will extend the closure of Bali's I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport for a further 24 hours because of ash from the eruption of the island's Mount Agung volcano.

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Indonesia extends Bali airport closure due to volcanic ash

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia's transportation ministry said on Tuesday it will extend the closure of Bali's I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport for a further 24 hours because of ash from the eruption of the island's Mount Agung volcano.

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TransCanada to restart Keystone pipeline on Nov. 28

CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - TransCanada Corp will restart its Keystone crude oil pipeline at reduced pressure on Tuesday after getting approval from U.S. regulators, the company said on Monday.

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Directors duel over control of U.S. consumer protection agency

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Mick Mulvaney brought a sweetener to the Trump administration's takeover of the consumer watchdog agency on Monday, offering doughnuts as he challenged the Obama-era acting appointee in a partisan showdown over how to regulate the U.S. financial system.

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UPDATE 4-Directors duel over control of U.S. consumer protection agency

* English meeting with Senate Democrats (Adds English to meet with Schumer, Warren; Barney Frank comment)

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Cuba begins harvest of weather-battered sugar crop

HAVANA (Reuters) - The first of Cuba's 53 sugar mills has opened for what is expected to be a poor harvest after 18 months of drought, followed by damage to the crop and mills from Hurricane Irma in September.

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Dueling directors create confusion at U.S. consumer protection agency

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With doughnuts in hand, President Donald Trump's pick to head the U.S. government consumer watchdog agency turned up for work on Monday, challenging the acting appointee of the Obama-era leader in an partisan showdown over how the U.S. financial system should be regulated.

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2 Bosses Show Up to Lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

One Trump pick and one Obama holdover are publicly and messily fighting over control of the government’s top consumer financial watchdog.

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Doughnuts, dueling memos factor in showdown over U.S. consumer agency

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With doughnuts in hand, President Donald Trump's appointee to head the U.S. government consumer watchdog agency turned up for work on Monday, challenging the acting appointee of the outgoing Obama-era head in an unprecedented partisan showdown over how the U.S. financial system should be regulated.

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UPDATE 2-Doughnuts, dueling memos factor in showdown over U.S. consumer agency

* Both signing off as "acting director" (Adds background on CFPB)

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UPDATE 1-Doughnuts, dueling memos factor in showdown over U.S. consumer agency

WASHINGTON, Nov 27 (Reuters) - With doughnuts in hand, President Donald Trump's appointee to head the U.S. government consumer watchdog agency turned up for work on Monday, challenging the acting appointee of the outgoing Obama-era head in an unprecedented partisan showdown over how the U.S. financial system should be regulated.

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German domestic spy agency hits out at Silicon Valley

BERLIN, Nov 27 (Reuters) - The head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency accused U.S. tech giants like Facebook on Monday of failing to take enough responsibility for content on their sites, undermining democracy by not distinguishing between fact and opinion.

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Migrating birds winter in Israel as climate change makes desert too dangerous

AGAMON HULA, Israel (Reuters) - Climate change is turning Israel into a permanent wintering ground for some of the 500 million migrating birds that used to stop over briefly before flying on to the warm plains of Africa, Israeli experts say.

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U.S. November auto sales seen down slightly: J.D. Power and LMC

DETROIT (Reuters) - U.S. auto sales in November likely slid 0.2 percent from the same month in 2016 despite high discounts to consumers as automakers have sought to clear out record levels of unsold 2017 model vehicles, industry consultants J.D. Power and LMC Automotive said on Monday.

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CORRECTED-BRIEF-European Medicines Agency Accepts Titan's Marketing Application For Probuphine

* EUROPEAN MEDICINES AGENCY ACCEPTS TITAN PHARMACEUTICALS' MARKETING AUTHORIZATION APPLICATION FOR PROBUPHINE®

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Keystone's existing pipeline spills far more than predicted to regulators

(Reuters) - TransCanada Corp's existing Keystone pipeline has leaked substantially more oil, and more often, in the United States than indicated in risk assessments the company provided to regulators before the project began operating in 2010, according to documents reviewed by Reuters.

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Indonesia orders immediate evacuation as highest alert issued for Bali volcano

DENPASAR, Indonesia (Reuters) - Indonesia closed the airport on the tourist island of Bali on Monday and ordered 100,000 residents living near a glowing volcano spewing columns of ash to evacuate immediately, warning that the first major eruption in 54 years could be "imminent".

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BRIEF-Time Inc would be required to pay Meredith fee of $65 mln‍ upon deal termination​

* TIME INC - UPON TERMINATION OF DEAL WITH MEREDITH CORP UNDER SPECIFIED CIRCUMSTANCES, CO WOULD BE REQUIRED TO PAY MEREDITH TERMINATION FEE OF $65 MLN‍ ​ Source text: (http://bit.ly/2iVmSRI) Further company coverage:

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Turkish police detain academic in Kurdish militant probe: agency

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish counter-terror police detained 10 people including academic Fikret Baskaya early on Monday in an operation targeting members of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militant group, state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

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Quake of magnitude 6.2 strikes off Papua New Guinea: USGS

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - An earthquake of magnitude 6.2 struck off the Pacific Ocean nation of Papua New Guinea on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

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Rising Chinese ozone levels cause higher mortality: study

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Rising ozone pollution in China's cities has emerged as a major health risk, causing a rise in deaths from strokes and heart disease among vulnerable residents, according to a new study by a team of Chinese researchers.

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Thousands stranded as Bali volcano alert raised to highest level

DENPASAR, Indonesia (Reuters) - Indonesia raised its warning for Bali's Mount Agung volcano to the top level four alert on Monday, closed the holiday island's airport and told residents around the mountain to immediately evacuate, warning of an "imminent" risk of a larger eruption.

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Rival sides square off over succession at U.S. consumer finance agency

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A battle over who should run the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) in the coming months was set for court as Obama-era holdovers sought to maintain their control over a powerful watchdog which President Donald Trump is seeking to curb.