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Bayer rejects EPA request to pull insecticide from U.S. market


CHICAGO The agricultural unit of German chemicals company Bayer AG said on Friday it will fight a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) request to pull one of its insecticides from the marketplace amid concerns that it could harm organisms in streams and ponds.

Taiwan quake kills at least 12, fells apartment block

TAINAN, Taiwan A powerful earthquake struck Taiwan early on Saturday killing at least 12 people, most in a 17-storey apartment building that collapsed, with some people still known to be missing in the ruins of the complex as night fell, government officials said. | Video

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New England gets hit with first significant snowfall of year

BOSTON New England got hit with its first significant snowfall of the season on Friday, with close to a foot of wet, heavy snow coating parts of northern Massachusetts, knocking out power for more than 140,000 people and snarling travel.

Entertainment, 05 Feb 2016

Delta-owned refinery challenges U.S. policy on bio-fuels program

MINNEAPOLIS/NEW YORK A refinery owned by Delta Air Lines is renewing a push to change a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency policy laid down as part of a national program that requires increased use of biofuels like ethanol.

New Jersey sues Volkswagen over excess diesel emissions

New Jersey on Friday filed a lawsuit against Volkswagen AG and its luxury units over the German automaker's excess diesel emissions, becoming the fourth U.S. state to take legal action.

U.S., India in talks to settle solar power trade dispute

WASHINGTON The United States and India are in talks that could settle a long-running solar power trade dispute, delaying the announcement of a ruling by the World Trade Organization, an Obama administration official said on Friday.

Global Energy News 05 Feb 2016

Japanese volcano erupts, nearby nuclear plant unaffected

TOKYO A Japanese volcano about 50 km (30 miles) from a nuclear plant erupted on Friday, shooting ash nearly 2 km into the night sky along with fountains of lava, but there were no immediate report of damage and operations at the power station were not affected.

Japan, Natural Disasters 05 Feb 2016

Democrats block U.S. energy bill in fight over Flint aid

WASHINGTON Senate Democrats teamed up with some of their Republican counterparts on Thursday and blocked a wide-ranging U.S. energy bill in a fight over aid to Flint, Michigan, to help rectify its drinking water crisis.

Zimbabwe's Mugabe declares disaster in drought-stricken areas

HARARE Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has declared a state of disaster in most rural parts of the country severely hit by a drought, with 26 percent of the population said to be in need of food aid, the government has said in a statement.

05 Feb 2016

NASA says big asteroid could pass near Earth next month

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. NASA is monitoring a 100-foot (30-meter) wide asteroid that could make a close pass by Earth next month but has no chance of hitting it, the U.S. space agency said on Friday.

05 Feb 2016