• Somber moment for president-elect: Trump to meet OSU victims

    Trump Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, left, Jason Miller, a senior adviser to President-elect Donald Trump, second from left, Boris Epshteyn, a spokesman for Trump, fourth from left, and Michael Flynn, Trump's nominee for National Security adviser, fifth from left, listen as Trump speaks to members of the media after meeting with families of the victims of the knife attack on Nov. 28. at Ohio State University, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — In the midst of his Cabinet deliberations, President-elect Donald Trump flew to Ohio Thursday to meet with victims and families after the latest U.S. outbreak of violence, a somber duty that became all too familiar to his predecessor.

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  • AP source: Trump to tap Oklahoma AG Pruitt to head EPA

    Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt arrives at Trump Tower in New York, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump is expected to nominate Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, a source close to Pruitt said Wednesday.

  • Spread by trade and climate, bugs butcher America’s forests

    In this Oct. 5, 2016 photo, distressed and dying hemlock trees are seen at Harvard University's research forest in Petersham, Mass. Forests from New England to the West Coast are jeopardized by invasive pests that defoliate and kill trees. Scientists said the pests are driving some tree species toward extinction and causing billions of dollars a year in damage. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    PETERSHAM, Mass. (AP) — In a towering forest of centuries-old eastern hemlocks, it’s easy to miss one of the tree’s nemeses. No larger than a speck of pepper, the Hemlock woolly adelgid spends its life on the underside of needles sucking sap, eventually killing the tree.

  • 7 dead in latest China mine blast; 60 miners killed in week

    BEIJING (AP) — Seven coal miners are dead and another four still missing after a gas explosion in a central province in the latest deadly accident to strike China’s mining industry, authorities said Wednesday.

  • Google hits renewable energy goal in quest to pare pollution

    This photo provided by Google shows windmills at a wind farm in Minco, Okla., that provides Google with some of its renewable energy. Google says it believes that beginning in 2017, it will have amassed enough renewable energy to meet all of its electricity needs throughout the world. (Tim Boyles Photography/Google via AP)

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is crossing a milestone in its quest to reduce pollution caused by its digital services that devour massive amounts of electricity.

  • Indians look for solutions only when toxic pollution soars

    In this Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016 photo, people ride a motorcycle carrying air purifiers at a traffic intersection surrounded by a thick layer of smog in New Delhi, India. The news that the Indian capital is one of the dirtiest cities in the world, having surpassed Beijing for that dubious record, is three years old. But the awareness that it's toxic enough to leave its citizens chronically ill and requires long-term lifestyle changes is relatively nascent. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

    NEW DELHI (AP) — The truth of New Delhi’s toxic air finally hit home for Rakhi Singh when her 3-year-old son began to cough constantly early this year. She bought air purifiers for her home. When a thick, gray haze turned the view outside her home into a scene from a bad science fiction film last month, she bought pollution masks.

  • EPA to require mines to offer cleanup assurances

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday said it plans to require mining companies to show they have the financial wherewithal to clean up their pollution so taxpayers aren’t stuck footing the bill.