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Trump administration to ease rule on methane leaks on public land -

Trump administration to ease rule on methane leaks on public landThe Trump Administration is slated on Tuesday to roll back an Obama-era rule on emissions of the greenhouse gas methane from oil and gas operations on public lands in its latest step to ease energy industry regulations, environmental groups said. The Interior Department did not have an immediate comment on the rule but said it would have a press call at 4 p.m. EDT regarding final changes revising the venting and flaring rule. The rule is aimed at reducing leaks of natural gas, or methane, that occur through venting and flaring during oil and gas production on federal land.

Tue, 18 Sep 2018 13:27:55 -0400

Uncertainty swirls around crucial hearing on Trump high court nominee -

Uncertainty swirls around crucial hearing on Trump high court nomineeSenator Chuck Grassley said Christine Blasey Ford, a university professor in California whose allegations have put Kavanaugh's once-safe nomination in serious jeopardy, has not responded to attempts by the Republican-led Judiciary Committee, which oversees the confirmation process, to contact her. Trump told reporters he remains "totally supportive" of Kavanaugh, who met with officials at the White House for a second straight day, though not with the president. Trump said Kavanaugh is "anxious" to testify.

Tue, 18 Sep 2018 13:11:33 -0400

SeaWorld, ex-CEO settle with SEC over 'Blackfish' -

SeaWorld, ex-CEO settle with SEC over 'Blackfish'SeaWorld Entertainment Inc and its former Chief Executive James Atchison have agreed to pay more than $5 million to settle U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission fraud charges for misleading investors about the negative effect that the 2013 documentary "Blackfish" would have on the company's reputation and business. The SEC on Tuesday said SeaWorld improperly downplayed the impact of the documentary, which criticized its treatment of orcas, or killer whales, over an eight-month period that ended in Aug. 2014, when the company acknowledged that bad publicity was hurting attendance.

Tue, 18 Sep 2018 13:09:59 -0400

Trump says FBI should not probe allegations against Kavanaugh -

Trump says FBI should not probe allegations against KavanaughWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The FBI should not investigate a California professor's allegations of sexual assault against U.S. Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump said on Tuesday, adding that he wanted his nominee to be confirmed quickly. Asked whether he would ask the FBI to open its background check on Kavanaugh, Trump told reporters at the White House: "I don't think the FBI really need to be involved because they don't want to be involved. If they wanted to be, I would certainly do that, but as you know, they say this is not really their thing. ...

Tue, 18 Sep 2018 12:53:54 -0400

Travel snarled by flooding as Carolinas size up Florence's damage -

Travel snarled by flooding as Carolinas size up Florence's damageWILMINGTON/FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (Reuters) - Residents of the Carolinas struggled to return to normalcy on Tuesday after taking a beating from Hurricane Florence, but their efforts were hindered by standing water and additional flooding expected from already swollen rivers. At least 32 people have been killed since Florence came ashore as a hurricane on Friday, including 25 in North Carolina and six in South Carolina. One person was killed when Florence spawned at least 16 tornadoes on Monday in Virginia, where dozens of buildings were destroyed, the National Weather Service reported.

Tue, 18 Sep 2018 12:44:03 -0400

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