US steps up attacks on Islamic State oil trucks in Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) — Accelerating its attacks on one of the Islamic State's most important sources of income, the U.S. military said Monday it destroyed 283 tanker trucks used by the militants to transport oil from producing fields in eastern Syria to smuggling points.

The attack by four A-10 attack planes and two AC-130 gunships was carried out Saturday at a site near Deir el-Zour and al-Hasakah but not reported until Monday. It followed a similar assault on Nov. 15 that destroyed 116 tanker trucks and is part of a broader air campaign, dubbed Operation Tidal Wave II, designed to cripple the militants' oil producing, refining and distribution system. The U.S. has said oil provides about half the group's total income.

Cyprus: Energy deal boosts plans to export gas to Egypt

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A move by British oil and gas company BG International to buy a stake in Cyprus' offshore mineral deposits is an important step forward for the country's plans to supply Egypt with natural gas, the east Mediterranean island's energy minister said Monday.

Yiorgos Lakkotrypis said U.S. company Noble Energy has cut a deal with BG International for a 35 percent stake in an area, or block, where a field estimated to contain more than 4 trillion cubic feet of gas has been found.

EU launches state aid probe into Hungarian nuclear reactors

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union said Monday it has opened a probe to establish whether Hungary's financing of two new nuclear reactors constitutes illegal state aid.

The EU's antitrust watchdog is trying to work out whether a private investor would have financed the building of the reactors in the city of Paks the same way as the government.

Wider carbon tax, oil sands emissions limits proposed in Alberta

The Wall Street Journal

To do its share as Canada seeks to limit greenhouse gas emissions nationally, Alberta province is pledging to cap emissions from oil sands crude production, phase out coal-fired electricity generation and widen its carbon tax to reach across the economy, The Wall Street Journal reports.

California water conservation dramatizes wealth divide

The New York Times

Many Californians are growing angry about the difference in enforcement of water conservation policies between affluent communities like Bel Air and those elsewhere in the state, The New York Times reports.

NY’s Cuomo seeks to make renewable goal a mandate

The New York Times

To put teeth into his effort to see New York get half of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is seeking to have the state Public Service Commission make the target a mandate, people familiar with the matter tell The New York Times.

After victory, Democrat Edwards starts piecing together Louisiana transition

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Fresh off a strong victory in the Louisiana governor's race, Democrat John Bel Edwards began to work Sunday on his plans for the transition into his new office and an upcoming term in which he'll have to grapple with a hefty state financial crisis.

After a brutal, attack-heavy competition to win the office, Edwards will get little in the way of a honeymoon as he readies to follow term-limited Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal into office.

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Nevada says national nuclear dump could harm farm community

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Radioactive well-water contamination could threaten some 1,400 people in a rural farming community if federal regulators allow the nation's deadliest nuclear waste to be buried in the Nevada desert, state officials said in a report issued Friday.

A 53-page document submitted to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission derides environmental assessments of the proposed Yucca Mountain repository as legally inadequate. It also characterizes the project itself as "an unworkable waste management plan at an unsafe repository site."

UN official: Over 120 leaders to attend Paris climate summit

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The attacks in Paris are affecting crucial climate change talks in the French capital starting later this month, but more than 120 world leaders strongly support the conference and have confirmed they will attend, a senior U.N. official said Friday.

Janos Pasztor, the U.N. assistant secretary-general for climate change, told a news conference that preparations and some activities are affected, including a huge march on Nov. 29 by supporters of an agreement to reduce carbon emissions that has been cancelled by the French government.

Water agency's land purchase rattles California farmers

BLYTHE, Calif. (AP) — The nation's largest distributor of treated drinking water became the largest landowner in a remote California farming region for good reason: The alfalfa-growing area is first in line to get Colorado River water.

Metropolitan Water District of Southern California's play in Palo Verde Valley, along the Arizona line, tapped a deep distrust between farm and city that pervades the West over a river that's a lifeline for seven states and northern Mexico.


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