YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — The president of Armenia on Saturday suspended hikes in household electricity rates in an effort to end the protests that have blocked the capital's main avenue for six straight days. The demonstrators, however, didn't disperse.
President Serzh Sargsyan said the government would bear the burden of the higher electricity costs until an audit of the Russian-owned power company could be completed. At least some of the money appeared to be coming from Moscow, where the protests have caused great concern.
A group of 13 Senate Democrats, led by Sen. Ed Markey, Mass., urged President Obama to reject calls to lift or ease the ban on crude oil exports, arguing it would threaten U.S. energy security and raise prices, The Hill reports.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Plains All American Pipeline would not comment Friday on why it took to long to confirm that its pipeline had cracked and was spilling thousands of gallons of oil onto the sand and water west of Santa Barbara, after documents obtained by The Associated Press revealed that a Plains employee at the scene initially suggested to firefighters that the spill "was too big to be from their pipeline."
Firefighters investigating the reported petroleum stench at a California beach last month didn't take long to find the spill — oil was spreading across the sand and into the surf. Tracing the source, they found crude gushing from a bluff like a fire hose "without a nozzle," the records show.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fewer of tomorrow's freeways will be free. In exchange, drivers willing and able to pay will avoid the traffic congestion that bedevils everyone else.
Toll lanes are an increasingly common solution in metropolitan regions with limited public space or money to widen highways. One increasingly popular idea is to convert carpool lanes to let solo drivers pay for a faster ride. In the future, non-carpool lanes might also be tolled.
After revelations that a scientist failed to disclose his funding sources for climate change research, the Smithsonian Institution said Friday it is improving its ethics and disclosure policies to avoid conflicts of interest.
The museum and research complex said it is prepared to take immediate action after a review of its policies by Rita Colwell, the former director of the National Science Foundation. Smithsonian officials initiated the external review after recent allegations that scientist Wei-Hock Soon did not disclose conflicts of interest in his research funding. A Smithsonian team also conducted an internal review.
The U.S. and Brazil are set to unveil a joint declaration next week in support of an international climate deal, but analysts tell Reuters that a target date for Brazil to hit zero net deforestation is unlikely to be included in it.
Wildfires are charging through several dry Western states, including a blaze in California that showed new life after burning for a week and forced residents of some communities to flee their homes. A look at the latest hotspots and what crews are doing to control them:
A legal challenge to EPA's Mercury and Air Toxics Standards is one of the final four cases to be decided by the Supreme Court before its current session ends next week, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The rebound in oil prices following Wednesday’s slump was wiped out late Thursday by news of a jump in the number of rigs drilling for oil in the U.S. Light, sweet crude for August delivery settled down 3 cents to $56.93 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London, Brent finished up 6 cents to $62.07, Dow Jones reports.
The Grain Belt Express, a $2.2 billion transmission line proposed by Clean Line Energy to bring wind power from Kansas to points east, through Missouri, has been rejected by the Missouri Public Service Commission, The Kansas City Star reports.
A $15,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to fund research into cutting particulate emissions from barbecues has attracted criticism from Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, who declared his constituents “should be able to grill in peace,” The Hill reports.
The U.S. role in Copenhagen climate talks in 2009, and media coverage of it, had Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s attention, judging from the emails released by the State Department this week, E&E reports.
After last month’s pipeline leak near Santa Barbara, Calif., the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is proposing a requirement that operators notify regulators within an hour of any problem, The Hill reports.