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Money dealer: Brazil president knew of kickback scheme

SAO PAULO (AP) — A convicted black market money dealer who turned state's evidence told lawmakers on Tuesday that Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and her predecessor, former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, knew of the sprawling corruption kickback scheme that has engulfed state-run oil company Petrobras.

Alberto Youssef, who has been talking to prosecutors in exchange for less jail time, made his remarks before a congressional panel investigating the alleged scheme.

Technology to boost climate deal chances: Moniz

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The Hill

Technology advances mean the Paris conference has a better chance of success than earlier climate meetings, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said Monday as he expressed optimism at the National Clean Energy Summit, The Hill reports.

National Parks give free entry on 99th birthday

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KY3

Entry to facilities across the country is free Tuesday as the National Park Service celebrates its 99th birthday, KY3 reports.

China, US talking "clean coal" as industry struggles

BILLINGS, Montana (AP) — U.S. officials and the governors of coal-rich Western states are meeting with Chinese energy officials in a bid to advance so-called clean-coal technologies that have struggled to gain traction.

Tuesday's conference in Billings takes place near one of the largest coal reserves in the world — the Powder River Basin of Montana and Wyoming.

Wilson Center Webinar: Scale of the climate risk landscape

Washington, August 25, 2015, 1:15 pm

Peace, Conflict, and the Scale of the Climate Risk Landscape (WEBINAR): The opening webinar in a series will examine the security implications of climate risk and will provide a context for the subsequent place-based and sector-based webinars. Speakers from academic institutions and think tanks.

 

New documents raise more questions about Colorado mine spill

Documents released by U.S. officials have revealed that the Environmental Protection Agency knew of the potential for a blowout of toxic wastewater from a Colorado mine more than a year before a government cleanup team accidentally triggered such a release earlier this month.

About 3 million gallons of water from the mine flowed into Colorado's Animas River and the San Juan River in New Mexico before reaching Lake Powell on the Utah-Arizona border. Public drinking water systems were temporarily shut down and farmers from the Navajo Nation stopped using river water for irrigation.

Navajo farmers reject use of water after mine spill

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — One of the largest communities of Navajo farmers along the San Juan River has voted to keep irrigation canals closed for at least a year following a spill of toxic sludge at a Colorado gold mine.

The unanimous vote by more than 100 farmers in Shiprock, New Mexico, was heart-wrenching and guarantees the loss of many crops, Shiprock Chapter President Duane "Chili" Yazzie said Monday.

Sewage spill prompts closure of famed Hawaii beach

HONOLULU (AP) — Most of the famed beach fronting Waikiki was closed after heavy rains triggered a half-million gallon sewage spill near Hawaii's world-famous tourist district, officials said.

The beach area was closed Monday after storm water flowed into the city's sewage system as a weather system linked to Tropical Storm Kilo dumped heavy rain on the islands.

Oil

Russian ruble collapses to 7-month low on weak oil prices

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian ruble plunged 2.9 percent on Monday to hit a seven-month low amid a further drop in oil prices, the country's key export.

The ruble was trading at 71.04 to the dollar at the close of trading in Moscow, its lowest level since Jan. 30, when Russian markets were hit by a combination of low energy prices and Western sanctions. After the market closed, the ruble recovered slightly in futures trading in an indication that it may recover some of its losses.

Lab manager settles lobbying claims with $4.8M payment

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The managers of one of the nation's premier federal laboratories have agreed to pay nearly $4.8 million to settle allegations of improperly using taxpayer funds to influence members of Congress and others to extend the lab's $2.4 billion management contract.

Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico issued a statement Monday saying the lab's management agreed to settle with the U.S. Department of Justice to "put the matter behind us, take action on what we learned and focus on our important national security mission."

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