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Progress but no deal in trans-Pacific trade talks

BEIJING (AP) — President Barack Obama pressed world leaders Monday to break stubborn logjams that have held up an agreement on a trans-Pacific trade deal that is eagerly sought by the White House and could lead to rare consensus with congressional Republicans.

"This has the potential for being an historic agreement," Obama said as he opened the trade talks being held on the sidelines of the broader Asia-Pacific conference in Beijing.

Time winding down on sage grouse threatened species deadline

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FuelFix

As the Nov. 12 deadline nears for the Fish and Wildlife Service to make a threatened species ruling on the Gunnison Sage-Grouse in Colorado and Utah, energy interests and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper are making last-minute appeals to avert the designation, FuelFix reports.

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New GOP freshmen put Keystone, coal regs atop Senate agenda

Two incoming Republican senators are making it clear they want to quickly approve the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline in January and help reduce Obama administration environmental regulations, as they seek to address voter disgust with Washington gridlock.

The comments on the Fox News Sunday television program by Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.V., and Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., both elected to the Senate last Tuesday, were a fresh sign that the new Republican majority wants to challenge President Barack Obama on oil and coal.

Citi: Oil exports to rise, along with exchanges with Mexico

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Platts

Analysts from Citi projected that the U.S. would export more than 1 million barrels of crude oil and condensate a day by early next year, and light-for-heavy crude exchanges with Mexico are expected to rise to 200,000 barrels a day, Platts reports.

Federal government struggles against cyberattacks

A $10 billion-a-year effort to protect sensitive government data, from military secrets to Social Security numbers, is struggling to keep pace with an increasing number of cyberattacks and is unwittingly being undermined by federal employees and contractors.

Workers scattered across more than a dozen agencies, from the Defense and Education departments to the National Weather Service, are responsible for at least half of the federal cyberincidents reported each year since 2010, according to an Associated Press analysis of records.

A look at some key federal cybersecurity breaches

A $10 billion-a-year federal effort to protect critical data is struggling against an onslaught of cyberattacks by thieves, hostile states and hackers.

An Associated Press report this week finds that federal cybersecurity officials also face another challenge: Too often, government employees and contractors are undermining cyberdefenses by clicking malicious links, losing devices and data, or sharing information and passwords.

Showdown looms as California eyes pesticides

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — With organic food growers reporting double-digit growth in U.S. sales each year, producers are challenging a proposed California pest-management program they say enshrines a pesticide-heavy approach for decades to come, including compulsory spraying of organic crops at the state's discretion.

Chief among the complaints of organic growers: The California Department of Food and Agriculture's pest-management plan says compulsory state pesticide spraying of organic crops would do no economic harm to organic producers, on the grounds that the growers could sell sprayed crops as non-organic instead.

Foundation of US nuclear system showing cracks

WASHINGTON (AP) — The foundation of America's nuclear arsenal is fractured, and the government has no clear plan to repair it.

The cracks appear not just in the military forces equipped with nuclear weapons but also in the civilian bureaucracy that controls them, justifies their cost, plans their future and is responsible for explaining a defense policy that says nuclear weapons are at once essential and excessive.

Putin and Obama may hold informal talk next week

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Barack Obama may hold informal discussions when they travel to the Asia-Pacific region next week for international summits, officials said Friday.

The two leaders last met in June, when they exchanged a few words during a ceremony in France marking the D-Day invasion anniversary. With Russia-West ties at their lowest point since the Cold War, amid the dispute over Ukraine, the strain in their personal relations was clearly visible.

Appeals court revives Alaska suit on roadless rule

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday revived a lawsuit by the state of Alaska challenging the national roadless rule, which prohibits road construction and timber harvesting on millions of acres of forest lands, including vast swaths of national forest in Alaska.

In a 3-0 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit reversed a federal judge's ruling that Alaska waited too long to file its complaint.

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