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Obama stresses economic issues in China envoy pick

WASHINGTON (AP) — Making Sen. Max Baucus the next ambassador to China reflects the importance the U.S. places on advancing its economic relationship with Beijing despite recent strains on security issues.

Indian environment minister resigns in shake-up

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's environment minister resigned in a government shake-up Saturday, as the governing Congress party prepares for next year's national elections.

Feds begin killing barred owls to help spotted owl

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — An experiment to see if killing invasive barred owls will help the threatened northern spotted owl reverse its decline toward extinction is underway in the forests of Northern California.

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To clean up coal, Obama pushes more oil production

DE KALB, Miss. (AP) — America's newest, most expensive coal-fired power plant under development by Southern Company in Kemper County, Miss., is hailed as one of the cleanest on the planet, thanks to government-backed technology that removes carbon dioxide and keeps it out of the atmosphere.

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Rebels hold key oil capital in South Sudan

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — South Sudan's central government lost control of the capital of a key oil-producing state Sunday, the military said, as renegade forces loyal to a former deputy president seized more territory in fighting that has raised fears of full-blown civil war in the world's newest country.

Moniz: Methane a risk, but CO2 still top focus of climate policy

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National Journal

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz in a weekend interview noted the challenges posed by methane emissions, but stressed that carbon dioxide reduction remains the Obama administration's top priority in its Climate Action Plan, National Journal reports.

Senate energy chair Wyden set to lead finance panel

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democrat in line to chair the Senate's most powerful committee is a liberal Oregonian who has been an occasional thorn in the side of the intelligence community, the Obama administration and his own party.

For Sen. Ron Wyden, the only job better than leading the Senate Finance Committee and its jurisdiction over taxes, trade and health care policy might be starting forward for the Portland Trailblazers.

Interior IG finds officials sought lower coal rule job loss estimate

The Interior Department's internal watchdog said Friday that officials pressured an environmental contractor to lower its estimate of the number of jobs that would be lost under a proposed rule to protect streams near controversial mountaintop coal mines.

The finding appeared to validate complaints by congressional Republicans that the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement tried to change review methods after its environmental contractor initially estimated that 7,000 mining jobs would be lost and 22 states economically harmed under the rule.

Mexico's president enacts energy reform

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has signed into law a sweeping reform bill that will allow private companies to drill for oil and gas.

Senate votes preliminary OK for Yellen to lead Fed

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has cleared the way for Janet Yellen to succeed Ben Bernanke as head of the Federal Reserve.

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