DETROIT (AP) — An eight-month investigation into brake problems with some older Toyota Camry gas-electric hybrids has been closed without a recall.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began the probe in January after getting complaints of malfunctions that reduced power-assisted braking in 2007 and 2008 Camry hybrids. The probe covered about 100,000 cars.
The controversial chief of the Chemical Safety Board, Rafael Moure-Eraso, is sticking to his post despite mounting criticism of the toxic atmosphere that many say hinders its operations, National Journal reports.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power told an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Friday that the United States cannot rule out that Russia helped in the launch of the surface-to-air missile that shot down a Malaysian Airlines jet over eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board.
Power said the U.S. believes the plane was likely downed by an SA-11 missile fired from an area in eastern Ukraine controlled by pro-Russian separatists. She said Russia has provided SA-11s and other heavy weapons to the separatists.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A new federal earthquake map dials up the shaking hazard just a bit for about half of the United States and lowers it for nearly a quarter of the nation.
The U.S. Geological Survey updated Thursday its national seismic hazard maps for the first time since 2008, taking into account research from the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami off the Japanese coast and the surprise 2011 Virginia temblor.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration scrambled Thursday to determine what brought down a passenger jet in Ukraine and whether any Americans were killed in an incident that could worsen the already tense conflict near the Ukraine-Russia border.
President Barack Obama made no mention of who might be responsible for the crash of the Malaysia Airlines plane carrying 295 people, but said the incident appeared to be a "terrible tragedy."
Six major energy companies – including Houston-based Southwestern Energy Co. and Norwegian giant Statoil – have agreed to monitor and disclose their methane emissions under a new United Nations framework, The Wall Street Journal reports ahead of the official announcement Tuesday.
The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board, in a recommendation to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz that will be published in the Federal Register Tuesday, says there must be an improvement in emergency preparedness regulations and guidelines to ensure that weapons sites will be better able to cope with potential disasters, including earthquakes and wildfires, The Hill reports.
An official’s pessimistic view of China’s economic growth gave a further downward push to oil prices Monday. The expiring October contract for West Texas Intermediate crude dropped 89 cents to $91.52 a barrel on the Nymex, the lowest close since May, 2013, while in London November Brent shed 1.4 percent to settle $1.42 lower at $96.97, Bloomberg reports.
Production at the Sharara oil field, Libya’s largest -- which had been shut last week because of shelling near a connected refinery -- resumed Monday although at a fraction of its full capacity, an official with National Oil Co. told The Wall Street Journal.
Temperatures this coming winter should be milder than they were during last winter’s deep freeze, but natural gas prices may be higher as industries and electricity generators use more gas, according to American Gas Association vice president Chris McGill, Platts reports.
The company behind the Jordan Cove LNG export facility – Canada’s Veresen Inc – is paying $1.43 billion to take a half interest in the Ruby pipeline system that would bring natural gas from Wyoming to Oregon, Reuters reports.
Although thousands will flock to Art and Helen Tanderup’s farm for a concert against the Keystone XL pipeline in Nebraska on Saturday, many of the residents in the nearby town of Neligh will stay away, The Omaha World-Herald reports.
In an interview with Diane Rehm on NPR affiliate WAMU, Google CEO Eric Schmidt said the tech giant would leave the American Legislative Exchange Council because of the group’s position on climate change and environmental issues, National Journal reports.
According to a filing with the Federal Election Commission, activist Tom Steyer contributed $15 million to his NextGen Climate PAC in August, while the group raised only $3,550 from other sources, The Hill reports.