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15 killed, 9 injured in northern China coal mine explosion

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 18th - 10:33pm

Authorities in northern China say 15 people were killed and nine injured in a gas explosion inside a coal mine.

Patrick defends corporations and capitalism in primary bid

Alexandra Jaffe, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 18th - 8:50pm

Democratic presidential candidate Deval Patrick is centering his fledgling campaign on a defense of corporations and capitalism that puts him directly at odds with some of the party’s most progressive figures.

Woman gets 15 days for throwing cup at Florida congressman

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 18th - 7:16pm

A woman has been sentenced to 15 days in federal custody for throwing a sports drink at a Florida congressman who frequently appears on television supporting President Donald Trump.

803 unbelted rear-seat passengers died in 2018; more than 400 should have survived

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 18th - 6:17pm

More than 800 rear-seat passengers who weren’t wearing seat belts were killed last year in U.S. traffic crashes, and a highway safety group says states aren’t making enough progress in getting people to buckle up.

South Dakota’s governor defends ‘Meth. We’re on it’ campaign

Stephen Groves, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 18th - 5:03pm

South Dakota sparked online guffaws Monday by rolling out an anti-drug campaign featuring people saying, “Meth, I’m on it,” and the governor said the backlash proves the effort to raise awareness is working.

Kansas distillery pleads guilty to Clean Air Act violation

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 18th - 4:19pm

A distillery could be fined up to $1 million for a chlorine gas cloud that lingered over a city in northeastern Kansas in 2016.

Pennsylvania families demand investigation into rare cancers

Michael Rubinkam, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 18th - 3:17pm

The families of young people diagnosed with a rare childhood cancer have confronted Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf over what they called his administration’s insufficient response to a health crisis they blame on pollution from the shale gas industry.

US failing to stop China from stealing research, report says

Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 18th - 3:00pm

The United States government has failed to stop China from stealing intellectual property from American universities and lacks a comprehensive strategy for dealing with the threat, a congressional report concluded Monday.

‘Wall of water’: Lawsuits detail deadly Navy collision

Rebecca Santana, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 18th - 2:57pm

A lawsuit filed Monday details a desperate scramble for safety as water rushed in when a container ship collided with a U.S. Navy destroyer off Japan’s coast two years ago, killing seven sailors.

PG&E boss says it wasn’t fully ready for California outages

Adam Beam, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 18th - 2:36pm

The head of Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. told angry California lawmakers Monday that the nation’s largest electric utility wasn’t fully prepared for the effects of its unprecedented outages last month even as it plans to shut off power to more than half a million people again this week to prevent wildfires.

CORRECTING and REPLACING October Construction Starts Fall 11 Percent

Business Wire, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 18th - 2:31pm

a consolidated rental car facility in Los Angeles CA and a large manufacturing complex in Detroit MI. In October, commercial starts fell 3% with gains in the office and hotel sectors muting the downturn. Manufacturing starts peeled back 69% and institutional starts moved 20% lower.

The Latest: Central Indiana mayor indicted over bribe

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 18th - 2:30pm

The Latest on the arrest of a central Indiana mayor by FBI agents (all times local):

New Protections Finalized for Corals, Sponges, Underwater Canyons off U.S. West Coast

Business Wire, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 18th - 2:14pm

following years of scientific input and advocacy by Oceana — to more than double the spatial extent of seafloor protections off California, Oregon and Washington from the impacts of bottom trawl fishing gear. Once the new regulations take effect on January 1, 2020, 90 percent of the seafloor in U.S. ocean waters off the West Coast will be off limits to bottom trawling.

Warren’s ‘Medicare for All’ plan reignites health care clash

Will Weissert, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 18th - 2:13pm

Elizabeth Warren’s proposal to gradually move the country to a government-funded health care system has further inflamed the debate over “Medicare for All,” likely ensuring the issue will play a significant role in this week’s Democratic presidential debate.

House Democrats propose stopgap bill to prevent shutdown

Andrew Taylor, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 18th - 2:08pm

House Democrats released a temporary government-wide funding bill Monday to forestall a shutdown and give negotiators through Dec. 20 to try to hash out details of more than $1.4 trillion worth of unfinished spending legislation.

Long-running coal plant on Navajo Nation stops production

Felicia Fonseca, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 18th - 1:45pm

A massive coal-fired power plant that served customers in the West for nearly 50 years shut down Monday, the latest closure in a shift away from coal and toward renewable energy and cheaper power.

The Latest: CEO says PG&E got complacent about power outages

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 18th - 1:35pm

The Latest on state legislative hearing into power outages by Pacific Gas & Electric (all times local):

US again extends limited reprieve on tech sales to Huawei

Frank Bajak, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 18th - 1:18pm

though the Federal Communications Commission is moving toward banning federal subsidies for such purchases.

PM Prep-Segue

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 18th - 12:47pm

Oscar-winning actor Jon Voight, singer and musician Alison Krauss and mystery writer James Patterson are among those being honored by President Donald Trump for their contributions to the arts or the humanities.