Interior Department repeals Obama-era rule on coal royalties

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Interior Department is scrapping an Obama-era rule aimed at ensuring that coal companies don't shortchange taxpayers on huge volumes of coal extracted from public lands, primarily in the West.

  • Written by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press

Desperate hunt for children in Colombia town where 250 died

MOCOA, Colombia (AP) — Jose Albeiro Vargas last saw his grandson the night a fierce rain unleashed havoc on this small city surrounded by rivers and mountains in southern Colombia.

  • Written by ALBA TOBELLA, Associated Press

Messy web of ties, some to Trump, in Turkish mogul's case

WASHINGTON (AP) — A high-flying Turkish-Iranian businessman is busted in Miami, accused of laundering money for Iran. Turkey accuses the prominent American prosecutor of ties to a shadowy group it blames for a failed coup attempt. President Donald Trump fires the prosecutor. Then the businessman hires a former New York mayor close to Trump to help him avoid conviction.

  • Written by JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press

Cook Inlet oil leak stopped; risk to wildlife not yet known

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The flow of oil from an underwater pipeline leak discovered in Alaska's Cook Inlet over the weekend has been stopped, although it's not yet known how much crude poured into the water posing a threat to wildlife.