North Dakota oil spill raises questions about safety

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The discovery of an oil pipeline spill earlier this month in western North Dakota has received heightened attention because of the battle over the Dakota Access oil pipeline being built about 150 miles to the southeast.

  • Written by BLAKE NICHOLSON, Associated Press; JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press

Flynn investigated by Army for wrongly sharing intelligence

WASHINGTON (AP) — The retired Army general chosen by Donald Trump to be national security adviser was investigated for inappropriately sharing classified information with foreign military officers while he was serving as an intelligence commander in Afghanistan.

  • Written by LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press

Trump picks his Interior chief, a supporter of more drilling

NEW YORK (AP) — Edging closer to completing his Cabinet, President-elect Donald Trump announced his choice of Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke as Interior secretary Thursday, picking a man who should fit smoothly into an administration favoring more energy drilling and less regulation.

  • Written by JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press

Settlement approved for coal mines owned by governor-elect

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A federal judge has approved a settlement requiring a $900,000 civil penalty and pollution reductions by Appalachian coal mines owned by West Virginia Governor-elect Jim Justice.