Corps, tribes to judge: Reject Dakota Access company request

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and two Native American tribes that oppose the $3.8 billion Dakota Access oil pipeline have asked a federal judge to reject an effort by the four-state project's Texas-based developer to get permission to finish it.

  • Written by BLAKE NICHOLSON , Associated Press

Trump son-in-law Kushner to take senior White House role

NEW YORK (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump's influential son-in-law, Jared Kushner, will join the White House as a senior adviser, according to two people briefed on the decision. He's taking a broad role that could give him sway over both domestic and foreign policy.

  • Written by JONATHAN LEMIRE and JULIE PACE , Associated Press

Chief: Texas policeman suspended for 10 days after incident

DALLAS (AP) — A white Texas policeman was suspended without pay for 10 days, but will not be fired, after an incident in which he was caught on video wrestling a black woman and her daughter to the ground, Fort Worth Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald announced Monday.

  • Written by CLAUDIA LAUER

US plan on threatened polar bears lacks teeth, critics say

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released its plan Monday for the recovery of threatened polar bears, acknowledging it will take no direct action for addressing the primary threat — greenhouse gases that contribute to the decline of sea ice habitat.

  • Written by DAN JOLING , Associated Press

Cuba, US sign deal on oil-spill prevention

HAVANA (AP) —    Cuba and the United States have signed an accord on preventing and cleaning up oil spills in the Gulf of Mexico and the Florida Straits.