INFLUENCE GAME: GM bill is self-driving and self-interested

WASHINGTON (AP) — With states seizing the initiative on shaping the future of self-driving cars, General Motors is trying to persuade legislators across the country to approve rules that would benefit the automaker while potentially keeping its competitors off the road.

  • Written by JOAN LOWY , Associated Press

Arctic 'doomsday' seed vault receives 50,000 new deposits

HELSINKI (AP) — Nearly 10 years after a "doomsday" seed vault opened on an Arctic island, some 50,000 new samples from seed collections around the world have been deposited in the world's largest repository built to safeguard against wars or natural disasters wiping out global food crops.

  • Written by MATTI HUUHTANEN , Associated Press

Emails show new EPA chief's cozy ties with fuel industry

WASHINGTON (AP) — When a summer thunderstorm knocked out power to Scott Pruitt's home three years ago, the then-attorney general of Oklahoma reached out to a lobbyist for American Electric Power.

  • Written by MICHAEL BIESECKER and ADAM KEALOHA CAUSEY , Associated Press

End of transgender bathroom rule gets conservative praise

WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservatives are praising the Trump administration's rollback of public school bathroom requirements for transgender students, saying the move corrects a legal overreach by the Obama administration that is best left for states to decide. Transgender rights advocates, meanwhile, are vowing to overcome a major setback.

 

  • Written by SADIE GURMAN and MARIA DANILOVA , Associated Press

Governor: Dakota Access protesters can leave without arrest

CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — A few dozen people still occupying a sprawling encampment on federal land to protest construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline will have another chance to leave peacefully Thursday, North Dakota's governor said, after public officials pleaded with the self-named "water protectors" to leave so the site can be cleared.

 

  • Written by BLAKE NICHOLSON and JAMES MacPHERSON , Associated Press