InsideClimateNews.org -- As environmentalists began ratcheting up pressure against Canada's tar sands three years ago, one of the world's biggest strategic consulting firms was tapped to help the North American oil industry figure out how to handle the mounting activism. The resulting document, published online by WikiLeaks, offers another window into how oil and gas companies have been scrambling to deal with unrelenting opposition to their growth plans.
Two unarmed American B-52 bombers flew through disputed areas of the East China Sea covered by China’s new air defense zone, a show of support for Japan as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe seeks to expand his nation’s military.
Vice President Joe Biden will press Chinese leaders on their intentions in creating a new air- defense zone, as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel assured Japan of U.S. support and continued military operations in the region.
The California High-Speed Rail Authority was barred from issuing more than $8 billion in bonds to help finance a high-speed rail line from San Francisco to Los Angeles after a judge said the agency failed to provide sufficient justification for approving the sales.
President Barack Obama urged the Republican-led U.S. House to pass changes to immigration law, focusing on an issue that may benefit his party as the flawed rollout of his health-care law hurts his popularity.
Public support for the U.S. health- care overhaul fell to its lowest level in a Kaiser Family Foundation survey after the Oct. 1 debut of government-run insurance marketplaces greeted consumers with breakdowns on websites, higher prices and potentially broken promises.
Vladimir Putin wasn’t having a great day. The Russian president had spent the August morning in a helicopter over Khabarovsk, near the Chinese border, surveying flood damage that had left tens of thousands of people homeless.
The Justice Department’s $13 billion mortgage securities settlement with JPMorgan Chase & Co. is a record and also a rarity -- Attorney General Eric Holder’s first big win against a bank at the heart of 2008’s financial crisis.