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The Journal Gazette

Saturday, October 07, 2017 1:00 am

nation/world

Trump to loosen coal plant limits

News services

WASHINGTON – The Trump administration is moving to roll back the centerpiece of President Barack Obama's efforts to slow global warming, seeking to ease restrictions on greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants.

In a plan expected to be made public in coming days, the Environmental Protection Agency declared the Obama-era rule exceeded federal law by setting emissions standards that power plants could not reasonably meet. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the 43-page document, which underscored President Donald Trump's bid to revive the struggling coal industry.

The EPA's new proposal would make good on Trump's campaign pledge to unravel Obama's efforts to curb global warming and follows Trump's promise to pull the United States out of the landmark Paris climate agreement.

4th soldier's body found in Niger

The Pentagon said Friday that the body of a U.S. service member has been recovered in Niger following a militant ambush Wednesday near the Malian border, raising to four the number of Americans killed in the attack.

Officials have not disclosed the service member's name or unit affiliation, pending family notifications. A small group of U.S. and Nigerien troops were conducting a reconnaissance patrol when they encountered dozens of heavily armed militants riding in pickup trucks.

On Friday, U.S. officials identified three of the fallen soldiers as Staff Sgt. Bryan Black, 35, of Puyallup, Washington; Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson, 39, of Springboro, Ohio; and Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright, 29, of Lyons, Georgia. 

Pentagon ends some exercises in Gulf

The U.S. military has halted some exercises with its Gulf Arab allies over the ongoing diplomatic crisis targeting Qatar, trying to use its influence to end the monthslong dispute, authorities told The Associated Press on Friday.

The acknowledgment by the U.S. military's Central Command shows the concern it has over the conflict gripping the Gulf, home to the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet and crucial bases for its campaign against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria, as well as the war in Afghanistan.

Fake bomb calls inundate Moscow

Moscow on Friday faced over 130 fake bomb calls that prompted the evacuation of some 100,000 people from shopping malls, schools, railway stations and office buildings.

It was the most massive flurry of fake bomb threats since a wave of bomb hoaxes began in early September. Among those targeted by the bomb calls Friday were all four Moscow airports, five railway stations, 15 shopping malls, several hotels, more than 20 schools and many other venues, the state Tass news agency said.