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Controversial Alaska mine project wins one in Congress

WASHINGTON — Supporters of the embattled Pebble Mine project in Alaska are making a desperate effort in Congress and the courts to keep it alive in the face of warnings from the Environmental Protection Agency that it could devastate the finest run of wild salmon left on the globe.

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Fine for fatal limo fire dropped to $5,000

SAN JOSE, Calif. — A California agency recently criticized for weak investigations and soft penalties has quietly slashed by 75 percent its fine against a limousine company whose car burned on the San Mateo Bridge last year, killing five women on their way to a wedding party.