Finns, worried by Russia, hand cautious president huge election win

HELSINKI (Reuters) – Finland’s moderate President Sauli Niinisto cruised to a rare first round election win on Sunday as his delicate balancing of ties with neighbor Russia and the U.S.-led NATO military alliance resonated with voters.

California, Colorado governors target electric vehicle sticking point—charging

Last week, California Governor Jerry Brown announced one of the most ambitious electric vehicle (EV) incentive plans in the country. Colorado’s Governor John Hickenlooper also announced plans to improve infrastructure for battery-powered cars last week. Although EVs are still less than 1 percent of the total US passenger fleet, the two announcements show that state leaders are thinking about a second phase of EV rollout, as federal incentives are projected to run out for some automakers but climate change concerns grow increasingly urgent.

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In California last week, Brown signed an Executive Order directing the state to adopt policies that could result in 5 million EVs on the road by 2030. That goal replaces an October 2016 goal put forward by Brown targeting 1.5 million EVs on California’s roads by 2025.

California has aggressive emissions goals and has been one of the major champions of renewable energy buildout. But the state’s transportation profile is still excessively reliant on gas and diesel. According to the Governor’s Office, transportation makes up 50 percent of the state’s greenhouse gas emissions.

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U.S. trade chief sees hope for NAFTA talks, says congressman

MONTREAL (Reuters) – U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer is hopeful about talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement but realizes a great deal of work remains, Republican U.S. Congressman Dave Reichert said on Sunday after a briefing.

Polish team rescues French climber from Pakistan’s ‘Killer Mountain’

WARSAW (Reuters) – After an exhausting night ascent, Polish climbers rescued French mountaineer Elisabeth Revol from the treacherous slopes of Pakistan’s “Killer Mountain” but were unable to save her climbing companion, Poland’s winter climbing team said.

Russia’s Navalny detained as protesters point to poll fraud threat

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian police wrestled opposition leader Alexei Navalny into a patrol wagon on Sunday moments after he appeared at a rally to urge voters to boycott what he said would be a rigged presidential election in March.