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  • Pope Francis urges protection of nature, weak

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis urged princes, presidents, sheiks and thousands of ordinary people gathered for his installation Mass on Tuesday to protect the environment, the weakest and the …


  • Feds: Warming imperils wolverines

    BILLINGS, Mont. — The tenacious wolverine, a snow-loving carnivore sometimes called the “mountain devil,” is being added to the list of species threatened by climate change — a dubious distinction …


  • High winds, mountain snows hits Northwest

    SEATTLE (AP) — The strongest Northwest storm of the season blew in early Monday on winds that gusted to more than 80 mph on the coast, knocking out power in …


  • Conservationists team up with ranchers, loggers

    FRIANT, Calif. (AP) — Two cowboys on horses pushed cattle across an expanse of golden hills overgrown with tall grasses and oak trees, up an unpaved road toward another pasture. …


  • EPA tightens standards for soot pollution

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In its first major regulation since the election, the Obama administration on Friday imposed a new air quality standard that reduces by 20 percent the maximum amount …


  • More flooding on 2nd day of CA ‘king tides’

    HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — King tides swelled again Friday along the Southern California coast but only minor flooding was reported in a few areas. Television news reports showed ankle-deep …


  • EPA to tighten standards for soot pollution

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In its first major regulation since the election, the Obama administration on Friday imposed a new air quality standard that reduces by 20 percent the maximum amount …


  • AP-GfK Poll: Science doubters say world is warming

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 4 out of 5 Americans now think temperatures are rising and that global warming will be a serious problem for the United States if nothing is …


  • A look at California’s very high ‘king tides’

    Seawater floods highways and low-lying communities near California beaches. The cause: so-called “king tides” pulling the Pacific Ocean farther ashore than normal. WHAT IS A KING TIDE?


  • California sees unusually high ‘king tides’

    HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Seawater spread into several low-lying communities along the California coast Thursday morning as unusually high “king tides” pulled the Pacific Ocean farther ashore than normal. …


  • Huge DNA code of the Christmas tree being revealed

    NEW YORK (AP) — To millions of people, the Christmas tree is a cheerful sight. To scientists who decipher the DNA codes of plants and animals, it’s a monster. We’re …


  • Colorado River water report released in Vegas

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Rising demand and falling supply have water managers in the arid West projecting that the Colorado River won’t be able to meet the demands over the …


  • Indy to replace entire fleet with electric, hybrid

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis wants to become the first major city to replace its entire fleet with electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles in a move the mayor says is designed …


  • NY, 6 other states suing EPA over drilling methane

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Seven Northeastern and mid-Atlantic states announced plans Tuesday to sue the Environmental Protection Agency, saying it is violating the Clean Air Act by failing to address methane …


  • APNewsBreak: Texas judge halts oil pipeline work

    HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas judge has ordered TransCanada to temporarily halt work on a private property where it is building part of an oil pipeline designed to carry tar …


  • Energy experts say drilling can be made cleaner

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — In the Colorado mountains, a spike in air pollution has been linked to a boom in oil and gas drilling. A thousand miles away on the plains …


  • Report: Asian economies will surpass US, Europe

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States could see its standing as a superpower eroded and Asian economies will outstrip those of North America and Europe combined by 2030, according to …


  • NY, NJ ponder new boardwalks without the boards

    SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) — Coastal areas of New Jersey and New York that lost their boardwalks to Superstorm Sandy’s surge are racing to rebuild them in time for tourist …


  • Breathers beware: Particulate fouls icy Fairbanks

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Stanford University Medical Center doctors gave Alex Lee a parting gift at the end of his heart operations earlier this year: surgeon’s masks. They knew Lee, …


  • Crew tows whale carcass in Malibu out to sea

    MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — A tugboat towed the decomposing carcass of a whale from a Malibu beach out to sea, several days after it washed ashore and created a stench …


  • Rotting whale carcass in Malibu towed out to sea

    MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — The decaying carcass of a whale that washed onto a California beach was towed out to sea Saturday, five days after it washed ashore and created …


  • USDA chief: Rural America becoming less relevant

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has some harsh words for rural America: It’s “becoming less and less relevant,” he says. A month after an election that Democrats won …


  • Rotting whale in Malibu likely left to nature

    MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — No government agency is taking action to remove the decaying carcass of a whale on a California beach, making it appear the job will be left …


  • Rotting whale becomes sad spectacle in Malibu

    MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — The decaying corpse of a huge fin whale was a sad spectacle Friday on the shore of a cove where it washed ashore nearly a week …


  • Critic questions way coal firms build slurry ponds

    MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Slurry pond failures like the one that swallowed a bulldozer and its driver last week at a West Virginia coal mine could be avoided if the …


  • Rotting whale casts foul stench into Malibu

    MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — A dead whale rotting near the Malibu homes of Barbra Streisand, Bob Dylan and other celebrities is causing a gigantic cleanup problem as authorities try to …


  • Pearl Harbor survivor helps identify unknown dead

    HONOLULU (AP) — Ray Emory could not accept that more than one quarter of the 2,400 Americans who died at Pearl Harbor were buried, unidentified, in a volcanic crater. And …


  • APNewsBreak: Feds funnel millions into Gulf Coast

    HOUSTON (AP) — Days before a newly formed council focuses on long-term Gulf of Mexico cleanup, a report released to The Associated Press shows that one federal agency has committed …


  • Grizzly managers look toward bear hunts in Rockies

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Trophy grizzly bear hunts are under consideration for the Northern Rockies in the surest sign yet that more than 30 years of federal protection for the …


  • Grizzly managers look toward hunts in Rockies

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — With bear-human conflicts on the rise, wildlife managers in the Northern Rockies are laying the groundwork for trophy hunts for grizzlies in anticipation of the government …


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