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  • 9/11, Va. Tech. mediator helps on Aurora shooting

    DENVER (AP) — Facing criticism from families of victims of the Aurora movie theater shooting, officials handling the distributions of donations are consulting with a mediator who oversaw compensation for …


  • Study: Virtually all Ala. tar balls from BP spill

    AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — A new chemical analysis shows that virtually all the tar balls washing onto the Alabama coast are directly linked to the BP oil spill more than …


  • Park Service defends refusal to use wolves

    BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — The National Park Service acted properly when it ruled out using wolves to control the elk population in Rocky Mountain National Park, government lawyers argued Thursday …


  • Parks Service defends refusal to use wolves

    DENVER (AP) — The National Park Service acted properly when it ruled out using wolves to control the elk population in Rocky Mountain National Park, government lawyers argued Thursday before …


  • Arctic ice shrinks to all-time low; half 1980 size

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a critical climate indicator showing an ever warming world, the amount of ice in the Arctic Ocean shrank to an all-time low this year, obliterating old …


  • FDA urged to set standards for arsenic in rice

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration may consider new standards for the levels of arsenic in rice as consumer groups are calling for federal guidance on how much …


  • Former EPA Administrator Russell Train dies

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Russell Train, a leading American conservationist who helped craft some of the nation’s enduring environmental laws, died Monday at age 92. EPA …


  • Researchers tag great white sharks off Cape Cod

    CHATHAM, Mass. (AP) — The scientists and fishermen on board the Ocearch, a repurposed crabbing vessel, received word that their scouting boat had hooked a great white shark, sparking a …


  • Former EPA Administrator Russell Train dies

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Russell Train, a leading American conservationist who helped craft some of the nation’s enduring environmental laws, died Monday at age 92. EPA …


  • Burned bear cub moved to Idaho wildlife sanctuary

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A bear cub rescued from a fire in the Idaho backcountry after suffering second-degree burns on all four of its paws has been moved to a …


  • First Calif. otter to survive oil spill has a pup

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Just three years after she was found covered in oil and near death, a California sea otter called Olive is a new mom — another milestone …


  • First CA sea otter to survive oil spill has a pup

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Just three years after she was found covered in oil and near death, a California sea otter called Olive is a new mom — another milestone …


  • Louisville asks liquor warehouse to control vapors

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A worldwide liquor conglomerate has been ordered by Louisville officials to cut down on vapors coming from warehouses where it stores bourbon because residents are complaining …


  • Stubborn wildfires vex crews in Northwest, Calif.

    WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) — Firefighters battled stubborn blazes that kept residents from homes in Montana, Wyoming and Washington as authorities worried the weather could worsen the volatile situation. High temperatures, …


  • Salton Sea fingered as culprit of big Calif. stink

    SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — After a day of “odor surveillance” and other scent-based sleuthing, Southern California air quality investigators confirmed Tuesday what they had already expected — that a …


  • US lawsuits target Carnival in Italy cruise crash

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Despite legal obstacles that might force them to sue in Italy, hundreds of Costa Concordia passengers and up to 1,000 businesses on the island where …


  • Family signs line roads to welcome Marines home

    NEW RIVER AIR STATION, N.C. (AP) — Days before Lance Cpl. Kenny Milton was scheduled to return home from Afghanistan, his wife sat on the floor of a sweltering helicopter …


  • Michael J. Fox participates in 9/11 charity event

    NEW YORK (AP) — Michael J. Fox did his part to make the anniversary of 9/11 about helping others. The actor spent Tuesday participating in Cantor Fitzgerald’s Charity Day, along …


  • Salton Sea eyed as culprit of big stink in Calif.

    SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Regional air quality officials in Southern California on Tuesday were awaiting an analysis of air samples as they tried to determine the source of a …


  • Dry Northwest burns as fire season in West extends

    WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) — A haze of thick smoke formed Tuesday over vast swaths of the West as wildfires forced more residents to flee their homes in several states. Fire …


  • Foul smell reported across Southern California

    SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A strong rotten egg smell had Southern Californians plugging their noses and crying foul Monday as air quality investigators scrambled to determine if the sulfurous …


  • Naomi Wolf pens paean to good sex

    “Vagina: A New Biography” (Ecco), by Naomi Wolf We have a pinched nerve to thank for the latest book from Naomi Wolf, author of the best-selling “The Beauty Myth,” about …


  • Shark expert Ron Taylor dies; helped make ‘Jaws’

    SYDNEY (AP) — Ron Taylor, a beloved Australian marine conservationist who helped film some of the terrifying underwater footage used in the classic shark thriller “Jaws,” has died after a …


  • Shell begins petroleum drilling off Alaska coast

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — More than four years after Royal Dutch Shell paid $2.8 billion to the federal government for petroleum leases in the Chukchi Sea, a company vessel on …


  • 3rd hantavirus death linked to Yosemite outbreak

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginian is the third person to die so far from a rodent-borne illness linked to some tent cabins at Yosemite National Park that has …


  • W.Va. health officials report hantavirus death

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Health officials say a West Virginia resident has died from the outbreak of a rodent-borne illness linked to Yosemite National Park. Kanawha-Charleston Health Department director Dr. …


  • APNewsBreak: Tests confirm oil came from BP spill

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Laboratory tests show that globs of oil found on two Louisiana beaches after Hurricane Isaac came from the 2010 BP spill. Tests run by Louisiana State …


  • Oil from BP spill uncovered by Isaac’s waves

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Waves from Hurricane Isaac uncovered oil previously buried along Gulf Coast beaches, exposing crude that wasn’t cleaned up after the BP spill in 2010. Since Isaac …


  • 7-year-old Colo. girl recovers from bubonic plague

    DENVER (AP) — The parents of 7-year-old Sierra Jane Downing thought she had the flu when she felt sick days after camping in southwest Colorado. It wasn’t until she had …


  • 2 minor injuries in French nuclear plant incident

    PARIS (AP) — A steam blast at France’s oldest nuclear plant Wednesday left two workers with slight finger burns and revived calls to reduce this country’s heavy reliance on nuclear …


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