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Gulf states reach $18.7B settlement with BP over oil spill

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — BP and five Gulf states announced an $18.7 billion settlement Thursday that resolves years of legal fighting over the environmental and economic damage done by the …


Dozens killed in attacks in Tunisia, Kuwait and France

SOUSSE, Tunisia (AP) — A young man pulled a Kalashnikov from a beach umbrella and sprayed gunfire at European sunbathers at a Tunisian resort, killing at least 37 people — …


9 killed when plane crashes on sightseeing trip in Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Eight cruise ship passengers and their pilot died on a sightseeing excursion in Alaska when their small plane crashed in remote and rugged terrain. Wind and …


Gunmen kill 27 in attack on Tunisian resort, officials say

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A pair of gunmen killed at least 27 people on a Tunisian beach Friday in the latest attack on the north African country’s key tourism industry, …


UPDATED: Sat., April 25, 2015, 8:17 p.m.

Nepal quake: 1,865 dead, history razed, Everest shaken

KATHMANDU, Nepal — Tens of thousands of people were spending the night in the open under a chilly and thunderous sky after a powerful earthquake devastated Nepal on Saturday, killing …


Huge magma chamber spied under Yellowstone supervolcano

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Scientists have spied a vast reservoir of hot, partly molten rock beneath the supervolcano at Yellowstone National Park. It’s big enough to fill the Grand Canyon …


UPDATED: Tue., March 24, 2015, 4:45 p.m.

Jet crashes in Alps with 150 aboard; no survivors expected

PARIS — A passenger jet carrying 150 people crashed Tuesday in a remote area of the French Alps as it flew from Barcelona to Duesseldorf, authorities said. As search-and-rescue teams …


Salvage crew at Fla. site of helicopter crash that killed 11

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A salvage barge moved off the Florida Panhandle coast to lift the wreckage of a shattered Black Hawk helicopter from the waters, days after seven Marines …


In milestone, Pope Francis will address Congress this fall

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a landmark event that could have many holding their breath, Pope Francis has agreed to address a joint meeting of Congress this fall. That sets the …


More bodies spotted on Nepal trekking trail

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A rescue helicopter spotted nine more bodies Saturday on a trekking trail in northern Nepal, bringing the death toll to 38 from this week’s series of …


California becomes first state to ban plastic bags

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed the nation’s first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags at grocery and convenience stores, driven to action by pollution in …


Volcano erupts in central Japan, injuring 11

TOKYO (AP) — A volcano in central Japan erupted in spectacular fashion on Saturday, catching mountain climbers by surprise and injuring at least 11 people, including seven who lost consciousness. …


Landmark fracking study finds no water pollution

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The final report from a landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, found no evidence that chemicals or brine water from the gas drilling process moved …


Scientists say the ozone layer is recovering

WASHINGTON (AP) — Earth’s protective but fragile ozone layer is beginning to recover, largely because of the phase-out since the 1980s of certain chemicals used in refrigerants and aerosol cans, …


Money allocated for suppressing fires to run out

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service will soon have to tap into programs designed to prevent wildfires so that it can meet the expenses of fighting this summer’s round …


Victim recounts Southern California shark attack

MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A man who was attacked by a great white shark off a Southern California beach is describing how quickly a routine swim turned into a …


Harley-Davidson introduces electric motorcycle

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Harley-Davidson will unveil its first electric motorcycle next week, and President Matt Levatich said he expects the company known for its big touring bikes and iconic brand …


Avalanche sweeps Everest; 4-5 believed buried

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — About five climbers are feared buried by an avalanche that swept the slopes of Mount Everest on Friday and hit a route used to assent the …


With no new signals, Aussie PM sees long jet hunt

PERTH, Australia (AP) — With no new underwater signals detected, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Saturday that the massive search for the missing Malaysian jet would likely continue “for …


UN climate report balances science and politics

BERLIN (AP) — After racing against the clock in an all-night session, the U.N.’s expert panel on climate change was putting the final touches Saturday on a scientific guide to …


Toilet tech fair tackles global sanitation woes

NEW DELHI (AP) — Who would have expected a toilet to one day filter water, charge a cellphone or create charcoal to combat climate change? These are lofty ambitions beyond …


Kerry in Indonesia to talk climate change

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Indonesia to discuss climate change and press authorities in Jakarta to step up efforts to combat it. Kerry …


Boulder smashes French Alps tourist train; 2 dead

PARIS (AP) — An enormous boulder hurtled off a mountain and smashed into a tourist train in the French Alps on Saturday, derailing it on the mountainside and killing two …


Indonesia volcano erupts again; kills at least 11

MOUNT SINABUNG, Indonesia (AP) — A volcano in western Indonesia has unleashed fresh clouds of searing gas, killing at least 11 people and injuring three others. National Disaster Mitigation Agency …


Climate panel: Warming ‘extremely likely’ man-made

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Scientists can now say with extreme confidence that human activity is the dominant cause of the global warming observed since the 1950s, a new report by an …


Rescuers issue stern warning to Colorado evacuees

LYONS, Colo. (AP) — As rescuers broke through to flood-ravaged Colorado towns, they issued a stern warning Saturday to anyone thinking of staying behind: Leave now or be prepared to …


Tropical Storm Ivo heads north in eastern Pacific

MIAMI (AP) — Winds and rain from Tropical Storm Ivo (‘EE-voh) are spreading across portions of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said early Saturday that …


6 killed by hot lava as Indonesia volcano erupts

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Gushing hot lava from an erupting volcano killed six people sleeping in a beach village in eastern Indonesia on Saturday, after ash and smoke shot up …


Official: 19 firefighters die battling Ariz. fire

YARNELL, Ariz. (AP) — A fast-moving wildfire killed 19 firefighters Sunday afternoon after the blaze raced through an Arizona community, a state forestry official told The Associated Press. Forestry spokesman …


360-plus homes destroyed in Colo. Springs wildfire

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A wildfire burning northeast of Colorado Springs has destroyed at least 360 homes, making it the most destructive in state history. El Paso County sheriff …