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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 …


Peru villagers allege neglect after toxic spill

LIMA, Peru (AP) — More than a month after toxic slurry from a major copper mine sickened scores of people in one of Peru’s highland communities, villagers complain that the …


Federal government ending Wyoming wolf protections

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The federal government will end its protections for wolves in Wyoming, where the species was introduced two decades ago to revive it from near extinction in …


Up to 10,000 Yosemite visitors at risk of virus

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Up to 10,000 people who were guests in certain lodging cabins at Yosemite National Park might have been exposed to a deadly mouse-borne virus, park officials …


Isaac renews old debate about Louisiana levees

IRONTON, La. (AP) — When Hurricane Isaac whirled into the Gulf Coast this week, the federal levee system protecting New Orleans did its job. But the patchwork of floodwalls shielding …


APNewsBreak: Sick cows not slaughtered for food

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Federal investigators probing a slaughterhouse after an undercover video showed inhumane treatment of cows said Friday that there is no evidence that sick animals entered the …


Thousands call Yosemite hotline to ask about virus

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — More than 1,000 calls a day are coming into Yosemite National Park as visitors frightened about a growing outbreak of a deadly mouse-borne virus flood phone …


Basics about hantavirus outbreak in Yosemite

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Answers to common questions about mice and the hantavirus linked to death of 2 people who visited Yosemite National Park: ___


2 more Yosemite visitors have mouse-borne virus

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Two more Yosemite National Park visitors have been found with a mouse-borne virus blamed for the deaths of two people, bringing the total number of infections …


Yosemite shuts cabins at center of rodent probe

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — More than 90 cabins in Yosemite National Park are closed indefinitely after the site was found to be at the center of a mouse-borne virus that …


CDC: West Nile cases rise 40 percent in 1 week

West Nile virus cases are up 40 percent since last week and may rival the record years of 2002 and 2003, federal health officials said Wednesday. So far this year, …


AP NewsAlert

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Yosemite officials tell 1,700 past visitors they may have been exposed to rodent-borne disease.


Getting There: Grant will help airport cut planes’ emissions

Spokane International Airport is getting green on the tarmac. The airport is undertaking a $2.8 million project to reduce exhaust emissions from aircraft and ground-based generators.


Conservation groups sue over Arctic spill plans

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A coalition of conservation groups is suing the federal government over its approval of oil spill response plans for an Arctic Ocean drilling program. The lawsuit …


Gardening: Students, golf courses connect for day of learning

There’s nothing quite like a field trip to make classroom lessons come alive. Recently, about 50 students from local schools spent a day on the beautiful grounds of the Spokane …


S-R honored for series on mine, tribe

A two-day Spokesman-Review series of stories and photos about uranium mine radiation and high cancer rates on the Spokane Indian Reservation was the best environmental reporting in a metro Northwest …


Idaho wants to allow weekend, holiday field burning

Idaho officials want to modify a ban that prohibits farmers from burning their fields on weekends and holidays. They also recommend allowing burning when ozone readings are higher than current …


Solar storm headed toward Earth may disrupt power

WASHINGTON — An impressive solar flare is heading toward Earth and could disrupt power grids, GPS and airplane flights.


Field reports: Changes in fishing regulations for 2012-14

FISHING – The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission approved fishing regulations for the 2012-2014 fishing seasons during its meeting last weekend in Olympia. Changes the panel made include:


Thousands of birds crash land at Wal-Mart, elsewhere

Thousands of migratory birds died on impact after apparently mistaking a Wal-Mart parking lot and other areas of southern Utah for bodies of water and plummeting to the ground in …


Property owners tangle with EPA over wetland

BOISE – An Environmental Protection Agency dispute with a North Idaho man over whether he illegally destroyed a wetland has attracted the attention of Gov. Butch Otter and U.S. Rep. …