Environment and nature

FILE - In this Dec. 4, 2012, file photo, coal export opponents, from left, Wayne Spitzer, Ginger Hughes and April Beasley show their disapproval of a pro-coal speaker who was giving public testimony on a proposed Cherry Point coal export terminal near Bellingham, Wash., at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center in Spokane, Wash. American Indian tribes and environmentalists in the Pacific Northwest have successfully fought a slew of fossil fuel export projects in recent years and pushed for local regulations to prevent new proposals. (Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review via AP, File)
May 14, 2017 - 3:41 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — Residents of a coastal community in Oregon are considering whether to try to derail a fossil fuel export project in their rural county, a decision that could put them at odds with the Trump administration. The ballot measure before Coos County voters Tuesday would block the $7.5...
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May 14, 2017 - 10:46 am
BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Officials in coastal Brunswick are working to win back the city's lost status as a U.S. "Tree City." The Brunswick News reports ( http://bit.ly/2qAt6Mf ) Brunswick spent 18 years recognized by the Tree City USA program established by the Arbor Day Foundation and the National...
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May 14, 2017 - 10:17 am
ATLANTA (AP) — Authorities say they're seeing a large number of snake bites in Georgia. Officials at the Georgia Poison Control Center tell WSB-TV ( http://2wsb.tv/2qXOZok ) that they've seen 55 snake bites so far this year. Dr. Gaylord Lopez of the poison control center says they saw their first...
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Pope Francis addresses journalists during the traditional press conference on his flight back to Rome, following a two-day visit at Fatima, Portugal, Saturday, May 13, 2017. Pope Francis added two Portuguese shepherd children to the roster of Catholic saints Saturday, honoring young siblings whose reported visions of the Virgin Mary 100 years ago turned the Portuguese farm town of Fatima into one of the world's most important Catholic shrines. (Tiziana Fabi/Pool Photo via AP)
May 13, 2017 - 3:12 pm
ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis says he won't try to convince U.S. President Donald Trump to soften his policies on immigration and the environment when they meet this month, but wants instead to find common ground and work for peace. Francis said proselytizing isn't his style — in...
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Pope Francis addresses journalists during the traditional press conference on his flight back to Rome, following a two-day visit at Fatima, Portugal, Saturday, May 13, 2017. Pope Francis added two Portuguese shepherd children to the roster of Catholic saints Saturday, honoring young siblings whose reported visions of the Virgin Mary 100 years ago turned the Portuguese farm town of Fatima into one of the world's most important Catholic shrines. (Tiziana Fabi/Pool Photo via AP)
May 13, 2017 - 3:06 pm
ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis says he won't try to convince U.S. President Donald Trump to soften his policies on immigration and the environment when they meet this month, but wants instead to find common ground and work for peace. Francis said proselytizing isn't his style — in...
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May 13, 2017 - 4:01 am
HARKERS ISLAND, N.C. (AP) — With climbing season about to begin, the National Park Service is looking for people to lead tours of the Cape Lookout Lighthouse and the national seashore. The park service is holding an information and recruitment session on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Core Sound...
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Vice President Mike Pence tours the Westmoreland Coal Company's Absaloka Mine with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, right, and Senator Steve Daines, second right, on the Crow Indian Reservation near Hardin, Mont., Friday, May 12, 2017. Pence will headline an evening rally in support of Republican Greg Gianforte, who is seeking the state's only congressional seat. (Larry Mayer/Billings Gazette via AP)
May 12, 2017 - 11:05 pm
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence rallied fellow Republicans in Montana Friday night in support of God, guns and Greg Gianforte, the GOP candidate vying for the state's only seat in the U.S. House. During a rally to draw voters to the polls for a May 25 special election, Pence avoided...
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FILE - In this July 13, 2007 file photo, a worker with the Pebble Mine project digs in the Bristol Bay region of Alaska near the village of Iliamma, Alaska. The Trump administration settled a lawsuit Friday, May 12, 2017, over the proposed development of a massive copper and gold deposit near the headwaters of a world-premier salmon fishery in southwest Alaska. (AP Photo/Al Grillo,File)
May 12, 2017 - 7:27 pm
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — In a sharp reversal, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has cleared a way for the company seeking to develop a massive copper and gold deposit near the headwaters of a world-class salmon fishery in southwest Alaska to pursue permits. As part of a court settlement with...
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May 12, 2017 - 6:35 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A utilities group is asking the Environmental Protection Agency to sweep away rules governing the disposal of the poison-laden ash left behind when coal is burned to generate electricity. The Utility Solid Waste Activities Group filed a petition Friday asking EPA Administrator...
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May 12, 2017 - 5:14 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk on Friday posted video on social media of what he describes as an electric sled speeding through a tunnel, a test of a system he envisions for 3-D networks of underground passages for speeding traffic under Los Angeles' congested roads. He...
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