Environmental concerns

January 05, 2018 - 1:11 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal government watchdog agency will investigate the threats from flooding and other natural disasters to the nation's most polluted places. The Government Accountability Office says it assigned investigators to study the risks to human health and the environment posed by...
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FILE - In this May 13, 2010 file photo, pelicans float on the water with an offshore oil platform in the background in the Santa Barbara Channel off the coast of Santa Barbara, Calif. The Trump administration on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018 moved to vastly expand offshore drilling from the Atlantic to the Arctic oceans with a plan that would open up federal waters off the California coast for the first time in more than three decades. The Channel is one of those areas. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
January 05, 2018 - 12:19 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration moved Thursday to vastly expand offshore drilling from the Atlantic to the Arctic oceans with a plan that would open up federal waters off California for the first time in more than three decades. The new five-year drilling plan also could open new areas...
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Workers of wholesaler Yamayuki cut the 405 kilogram (892-pound) bluefin tuna that they bought at the first auction of the year, near Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. The huge bluefin tuna has sold for 36.5 million yen ($320,000) in what may really be Tsukiji market's last auction at its current site in downtown Tokyo, local media reports said Friday. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
January 04, 2018 - 9:14 pm
TOKYO (AP) — An 892 pound (405 kilogram) bluefin tuna has sold for 36.5 million yen ($320,000) in what may really be Tsukiji market's last auction at its current site in downtown Tokyo, local media reports said Friday. The winning bid for the prized but threatened species at the predawn auction was...
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January 04, 2018 - 2:44 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Some North Carolina legislators want a law passed soon addressing ways to know more about what unregulated chemicals are in drinking water supplies and to better calculate concentrations in the water that appear safe. A House committee voted unanimously Thursday to recommend to...
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January 04, 2018 - 10:36 am
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A court in Norway said Thursday that the government can hand out oil drilling licenses in the Arctic, dealing a blow to two environmental groups that had filed a lawsuit against further drilling in the Barents Sea. The Oslo District Court acquitted the government against...
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December 29, 2017 - 1:31 pm
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbian authorities say they have discovered some 25 tons of highly toxic waste illegally stored in barrels and containers buried in the ground at a private property southwest of the capital, Belgrade. The government's ecology ministry said in a statement on Friday that...
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December 29, 2017 - 1:28 pm
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's highest court has rejected a bid by Volkswagen for an injunction blocking the deployment of a special auditor sought by a shareholders' rights group in its diesel emissions scandal. Last month, a court in Celle backed an independent check on events surrounding the scandal...
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Mary Jude Smith cheers for President Donald Trump as his motorcade passes by on Southern Blvd. enroute to his Mar-a-Lago estate from Trump International Golf Club, Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017, in West Palm Beach, Fla. (Greg Lovett/Palm Beach Post via AP)
December 29, 2017 - 10:04 am
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump says the East Coast "could use a little bit of that good old Global Warming" as bitterly cold temperatures are expected to freeze large swaths of the country this holiday weekend. Trump wrote on Twitter Thursday, "In the East, it could be the...
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File - In this Sept. 29, 2017, file photo, a sheriff's deputy arrests a man for allegedly cultivating marijuana in unincorporated Calaveras County, Calif. A hodgepodge of law enforcement agencies throughout California will be responsible for enforcing new marijuana laws that make legal some, but not all, sales of the drug for recreational use on Jan. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)
December 29, 2017 - 3:29 am
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Licensed businesses around California can begin legally growing and selling marijuana for recreational use Monday, and a hodgepodge of enforcement agencies will be trying to make sure they adhere to a slew of new pot laws. Since no single agency has overarching responsibility,...
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In this Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017 photo, a truck stopped at the top of a hill after heavy snow fell in Cassadaga, N.Y. The National Weather Service said that strong westerly winds over Lake Erie picked up moisture, developed into snow and converged with opposing winds, dumping snow in a band along the shore from Ohio to New York. (Greg Bacon/The Observer via AP)
December 29, 2017 - 12:20 am
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Latest on the bitter cold sweeping much of the country (all times local): 8:10 p.m. North Carolina's governor has signed an emergency declaration to allow heating fuel to be more easily distributed during a bitter cold snap gripping the U.S. Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's...
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