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FILE - This 2014 file photo, shows the Wild Alaskan, a converted crabbing boat that had been used as a strip club, moored near downtown Kodiak, Alaska. Its owner, Darren Byler, is resurrecting the controversial strip club on board his boat, billing the enterprise as a nightly protest months after he was sentenced to probation for dumping human waste from the vessel. Byler, who is appealing the case, says he will begin his summer-long "First Amendment Freedom of Assembly" protests, complete with exotic dancers, Thursday May 18, 2017. (Kodiak Daily Mirror via AP, File)
May 17, 2017 - 4:17 am
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska man is resurrecting a strip club he operated on board his converted crab boat before he was convicted on waste disposal charges involving the vessel. This time, he's billing the enterprise as a nightly protest. Darren Byler says he will begin his summer-long "...
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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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FILE - In this July 13, 2007 file photo, workers with the Pebble Mine project test drill in the Bristol Bay region of Alaska near the village of Iliamma. The Trump administration settled a lawsuit Friday, May 12, 2017, over the proposed development of a massive gold and copper mine at the headwaters of one of Alaska's premier salmon fisheries. The Environmental Protection Agency settled the long-running case with the Pebble Limited Partnership, agreeing to allow the Canadian-owned company to seek a federal permit to build its mine near Bristol Bay. (AP Photo/Al Grillo, File)
May 12, 2017 - 2:14 pm
WASHINGTON (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 the...
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In this Sept. 1, 2015, photo, Lily West, left, and Logan Strong plant seeds for their school's wood-heated aquaponics greenhouse in Kasaan, Alaska. The state has released a new guidebook that other Alaska schools and community groups how to build greenhouses heated with a plentiful local resource, wood. (Colter Barnes via AP)
May 12, 2017 - 4:53 am
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Cold-climate greenhouses have long been an option for increasing the limited growing season in Alaska, where fresh produce is a rarity in a harsh environment. But for many remote communities that rely on costly imported diesel fuel for their power source, they're too...
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May 11, 2017 - 3:12 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge in San Francisco has approved a $1.2 billion settlement with owners of about 88,500 Volkswagens with 3-liter diesel engines rigged to cheat on emissions tests. Judge Charles Breyer gave the deal final approval during a hearing Thursday. The deal ends most of the...
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May 11, 2017 - 6:22 am
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutch environmental organization has launched a crowdfunding campaign to pay for new legal action aimed at forcing the Dutch government to do more to combat air pollution. The Dutch branch of Friends of the Earth filed a case last year arguing that the government...
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A few hundred people chanted slogans and made speeches to protest the presence of U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Fairbanks, Alaska, on Wednesday, May 10, 2017. High-level officials from the world's eight Arctic nations, including Tillerson, will meet in Alaska amid concerns about the future of the sensitive region after President Trump called for more oil drilling and development. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)
May 11, 2017 - 2:51 am
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — High-level officials from the world's eight Arctic nations will meet in Alaska amid concerns about the future of the sensitive region after President Donald Trump called for more oil drilling and development. Among those expected to attend the meeting of the Arctic Council...
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A few hundred people chanted slogans and made speeches to protest the presence of U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Fairbanks, Alaska, on Wednesday, May 10, 2017. High-level officials from the world's eight Arctic nations, including Tillerson, will meet in Alaska amid concerns about the future of the sensitive region after President Trump called for more oil drilling and development. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)
May 11, 2017 - 2:23 am
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — High-level officials from the world's eight Arctic nations will meet in Alaska amid concerns about the future of the sensitive region after President Donald Trump called for more oil drilling and development. Among those expected to attend the meeting of the Arctic Council...
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Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, leaves the chamber following a surprising win for environmentalists and Democrats and a blow to the fossil-fuel industry, as the Republican-led Senate failed in a bid to reverse an Obama-era regulation restricting harmful methane emissions that escape from oil and gas wells on federal land, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, May 10, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
May 10, 2017 - 11:19 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Environmentalists notched a rare win in the Republican-led Senate on Wednesday as a GOP effort to reverse an Obama-era rule restricting harmful methane emissions unexpectedly failed. The 51-49 vote against the repeal measure was a blow to the fossil-fuel industry and groups linked...
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May 10, 2017 - 10:53 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Wednesday failed to reverse an Obama-era regulation restricting harmful methane emissions that escape from oil and gas wells on federal land, a surprising win for environmentalists and Democrats and a blow to the fossil-fuel industry. The vote was 51-49 in the...
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