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Scientists target mess from Christmas tree needles

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NEW YORK (AP) -- The presents are unwrapped. The children's shrieks of delight are just a memory. Now it's time for another Yuletide tradition: cleaning up the needles that are falling off your Christmas tree....

Conservationists, loggers team up on forest health

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JOHN DAY, Ore. (AP) -- Logs are piled high in the yard of the Malheur Lumber Co. mill in this small town in northeastern Oregon, ready to be sawed into lumber. Steam pours out of the stacks. Trucks loaded with logs roll in....

EPA coal ash standards a setback for environmental groups

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Six years ago, there was a massive spill of coal ash sludge in Tennessee. Three years later, tons of coal ash swept into Lake Michigan. Last February, there was another spill and gray sludge spewed into the Dan River in North Carolina....




Flu season, early again, hitting hard in South and Midwest
NEW YORK (AP) -- Health officials say the flu is now hitting hard in parts of the country, especially the South and Midwest....

Lava remains stalled near Hawaii shopping center
PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) -- Lava that was creeping close to a shopping center on Hawaii's Big Island remains stalled about 700 yards from the complex....

Bear loose in suburban Phoenix is finally wrangled
MESA, Ariz. (AP) -- Arizona wildlife managers say they believe the black bear that was spotted twice this week in a Phoenix suburb but eluded capture finally has been caught....

Weird weather lingers in Alaska's largest city
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- A week before Christmas, Alaska's largest city should look like a postcard wonderland, and the last place you'd expect to see equipment making snow....

PacifiCorp Energy pleads guilty in bird deaths
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) -- Wind farm operator PacifiCorp Energy will pay $2.5 million in fines after pleading guilty Friday to charges related to the deaths of protected birds in Wyoming....

Efforts to save rare northern white rhino continue
PRAGUE (AP) -- Experts will meet in Kenya next month to discuss ways to save the critically endangered northern white rhinos from extinction....

Protesters in contempt of court for anti-whaling campaign
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Radical environmentalists who threw acid and smoke bombs at Japanese whalers were found in contempt of court for continuing their relentless campaign to disrupt the annual whale hunt off the waters of Antarctica....