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Yosemite fire ecologist who urged prescribed burns has died

Aug. 13, 2022 19:02 PM EDT

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Jan van Wagtendonk, a longtime federal scientist at Yosemite National Park who is credited with advocating use of prescribed fire in managing forests, died last month, the park and the U.S. Geological Survey said. Van Wagtendonk, a fire...

Climate bill: Could coal communities shift to nuclear?

Aug. 13, 2022 13:20 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A major economic bill headed to the president has “game-changing” incentives for the nuclear energy industry, experts say, and those tax credits are even more substantial if a facility is sited in a community where a coal plant is closing. The...

Agency trims SE Michigan water advisory to 13 communities

Aug. 13, 2022 17:32 PM EDT

BURTCHVILLE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities posted a boil-water advisory Saturday for more than 900,000 people in southeastern Michigan but then eased it hours later to 13 communities. The Great Lakes Water Authority reported a break on a critical pipe in St. Clair County, which...

Kentucky city seeks to help residents buy vacant properties

Aug. 13, 2022 17:03 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky city will is considering new rules that would help local residents purchase abandoned properties in their neighborhoods, especially if they plan to turn them into owner-occupied homes. Louisville's Landbank Authority currently owns more than 600...

What killed tons of fish in European river? Mystery deepens

Aug. 13, 2022 13:03 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Laboratory tests following a mass die-off of fish in the Oder River detected high levels of salinity but no mercury poisoning its waters, Poland’s environment minister said Saturday as the mystery continued as to what killed tons of fish in Central Europe. ...

Expanded IRS free-file system one step closer in Dems' bill

Aug. 13, 2022 12:34 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The flagship climate change and health care bill passed by Democrats and soon to be signed by President Joe Biden will bring U.S. taxpayers one step closer to a government-operated electronic free-file tax return system. It’s something lawmakers and advocates...

Oregon triples bag limit for invasive green crabs

Aug. 13, 2022 10:17 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — New state regulations now allow recreational crabbers to catch triple the number of invasive green crabs from Oregon’s bays and inlets. The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission increased the bag limit of European green crab from 10 to 35 per day. It’s part of...

Monkeypox? Climate? Deciding what's a national emergency

Aug. 13, 2022 09:12 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In November 1979, a little over a week after student militants seized control of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and took 52 American citizens hostage, President Jimmy Carter issued Executive Order 12170 declaring a national emergency against Iran. That order remains...

So long, Charlie: Centuries-old white oak is no more

Aug. 13, 2022 09:03 AM EDT

SHAWNEELAND, Va. (AP) — It’s 1722 in the Northern Shenandoah Valley. Frederick County won’t be Frederick County for another 21 years. Virginia won’t be Virginia for another 36 years. The only people living in the region are Native Americans of the Shawnee tribe, and they...

Sea turtles hold strong this summer but danger beckons

Aug. 13, 2022 03:12 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) — As the sun rises on sea turtle nests across the Space Coast, biologists see new rays of hope. Many feared for the future of Florida’s three most prominent types of endangered sea turtles — greens, loggers and leatherbacks — but this year evidence...