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Mexican navy sets net hooks in bid to help vaquita porpoise

Jul. 05, 2022 18:48 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican navy said Tuesday it has begun a controversial plan to drop concrete blocks onto the bottom of the Gulf of California to snag illegal nets that drown critically endangered vaquita marina porpoises. As few as eight of the tiny, elusive porpoises...

Western states could settle feud over beleaguered Rio Grande

Jul. 05, 2022 18:02 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The fight between Texas and New Mexico over the management of one of the longest rivers in North America could be nearing an end as a date to resume the trial has been put off pending negotiations aimed at settling the years-long case before the U.S. Supreme Court. ...

Great Salt Lake hits new historic low for 2nd time in a year

Jul. 05, 2022 17:58 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Great Salt Lake has hit a new historic low for the second time in less than a year as the ongoing megadrought worsened by climate change continues to shrink the largest natural lake west of the Mississippi. Utah Department of Natural Resources said Monday...

Small plane crashes into woods at Connecticut Boy Scout camp

Jul. 05, 2022 17:43 PM EDT

TERRYVILLE, Conn. (AP) — A single-engine plane trying to reach Waterbury Airport in Plymouth crashed Tuesday into a Boy Scout camp in Terryville, landing in woods, about a quarter of a mile from campers, according to the Connecticut Rivers Council of the Boy Scouts of America. No...

Bonnie becomes major hurricane off Mexico's Pacific coast

Jul. 05, 2022 17:42 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Hurricane Bonnie strengthened into a major storm off the coast of southern Mexico on Tuesday, the first of the season in the eastern Pacific, though it isn't seen as a threat to land. Bonnie continued to move roughly parallel to Mexico’s Pacific coast after...

Warming world creates hazard for Alpine glaciers

Jul. 05, 2022 17:16 PM EDT

Italy was enduring a prolonged heat wave before a massive piece of Alpine glacier broke off and killed hikers on Sunday and experts say climate change will make those hot, destabilizing conditions more common. Seven hikers died and several others are unaccounted for after large...

Father: Blown tire caused fatal blast at Michigan air show

Jul. 05, 2022 16:45 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The father of the jet engine-powered semitruck driver who died during a performance at a southwestern Michigan air show said Tuesday that the truck burst into flames after a blown tire ruptured the fuel tank. Chris Darnell, 40, died in the accident Saturday...

California forest fire temporarily strands July 4th revelers

Jul. 05, 2022 16:41 PM EDT

JACKSON, Calif. (AP) — A Fourth of July wildfire that authorities say may have been sparked by fireworks or a barbecue temporarily trapped holiday revelers as it chewed through a mountainous California region that' is a top tourism destination, officials said. The Electra Fire in...

State lawmaker quits re-election race following DUI charge

Jul. 05, 2022 16:32 PM EDT

UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A state lawmaker from western Pennsylvania removed his name from the ballot for reelection after police filed a drunken driving charge against him last week. Rep. Matthew Dowling, R-Fayette, was charged June 30 by state police in Uniontown with misdemeanor...

Tiger Woods looking at British Open as historic occasion

Jul. 05, 2022 16:05 PM EDT

The British Open is scheduled for Royal Liverpool, Royal Troon and Royal Portrush over the next three years. The Old Course at St. Andrews typically is used every five years. That adds to the perspective of Tiger Woods playing this year. When he said Tuesday that...