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Petra Vlhova of Slovakia, center, flanked by second placed Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States, left, and third placed Katharina Liensberger of Austria, celebrates after winning the alpine ski, women's World Cup slalom in Levi, Finland, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. (Jussi Nukari/Lehtikuva via AP)

'Proud' Shiffrin comes runner-up to Vlhova in comeback race

Nov. 21, 2020 12:45 PM EST

LEVI, Finland (AP) — Mikaela Shiffrin, racing for the first time since January, settled for second place behind Petra Vlhova in a World Cup slalom on Saturday but still “felt a lot of happiness” to finally get back in the start gate. “I enjoy a second place more than I did ever...

Conservation groups sue US to halt oil project in Alaska

Nov. 18, 2020 1:14 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Conservation groups are suing the Trump administration to halt the approval of a development plan for a ConocoPhillips oil project in Alaska, arguing that officials underestimated the plan's harm to local wildlife. The groups filed a lawsuit in federal court Tuesday against the...

Trump administration takes steps toward refuge lease sale

Nov. 16, 2020 4:57 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Trump administration is taking steps toward a lease sale within the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, an area President-elect Joe Biden has said he would move to protect from oil and gas drilling. Chad Padgett, state director for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management for Alaska, said...

Philippe Tanne, of France, holds a Trump 2020 flag outside the military memorabilia store he runs in the Normandy town of Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, one of the sites of D-Day invasion in 1944, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. Tanne, a French former soldier who hopes Trump wins reelection, is among the multitudes of people across the globe for whom the U.S. election is not a far-away happening in a far-away land but an impossible-to-ignore big deal for the planet. (Courtesy of Philippe Tanne via AP)

Fascinated and trepidatious, world braces for America's vote

Nov. 3, 2020 3:51 PM EST

SAINTE MARIE DU MONT, France (AP) — In one of the towns in Normandy where U.S. Army paratroopers fought and died on D-Day in World War II, a French store owner already has readied the “Trump 2020” flag that he plans to unfurl in celebration if the U.S. president wins a second term. But in...

US Coast Guard ship assigned to Arctic instead of Antarctic

Oct. 31, 2020 2:46 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard has assigned its icebreaker Polar Star to the Arctic in December instead of its normal role in supporting Antarctic affairs. The Polar Star's change in deployment was due to concerns stemming from the coronavirus pandemic. The announcement also echoes concerns...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020 file photo, dry desert soil cracks due to the lack of monsoon rainfall in Maricopa, Ariz. In a report released on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecasters see a dry winter for all of the south from coast-to-coast and say that could worsen an already bad drought. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Forecasters: Drought more likely than blizzards this winter

Oct. 15, 2020 2:33 PM EDT

Don’t expect much of a winter wallop this year, except for the pain of worsening drought, U.S. government forecasters said Thursday. Two-thirds of the United States should get a warmer than normal winter, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicted. Only Washington, northern Idaho,...

The research vessel 'Polarstern' returns to Bremerhaven, Germany, Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. The icebreaker, carrying scientists on a year-long international effort to study the high Arctic, has returned to its home port in Germany. (Mohssen Assanimoghaddam/dpa via AP)

Scientists return from Arctic with wealth of climate data

Oct. 12, 2020 4:09 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — An icebreaker carrying scientists on a year-long international effort to study the high Arctic has returned to its home port in Germany carrying a wealth of data that will help researchers better predict climate change in the decades to come. The RV Polarstern arrived Monday in the North Sea...

Alaska judge weighing arguments over ballot witness rules

Oct. 1, 2020 9:14 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A state court judge plans to decide Monday whether to block enforcement of witness requirements for absentee ballots in Alaska. Superior Court Judge Dani Crosby heard arguments Thursday in the case brought by Arctic Village Council, a tribal government; the League of Women Voters of...