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FILE - In this Thursday, Oct, 17, 2019 file photo, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov arrives for a EPP meeting prior to an EU summit in Brussels.  Bulgaria’s ruling coalition on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020 survived a no-confidence vote called by the opposition, which accused the government of failing to protect the environment and guarantee water supplies. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys, File)

Bulgaria ruling coalition survives no-confidence vote

Jan. 29, 2020 5:18 AM EST

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria’s ruling coalition on Wednesday survived a no-confidence vote called by the opposition, which accused the government of failing to protect the environment and guarantee water supplies. The 240-member parliament rejected the motion in a 124-102 vote with nine...

Officials: Florida panther struck and killed by vehicle

Jan. 29, 2020 4:21 AM EST

IMMOKALEE, Fla. (AP) — An endangered Florida panther has died after being struck by a vehicle. It's the fifth panther death attributed to fatal collisions, out of six total deaths this year, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The remains of the 1-year-old male panther were...

Road at waterfront park closed to vehicles due to erosion

Jan. 28, 2020 8:57 PM EST

JAMESTOWN, R.I. (AP) — A loop road that goes around a lighthouse at a Rhode Island state park has become so dangerously eroded that is it being closed to vehicular traffic, state environmental officials announced Tuesday. The road surrounding the lighthouse at Beavertail State Park in Jamestown will be...

File - In this Jan. 18, 2014, file photo, a female resident orca whale breaches while swimming in Puget Sound near Bainbridge Island, Wash., as seen from a federally permitted research vessel. The Center for Whale Research says a endangered large male orca is missing and presumed dead. The whale, known L41, was not with his family when researchers encountered them last week. L41's death would leave just 72 animals in the

Another endangered Northwest orca missing, feared dead

Jan. 28, 2020 8:02 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Another endangered orca is missing and presumed dead in the Pacific Northwest, a large male who had fathered many of the population's calves in the past three decades. The whale, born in 1977 and known as L41 or by the nickname Mega, was not with his family when researchers encountered them...

In this photo taken Aug. 25, 2017, provided by NOAA Fisheries, a newborn beluga whale calf sticks its head out of the water in upper Cook Inlet, Alaska. The population of endangered beluga whales in Alaska's Cook Inlet continues to decline, federal marine mammal authorities announced Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. A biennial survey conducted by the fisheries arm of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration estimated the population of the white whales at 250 to 317, with a median estimate of 279. (NOAA Fisheries via AP)

Survey: Alaska's Cook Inlet beluga whales continue decline

Jan. 28, 2020 7:54 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The population of endangered beluga whales in Alaska's Cook Inlet continues to decline, federal marine mammal authorities announced Tuesday. A biennial survey conducted by the fisheries arm of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration estimated the population of the white...

A salvage crane shrouded in fog rises above a barge in a creek near the Tennessee River at the scene of a fatal marina fire at Scottsboro, Ala., on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. Crews already have removed at least two boats that burned at Jackson County Park Marina, and authorities say it could take several days to recover all 35 of the boats that burned in the blaze. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)

Coroner: 4 of 8 boat dock fire victims were children

Jan. 28, 2020 5:44 PM EST

SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (AP) — Roughly two dozen people lived on Dock B at Jackson County Park Marina, and none was rich or famous. They were middle-class adults and children, not yachters, folks who liked having a Tennessee River bywater for their backyard. A fire that engulfed the wooden dock and destroyed...

Pennsylvania governor has $2.2M to help Democrats win seats

Jan. 28, 2020 4:35 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf is renewing his push for his top priorities that have stalled in Pennsylvania's Republican-controlled Legislature, and the Democrat will have at least a couple million dollars to spend in this year's legislative elections to try to improve his chances. Wolf's campaign...

Delaware company to pay $70K for air pollution violations

Jan. 28, 2020 10:37 AM EST

DELAWARE CITY, Del. (AP) — The Delaware City Refining Company will pay $70,000 in a settlement involving months of air pollution violations, state officials said. The settlement announced Monday would resolve the refinery's air pollution-related violations that occurred between November 2018 and June...

FILE - This Jan.11, 2016 file photo shows the logo of French oil giant Total SA on its headquarters at La Defense business district outside Paris. A partnership of French non-governmental organisations and over a dozen local authorities launched unprecedented legal action Tuesday against energy company Total, aimed at forcing it to drastically reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)

French climate alliance takes legal action against Total

Jan. 28, 2020 6:28 AM EST

A French climate alliance of charity groups and local authorities launched an unprecedented legal action Tuesday against Total, hoping to make the French energy company drastically reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. Activists from the non-governmental organizations and over a dozen local governments say it's...

Boat passengers on a jetty wear face masks in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020 to protect themselves from new virus infection. Panic and pollution drive the market for protective face masks, so business is booming in Asia, where fear of the coronavirus from China is straining supplies and helping make mask-wearing the new normal. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

Asian demand for face masks soars on fears of Chinese virus

Jan. 28, 2020 6:12 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Panic and pollution drive the market for protective face masks, so business is booming in Asia, where fear of the virus from China is straining supplies and helping make mask-wearing the new normal. Demand for face masks and hand sanitizing liquid has soared, as both local residents and...