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'It's a family': Wreck shatters life's work at girls home

Jun. 23, 2021 01:14 AM EDT

CAMP HILL, Ala. (AP) — Caring for abused and neglected girls is Candice Gulley’s life work, and that's what she was doing when she helped load vans from an Alabama children’s home for a trip to the beach. The kids walked on the sand, ate seafood and threw an early, dinosaur-themed...

New Mexico financial trustees weigh social responsibility

Jun. 23, 2021 00:06 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Custodians of New Mexico's two multibillion-dollar financial trusts that underwrite public education and infrastructure spending are weighing whether to giver greater weight to issues of social responsibility and sustainability in investment decisions. ...

Dakota Access lawsuit dismissed; future challenges possible

Jun. 23, 2021 00:02 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed the lawsuit filed by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe challenging the operation of the Dakota Access Pipeline. With his ruling, U.S. District Judge James Boasberg outlined a path for a future legal challenge to an...

California oil regulators delay health, safety rules again

Jun. 22, 2021 23:37 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — It's been a year and a half since California Gov. Gavin Newsom directed oil regulators to consider new health and safety measures to protect people living near oil and gas drilling sites. But those regulators missed another deadline Monday for...

'Fire monks' ready to defend monastery from Big Sur blaze

Jun. 22, 2021 21:32 PM EDT

BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) — A group of firefighting monks was ready to defend a Buddhist monastery being threatened Tuesday by a wildfire burning in the rugged central coast mountains south of Big Sur. The seven monks have been clearing brush from around the Tassajara Zen...

Western wildfires force evacuations, shut down recreation

Jun. 22, 2021 20:31 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A wildfire in northern Arizona crept closer to the region’s largest city Tuesday, threatening to force people from their homes. The lightning-caused fire near Flagstaff was one of dozens that have scorched large swaths of the U.S. West and kept...

Animal rights group sues park service over dying elk

Jun. 22, 2021 19:50 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Dozens of tule elk at Point Reyes National Seashore have died from starvation and dehydration in the last year because the animals couldn't get past a fence that the National Park Service placed to stop them from competing for food and water with cattle, according to a...

Mexico's Caribbean coast hit by heavy seaweed, more expected

Jun. 22, 2021 18:37 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Environmentalists and tourism operators on Mexico’s Caribbean coast are complaining about mounds of foul-smelling sargassum — a seaweed-like algae — that are piling up on beaches and turning turquoise waters brown. Reports Tuesday said...

Wisconsin bill would tie PFAS grants to lawsuit immunity

Jun. 22, 2021 18:07 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Assembly passed a bill Tuesday that would create a new $10 million grant program to help communities clean up contamination from “forever chemicals” known as PFAS but would ban them from suing those responsible for the pollution. ...

NOAA to designate Wisconsin coastline as national sanctuary

Jun. 22, 2021 17:23 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Federal officials have designated a huge swath of Wisconsin’s Lake Michigan coastline as a National Marine Sanctuary to protect historic shipwrecks in the area, Gov. Tony Evers' office announced Tuesday. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric...