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Gas wells leak explosive levels of methane in Bakersfield

May. 24, 2022 23:35 PM EDT

Some Bakersfield residents are concerned about potential explosions after a state agency found that six idle oil wells near homes were leaking methane in the past several days. State and regional inspectors found concentrations of methane in the air around some of the wells at levels...

Heightened wildfire threat prompts stricter restrictions

May. 24, 2022 22:35 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona's six national forests and some local governments and land management agencies are implementing stricter campfire and smoking restrictions because of the heightened wildfire threat, officials announced Tuesday. Heightened restrictions ordered by the...

California cuts grass watering down as drought dries West

May. 24, 2022 21:16 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Grass in office parks, on college campuses or in some California neighborhoods will go brown this summer after state water officials adopted a ban Tuesday on watering certain green spaces as the state's drought drags on. The ban adopted by the State Water...

Officials: Florida panther killed

May. 24, 2022 20:36 PM EDT

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — An endangered Florida panther has died. It’s the 17th panther death recorded this year, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The cause of death wasn't immediately known. The remains of the 5-month-old female...

ExxonMobil loses bid to nix climate change lawsuit

May. 24, 2022 18:41 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts’ highest court on Tuesday rejected a bid by ExxonMobil to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the state that accuses the oil giant of misleading the public about the role its fossil fuels play in causing climate change. The lawsuit filed in 2019 by...

Stellantis, Samsung plan Indiana electric car battery plant

May. 24, 2022 18:41 PM EDT

KOKOMO, Ind. (AP) — A joint venture between Stellantis and Samsung plans to build an electric vehicle battery factory in Indiana that will employ up to 1,400 workers and become the company’s second such factory in North America. The venture announced Tuesday plans to spend more...

Iowa lawmakers OK deer hunting with semi-automatic rifles

May. 24, 2022 18:27 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Deer hunters would be able to use semi-automatic rifles during a newly created antlerless season in January under a bill approved by lawmakers Tuesday and sent to the governor. The measure given final approval by the House is designed to help control the...

Editorial Roundup: Indiana

May. 24, 2022 16:21 PM EDT

Anderson Herald Bulletin. May 23, 2022. Editorial: Outbreak of Legionnaires’ may be costly to state Outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease in prisons are occasionally downplayed by the officials in charge of penal institutions. Earlier this year, it was...

Ford pays $19M to settle claims on fuel economy, payload

May. 24, 2022 16:11 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Ford Motor Company on Tuesday settled claims by 40 U.S. state attorneys general that the company made misleading claims about the fuel economy and payload capacity of some of its vehicles, violating state consumer protection laws. The company agreed to pay...

Monarch butterfly numbers in Mexico rise by 35%

May. 24, 2022 16:07 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican experts said Monday that 35% more monarch butterflies arrived this year to spend the winter in mountaintop forests, compared to the previous season. Experts say the rise may reflect the butterflies’ ability to adapt to more extreme bouts of heat or...