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Farm workers and activists march along Reforma Avenue in Mexico City, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. Demonstrators are protesting Mexican President Andre Manuel Lopez Obrador's infrastructure projects, including a thermoelectric plant in Morelos state and the

Mexicans march to protest major infrastructure projects

Feb. 21, 2020 8:51 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — More than 1,000 people marched through the center of Mexico City on Friday in opposition to the government's largest infrastructure projects. The protest brought together unions, environmentalists, students and representatives of Mexico's indigenous peoples, a mix that would seem a...

A massive fire at Northern Metal recycling in Becker, Minnesota, that has been burning for days, seemed to be under control Thursday morning, Feb. 20, 2020. The Becker Police Department posted Thursday  that “major progress

Minnesota shuts down recycling plant, site of massive fire

Feb. 21, 2020 7:21 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The state of Minnesota on Friday shut down a metal recycling company where a fire burned for days and sent up plumes of smoke. The state cited “imminent and substantial danger” to the public, the Star Tribune reported. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency issued an...

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2019, file photo, a Moran tugboat nears the stern of the capsizing vessel Golden Ray near St. Simons Sound off the coast of Georgia. The salvage team salvage team is seeking a federal permit to surround the shipwreck with a giant mesh barrier to contain any debris when they cut the ship apart. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton, File)

Judge questions plan to remove capsized ship in huge chunks

Feb. 21, 2020 6:09 PM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday ordered attorneys for the U.S. Coast Guard and a maritime salvage company to answer detailed questions about plans to remove an overturned cargo ship on the Georgia coast by sawing it into eight enormous chunks. The salvage firm Donjon-SMIT filed suit Feb. 13...

FILE - In this July 15, 2016, file photo, a mountain goat leads its kid across the Mount Evans Scenic Byway just below the summit near Idaho Springs, Colo. Wyoming wildlife managers are criticizing plans by Grand Teton National Park to shoot nonnative mountain goats by helicopter. The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, approved a resolution opposing the plans, favoring the use of volunteers to hunt the goats on the ground. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Helicopter sharpshooters to kill Grand Teton nonnative goats

Feb. 21, 2020 5:25 PM EST

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A disputed effort to help native bighorn sheep in Grand Teton National Park was scheduled to start Friday with a helicopter buzzing over rugged peaks with sharpshooters aboard tasked with killing nonnative mountain goats. Park officials closed off a large portion of the Teton Range to...

Bears waive cornerback Amukamara, receiver Gabriel

Feb. 21, 2020 5:22 PM EST

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears waived cornerback Prince Amukamara and speedy receiver Taylor Gabriel on Friday. Amukamara started 42 games over the past three seasons and gave the Bears a physical presence in the backfield while helping the defense emerge as a top-10 unit. He was limited by a...

Bill to require bottled water to be chemical-free

Feb. 21, 2020 5:05 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Bottle water companies may soon have to ensure their products meet the same standards as public drinking water in New Hampshire for a range of compounds. The move follows a scare last year in which high levels of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, collectively known as...

Lobbyists Scott Schneider, left, of the Kansas Restaurant and Hospitality Association, and Kristi Brown of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce, watch as a Kansas House committee debates a bill their groups support on single-use plastic bags and straws, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. The bill approved by the committee prohibits cities and counties from banning them for the next five years. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas business groups mobilize to stop local plastics bans

Feb. 21, 2020 5:03 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas business groups have mobilized to snuff out a budding movement among a few cities to ban single-use plastic bags and straws, frustrating environmentalists who can't get the Republican-controlled Legislature to tackle climate issues. The GOP-led House commerce committee on Friday...

US pushes changes to Western land plans that judge blocked

Feb. 21, 2020 4:13 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. Interior Department officials are seeking to bolster their case for easing restrictions on energy development, mining and grazing in Western states inhabited by a declining bird species. A federal judge in Idaho blocked the Trump administration plans last year over concerns...

This image provided by KTTV FOX 11 shows a bear walking on the front yard of a home in Monrovia, Calif., early Friday, Feb. 21, 2020.  The bear sluggishly ambled along streets and into backyards in Monrovia, which sits on the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains. The Monrovia Police Department said officers were monitoring the situation and state Department of Fish and Wildlife personnel were summoned.  (KTTV FOX 11 via AP)

Bear that wandered yards near Los Angeles moved to forest

Feb. 21, 2020 3:19 PM EST

MONROVIA, Calif. (AP) — A big, old bear wandered a Los Angeles foothill suburb Friday, drawing curious onlookers and news media before wildlife authorities removed it. The bear sluggishly ambled along streets and into backyards in Monrovia, which sits on the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains. The Monrovia...

Report: Feds need to do more to prevent failures at Hanford

Feb. 21, 2020 2:11 PM EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The federal government needs to do more to prevent the failure of radioactively contaminated facilities at an aging nuclear weapons production site in Washington state, the Government Accountability Office said this week. The partial collapse in 2017 of a tunnel containing radioactive...