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Massachusetts lawmakers pushing ahead on environmental bills

Jul. 14, 2018 12:39 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Senate has approved a bill aimed at helping the state adapt to climate change while also protecting natural resources and investing in recreational opportunities. The bill approved late Thursday would authorize the state to issue up to $2 billion in bonds to pay for the...

Snyder wants to sue 3M to recoup costs of contamination

Jul. 13, 2018 6:52 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder said Friday that the state of Michigan intends to sue the Minnesota-based manufacturer of chemicals linked to contaminated water near military bases and industrial sites, citing "significant costs" that will only rise in the future. Snyder, whose administration has...

Pence family's failed gas stations cost taxpayers $20M+

Jul. 13, 2018 6:44 PM EDT

GARDEN CITY, Ind. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence turns nostalgic when he talks about growing up in small-town Columbus, Indiana, where his father helped build a Midwestern empire of more than 200 gas stations that provided an upbringing on the "front row of the American dream." The collapse of Kiel Bros....

Pence family's failed gas stations cost taxpayers $20M+

Jul. 13, 2018 6:42 PM EDT

GARDEN CITY, Ind. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence turns nostalgic when he talks about growing up in small-town Columbus, Indiana, where his father helped build an empire of more than 200 gas stations that provided an upbringing on the "front row of the American dream." The collapse of Kiel Bros. Oil Co....

Correction: US-China Tariffs-The Latest story

Jul. 13, 2018 2:01 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — In a story July 12 about the latest developments in the U.S.-China trade war, The Associated Press erroneously reported that 200,000 jobs at an Alabama Hyundai plant could be jeopardized if the U.S. imposes higher auto tariffs. The plant employs 3,500 people. A corrected version of the story...

Groups sue North Dakota over oil refinery near national park

Jul. 13, 2018 11:15 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Three environmental groups are suing North Dakota over an air quality permit that allows construction of an $800 million oil refinery about 3 miles (5 kilometers) from Theodore Roosevelt National Park. National Parks Conservation Association, the Environmental Law and Policy Center...

8 endangered black rhinos die in Kenya after relocation

Jul. 13, 2018 11:00 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Eight critically endangered black rhinos are dead in Kenya after wildlife workers moved them from the capital to a new national park, the government said Friday, calling the toll "unprecedented" in more than a decade of such transfers. Preliminary investigations point to salt...

Army corps resumes flushing water from Lake Okeechobee

Jul. 13, 2018 10:54 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Goopy green water flowed Friday from both sides of Lake Okeechobee, carrying toxic algae toward Florida's coasts. Col. Jason Kirk of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the pulsing water flows will simulate rainfall. By varying the flows, they hope to reduce environmental problems. Kirk says...

Louisiana's whooping crane comeback: 5 chicks this year

Jul. 13, 2018 1:14 AM EDT

JEFFERSON DAVIS PARISH, La. (AP) — In a southwest Louisiana crawfish pond, two endangered whooping crane chicks peck about for crawfish, insects, plants and other food. They're only 2 months old, but they dwarf the full-grown great egrets nearby. Their tall white parents bugle alarm at an ATV and people...

Nathaniel Reed, tireless environmental advocate, dies at 84

Jul. 12, 2018 11:24 AM EDT

Nathaniel Pryor Reed, a tireless environmental advocate who helped craft the U.S. Endangered Species Act, has died in Quebec. He was 84. Adrian Reed told The Associated Press his father fell and clipped his head on a rock July 3 after catching and releasing a salmon on the Grand Cascapedia River, one of his...