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First-of-its-kind US nuclear waste dump marks 20 years

Mar. 23, 2019 6:52 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — In a remote stretch of New Mexico desert, the U.S. government put in motion an experiment aimed at proving to the world that radioactive waste could be safely disposed of deep underground, rendering it less of a threat to the environment. Twenty years and more than 12,380 shipments...

California to waive environmental rules for fire season prep

Mar. 22, 2019 5:09 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom moved Friday to bypass environmental regulations to prepare for the next wildfire season, a move he said was necessary to prevent further loss of life even as it frustrated activists in a state viewed as a national environmental leader. "The increasing...

EU leaders postpone decision on 2050 climate goal

Mar. 22, 2019 4:42 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders on Friday pushed back a decision on the bloc's long-term efforts to fight climate change, with some countries opposing a pledge to end most emissions of greenhouse gases by 2050. Leaders meeting in Brussels agreed to discuss the issue again at their next gathering in...

Small solar storm coming to Earth but no big light show

Mar. 22, 2019 4:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A small solar storm is heading toward Earth, but don't expect a big light show. Space weather forecaster Jonathan Lash says a solar flare that left the sun this week is due to arrive at Earth around 2 p.m. EDT Saturday. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientist says...

A rare albino penguin makes its debut at zoo in Poland

Mar. 22, 2019 4:26 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — An extremely rare albino penguin has made its debut at Gdansk Zoo in northern Poland. The albino penguin hatched in mid-December and has been under veterinary care. In the wild, such an unusual-looking penguin would be rejected by other penguins and would have little chance of...

Correction: Southern Flood Threat story

Mar. 22, 2019 4:07 PM EDT

In a story March 21 about the U.S. flooding outlook, The Associated Press misspelled the last name of a weather forecaster. He is Kevin Low, not Lao. A corrected version of the story is below: Unprecedented spring flooding possible, US forecasters say The National Weather Service says the flooding of Nebraska and...

Spacewalking astronauts swap out space station's batteries

Mar. 22, 2019 3:42 PM EDT

Changing batteries in orbit took some huffing and puffing and some intricate maneuvering by two spacewalkers Friday. But in the end, it went almost as smoothly as doing the chore back on Earth. NASA's Anne McClain and Nick Hague took 6 hours and 39 minutes to replace three old nickel-hydrogen batteries with more...

Floods suggest national security threat from climate change

Mar. 22, 2019 10:53 AM EDT

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. (AP) — The Missouri River floodwater surging on to the air base housing the U.S. military's Strategic Command overwhelmed round-the-clock sandbagging by airmen and others. They had to scramble to save sensitive equipment, munitions and dozens of aircraft. Days into the flooding,...

US hits Iran with new sanctions while Pompeo visits Lebanon

Mar. 22, 2019 10:43 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration hit Iran with new sanctions on Friday while Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was denouncing Iran's growing influence on a visit to Lebanon. The Treasury Department said the sanctions target 31 Iranian scientists, technicians and companies affiliated with Iran's...

Mexico launches plan to mark vaquita porpoise reserve

Mar. 21, 2019 9:02 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican government said Thursday it will use buoys to mark the reserve of the world's most endangered marine mammal, in a bid to save the last remaining 10 or so vaquita marina porpoises. The Environment Department promised to provide social programs and jobs for fishing communities...