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3 dead as lightning strikes in Poland's Tatra Mountains

Aug. 22, 2019 10:48 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Polish official says three people, including a child, have been killed by lightning during a sudden thunderstorm in Poland's southern Tatra Mountains. The spokeswoman for Krakow's provincial governor, Joanna Pazdzio, told The Associated Press she was told about the deaths by the...

California to build largest wildlife crossing in world

Aug. 20, 2019 2:35 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Like many urban singles, the mountain lion P-22 lives a solitary life in a too-small habitat. And he has a hard time finding a mate in the big city. Famous for traveling across two freeways and making a huge Los Angeles park his home, the lonesome big cat has become a symbol of the...

SC elementary reopening despite toxic 'Trash Mountain' fire

Aug. 19, 2019 9:34 AM EDT

BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina elementary is reopening for the first day of school despite a smoldering, toxic fire in a 50-foot trash pile at a nearby recycling center. News outlets report Beaufort County School District decided to open Okatie Elementary as scheduled on Monday. It says a sensor at...

Bicyclists ride up the highest peak in the Northeast

Aug. 18, 2019 2:52 PM EDT

PINKHAM NOTCH, N.H. (AP) — In a story Aug. 17 about a bicycle race at Mount Washington, The Associated Press reported erroneously the last name of the second place finisher in the women's division. Her name is Lane Marder, not Lane Marden. A corrected version of the story is below: Bicyclists ride up the...

Emotional highs, lows mark hiker's record-setting project

Aug. 18, 2019 1:50 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — While setting a speed record for New Hampshire hiking, Philip Carcia was sometimes struck with a sort of reverse déjà vu. Halfway through a hike, he'd question whether he had completed an earlier one on his list. "I'd get fanatical about checking that I had been to peaks," he...

Experience, training, insurance could be required on Everest

Aug. 14, 2019 9:06 PM EDT

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A Nepal government committee formed after a bad mountaineering season on Mount Everest has recommended requiring climbers to have scaled tall peaks, undergone proper training, and possess certificates of good health and insurance that would cover rescue costs if required. A report...

Hermans wins at Powder Mountain to take Tour of Utah lead

Aug. 14, 2019 8:11 PM EDT

EDEN, Utah (AP) — Ben Hermans rode clear of the shattered peloton near the summit of Powder Mountain on Wednesday to win the queen stage of the Tour of Utah and assume the overall race lead. The runner-up a year ago, Hermans crossed the line 22 seconds ahead of James Piccoli, with Niklas Eg another 13...

Pure as snow? Scientists say air carrying plastics to Arctic

Aug. 14, 2019 2:50 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Scientists say they've found an abundance of tiny plastic particles in Arctic snow, indicating that so-called microplastics are being sucked into the atmosphere and carried long distances to some of the remotest corners of the planet. The researchers examined snow collected from sites in the...

Amid protest, Hawaii astronomers lose observation time

Aug. 10, 2019 8:18 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Asteroids, including those that might slam into Earth. Clouds of gas and dust on the verge of forming stars. Planets orbiting stars other than our own. This is some of the research astronomers say they have missed out on at 11 observatories on Hawaii's tallest mountain as a protest blocks...

David Berman, founder of indie rockers Silver Jews, dies

Aug. 9, 2019 1:57 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — David Berman, founder of the indie rockers Silver Jews, whose witty lyrics and deadpan delivery influenced scores of bands, has died. He was 52. Berman's death Wednesday was confirmed by his father and his record label, Drag City. A cause of death was not disclosed. Berman, a singer,...