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Ohio power company fulfills Louisiana wetlands agreement

May. 22, 2019 1:14 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — An Ohio-based multinational power company has completed an agreement to pay for potential pollution by reforesting wetlands for a national wildlife refuge in Louisiana. American Electric Power, The Conservation Fund and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Wednesday that the final...

Bankruptcy judge to approve sale of Reading Eagle

May. 22, 2019 12:51 PM EDT

READING, Pa. (AP) — A federal bankruptcy judge said Wednesday he intends to approve the sale of the Reading Eagle to a large newspaper chain known for taking over struggling papers and then making deep newsroom cuts. MediaNews Group, better known as Digital First Media, offered $5 million for the assets of...

Sorting out recycling programs: Which ones work best?

May. 22, 2019 11:31 AM EDT

Changing markets and confusion over what can be thrown in recycling bins has forced some communities to rethink or even suspend their recycling programs. But many more recycling programs are working well, experts say. The difference is partly based on which methods are being used for collection and processing....

German government OKs plan to shoot protected wolves

May. 22, 2019 10:14 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The German government wants to relax rules against shooting wolves if the animals kill sheep or other livestock. Wolves are an endangered species in Germany and they had largely been protected from being hunted, to the annoyance of farmers who claim they are causing widespread damage to...

New California sea dragon habitat is among world's largest

May. 22, 2019 9:52 AM EDT

LA JOLLA, California (AP) — At first glance, it looks like a branch of kelp, but then an eye moves among its leafy appendages, and ridges of tiny, translucent fins start to flutter, sending the creature gliding through the water like something from a fairy tale. A Southern California aquarium has built...

2 rare mammals, Chacoan peccaries, born in Prague zoo

May. 22, 2019 8:48 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — Prague's zoo says two Chacoan peccaries have been born there for the first time, a vital step in efforts to save an endangered species that was once considered extinct. The Chacoan peccary is a wild pig-like mammal whose existence was described in 1930 based on fossils that dated to the...

Threat or promise? E-auto boom could cost industry jobs

May. 22, 2019 8:38 AM EDT

ZWICKAU, Germany (AP) — Over 115 years the auto industry in the east German town of Zwickau has lived through wrenching upheavals including World War II and the collapse of communism. Now the city's 90,000 people are plunging headlong into another era of change: top employer Volkswagen's total shift into...

Research on children's health risks in doubt over EPA funds

May. 22, 2019 7:59 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-running research projects credited with pivotal discoveries about the harm that pesticides, air pollution and other hazards pose to children are in jeopardy or shutting down because the Environmental Protection Agency will not commit to their continued funding, researchers say. The...

YouTuber's viral video puts Merkel's party on defensive

May. 22, 2019 7:19 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right Christian Democrats are hitting back at a YouTube star's viral video attacking the party's stance on climate change and social inequality. The YouTuber, who goes by the online moniker Rezo, posted an expletive-laden rant replete with footnotes on...

Australian state leader intervenes to approve coal mine

May. 22, 2019 4:16 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian state government leader intervened on Wednesday to fast-track a proposed coal mine days after voters rejected tougher action to curb greenhouse gas emissions in the country's general election. The Carmichael mine proposed by India's Adani Mining in Queensland state...