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Research shows diet shift of beluga whales in Alaska inlet

Jun. 15, 2018 7:22 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Beluga whales in Alaska's Cook Inlet may have changed their diet over five decades from saltwater prey to fish and crustaceans influenced by freshwater, according to a study by University of Alaska Fairbanks researchers. An analysis of isotopes in beluga bone and teeth showed...

Optimism on rail bridge project, but federal funds needed

Jun. 15, 2018 6:16 PM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Transit officials in New Jersey are praising an agreement to put $600 million toward the replacement of a century-old rail bridge, but the project still needs federal dollars to go forward. The state approved the agreement this week for the estimated $1.5 billion Portal North bridge...

EPA lays out next steps to clean up southwest Colorado mines

Jun. 14, 2018 6:21 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday laid out the next steps it will take to clean up wastewater flowing from dozens of old mines in southwestern Colorado, including dredging contaminated sediment from streambeds and digging ditches to divert water away from tainted rocks and...

Rare river sinkhole created whirlpool, led to man's death

Jun. 11, 2018 7:35 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A kayaker bypassed a part of an Arkansas scenic river known as Dead Man's Curve during a weekend trip, but a rare sinkhole created a whirlpool along his alternate channel and dragged him to his death. Donald Wright, 64, from Searcy, Arkansas, died Saturday at Saddler Falls along...

Native Americans rally in bid to save Arizona coal plant

Jun. 6, 2018 5:19 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — More than 300 people who say their livelihoods depend on a coal-fired plant on a sprawling Native American reservation rallied in Phoenix Wednesday to request a 90-day delay in steps being taken to shutter it by 2019. Demonstrators — including miners who extract the coal that fires...

DNR: Wisconsin frack sand sludge spill nontoxic

Jun. 5, 2018 2:26 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Wisconsin officials say early tests have found no harmful chemicals after a spill near a frack sand mine sent millions of gallons of sludge into waterways. A contactor's bulldozer slid into a pond last month, leading to an hourslong rescue at the Hi-Crush mine in the western Wisconsin...

Powerful cyclone strikes Oman, Yemen; 6 dead, 30 missing

May. 26, 2018 10:45 PM EDT

SALALAH, Oman (AP) — A cyclone more powerful than any previously recorded in southern Oman slammed into the Gulf country and neighboring Yemen on Saturday, deluging a major city with nearly three years' worth of rainfall in single day. The storm killed at least six people while more than 30 remain missing,...

The Latest: Tropical storm watches issued ahead of Alberto

May. 25, 2018 11:01 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The Latest on Subtropical Storm Alberto (all times local): 11 p.m. Tropical storm and storm surge watches have been issued for parts of the U.S. Gulf Coast as Subtropical Storm Alberto slowly moves eastward. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Friday that the tropical storm watch...

Wisconsin frack sand sludge spill reaches Mississippi River

May. 24, 2018 6:29 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Wisconsin officials were testing for environmental and health hazards Thursday after an accident at a frack sand mine sent millions of gallons of sludge into waterways, tinting them orange as the thick plume traveled downstream into the Mississippi River. A contractor's bulldozer slid...

Army Corps project to protect Tennessee river from sewage

May. 16, 2018 2:45 PM EDT

GERMANTOWN, Tenn. (AP) — Army engineers have completed a $1.4 million project designed to protect a vital storm sewer channel that runs into a Mississippi River tributary in Tennessee. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Tuesday that it turned over the project in late March to the city of Germantown, a...