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Court hearing in Tennessee-Mississippi water rights dispute

May. 20, 2019 12:18 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Lawyers for Tennessee and Mississippi are presenting evidence in a court hearing related to a water rights dispute between the two states. The hearing beginning in Nashville on Monday is part of a lawsuit filed in the U.S. Supreme Court in 2014. The original complaint alleges...

Trump's EPA shifts more environmental enforcement to states

May. 20, 2019 11:50 AM EDT

BOKOSHE, Okla. (AP) — Susan Holmes' home, corner store and roadside beef jerky stand are right off Oklahoma Highway 31, putting them in the path of trucks hauling ash and waste from a power plant that burns the high-sulfur coal mined near this small town. For years, when Bokoshe residents were outside, the...

Tribes, environmentalists battle copper mine in Arizona

May. 19, 2019 2:35 PM EDT

SONOITA, Ariz. (AP) — Scenic State Highway 83 gently curves through southeastern Arizona's wine country, past waves of blond grass dotted with orange-tipped ocotillo plants before the dark Santa Rita Mountains loom into view. The Milepost 44 pullout offers a panorama of the range in the Coronado National...

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean

May. 17, 2019 12:07 AM EDT

This photo gallery highlights some of the top news images made by Associated Press photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean that were published in the past week. Poor residents of Caracas submerged themselves in the highly polluted waters of the Guaire River scavenging for items to sell as a way to get...

Flooding makes big 'dead zone' off Louisiana coast likely

May. 16, 2019 5:47 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The year's widespread flooding has made it likely that a big, oxygen-starved "dead zone" off Louisiana's coast will form this summer, the head of the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science said Thursday. Preliminary computer model runs "indicate a large to very large year," for the...

New Wisconsin attorney general shifts agency's priorities

May. 10, 2019 11:50 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's new Democratic attorney general has used his first four months in office to shift the state Department of Justice to a more liberal footing, pleasing supporters by nullifying his Republican predecessor's attempts to kill federal health care reforms and limit environmental...

APNewsBreak: New Mexico wants lake on Air Force base closed

May. 9, 2019 11:38 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's top prosecutor is demanding that the U.S. Air Force close a publicly accessible lake at Holloman Air Force Base, saying Thursday the concentration of hazardous chemicals at the site poses a risk to public health and the environment. In a letter obtained by The...

The Latest: New Mexico warns no swimming in Air Force lake

May. 9, 2019 2:23 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on contamination at U.S. Air Force bases in New Mexico (all times local): 12:10 p.m. The New Mexico Department of Health is warning people not to swim in or drink from Lake Holloman in southern New Mexico. State officials say recent sampling showed high levels of...

Police find body in Cyprus lake, tie rape to serial killings

May. 5, 2019 5:46 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Police in Cyprus recovered a second suitcase containing human remains Sunday from a contaminated lake where a military officer who confessed to killing seven foreign women and girls told authorities he dumped the bodies of three victims. The lake is part of an abandoned copper pyrite...

On cyclone-shattered island in Mozambique, shock and debris

May. 2, 2019 3:33 PM EDT

IBO ISLAND, Mozambique (AP) — Cyclone Kenneth in northern Mozambique ripped the island of Ibo apart. Nearly a week after the storm roared in, Associated Press journalists found widespread devastation. The aerial approach to the island showed communities flattened. The overwhelming majority of homes had...