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AP FACT CHECK: Trump's Syrian mission-accomplished moment

Oct. 19, 2019 10:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Donald Trump describes it, the U.S. swooped into an intractable situation in the Middle East, achieved an agreement within hours that had eluded the world for years and delivered a "great day for civilization." It was a mission-accomplished moment that other Republican...

Artist uses 'historic' markers to raise climate awareness

Oct. 19, 2019 2:05 PM EDT

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — New England is awash in historic markers, but a handful of plaques popping up in a New Hampshire town are different. Rather than commemorating important people or places in history, many of these dinner plate-size signs detail events like rising sea levels and an explosion of ticks that...

Jane Fonda returns to civil disobedience for climate change

Oct. 19, 2019 8:44 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Inspired by the climate activism of a Swedish teenager, Jane Fonda says she's returning to civil disobedience nearly a half-century after she was last arrested at a protest. Fonda, known for her opposition to the Vietnam War, was one of 17 climate protesters arrested Friday at the U.S....

Swiss to elect new legislature, as polls suggest Green gains

Oct. 19, 2019 4:55 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Swiss voters elect their parliament this weekend, a challenge for the populist right that has been dominant until now and an opportunity for green parties as environmental concerns have swept up much of Europe this year. Political analyst Pascal Sciarini of the University of Geneva cites a...

Thunberg calls for climate action in oil-rich Alberta

Oct. 18, 2019 9:40 PM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg stayed away from any direct criticism of Alberta's oil sands and did not comment on Canada's election as she took her message to the oil-rich Canadian province on Friday. "We cannot allow this crisis to continue to be a partisan, political...

White House plans G-7 agenda, tells world to 'get on board'

Oct. 18, 2019 5:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Get on board, world. That's the message from the White House as it starts shaping plans for next year's Group of Seven summit in Florida. Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney this week outlined the priorities the administration would like America's strongest allies to consider...

AP FACT CHECK: Dems flub details on climate, guns, Syria

Oct. 16, 2019 1:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A dozen Democrats seeking the presidency tussled in a debate packed with policy, flubbing some details in the process. Several gave an iffy explanation of why they're not swinging behind a bold proposal to make people turn over their assault-style weapons. Sloppiness also crept in during...

UN rights chief: Challenges increase to global cooperation

Oct. 15, 2019 5:15 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. human rights chief said Tuesday the world is witnessing increasing hate speech, rising challenges to international cooperation, and pushbacks on women's equality and the rights of minorities. In a wide-ranging meeting with U.N. member nations, Michelle Bachelet also said that...

Conservationists seek protection of California Joshua trees

Oct. 15, 2019 4:56 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The western Joshua tree needs protection under the California Endangered Species Act because of threats from climate change and habitat destruction, the Center for Biological Diversity said in a petition Tuesday to the state's Fish and Game Commission. The petition comes amid rising...

Owl vs. owl: Should humans intervene to save a species?

Oct. 15, 2019 2:44 PM EDT

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — As he stood amid the thick old-growth forests in the coastal range of Oregon, Dave Wiens was nervous. Before he trained to shoot his first barred owl, he had never fired a gun. He eyed the big female owl, her feathers streaked brown and white, perched on a branch at just the right...