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Judge orders new federal review of Keystone XL pipeline

Aug. 16, 2018 2:06 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered the U.S. State Department to conduct a more thorough review of the Keystone XL pipeline's proposed pathway after Nebraska state regulators changed the route, raising the possibility of further delays to a project first proposed in 2008. U.S. District Judge...

Report: Massive fire tornado killed California firefighter

Aug. 16, 2018 2:06 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A firefighter who died while helping people evacuate a Northern California blaze was killed by a fire tornado that at one point reached a temperature of 2,700 degrees Fahrenheit (1,480 degrees Celsius), officials said. Redding firefighter Jeremy Stoke died after he was enveloped in...

Interior Department eyes protected Arctic land for drilling

Aug. 16, 2018 1:08 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Trump administration is aiming to open millions of acres (hectares) of Alaska Arctic land for drilling that was protected under the Obama administration. The U.S. Department of the Interior began talks with state officials and the North Slope Borough, looking to update the 2013...

Group sues to expand protected orca habitat in Northwest

Aug. 16, 2018 12:54 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — With the Pacific Northwest's killer whales struggling, an environmental group is suing to force President Donald Trump's administration to expand protected habitat to help them recover. The Tucson, Arizona-based Center for Biological Diversity filed the lawsuit Thursday in U.S. District...

State board upholds Millennium water quality permit denial

Aug. 16, 2018 12:33 PM EDT

LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — A state board upheld the denial of a key water quality permit for the Millennium Bulk Terminals project. The Daily News reports Senior Vice President of External Affairs Wendy Hutchinson said Wednesday Millennium plans to appeal the decision. The State Department of Ecology in 2017...

Forests group halts plan to endorse Indonesian paper giant

Aug. 16, 2018 11:53 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The main global group for certifying sustainable wood has suspended plans to give its influential endorsement to Indonesian paper giant Sinarmas after revelations it cut down tropical forests and used an opaque corporate structure to hide its activities. The Forest Stewardship...

Cause of seal deaths likely won't be known for weeks

Aug. 16, 2018 11:30 AM EDT

SACO, Maine (AP) — The cause of a rash of seal deaths in Maine and New Hampshire likely won't be known for at least a couple of weeks as sample collections and tests are still needed. Southern Maine beaches have been beset with dead harbor seals in recent days, with dozens washing up stranded or having...

One of world's top urban forests threatened by tiny beetle

Aug. 16, 2018 5:11 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — One of the world's largest urban forests is under threat from a tiny beetle. The polyphagous shot hole borer is thought to have made its way to Johannesburg from Southeast Asia on packing crates or through the trade in plant materials. Trudy Paap, a forest pathologist at the University...

Endangered Green, Loggerhead turtles make comeback in Cyprus

Aug. 16, 2018 3:57 AM EDT

LARA BEACH, Cyprus (AP) — For these ancient reptiles, a stretch of beach on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus has been their home for thousands of years. Against the setting sun, the tiny turtles that have just hatched on Lara Beach strain against the surf to reach the Mediterranean Sea and embark on...

Unhealthy smoky air blankets Northwest

Aug. 15, 2018 11:22 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Unhealthy air filled with smoke from wildfires blanketed the Northwest again on Wednesday. Washington state had the worst air quality in the country, according to the National Weather Service. In the central Washington cities of Chelan and Wenatchee the air quality Wednesday reached the...