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The Latest: EPA bars AP, CNN from summit on contaminants

May. 22, 2018 10:01 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on a hearing with EPA chief Scott Pruitt on a widespread contaminant in drinking water (all times local): 9:55 a.m. The Environmental Protection Agency is barring The Associated Press, CNN and the environmental-focused news organization E&E from a national summit on harmful...

Pruitt: Dealing with water contaminant a 'national priority'

May. 22, 2018 9:29 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt says dealing with a widespread contaminant in drinking water is a "national priority." Pruitt spoke Tuesday as he opened a hearing on the contaminants, known as perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl. The chemicals were used in items like...

Fresh ways to save some green at the farmers market

May. 22, 2018 9:20 AM EDT

The difference between the produce at farmers markets and supermarkets is more than "tomayto" versus "tomahto." And buying fresh fruit and vegetables at farmers markets offers opportunities to save money in ways you might not find at a grocery store. The produce sold at most supermarkets is typically harvested...

Charges filed against South Africa hunter over ivory import

May. 22, 2018 2:18 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The owner of a South African hunting company was indicted this month in Colorado by federal prosecutors, who accuse the man of bribing Zimbabwean government officials while guiding a Colorado tourist on a hunt for elephants and working to have the ivory tusks of an elephant the group...

What is lava haze? A look at Hawaii's latest volcanic hazard

May. 21, 2018 11:29 PM EDT

PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — Lava from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano is pouring into the sea and setting off a chemical reaction that creates giant clouds of acid and fine glass. The lava haze, or "laze," is created when molten rock hits the ocean and marks just the latest hazard from a volcano that has been generating...

Interior moves to lift restrictions on hunting bears, wolves

May. 21, 2018 8:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is moving to reverse Obama-era rules barring hunters on some public lands in Alaska from baiting brown bears with bacon and doughnuts and using spotlights to shoot mother black bears and cubs hibernating in their dens. The National Park Service issued a notice...

Baboon escapes crate at Texas airport; officers corner him

May. 21, 2018 8:06 PM EDT

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A baboon on his way to a South Texas wildlife sanctuary escaped his crate and kept officers busy for two hours at San Antonio International Airport. Officers shot the baboon named Dawkins with a tranquilizer dart. The ape got loose Monday afternoon shortly after arriving on an American...

Consumer Reports raises concerns over Tesla Model 3 braking

May. 21, 2018 5:34 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Long emergency stopping distances, difficult-to-use controls and a harsh ride stopped Tesla's Model 3 electric car from getting a recommended buy rating from Consumer Reports. While the magazine said the car has exhilarating acceleration and handling, testers were troubled by its 152-foot...

Humans account for little next to plants, worms, bugs

May. 21, 2018 4:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — When you weigh all life on Earth, billions of humans don't amount to much compared to trees, earthworms or even viruses. But we really know how to throw what little weight we have around, according to a first-of-its-kind global census of the footprint of life on the planet. Humans only...

Man digging for tortoises says he planned to eat them

May. 21, 2018 4:08 PM EDT

STUART, Fla. (AP) — Florida wildlife officials say a man they found in possession of two gopher tortoises, said he didn't want to keep them as pets — he planned to eat them. Martin County Sheriff's officials said they found 28-year-old Robert Lane digging into the ground Sunday pulling out gopher...