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Plutonium found in Colorado soil; 2nd test shows lower level

Aug. 20, 2019 7:39 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Elevated levels of plutonium were found in the soil near a former nuclear weapons plant outside Denver, while a second test showed far lower levels, health officials said Tuesday. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said it is trying to sort out the conflicting results of...

Earth's future is being written in fast-melting Greenland

Aug. 20, 2019 4:35 PM EDT

HELHEIM GLACIER, Greenland (AP) — This is where Earth's refrigerator door is left open, where glaciers dwindle and seas begin to rise. New York University air and ocean scientist David Holland, who is tracking what's happening in Greenland from both above and below, calls it "the end of the planet." He is...

California to build largest wildlife crossing in world

Aug. 20, 2019 2:35 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Like many urban singles, the mountain lion P-22 lives a solitary life in a too-small habitat. And he has a hard time finding a mate in the big city. Famous for traveling across two freeways and making a huge Los Angeles park his home, the lonesome big cat has become a symbol of the...

CEO: Refinery by Roosevelt National Park 1 year behind plan

Aug. 20, 2019 1:21 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Lawsuits from environmentalists and landowners have made investors skittish and delayed progress another year on the proposed $800 million oil refinery near Theodore Roosevelt National Park in western North Dakota, the developer's top executive said. Meridian wants to build the...

Correction: Red Panda Triplets story

Aug. 20, 2019 10:39 AM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — In a story Aug. 19 about the birth of red panda triplets, The Associated Press misspelled the first name of the Virginia Zoo's veterinarian. Her name is Colleen Clabbers. A corrected version of the story is below: A 'unique situation': Red panda triplets born in Virginia A zoo in...

Thai tycoon in poaching scandal convicted on firearms charge

Aug. 20, 2019 6:11 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A court in Thailand on Tuesday sentenced a construction tycoon to six months in prison for illegal firearms possession in the latest case in a scandal that erupted when he was accused of poaching protected animals in a wildlife sanctuary. The Bangkok Criminal Court halved the one-year...

Man pleads guilty to killing endangered gray wolf

Aug. 19, 2019 8:43 PM EDT

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — A 22-year-old Oregon man has pleaded guilty in the killing of an endangered gray wolf. The U.S. Attorney's Office in the District of Oregon says Colton Dick of Oakridge pleaded guilty Monday to unlawfully taking an endangered species. Court documents say Dick used a rifle and scope to...

'Codfather' settlement means magnate will never fish again

Aug. 19, 2019 7:54 PM EDT

A fishing magnate known as the Codfather will never be allowed to return to U.S. fisheries, the federal government said Monday in announcing it has settled its civil case against a man whose arrest for shirking quotas and smuggling profits overseas shocked the East Coast industry. The settlement with Carlos...

New lawsuit seeks protection zone for Northwest orcas

Aug. 19, 2019 6:01 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A new U.S. lawsuit filed Monday seeks to establish a whale protection zone for endangered orcas in the Pacific Northwest. The Center for Biological Diversity and the Orca Relief Citizens' Alliance sued NOAA Fisheries in U.S. District Court in Seattle, saying the agency has failed to act on a...

Romney says climate change happening, humans contribute

Aug. 19, 2019 3:47 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney said Monday that he believes climate change is happening and human activity is a significant contributor. During a speech at the conservative Sutherland Institute in Salt Lake City, the senator acknowledged that the position is rare among his fellow Republicans,...