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Breaching dams to save Northwest orcas is contentious issue

Oct. 18, 2018 7:04 PM EDT

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Calls to breach four hydroelectric dams in Washington state have grown louder in recent months as the plight of critically endangered Northwest orcas has captured global attention. Some argue the best way to get more salmon to the starving whales is to tear down four dams on the Lower...

Power company proposes burying line under Maine gorge

Oct. 18, 2018 5:04 PM EDT

CARATUNK, Maine (AP) — A Maine power company is making a concession to environmentalists by proposing to bury a portion of a transmission line that would cross a scenic gorge. Central Maine Power notified regulators Thursday that it wants to drill rather than cross the Kennebec River Gorge with elevated...

Report: Most dams in Hawaii have 'high hazard potential'

Sep. 14, 2018 11:12 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The vast majority of Hawaii's state-regulated dams are considered to have "high hazard potential," according to a 2017 infrastructure report by the American Society of Civil Engineers. One of the 124 dams given that classification is one in Honolulu that prompted an evacuation warning...

Big quake hits northern Japan, leaving 9 dead, 30 missing

Sep. 6, 2018 11:36 AM EDT

SAPPORO, Japan (AP) — A powerful earthquake Thursday on Japan's northernmost main island of Hokkaido triggered dozens of landslides that crushed houses under torrents of dirt, rocks and timber, prompting frantic efforts to unearth any survivors. At least nine people were killed, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe...

The Latest: 9 dead, 30 missing in northern Japan quake

Sep. 6, 2018 10:43 AM EDT

SAPPORO, Japan (AP) — The Latest on the powerful earthquake in northern Japan (all times local): 8 p.m. Japan's prime minister says at least nine people are dead after a powerful earthquake on the country's northernmost main island of Hokkaido. The quake triggered dozens of landslides that crushed houses...

The Latest: 4 dead, over 30 buried in northern Japan quake

Sep. 6, 2018 3:12 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on the powerful earthquake in northern Japan (all times local): 4 p.m. The Hokkaido prefectural government says at least four people have been confirmed dead on the island struck by a powerful quake. The magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck southern part of Japan's northernmost main...

Power dam on Canada border marks 60 years, good for 15 more

Aug. 26, 2018 8:35 AM EDT

MASSENA, N.Y. (AP) — A massive hydro-power project on the St. Lawrence River is celebrating its 60th anniversary. Gov. Andrew Cuomo marked the milestone by announcing a renewal of the partnership between the New York Power Authority and Ontario Power Generation for 15 more years. The United States and...