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This 2009 photo provided by Sebastian Pfautsch shows a eucalyptus forest that burned during a 2009 wildfire in Victoria, Australia. As of early 2020, fires have consumed some 40,000 square miles of Australia this fire season and scientists say the effects on the nation’s forests could be long-lasting. (Sebastian Pfautsch via AP)

Fires set stage for irreversible forest losses in Australia

Jan. 20, 2020 12:35 AM EST

Australia’s forests are burning at a rate unmatched in modern times and scientists say the landscape is being permanently altered as a warming climate brings profound changes to the island continent. Heat waves and drought have fueled bigger and more frequent fires in parts of Australia, so far this...

This 2009 photo provided by Sebastian Pfautsch shows a eucalyptus forest that burned during a 2009 wildfire in Victoria, Australia. As of early 2020, fires have consumed some 40,000 square miles of Australia this fire season and scientists say the effects on the nation’s forests could be long-lasting. (Sebastian Pfautsch via AP)

Fires set stage for irreversible forest losses in Australia

Jan. 18, 2020 10:02 PM EST

Australia’s forests are burning at a rate unmatched in modern times and scientists say the landscape is being permanently altered as a warming climate brings profound changes to the island continent. Heat waves and drought have fueled bigger and more frequent fires in parts of Australia, so far this...

FILE - This Sept. 19, 2019, file photo, shows a spotted lanternfly at a vineyard in Kutztown, Pa. Penn State researchers estimate the spotted lanternfly is causing some $50 million in damage per year in the state’s hard-hit southeast. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Study: Spotted lanternfly costing Pennsylvania $50M annually

Jan. 16, 2020 5:41 PM EST

The spotted lanternfly, an invasive pest from Asia that is wreaking havoc on valuable trees and vines, is costing the Pennsylvania economy about $50 million and eliminating nearly 500 jobs each year, according to a Penn State study released Thursday. The study represents researchers’ first attempt to...

FILE - In this Nov. 3, 2019, file photo, Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen participates in ASEAN-U.N. summit in Nonthaburi, Thailand.  The Cambodian government has expressed “strong dismay

Cambodia dismayed over US sanctions for corruption, logging

Dec. 10, 2019 5:39 AM EST

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — The Cambodian government expressed “strong dismay" Tuesday over a U.S. Treasury decision to sanction two businessmen suspected of corruption and illegal logging. A Foreign Ministry statement said the sanctions were based on groundless accusations. “The Executive...

Business partner acquitted in $85M Mississippi Ponzi scheme

Dec. 6, 2019 6:29 AM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The former business partner of a Mississippi man convicted of running a Ponzi scheme in which investors lost more than $85 million has been found not guilty of assisting in the crime. Jurors acquitted William McHenry, 72, of securities and commodities fraud and wire fraud charges...

With $1 bil timber lawsuit, not all counties are big winners

Nov. 30, 2019 10:05 AM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — When a jury in Linn County determined last week that the state had breached its contract with 13 rural counties by failing to maximize logging revenues on state land, the damage award was breathtaking. $1,065,919,400. The state plans to appeal -- to the Supreme Court if necessary. In...

Editorials from around Oregon

Nov. 27, 2019 4:25 PM EST

Selected editorials from Oregon newspapers: ___ The Oregonian/OregonLive, Nov. 24, on Portland hotelier Gordon Sondland’s impeachment inquiry testimony: Perhaps it’s a sign of our strange political times that Portland hotelier Gordon Sondland, a frequent Republican donor and President Donald...

Oregon’s high court upholds ban on timber sale

Nov. 27, 2019 1:59 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Supreme Court has upheld an appeals court ruling that found the sale of a tract of the Elliott State Forest was illegal. The ruling announced Wednesday upholds the appeals court decision last year that overturned the sale of 788 acres to the Seneca Jones Timber Company after...

Federal judge rules Cascade-Siskiyou expansion was illegal

Nov. 26, 2019 8:58 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A U.S. judge has ruled that much of President Barack Obama’s expansion of Oregon’s Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument just before he left office in 2017 was illegal. Timber counties in western Oregon and the timber industry had challenged the expansion, as well as current...