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Magnitude 4.0 earthquake shakes Texas, Oklahoma panhandles

Oct. 20, 2018 12:28 PM EDT

AMARILLO, Texas (AP) — An earthquake has shaken parts of the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles. The U.S. Geological Survey says the 4.0 magnitude earthquake was recorded at 8:04 a.m. Saturday about 9 miles (15 kilometers) north-northeast of Amarillo. The temblor was recorded at a depth of 3 miles (5...

Trump wants to cut red tape, hasten water projects in West

Oct. 19, 2018 9:40 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday ordered the government to speed up environmental reviews and streamline regulations that he says are hindering work on major water projects in California and other Western states. Trump signed a memorandum aimed at helping the Central Valley Project and the...

Friend: Arizona man rescued from mine is amateur prospector

Oct. 19, 2018 3:21 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — John Waddell often visited his 100-acre (40-hectare) mining claim in Arizona's Sonoran Desert to poke around in one of the abandoned mines scattered among the cactus for a bit of gold to sell for a few bucks. But his friend Terry Shrader said Friday the amateur prospector never ventured down...

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...

Panthers rookie WR working on ball-protection techniques

Oct. 18, 2018 5:47 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Panthers drafted wide receiver D.J. Moore in the first round this past April because of his ability to make plays after the catch. But Moore's gift for turning nothing into something got him into trouble last Sunday after fumbling twice — once following a reception and...

Red tide reaches Florida's Space Coast

Oct. 18, 2018 3:03 PM EDT

MELBOURNE BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A toxic algae bloom has reached Florida's Space Coast. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on Wednesday said red tide had reached parts of Brevard County. The wildlife commission says red tide now spans from Miami-Dade County to halfway up Florida's east...

Federal court: Salmon must have protection from warm water

Oct. 18, 2018 2:07 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal court has ruled that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency must come up with a plan to protect salmon from warm water temperatures, which can be fatal for the fish species. ' Oregon Public Broadcasting reports Thursday that record-high water temperatures in rivers across...

Conservationists ask court to step in as red wolf plan looms

Oct. 17, 2018 5:44 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Conservationists told a federal judge Wednesday that an imminent government plan to shrink the territory of the only red wolves living in the wild would hasten the animal's extinction in violation of federal law. Lawyers for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, however, countered that...

US defense secretary sees the enduring costs of Vietnam War

Oct. 17, 2018 8:16 AM EDT

BIEN HOA, Vietnam (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is getting a firsthand look at the enduring costs of fighting the Vietnam War. Mattis visited an air base north of Ho Chi Minh City that was heavily contaminated in the late 1960s and early 1970s by American forces through storage and spillage of...

Oregon issues $187K fine to dairy for 224 violations

Oct. 17, 2018 12:59 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon regulators have fined the state's second-largest dairy more than $187,000 after finding 224 violations of its wastewater permit. The Statesman Journal reports the state Department of Agriculture announced the fine last week against Lost Valley Farm near Boardman. The violations...