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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...

US teen flies for record: youngest solo round-the-world

Oct. 9, 2018 2:53 PM EDT

A Louisiana teenager flew for 10½ hours through a sandstorm over Saudi Arabia, got stuck in the Philippines by typhoons, and set three youth aviation records. Flying entirely by instruments through the sandstorm's turbulence was the worst part of the trip, Mason Andrews , 18, of Monroe in northeast...

US teen flies for round-the-world record by youngest pilot

Oct. 9, 2018 11:28 AM EDT

A Louisiana teenager flew for 10½ hours through a sandstorm over Saudi Arabia, got stuck in the Philippines by typhoons, and set three youth aviation records. Flying entirely by instruments through the sandstorm's turbulence was the worst part of the trip, Mason Andrews , 18, of Monroe in northeast...

Hurricane Sergio in Pacific could make U-turn toward Mexico

Oct. 5, 2018 9:50 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Forecasters are predicting that Hurricane Sergio will do an about-face in the Pacific Ocean and head back toward Mexico's Baja California Peninsula. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Sergio is a Category 3 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 120 mph (195 kph). It was nearly...

New effort will analyze genes of endangered Northwest orcas

Oct. 4, 2018 7:40 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A new scientific effort will sequence the genomes of critically endangered Pacific Northwest orcas to better understand their genetics and potentially find ways to save them from extinction. The collaboration announced Thursday involves scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric...

Slow arrival of aid frustrates Indonesia quake survivors

Oct. 3, 2018 12:47 PM EDT

PALU, Indonesia (AP) — Climbing over reeking piles of sodden food and debris, a crowd on Wednesday searched a warehouse wrecked in Indonesia's earthquake and tsunami for anything they could salvage: cans of condensed milk, soft drinks, rice, candy and painkillers. A trickle of emergency aid is only now...

UN court rejects Bolivia's Pacific Ocean access case

Oct. 1, 2018 12:26 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The United Nations' highest court has rejected landlocked Bolivia's bid to force Chile to the negotiating table over granting access to the Pacific Ocean. In a legal ruling Monday from the Hague-based International Court of Justice that was broadcast live throughout Bolivia,...

UN court rejects Bolivia's request for judges to order Chile to negotiate access for Bolivia to the Pacific Ocean

Oct. 1, 2018 10:25 AM EDT
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — UN court rejects Bolivia's request for judges to order Chile to negotiate access for Bolivia to the Pacific Ocean.

Small islands use big platform to warn of climate change

Sep. 27, 2018 8:45 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — On the map, their homes are tiny specks in a vast sea of blue, rarely in the headlines and far removed from the centers of power. But for a few days each year, the leaders of small island nations share a podium with presidents and prime ministers from the world's most powerful...

Judge: NOAA can't regulate fish farming under fisheries law

Sep. 26, 2018 3:18 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge in New Orleans has thrown out the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's rules for fish farms in the Gulf of Mexico, saying the agency lacked authority to make them. Tuesday's ruling halts a plan that would have allowed, "for the first time, industrial...