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Australia's Turnbull survives leadership vote; Dutton leaves

Aug. 21, 2018 12:56 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull called on his government to unite behind him after he survived an internal leadership challenge Tuesday, defeating a senior minister in a ballot that is unlikely to settle questions about whether he's the right person to lead the party...

Trump plan rolls back Obama's coal emissions standards

Aug. 21, 2018 12:14 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is set to roll back the centerpiece of President Barack Obama's efforts to slow global warming, the Clean Power Plan that restricts greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants. A plan to be announced in coming days would give states broad authority to...

Federal officials pledge readiness for pipeline spills

Aug. 20, 2018 8:35 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Federal officials said Monday they were prepared to act quickly if oil pipelines in a sensitive Michigan waterway leak, drawing a skeptical response from a U.S. senator who said the handling of a suspected anchor strike last spring exposed flaws in the system. Sen. Gary Peters,...

Trump ready to ease rules on coal-fired power plants

Aug. 20, 2018 8:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is set to roll back the centerpiece of President Barack Obama's efforts to slow global warming, the Clean Power Plan that restricts greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants. A plan to be announced Tuesday would give states broad authority to determine...

The Latest: EPA to reveal rule changes on coal-fired plants

Aug. 20, 2018 8:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Trump administration's plan to roll back the centerpiece of Obama-era efforts to slow global warming(all times local): 8:20 p.m. The Trump administration is set to announce plans to roll back the centerpiece of President Barack Obama's efforts to slow global warming. The...

Hard to see, hard to breathe: US West struggles with smoke

Aug. 20, 2018 7:50 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Smoke from wildfires clogged the sky across the U.S. West, blotting out mountains and city skylines from Oregon to Colorado, delaying flights and forcing authorities to tell even healthy adults in the Seattle area to stay indoors. As large cities dealt with unhealthy air for a second summer...

In first 8 months of year, manatee death toll surpasses 2017

Aug. 20, 2018 5:06 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — This year hasn't been a good one for the Florida manatee. According to state wildlife statistics, there have been more manatee deaths so far this year than all of last year. A total of 540 manatees have died through Aug. 12, compared to 538 in 2017. Experts blame a cold snap at...

Glacier Park wildfires see mixed weather, stronger winds

Aug. 20, 2018 4:41 PM EDT

WEST GLACIER, Mont. (AP) — Monday's weather was a mix of good and bad news for firefighters working in Glacier National Park. Some rain fell in the West Glacier area, offering a brief respite from the smoke, but there wasn't enough precipitation to have much of an effect on a lightning-caused fire burning...

Key moments in lead in water crisis in Flint, Michigan

Aug. 20, 2018 4:28 PM EDT

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A judge in Flint, Michigan on Monday ruled that there is enough evidence for the head of Michigan's health department, Nick Lyon, to stand trial on charges of involuntary manslaughter related to the city's lead-contaminated water crisis. He's accused of not providing timely notification...

Group screens and cleans sand near Oregon's Haystack Rock

Aug. 20, 2018 1:19 PM EDT

CANNON BEACH, Ore. (AP) — How do you clean all the sand on a beach? A group of volunteers didn't do it grain by grain, but took on the task screen by screen. With the guidance of Seaside-based conservation group Sea Turtles Forever, about 50 volunteers gathered to clean the sand near Haystack Rock using...