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FILE - In this Tuesday, July 14, 2020 file photo, a student wearing a mask has his temperature checked by a teacher before entering a school for summer classes in Texas. On Friday, July 31, 2020, The Associated Press reported on stories circulating online incorrectly asserting that infrared thermometers, which are held near the forehead to scan body temperature without direct contact, point an infrared light directly at the brain’s pineal gland, exposing it to harmful radiation. Infrared thermometers don’t emit radiation into the brain; they sense heat emitted by the body. They pose no risk to the pineal gland, which is located deep within the brain, according to Dr. Haris Sair, director of neuroradiology at Johns Hopkins University. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what happened this week

Jul. 31, 2020 3:26 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ CLAIM: Infrared thermometers, which are held near the forehead to scan body...

In this May 15, 2019, file photo, the Lower Granite Dam on the Snake River is seen from the air near Colfax, Washington. The federal government said Friday, July 31, 2020, four giant dams on the Snake River in Washington state will not be removed to help endangered salmon migrate to the ocean. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

US: Snake River dams will not be removed to save salmon

Jul. 31, 2020 3:18 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The U.S. government announced Friday that four huge dams on the Snake River in Washington state will not be removed to help endangered salmon migrate to the ocean. The decision thwarts the desires of environmental groups that fought for two decades to breach the structures. The Final...

FILE - In this July 13, 2007, file photo, workers with the Pebble Mine project test drill in the Bristol Bay region of Alaska, near the village of Iliamma. The Pebble Limited Partnership, which wants to build a copper and gold mine near the headwaters of a major U.S. salmon fishery in southwest Alaska, says it plans to offer residents in the region a dividend. (AP Photo/Al Grillo, File)

Mine developer sees review as positive for Alaska project

Jul. 24, 2020 7:54 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A proposed copper and gold mine that critics fear would imperil a major U.S. salmon fishery got a boost Friday with the release of an environmental review that the developer of the Pebble Mine sees as laying the groundwork for key federal approvals as early as this summer. The...

Some areas protected as Formosa's Louisiana work continues

Jul. 24, 2020 2:29 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Taiwan-based company and opponents to plans for a $9.4 billion plastics complex have agreed that site preparation can continue except in wetlands and in five known or possible sites of enslaved people’s graves. “It’s important that these sites be...

US asks judge to toss North Dakota suit over protest costs

Jul. 22, 2020 6:49 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The federal government is asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit from the state of North Dakota that seeks to recoup $38 million for policing the monthslong Dakota Access Pipeline protests almost four years ago. The state filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers last...

Fort Hood soldier's body found near base; 3rd death in month

Jul. 21, 2020 11:50 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — U.S. Army officials on Tuesday said that the body of a Fort Hood solider was found near the Texas army base, marking the third time in a month that a Fort Hood soldier’s body has been discovered. Pvt. Mejhor Morta, 26, was found unresponsive July 17 in the vicinity of Stillhouse...

Thousands of people enjoy the summer weather at the 'Isar' river banks in Munich, Germany, Sunday, July 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

The Latest: S. Korea has smallest rise in cases in 2 months

Jul. 19, 2020 11:05 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea has reported its smallest daily jump in local COVID-19 transmissions in two months as health authorities express cautious optimism that the outbreak is being brought under control. South Korea’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday still reported 26 newly...

Court asked to stop work at Formosa Plastics' Louisiana site

Jul. 15, 2020 2:54 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Opponents of a Taiwan-based company’s plans for a $9.4 billion plastics complex asked a federal judge on Tuesday to stop work at the site in Louisiana. Planned construction would irreparably harm the community and environment by destroying wetlands, increasing chances of offsite...

North Dakota urges court to halt Dakota Access line shutdown

Jul. 13, 2020 8:30 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota is urging a federal appeals court to block a judge’s order to shut down the Dakota Access Pipeline. North Dakota Solicitor General Matt Sagsveen filed a document Monday supporting operator Energy Transfer’s efforts to keep the oil line open while the...

Dakota pipeline still moving oil despite shutdown order

Jul. 8, 2020 6:51 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The owner of the Dakota Access Pipeline continued to fill it with North Dakota crude oil on Wednesday and said it has no immediate plans to shut down the line, despite a federal judge’s order that it be stopped within 30 days for additional environmental review. Pipeline owner...