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Big plastic user Japan fights waste ahead of G-20 summit

Jun. 25, 2019 11:36 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan has a plastic problem. In a country where cleanliness and neat packaging have long been considered good service, almost everything, from single bananas to individual pieces of vegetables, pastries, pens and cosmetics is sold plastic-wrapped. But as world leaders descend on Osaka for the...

Malaysia shuts schools after chemical pollution sickens kids

Jun. 25, 2019 4:35 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's government has shut more than 400 schools in a southern state after chemical pollution sickened dozens of students for the second time in three months. The education ministry ordered 111 government schools and several hundred private educational institutions in...

Correction: Mideast-US Peace Plan story

Jun. 25, 2019 1:58 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — In a story June 23 about the new U.S. peace plan for the Middle East, The Associated Press incorrectly quoted Mideast expert Aaron David Miller as saying on Twitter that "The Palestinians' economic problem isn't a lack of money; it's a lack of liberty." Miller was quoting an article...

Walgreens to provide drug disposal packets free to customers

Jun. 24, 2019 12:32 PM EDT

Walgreens is making it easier for customers to dispose of unused drugs safely. The drugstore chain said Monday that it will offer at several thousand stores packets that customers can use to turn medications into a useless gel before throwing them away at home. The DisposeRx packets will be available for free at...

Scientists predicting record dead zone in Chesapeake Bay

Jun. 21, 2019 3:11 PM EDT

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Some ecologists at the University of Maryland are worried that a large spot of low oxygen in the Chesapeake Bay could harm the state's seafood industry. News outlets report environmental scientists from Maryland and University of Michigan say they're predicting a 2-mile...

Gee whiz: Testing of sewage confirms rise in marijuana use

Jun. 20, 2019 8:19 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The proof is in the pee. A federally funded study has confirmed, not surprisingly, that marijuana use went up in Washington state after its first legal pot stores opened in 2014. In fact, consumption appeared to double, at least in one major city, over three years — a conclusion...

Tasty deals: Apps help find unsold food and reduce waste

Jun. 19, 2019 10:15 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — After a long day at work, Annekathrin Fiesinger is too tired to consider making dinner at home. So the 34-year-old uses her smart phone to check nearby restaurants, hotels or bakeries in Berlin for food being sold for a discount at the end of the day. The part-time coffee shop worker, who is...

Correction: River-Fish Kill story

Jun. 14, 2019 2:11 PM EDT

CULLMAN, Ala. (AP) — In a story June 13 about a waste water spill in Alabama, The Associated Press reported erroneously the name of the company responsible for the spill. The company is Tyson Foods, not Tyson Farms. A corrected version of the story is below: Tyson Foods spill spreads E. coli, kills fish in...

Chemical weapons destruction resumes at Colorado plant

Jun. 13, 2019 7:10 PM EDT

PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — The Army has resumed destruction of obsolete chemical weapons in southern Colorado after a shutdown prompted by liquid hazardous waste seeping from a storage tank. Officials say the work resumed Wednesday when another tank was returned to service. The cause of the seep is under...

That vanilla smell? It's the wastewater treatment plant

Jun. 13, 2019 6:23 PM EDT

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) — The air is a little sweeter now that a Mississippi Gulf Coast community is spraying a vanilla scent to mask the odor of its wastewater treatment plant. More than two dozen machines recently started blowing scented mist into the air 19 hours a day at the Pascagoula-Moss Point...