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Government protects rare mussel after decadelong campaign

Jul. 05, 2022 14:56 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The government said it will protect a rare freshwater mussel and the 36 miles (58 kilometers) of streams where it lives in eastern Alabama after a more than decadelong campaign by environmentalists to protect the animal from the threat of extinction. A...

Fatality: Girl, 17, fell off pontoon boot, hit by propeller

Jul. 05, 2022 14:55 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A 17-year-old girl died after falling from the front of a pontoon boat and being hit by the propeller on the Fourth of July, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said Tuesday. The boat’s operator was arrested on charges of DWI, vehicular...

North Carolina town helps emergency vehicles reach beach

Jul. 05, 2022 12:43 PM EDT

OAK ISLAND, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina coastal town has acted to help rescue workers gain easier access to the beach, a move that addresses a potential issue in reaching the shore in an emergency. Officials in Oak Island say the town has 65 public beach access locations, but...

Review: 'Hatchet Island' a mystery with contrived solution

Jul. 05, 2022 09:24 AM EDT

“Hatchet Island” by Paul Doiron (Minotaur) Stacey Stevens’s old college roommate, now working at a bird sanctuary off the Maine coast, is in a panic. Lobstermen who have made a habit of harassing the facility’s staff are growing more aggressive, and now her boss has gone...

Tips for growing a healthy garden during drought

Jul. 05, 2022 08:39 AM EDT

Many people try to save water just to do the right thing (and save money too). But when serious drought hits, and state and local governments enforce restrictions, water conservation becomes non-negotiable. So far this summer, nearly 65% of the United States and Puerto Rico is...

Daughter of Blue Jays 1B coach died in Va. tubing accident

Jul. 04, 2022 17:59 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The 17-year-old daughter of Toronto Blue Jays first base coach Mark Budzinski died in a boating accident in Virginia over the weekend, authorities said Monday. Julia Budzinski was one of two girls who fell off a tube being pulled behind a boat on the James...

Drought emergency declared for northern Italy, frees up aid

Jul. 04, 2022 15:18 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Italian government on Monday declared a state of emergency for much of the rain-parched north amid a drought, freeing up 36.5 million euros (about $38 million) in funds for the heavily agricultural regions. The aid was approved at a late evening Cabinet meeting. ...

Chlorine gas leak in Iraq's south injures at least 300

Jul. 04, 2022 12:07 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — A chlorine gas leak at a water purification plant in southern Iraq injured at least 300 people, officials said Monday. The incident happened Sunday night when the potentially fatal gas leaked from a container in the plant in the district of Qal'at Sukkar north of...

10 rescued sea turtles released off of Cape Cod

Jul. 03, 2022 10:38 AM EDT

WELLFLEET, Mass. (AP) — Ten sea turtles rescued from cold waters last year have been returned to the deep. The New England Aquarium says the marine reptiles were released on Cape Cod last week. The 10 turtles were found on New England beaches in November and December after almost...

How a favela in Rio got its clean water back, for $42,300

Jul. 03, 2022 10:11 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Butterflies and waxbills flit through the Enchanted Valley just outside Rio de Janeiro’s Tijuca Forest National Park. There are fruit trees, a nearby waterfall and a commanding view out over the Atlantic Ocean. But for decades something was spoiling the idyll: the stench...