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Climate activists lashed to EU building as leaders gather

Dec. 12, 2019 4:37 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Greenpeace activi sts scaled the European Union’s new headquarters in Brussels on Thursday and unfurled a huge banner warning of a “climate emergency,” hours before the bloc’s leaders gather for a summit focused on plans to combat global warming. Around 30...

Observers allowed back into UN climate talks after protest

Dec. 12, 2019 4:35 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — The United Nations says dozens of observers expelled from its annual climate meeting in Madrid will be allowed back into the venue. Some 100 people were escorted off site Wednesday after some staged an impromptu demonstration outside a hall where U.N. chief Antonio Guterres was speaking. The...

California commission lists yellow-legged frog as endangered

Dec. 11, 2019 11:30 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — There’s new hope for an endangered California frog that has vanished from half of its habitat. The state Fish and Game Commission on Wednesday approved protections for five of six populations of the foothill yellow-legged frog. The Center for Biological Diversity had sought...

State: Water safe around Detroit River aggregate spill

Dec. 11, 2019 9:27 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Tests performed near where construction aggregate material spilled into the Detroit River have found the water meets all quality standards, Michigan officials announced Wednesday. The Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy said samples were taken upstream and downstream from the...

Massachusetts lawmakers face deadline on surplus budget deal

Dec. 11, 2019 7:15 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker is urging Massachusetts lawmakers to quickly come up with a spending plan for $1 billion in surplus tax revenue. State Comptroller Andrew Maylor had threatened to transfer the entire $1 billion into the state's rainy day fund if Democratic leaders in the Massachusetts House...

Bloomberg calls for 'war on poverty' on 1st California trip

Dec. 11, 2019 6:55 PM EST

STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — Michael Bloomberg took his Democratic presidential campaign to California on Wednesday, pledging to launch a “war on poverty” at an event in a city once known as the nation's foreclosure capital. “As president, my job will be to move all Americans ahead, and...

Lamont seeks to work with neighboring states on climate

Dec. 11, 2019 6:15 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont said Wednesday he plans to work with his counterparts in Rhode Island, New York and New Jersey to address climate change, noting Wednesday he hopes the coalition of states can set an example for the rest of the country. Appearing before the newly expanded...

Brazil's Amazon states seek $500 million from Norway

Dec. 11, 2019 5:57 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The states of Brazil's Amazon region held talks Wednesday with Norway about possibly receiving some $500 million in funding for sustainable rainforest projects, if a deal to provide the funds at a federal level falls through. The $500 million had been earmarked for Brazil's Amazon...

Ocasio-Cortez says Fox News airs 'unmitigated racism'

Dec. 11, 2019 5:51 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A day after Fox News' Tucker Carlson aired a segment describing her congressional district as “filled with garbage,” U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez criticized the network on Wednesday for airing “unmitigated racism" with no accountability. She tweeted Wednesday ...

Farmers bump up harvest of problem elk north of Seattle

Dec. 11, 2019 5:44 PM EST

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — Landowners in northwest Washington are harvesting elk at a faster pace than last year to reduce damage to farmland, according to a state Fish and Wildlife official. The Capital Press reports that since July 1, landowners or their hand-picked hunters have shot 22 elk, compared to...