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Feds extend waiver on monitors for some East Coast fisheries

Apr. 7, 2020 2:15 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The federal government has extended a waiver on the requirement for at-sea monitors for some East Coast fisheries. Fishing boats often carry human observers, or at-sea monitors, to gather data that is important to the management of fisheries. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric...

Let's not add nuisance bears to list of problems, Maine says

Apr. 7, 2020 1:10 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine wildlife officials are asking residents to take precautions to avoid unwanted confrontations with black bears. The state has the largest population of black bears in the contiguous 48 states. Bears are awakening in the state, and they're hungry, which means sometimes they enter...

Tribal land known for waterfalls extends tourism closure

Apr. 7, 2020 12:10 AM EDT

SUPAI, Ariz. (AP) — A small northern Arizona reservation known for its blue-green waterfalls will remain closed to tourists through mid-May. The Havasupai Tribe passed a resolution Monday to extend the closure to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Anyone who has a permit to stay at the tribe's lodge...

An empty street and closed stores are shown at a central plaza and shopping district amid a public health order that has closed down most retail stores and suspended dine-in restaurant service in Santa Fe, N.M., Friday, March 27, 2020. New Mexico Cabinet Secretary for Tourism Jen Schroer says the state's tourism industry will continue to suffer amid COVID-19 restrictions and vowed the state will do what it can to help hotels, tourist spots, and businesses recover once restrictions are lifted. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)

New Mexico regulators push ahead as virus disaster declared

Apr. 6, 2020 10:40 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — While federal environmental regulators have waived enforcement on a range of legally mandated public health and environmental protections, New Mexico is marching ahead. Food inspections are ongoing as is the tracking of methane emissions and other critical work related to drinking...

Shark kills Australian wildlife worker on Great Barrier Reef

Apr. 6, 2020 9:46 PM EDT

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — A shark fatally mauled a young Australian wildlife worker on the Great Barrier Reef, officials said Tuesday. Queensland state Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the 23-year-old victim worked for the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service. “Once again a family out there is...

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference, Tuesday, March 31, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)

5 things to know today - that aren't about the virus

Apr. 6, 2020 8:00 PM EDT

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that are being talked about today 1. U.S. LABELS WHITE SUPREMACIST GROUP A TERROR ORGANIZATION The action by the Trump administration was the first time the U.S. has used the designation on a white supremacist group. The Russian Imperial...

FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2019 file photo, opponents of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada demonstrate in sub-freezing temperatures in Billings, Mont. Alberta is investing $1.1 billion in the disputed Keystone XL pipeline, a project that Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says is crucial for the province's economy. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)

Work starts in Montana on disputed Canada-US oil pipeline

Apr. 6, 2020 6:24 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Canadian company said Monday that it's started construction on the long-stalled Keystone XL oil sands pipeline across the U.S.-Canada border, despite calls from tribal leaders and environmentalists to delay the $8 billion project amid the coronavirus pandemic. A spokesman for TC...

State epidemiologist Linda Bell, right, speaks as South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, left, listens during a COVID-19 briefing on Friday, April 3, 2020, in West Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

SC governor adds criminal penalties to COVID-19 orders

Apr. 6, 2020 6:15 PM EDT

WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's governor on Monday issued what he called a work-to-home order, adding fines and possible jail time to keep residents away from each other and from catching the coronavirus. The new order attaches potential criminal penalties to the more than a dozen orders and...

N. Carolina court ruling leaves Smithfield agreement intact

Apr. 6, 2020 5:34 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's attorney general can keep distributing millions of dollars paid by the world's largest pork producer as environmental grants after a state Supreme Court decision that leaves the two-decade-old agreement intact. The 6-1 decision by the justices, which focused on the...

Bureau of Land Management director to continue through April

Apr. 6, 2020 2:33 PM EDT

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — The temporary head of the federal Bureau of Land Management is expected to continue overseeing the agency for another month. William Perry Pendley will continue as acting director through May 5, The Daily Sentinel reported Saturday. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt issued an...