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Coast Guard still searching for Delaware oil spill's culprit

Oct. 29, 2020 9:04 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says the person or people who are behind an oil spill in Delaware will face a cleanup bill if they're ever identified. The Delaware State News reported Wednesday the Coast Guard is utilizing the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund to pay for cleanup costs, which continue...

FILE - This June 30, 2017 remote camera image released by the U.S. Forest Service shows a female gray wolf and her mate with a pup born in 2017 in the wilds of Lassen National Forest in Northern California. Trump administration officials on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, stripped Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in most of the U.S., ending longstanding federal safeguards and putting states in charge of overseeing the predators. (U.S. Forest Service via AP, File)

Trump officials end gray wolf protections across most of US

Oct. 29, 2020 7:12 PM EDT

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — Trump administration officials on Thursday stripped Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in most of the U.S., ending longstanding federal safeguards and putting states and tribes in charge of overseeing the predators. The U.S. Department of Interior announcement just...

Wolf decision triggers automatic hunt re-start in Wisconsin

Oct. 29, 2020 4:39 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Trump administration's decision to remove gray wolves across most of the U.S. from the endangered species list means Wisconsin wildlife officials must reinstate a wolf hunt. The U.S. Department of the Interior announced Thursday that wolves would come off the list, a move designed...

FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2017, file photo, provided by Idaho Fish and Game, Snake River sockeye salmon that returned from the Pacific Ocean to Idaho over the summer swim in a holding tank at the Eagle Fish Hatchery in southwestern Idaho. A meager return of sockeye salmon to central Idaho this year despite high hopes and a new fish hatchery intended to help save the species from extinction has fisheries managers trying to figure out what went wrong.  (Dan Baker/Idaho Fish and Game via AP, File)

Idaho's sockeye salmon run falters again; experts perplexed

Oct. 29, 2020 2:52 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A meager return of sockeye salmon to central Idaho this year despite high hopes and a new fish hatchery intended to help save the species from extinction has fisheries managers trying to figure out what went wrong. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game plans to form a working group to...

FILE - This file photo combo shows Vermont incumbent Republican Gov. Phil Scott, left, and Democrat Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman, candidates for Vermont governor in the Nov. 3, 2020, general election. (AP Photos, File)

Vermont GOP governor seeks reelection during pandemic

Oct. 29, 2020 2:33 PM EDT

Vermont's incumbent Republican governor is facing reelection during the once-in-a-century pandemic that has pushed campaigning way down his list of priorities. A week before the election, Gov. Phil Scott, who is seeking his third two-year term as the GOP leader of one of the bluest states in the country, says his...

Tarps and fences block the seating area in the Hoboken Terminal waiting room in Hoboken, N.J., Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. Once a gleaming symbol of early 20th-century ambition and prosperity, the grand rail terminal now sits as a somber reminder of the daunting challenges facing mass transit in the New York region. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

8 years later, Sandy still costing transit systems billions

Oct. 29, 2020 12:04 PM EDT

HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) — Once a gleaming symbol of early 20th-century ambition and prosperity, Hoboken’s grand rail terminal now sits as a somber reminder of the daunting challenges facing mass transit in the New York region. Eight years ago Thursday, Superstorm Sandy pushed the Hudson River over its...

A man pleads with municipal officers as he is fined for not wearing a face mask in Bengaluru, India, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. India's confirmed coronavirus caseload surpassed 8 million on Thursday with daily infections dipping to the lowest level this week, as concerns grew over a major Hindu festival season and winter setting in. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

India's coronavirus cases cross 8 million, behind US

Oct. 29, 2020 11:11 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s confirmed coronavirus caseload surpassed 8 million on Thursday with daily infections dipping to the lowest level this week, as concerns grew over a major Hindu festival season and winter setting in. India’s trajectory is moving toward the worst-hit country, the...

Chesapeake Bay's dead zone is smallest it's been in years

Oct. 29, 2020 8:47 AM EDT

SALISBURY, Md. (AP) — Researchers say that the Chesapeake Bay's infamous dead zone is the smallest it's been in years. The so-called dead zone is an area where oxygen levels are so low that aquatic life dies. The area is caused by pollution, often from runoff from farms and cities in the bay's watershed. ...

FILE - In this Monday, April 20, 2020 file photo, cars are lined up at a Volkswagen car dealer in Essen, Germany. German automaker Volkswagen says it returned to profit in the third quarter thanks to cost discipline and a rebound in global sales markets led by China after the lifting of the severe restrictions on activity in the early phase of the pandemic. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)

Volkswagen returns to profit as global auto markets recover

Oct. 29, 2020 6:05 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German automaker Volkswagen said Thursday it returned to profit in the third quarter thanks to cost discipline and a rebound in global sales markets led by China after the lifting of the severe restrictions on activity in the early phase of the pandemic. After-tax profit was 2.75...

West Virginia State University hosts invasive species event

Oct. 29, 2020 4:24 AM EDT

INSTITUTE, W.Va. (AP) — Landowners and others interested in identifying and controlling invasive species in West Virginia can attend an online program on the topic. West Virginia State University Extension Service is hosting the program from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 17. The event is free and will take place...