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Editorial Roundup: New York

Aug. 13, 2020 11:40 AM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New York’s newspapers: Could the Beirut Explosion Be a Turning Point for Lebanon? The New York Times Aug. 12 The appalling negligence that left more than 2,700 tons of ammonium nitrate sitting for more than six years at Lebanon’s port in...

Volunteers take part in the clean up operation in Mahebourg, Mauritius Wednesday Aug. 12, 2020 surrounding the oil spill from the MV Wakashio, a bulk carrier ship that recently ran aground off the southeast coast of Mauritius. Anxious residents of this Indian Ocean island nation have stuffed fabric sacks with sugar cane leaves in an effort to stop the oil spill from reaching their shores. (AP Photo/Beekash Roopun-L'express Maurice)

Mauritius seeks compensation as oil spill cleanup continues

Aug. 12, 2020 11:30 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Mauritius says it is seeking compensation from the owners of a Japanese ship that spilled oil after it grounded in the shallow waters off the Indian Ocean island nation, while urgent efforts continue to pump out the remaining fuel. The MV Wakashio has spilled 1,000 tons of its cargo of...

Judge invalidates Trump rollback of law protecting birds

Aug. 12, 2020 8:46 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A U.S. judge in New York has invalidated rule changes put in place by the Trump administration that scaled back a century-old law protecting most American wild bird species despite warnings that billions of birds could die as a result. U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni's ruling Tuesday...

Water flows from a showerhead on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, in Portland, Ore. The Trump Administration wants to change the definition of a showerhead to let more water flow. But consumer and conservation groups said the Department of Energy’s proposed loosening of a 28-year-old energy law is silly, unnecessary and wasteful, especially as the West bakes through a historic two-decade-long megadrought. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane)

Let it flow: Trump administration eases showerhead rules

Aug. 12, 2020 7:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump Administration wants to change the definition of a showerhead to let more water flow, addressing a pet peeve of the president who complains he isn't getting wet enough. Publicly talking about the need to keep his hair “perfect,” President Donald Trump has made...

Feds: Ohio man pleads guilty to purchasing tiger skin rug

Aug. 12, 2020 5:14 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man who bought a tiger skin rug in violation of the federal endangered species act pleaded guilty Wednesday to a misdemeanor charge, the government said. Ryan Gibbs of Cincinnati must serve a year on probation, perform 80 hours of community service, and donate $100,000 to a...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019, file photo released by the U.S. Forest Service smoke from the Nethker Fire billows into the air at Payette National Forest near McCall, Idaho. A giant Idaho forest project favored by some environmental groups but decried by others is on hold again following a federal court ruling. The decision Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, halts for the second time a 125-square-mile project on the Payette National Forest that includes commercial timber sales, work to improve fish passage, prescribed burning, the closing of some roads and restoration of Ponderosa pine ecosystems. (U.S. Forest Service via AP,File)

Giant Idaho forest project on hold again after court ruling

Aug. 12, 2020 4:56 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A giant Idaho forest project favored by some environmental groups but decried by others is on hold again following a federal court ruling. The decision Tuesday halts for the second time a 125-square-mile (325-square-kilometer) project on the Payette National Forest that includes...

FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2017, file photo, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Building is shown in Washington. Six former Environmental Protection Agency chiefs are calling for an agency reset after President Donald Trump’s regulation-chopping, industry-minded first term. The group is presenting a detailed action plan drafted by former EPA staffers for whoever wins the Nov. 3 presidential election.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

6 former EPA bosses call for agency reset after election

Aug. 12, 2020 3:58 PM EDT

Six former Environmental Protection Agency chiefs called Wednesday for a “reset” at the agency after President Donald Trump’s regulation-chopping, industry-minded first term, backing a detailed plan by former EPA staffers that ranges from renouncing political influence in regulation to...

Sockeye salmon return to central Idaho, numbers still low

Aug. 12, 2020 12:39 PM EDT

NAMPA, Idaho (AP) — Wildlife experts have reported more than a dozen sockeye salmon returned to Redfish Lake in central Idaho after reporting a record-low number of salmon last year. State Department of Fish and Game fishery experts Dan Baker and John Powell said that sockeye salmon survival is not totally...

Election officials sort absentee ballots, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, in Atlanta. Voters in Georgia return to the polls Tuesday for runoffs to settle party nominations in four congressional races and 17 legislative races, as well as a closely watched contest for who will claim the Democratic nod for district attorney in Fulton County. (John Spink/Atlanta Journal and Constitution via AP)

2 conservative Georgia districts choose GOP House nominees

Aug. 12, 2020 12:31 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Republicans in two conservative north Georgia districts chose nominees to Congress on Tuesday, with voters in northwest Georgia's 14th district embracing construction executive Marjorie Taylor Greene despite warnings from establishment Republicans about her support of conspiracy theories and...

Washington state to kill more wolves that attack livestock

Aug. 11, 2020 1:40 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The state of Washington on Tuesday ordered that more endangered wolves be killed in a pack that continued to prey on cattle in Stevens County even after one member was eliminated. Department of Fish and Wildlife Director Kelly Susewind authorized the removal of one or two wolves from...