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32 Union College students sickened by diarrheal illness

Oct. 24, 2020 8:01 PM EDT

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) — At least 32 students at an upstate New York college have been diagnosed with a diarrheal illness commonly linked to contaminated lakes, streams and wells. The Union College students tested positive for giardiasis, while other students showed symptoms of the intestinal disease,...

Author hosts Lake Charles event for family lost in hurricane

Oct. 24, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — In the midst of grieving the loss of five family members, Minnesota radio host, talk show host and children’s book author Sheletta Brundidge gave away books and toys to kids impacted by hurricanes Laura and Delta at Calcasieu Central Library in Lake Charles. The drive-thru...

FILE - In this Thursday, May 21, 2020 file photo provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer speaks during a news conference in Lansing, Mich. Gov. The Michigan Public Service Commission has some authority over Enbridge's plans to build an oil pipeline tunnel beneath the channel that connects two of the Great Lakes, a state administrative law judge ruled Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has joined environmentalists and native tribes in calling for shutdown of the 67-year-old line, saying the underwater segment is vulnerable to a catastrophic rupture. (Michigan Office of the Governor via AP, Pool, File)

Judge: Michigan agency can evaluate Great Lakes tunnel plan

Oct. 23, 2020 8:44 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Public Service Commission has some authority over Enbridge's plans to build an oil pipeline tunnel beneath the channel that connects two of the Great Lakes, a state administrative law judge ruled Friday. The agency can evaluate the need for the project and whether...

Indiana man rescued from northern Minnesota wilderness

Oct. 20, 2020 7:40 AM EDT

ELY, Minn. (AP) — An Indiana man is safe and warm after rescuers found him cold, wet and alone in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness of northern Minnesota. The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office received a call Saturday night from an Ely-area outfitter that had dropped off Chori Rummel, 34, of...

Lakes Region General Hospital files Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Oct. 19, 2020 6:18 PM EDT

LACONIA, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire hospital moved to file Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Monday. Lakes Region General Hospital has begun the legal and regulatory process of filing Chapter 11 and has received an offer from Concord Hospital to potentially acquire hospital assets, WMUR-TV reported. Concord...

Major Louisiana project planned for greenhouse gas storage

Oct. 19, 2020 12:17 PM EDT

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — A Louisiana company plans to create a deep underground repository to store up to 80 million tons of carbon gas now released into the air by state industrial plants, a “carbon sequestration” project aimed at helping reduce greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere that...

West Virginia expanding fall trout stocking locations

Oct. 19, 2020 6:59 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia is expanding its fall trout stocking locations across the state. The Division of Natural Resources will stock trout in two additional lakes as well as at state parks and forests to give families more fishing opportunities this year, the Department of Commerce said in...

Record 19-pound lake trout caught in Lake Champlain

Oct. 18, 2020 8:25 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A South Burlington fisherman caught a record 19.36-pound (8.78-kilogram) lake trout in Lake Champlain this summer, according to the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department. The department said this week that it had recently certified the record fish entry. Jeffery Sanford caught the...

Life is simple, laid-back at remote Mississippi bait shop

Oct. 18, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) — To say that Sonny’s Bait Shop is off the beaten path is an understatement. To get there, take Highway 24 west past Lake Mary Road, then turn right on a narrow gravel lane. You’re soon confronted with several huge mud puddles, but don’t worry: There’s a...

Asian swamp eels are on display for sale at a market in the Chinatown neighborhood of the Manhattan borough of New York on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020. New York state and city wildlife officials say it's too soon to know the local impact of exotic eels dumped into a Brooklyn lake in September 2020. The nonnative eel species has been illegally released into freshwater bodies in at least eight U.S. states, including New York.  (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

'Big pile' of eels dumped in NYC park; impact not yet known

Oct. 17, 2020 9:54 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Andrew Orkin was taking a break from his evening jog to sit by Prospect Park Lake when he turned around and was startled to see a tangle of wriggling snakes. “And quite a big pile — fully alive,” said Orkin, a music composer who lives near the Brooklyn park. They turned...