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A helicopter drops water on the USS Bonhomme Richard as crews fight the fire Monday, July 13, 2020, in San Diego. Fire crews continue to battle the blaze Monday after 21 people suffered minor injuries in an explosion and fire Sunday on board the USS Bonhomme Richard at Naval Base San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Sailors fighting to save burning San Diego warship

Jul. 14, 2020 1:18 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Hundreds of sailors are fighting to save a Navy warship ravaged by fire while the military prepares for the worst: The USS Bonhomme Richard going down in flames, and its million gallons of oil on board spilling into San Diego harbor, resulting in a major environmental disaster. The U.S....

A helicopter drops water on the USS Bonhomme Richard Monday, July 13, 2020, in San Diego. Fire crews continue to battle the blaze Monday after 21 people suffered minor injuries in an explosion and fire Sunday on board the USS Bonhomme Richard at Naval Base San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Fire ravages ship for 2nd day; sends acrid haze over city

Jul. 13, 2020 8:34 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Flames tore through a warship for a second day Monday as a top Navy official revealed that a fire suppression system was inoperable when the blaze erupted while the ship was docked in San Diego. Hundreds of sailors were battling to keep flames away from a million gallons (3.7 million...

Manchester reaches deal with feds to improve river quality

Jul. 13, 2020 5:34 PM EDT

Two federal agencies have reached a deal with New Hampshire’s largest city to enact measures aimed at helping reduce river pollution. The agreement announced Monday between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Justice and Manchester calls for implementing a 20-year plan to...

Montana oil executive given 18-month sentence for explosion

Jul. 13, 2020 4:32 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The president of an oil processing company whose Eastern Montana plant exploded in 2012 was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison. Peter Margiotta was also sentenced to three years of supervised release for his part in the explosion that injured two workers and started a fired...

Feds seize internet domain in Chinese arms trafficking case

Jul. 13, 2020 4:29 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — An internet domain has been seized as part of an international arms trafficking investigation into gun silencers from China, federal authorities in Detroit said Monday. Visitors to lafoauto.com will find a seizure notice bearing law enforcement shields, according to Homeland Security...

Germany aims to make its EU presidency 'climate neutral'

Jul. 13, 2020 11:06 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German is aiming to make its six-month presidency of the European Union “climate neutral,” by organizing events in such a way as to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and offsetting any that can't be avoided, officials said Monday. The Environment Ministry said the voluntary move...

Vetoed petrochemical tax break bill revived in Pennsylvania

Jul. 12, 2020 4:42 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania state lawmakers could vote on legislation this week that provides millions of dollars in tax breaks to turn natural gas into fertilizer and other chemicals, emerging from closed-door negotiations after Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed a similar bill earlier this year, officials...

Public invited to participate in lake watershed meetings

Jul. 12, 2020 1:41 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermonters have been invited to participate in three online presentations this month on an action plan to improve waterways and reduce phosphorus pollution in the Lake Champlain watershed from Ferrisburg to Swanton. The Department of Environmental Conservation is hosting the...

Port gets funding for electric ship-to-shore cranes, trucks

Jul. 11, 2020 1:58 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The Port of Virginia plans to replace two diesel-powered, ship-to-shore cranes and several gas-powered container tractors with electric versions using $14 million it will receive from the state. The money is part of the $93.6 million the state received from a federal settlement with...

FILE - This Jan. 27, 2018, aerial file photo shows U.S. Marine Air Station Futenma in Ginowan, Okinawa, southern Japan. Okinawan officials said Saturday, July 11, 2020 that dozens of U.S. Marines have been confirmed to have infected with the coronavirus at two bases, Futenma and Camp Hansen, on the southern Japanese island in what is feared to be a massive outbreak, and demanded adequate explanation from the U.S. military officials. (Kyodo News via AP, File)

Dozens of US Marines in Japan's Okinawa get coronavirus

Jul. 11, 2020 11:00 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Dozens of U.S. Marines at two bases on the southern Japanese island of Okinawa have been infected with the coronavirus in what is feared to be a massive outbreak, Okinawa's governor said Saturday, demanding an adequate explanation from the U.S. military. Gov. Denny Tamaki said he could say...