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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden holds his face mask during a rally at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in St. Paul, Minn., Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Biden looks to restore, expand Obama administration policies

Oct. 31, 2020 6:59 AM EDT

Stop and reverse. Restore and expand. Joe Biden is promising to take the country on a very different path from what it has seen over the past four years under President Donald Trump, on issues ranging from the coronavirus and health care to the environment, education and more. The Democratic presidential nominee...

Women take pictures of an area destroyed by a deadly landslide in Nejapa, El Salvador, Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. The slide occurred Thursday night when earth from the upper part of the San Salvador volcano was set in motion, sweeping up trees and homes. (AP Photo/Salvador Melendez)

Rain-fueled landslide in El Salvador kills 9; 1 missing

Oct. 30, 2020 11:01 PM EDT

NEJAPA, El Salvador (AP) — A landslide left nine people dead, seven injured and one missing after torrential rains in El Salvador, civil defense officials said Friday. The slide occurred Thursday night when earth from the upper part of the San Salvador volcano was set in motion, sweeping up trees and homes...

FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2019, photo, plastic and other debris sits on the beach on Midway Atoll in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. According to a study released on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, more than a million tons a year of America's plastic trash isn't ending up where it should. The equivalent of as many as 1,300 plastic grocery bags per person is landing in places such as oceans and roadways. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones)

Study: 1 to 2 million tons of US plastic trash go astray

Oct. 30, 2020 7:11 PM EDT

More than a million tons a year of America's plastic trash isn't ending up where it should. The equivalent of as many as 1,300 plastic grocery bags per person is landing in places such as oceans and roadways, according to a new study of U.S. plastic trash. In 2016 — the last year enough data was available...

Court forces Colorado coal company to pause construction

Oct. 30, 2020 6:54 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado coal mining company must temporarily stop building new roads in the Gunnison National Forest’s Sunset Roadless Area, a federal appeals court ruled. The 10th U.S. Court of Appeals on Thursday temporarily blocked Mountain Coal Co. from constructing roads and drilling pads...

A camping trailer by a neighboring camp has been damaged by Hurricane Zeta in Grand Isle, La., Friday, Oct. 30, 2020.  Gov. John Bel Edwards says the damage from Zeta was “catastrophic” in Grand Isle, a barrier island community south of New Orleans that was one of the hardest-hit areas. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)

Zeta's toll on a Louisiana island: 'Like a bomb was dropped'

Oct. 30, 2020 6:22 PM EDT

GRAND ISLE, La. (AP) — Mark Andollina remembers stinging rain and a howling wind that peeled the roof off part of his Cajun Tide Beach Resort on Grand Isle, the Louisiana barrier island town where residents were among the first to feel the ferocity of Hurricane Zeta. Andollina was salvaging what he could...

735 acres of ancestral land returned to Penobscot Nation

Oct. 30, 2020 6:01 PM EDT

ORONO, Maine (AP) — The private foundation that donated land for the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument in Maine has returned 735 acres of ancestral land to the Penobscot Nation, officials said Friday. The land transferred from Elliotsville Foundation is located to the west of the town of...

FILE - This June 5, 2009 file photo shows the Fernando de Noronha island in northeast Brazil. Four tourists were arrested on Oct. 29, 2020 for allegedly falsifying COVID-19 tests in an attempt to reach Fernando de Noronha island, which some say is the world’s most beautiful beach, according to a statement on the archipelago’s official website. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File)

Four accused of altering virus tests to enter Brazil beach

Oct. 30, 2020 5:12 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Four tourists were arrested in Brazil for allegedly falsifying COVID-19 tests in an attempt to reach what some say is the world’s most beautiful beach. The two men and two women were arrested on Thursday after landing in Fernando de Noronha, a group of islands off northern Brazil,...

This photos taken on Thursday, March 12, 2020 and provide by the Staatliche Naturwissenschftliche Sammlung Bayerns, SNSB, shows a Voeltzkow-Chameleon in Madagascar. Scientists say they have found an elusive chameleon species that was last spotted in Madagascar 100 years ago. Researchers from Madagascar and Germany said that they discovered several living specimens of Voeltzkow's chameleon during an expedition to the northwest of the African island nation. (SNSB/Frank Glaw via AP)

Scientists find Madagascar chameleon last seen 100 years ago

Oct. 30, 2020 4:10 PM EDT

Talk about good camouflage! Scientists say they have found an elusive chameleon species that was last spotted in Madagascar 100 years ago. Researchers from Madagascar and Germany said Friday that they discovered several living specimens of Voeltzkow’s chameleon during an expedition to the northwest of the...

This Nov. 7, 2017, photo released by the National Park Service shows a wolf in the road near Artist Paintpots in Yellowstone National Park, Wyo. Wolves have repopulated the mountains and forests of the American West with remarkable speed since their reintroduction 25 years ago, expanding to more than 300 packs in six states. (Jacob W. Frank/National Park Service via AP)

Wolves rebound, lose protections. Now future up to voters

Oct. 30, 2020 1:03 PM EDT

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — The saucer-sized footprints in the mud around the bloody, disemboweled bison carcass were unmistakable: wolves. A pack of 35 named after a nearby snow-dusted promontory, Junction Butte, now were snoozing on a hillside above the carcass. Tourists dressed against the...

This Nov. 7, 2017, photo released by the National Park Service shows a wolf in the road near Artist Paintpots in Yellowstone National Park, Wyo. Wolves have repopulated the mountains and forests of the American West with remarkable speed since their reintroduction 25 years ago, expanding to more than 300 packs in six states. (Jacob W. Frank/National Park Service via AP)

Wolves rebound, lose protections. Now future up to voters

Oct. 30, 2020 11:31 AM EDT

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — The saucer-sized footprints in the mud around the bloody, disemboweled bison carcass were unmistakable: wolves. A pack of 35 named after a nearby snow-dusted promontory, Junction Butte, now were snoozing on a hillside above the carcass. Tourists dressed against the...