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Planners eye ways to reduce Vegas 'urban heat island' effect

Oct. 21, 2019 2:29 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Officials and planners in Las Vegas say they are working to reduce rising temperatures in a city where paved areas create a warmer environment than plant-covered or rural desert areas. Several business, city and academic representatives at a roundtable last week considered an August report...

Kansas' newest state park opens in Logan County

Oct. 18, 2019 1:05 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Jim McGuire grew up playing in the Logan County Niobrara Chalk formation known as Little Jerusalem, crawling across the rolling rock towers and carving his name into the rock alongside scrawled names and dates from supposed Civil War soldiers. For four generations, the stretch of land...

The Latest: Tropical storm expected to develop in Gulf

Oct. 17, 2019 10:56 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The Latest on tropical weather (all times local): 10:55 p.m. A disturbance in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico is expected to become a tropical storm Friday as it moves toward the northern U.S. Gulf Coast. On Thursday night, the U.S. National Hurricane Center says the storm was about 445 miles...

Conservationists seek protection of California Joshua trees

Oct. 15, 2019 4:56 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The western Joshua tree needs protection under the California Endangered Species Act because of threats from climate change and habitat destruction, the Center for Biological Diversity said in a petition Tuesday to the state's Fish and Game Commission. The petition comes amid rising...

Burgum administration renews push for petrochemical plant

Oct. 14, 2019 1:01 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Gov. Doug Burgum and his administration are wooing the petrochemical industry to build a multibillion-dollar plant to convert natural gas liquids into plastic or other products, bringing value to the commodity that otherwise is being piped elsewhere or burned off as a byproduct of the...

California outages ease after wind, fire danger move south

Oct. 12, 2019 12:13 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The lights were back on Friday for most of the nearly 2 million Northern California residents who lost electricity when the state's largest utility switched it off this week in an effort to prevent wildfires. The threat of widespread outages loomed in Southern California after the...

Big Nevada industrial park could help protect historic trail

Sep. 28, 2019 12:35 PM EDT

FERNLEY, Nev. (AP) — A proposed industrial park east of Reno could benefit efforts to protect part of a desert trail used by the Donner Party and thousands of others as they journeyed west in the 1840s, historic preservationists and a federal official say. Known as the Fernley Swales, the deep sand...

Southern drought deepens; 11 million affected

Sep. 26, 2019 6:57 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Weeks of dry, hot weather have plunged the Deep South further into a drought that's affecting more than 11 million people and threatening crops across the region, a new assessment showed Thursday. The latest report from U.S. Drought Monitor showed arid conditions worsening across a...

Kansas slated to open its newest state park in October

Sep. 22, 2019 10:32 AM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The newest state park in Kansas is slated to open next month. Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park in Logan County is a rare geological gem that features chalky spires and buttes projecting as high as 100 feet (30 meters) in the air. The park is set to open Oct. 12 and the grand...

About 75 people gather at Area 51 gate, 2 people detained

Sep. 20, 2019 11:08 AM EDT

HIKO, Nev. (AP) — About 75 people arrived early Friday at a gate at the once-secret Area 51 military base in Nevada — at the time appointed by an internet hoaxster to "storm" the facility to see space aliens — and at least two were detained by sheriff's deputies. The "Storm Area 51"...