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Judge pauses new Missouri law on large farm regulations

Aug. 20, 2019 7:21 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A judge on Monday temporarily blocked a new Missouri law that sought to shield large hog, poultry and cattle farms from stringent local health rules. Cole County Presiding Judge Patricia Joyce's action means the measure won't take effect as scheduled on Aug. 28. Critics of the...

Court rules San Diego marijuana law required more analysis

Aug. 20, 2019 7:09 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego failed to adequately analyze the potential environmental impacts of its marijuana dispensary law, the California Supreme Court ruled in a decision expected to limit the discretion of local governments across the state involving a range of actions. The ruling came Monday in a...

Plutonium found in Colorado soil; 2nd test shows lower level

Aug. 20, 2019 7:08 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Elevated levels of plutonium were found in the soil near a former nuclear weapons plant outside Denver, while a second test showed far lower levels, health officials said Tuesday. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said it is trying to sort out the conflicting results of...

2015 North Dakota liquid gas spill much bigger than reported

Aug. 20, 2019 7:06 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A 2015 pipeline spill of liquid natural gas in western North Dakota initially reported as just 10 gallons is at least hundreds of thousands of gallons larger and may take another decade to clean up, state health officials said Tuesday. Oklahoma-based Oneok Partners LP reported the...

Alaska fire officials review cause of wildfire along highway

Aug. 20, 2019 6:10 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska wildfire officials are reviewing their initial assessment of the cause of a weekend fire that burned at least 50 structures along the main highway between Anchorage and Fairbanks. The fire began Saturday in high wind and was initially attributed to a tree toppling onto a...

Trump attacks on Google recycle baseless claims

Aug. 20, 2019 5:37 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — President Donald Trump has been on a tear about Google that traces back to a series of unfounded claims about the technology giant circulating among conservatives. Among those claims: that Google interferes with U.S. elections, is biased against conservatives and prefers working with...

Coast Guard: 800-to-1000-gallon oil spill to be burned

Aug. 20, 2019 5:37 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Coast Guard plans to burn off oil that spilled last week in a marsh about 42 miles (more than 65 kilometers) south-southeast of New Orleans. A news release said the burn will take place Wednesday if weather allows, or otherwise Thursday. About 800 to 1,000 gallons (3,000 to 3,800...

The Latest: Officials review cause of Parks Highway wildfire

Aug. 20, 2019 5:33 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on Alaska wildfires (all times local): 1 p.m. Alaska wildfire officials are reviewing their initial assessment of the cause of a weekend fire that burned at least 50 structures north of Anchorage. Division of Forestry spokesman Tim Mowry says the cause of the fire along...

Earth's future is being written in fast-melting Greenland

Aug. 20, 2019 4:35 PM EDT

HELHEIM GLACIER, Greenland (AP) — This is where Earth's refrigerator door is left open, where glaciers dwindle and seas begin to rise. New York University air and ocean scientist David Holland, who is tracking what's happening in Greenland from both above and below, calls it "the end of the planet." He is...

Politicians call for action on offshore wind project

Aug. 20, 2019 3:22 PM EDT

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts congressional leaders are asking federal officials to move quickly on permits for the Vineyard Wind offshore wind project. Vineyard Wind has signed contracts to sell 800 megawatts of power a year to three Massachusetts electric utilities. The company planned to begin...