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Southern California wildfire roars to life in wilderness

Nov. 13, 2018 7:40 PM EST

MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — Southern California's huge wildfire roared to life again Tuesday in a mountain wilderness area. But in a sign of significant progress against the blaze, more neighborhoods were reopened to thousands of residents who fled last week. A massive plume rose suddenly at midmorning in the...

Rivera: Anderson's frustration over role led to release

Nov. 13, 2018 7:27 PM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers coach Ron Rivera said C.J. Anderson's frustration with his smaller-than-expected role on offense contributed to the team's decision to release the former 1,000-yard rusher midway through the season. Rivera said he spoke recently to Anderson and could sense the veteran...

2 men burned at Los Angeles water and power facility

Nov. 13, 2018 7:04 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say two workers have suffered burns in an electrical accident a Los Angeles water filtration plant. The Fire Department says it happened at around 2:45 p.m. Tuesday at a Granada Hills facility. Two men were hospitalized in serious but stable condition with facial burns and...

The Latest: Identifying dead: DNA, and older methods too

Nov. 13, 2018 6:55 PM EST

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on wildfires in California (all times local): 3:55 p.m. Authorities doing the somber work of identifying the victims of California's deadliest wildfire are drawing on leading-edge DNA technology. But experts say older scientific techniques and deduction could also come...

EPA's Southeastern chief indicted on Alabama ethics charges

Nov. 13, 2018 6:42 PM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The man appointed by President Donald Trump's administration to run the Environmental Protection Agency's Southeastern regional office has been indicted, along with a former business partner, on state ethics charges in Alabama. News outlets reported Tuesday that Trey Glenn and a...

Lacking sea ice affects temperatures in northern Alaska town

Nov. 13, 2018 6:32 PM EST

UTQIAGVIK, Alaska (AP) — Changing sea ice patterns are affecting fall temperatures in the far northern Alaska city of Utqiagvik, scientists say. Temperatures in the town formerly known as Barrow have increased in October more than any other month over the last five decades, Alaska's Energy Desk reported ....

Tennessee nursery fined for shipping infested hemlocks to NY

Nov. 13, 2018 6:30 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Environmental regulators have fined a Tennessee wholesale nursery $2,500 for shipping hemlock tree seedlings infested with a destructive invasive species to customers in upstate New York. The Department of Environmental Conservation imposed the fine for violating New York state's...

Joint disease leads Omaha zoo to euthanize giraffe

Nov. 13, 2018 6:14 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium has announced the death of a one of its two male giraffes. The zoo said Tuesday that Sam the giraffe was euthanized because of a degenerative joint disease that had progressed after several years of treatment. Sam's condition was being tracked...

Wolf taken to Isle Royale National Park this fall dies

Nov. 13, 2018 5:57 PM EST

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A gray wolf relocated this fall from mainland Minnesota to Isle Royale National Park has died of unknown causes, officials said Tuesday, a minor setback in a multiyear plan to rebuild the predator species on the Lake Superior archipelago. The 5-year-old male was among the first...

Lawsuit planned to protect Louisiana, Mississippi turtles

Nov. 13, 2018 5:31 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An environmental group said Tuesday that it plans to sue the federal government to protect two species of turtle found only in Louisiana and Mississippi. The Center for Biological Diversity released a copy of its letter to Interior Department Secretary Ryan Zinke. It says the center will...