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FILE - In this May 19, 1998, file photo, the sun sets on Squam Lake, as seen from Red Hill in Moultonborough, N.H. New Hampshire filed a lawsuit Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, against the agrochemical giant Monsanto over what it says has been widespread PCB pollution in the state. The state said PCBs have fouled about numerous square miles of the Atlantic Ocean and 46 other water bodies including Squam Lake and stretches of the Souhegan River. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)

New Hampshire sues Monsanto over PCB contamination

Oct. 27, 2020 5:04 PM EDT

New Hampshire filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the agrochemical giant Monsanto over what it says has been widespread PCB pollution in the state that has fouled waterways and found its way into the wildlife include seals, loons and fish. The state alleges Monsanto and two companies that used to be part of Monsanto,...

US land agency sued over plans for southwest Colorado

Oct. 27, 2020 4:55 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Environmental groups on Tuesday asked a judge to overturn a land use plan for southwestern Colorado approved under the tenure of a Trump administration official who was later removed from a leadership post by court order. Representatives of the Sierra Club and other groups said in a lawsuit...

Mobile home parks in Oregon burned. Now rent is due.

Oct. 27, 2020 4:51 PM EDT

TALENT, Ore. (AP) — In mid-October, 78-year-old Joseph Powell moved back into his mobile home in Talent Mobile Estates. His view had changed since Sept. 8. He used to open his door to towering trees and a community of modest homes. Now he sees torched vehicles, a sea of debris and charred tree limbs...

Lamoille River treated for sea lamprey control

Oct. 27, 2020 4:44 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The Lamoille River was being treated on Tuesday with a pesticide to control sea lamprey that prey on native trout, land-locked Atlantic salmon and other species in Lake Champlain, federal wildlife officials said Tuesday. Controlling sea lamprey in the lake has been a more than...

Firefighter Raymond Vasquez battles the Silverado Fire Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, in Irvine, Calif. A fast-moving wildfire forced evacuation orders for 60,000 people in Southern California on Monday as powerful winds across the state prompted power to be cut to hundreds of thousands to prevent utility equipment from sparking new blazes. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Wind a risk as California fires keep tens of thousands away

Oct. 27, 2020 4:02 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Crews tried to beat back two out-of-control wildfires in Southern California on Tuesday that have kept tens of thousands of people out of their homes even as another round of dangerous fire weather raises the risk for flames erupting across the state. Fierce winds that drove twin fires...

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2019, file photo, a Moran tugboat nears the stern of the capsizing vessel Golden Ray near St. Simons Sound off the coast of Georgia. The salvage team is seeking a federal permit to surround the shipwreck with a giant mesh barrier to contain any debris when they cut the ship apart. Salvage workers coming to the Georgia coast to cut apart and remove the cargo ship that overturned will be isolated at a nearby resort to protect them from the coronavirus, officials said Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton, File)

Giant crane arrives at Georgia shipwreck awaiting removal

Oct. 27, 2020 3:30 PM EDT

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — A towering, floating crane tasked with removing an overturned cargo ship on the Georgia coast arrived Tuesday and could begin cutting the wrecked vessel into giant chunks within a few days. The crane, called the VB 10,000, was in place straddling the partially submerged shipwreck...

FILE - In this Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, file photo, Debra Hubbard jumps after voting on the first day of early voting inside the Vote Center at Staples Center sports and entertainment arena in Los Angeles. Tens of millions of Americans already cast ballots in the 2020 election amid record-breaking early voting during the coronavirus pandemic. But for some voters in a handful of states, casting an early ballot in-person isn't even an option. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump sees voting chaos that does not exist

Oct. 27, 2020 3:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeing chaos where others don't, President Donald Trump is falsely asserting that voting by mail is proving to be rife with problems across the country. For the most part, the surge in early votes has been managed smoothly. Trump also made the impossible demand that all votes be counted...

FILE - This March 10, 2015, file photo, shows the Exide Technologies battery recycling plant in Vernon, Calif. California will need to spend $650 million to clean up the heavily contaminated battery recycling plant in Southern California, has less than half the money in hand, and is behind its estimated schedule for removing dangerous lead dust affecting 100,000 nearby residents, the state auditor said Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)

Audit pans California's lead cleanup at Exide battery plant

Oct. 27, 2020 2:52 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will need to spend $650 million to clean up a heavily contaminated battery recycling plant in Southern California, but has less than half the money in hand and is behind its estimated schedule for removing dangerous lead dust affecting 100,000 nearby residents, the...

Panhandle shorebirds thrive in aftermath of Hurricane Sally

Oct. 27, 2020 2:17 PM EDT

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — Hurricane Sally commanded the Gulf of Mexico to rise last month. Storm surge purged entire miles of vegetation along the Panhandle’s coastlines, according to preliminary assessments. Though a grave for destroyed wild plants, the pearly smooth sand left behind has an upside:...

Tourists walk on the beach as the tail end of Hurricane Zeta makes landfall in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, early Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. Zeta is leaving Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula on a path that could hit New Orleans Wednesday night. (AP Photo/Tomas Stargardter)

Gulf Coast braces, again, for hurricane as Zeta takes aim

Oct. 27, 2020 2:05 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Residents of the storm-pummeled Gulf Coast steeled themselves for yet another tropical weather strike Tuesday after Zeta raked across the Yucatan Peninsula on a track that forecasters said would likely bring it ashore south of New Orleans as a hurricane. Tropical Storm Zeta, the 27th...