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FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2016, file photo, heavy equipment is seen at a site where sections of the Dakota Access pipeline were being buried near the town of St. Anthony in Morton County, N.D. A federal judge on Monday, July 6, 2020, sided with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and ordered the Dakota Access pipeline to shut down until more environmental review is done. (Tom Stromme/The Bismarck Tribune via AP, File)

Judge orders Dakota Access pipeline shut down pending review

Jul. 6, 2020 5:58 PM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A judge on Monday ordered the Dakota Access pipeline shut down for additional environmental review more than three years after it began pumping oil — handing a victory to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and delivering a blow to President Donald Trump’s efforts to weaken...

Man faces criminal charges for riding wild horse

Jul. 5, 2020 6:25 PM EDT

SALISBURY, Md. (AP) — A man is facing criminal charges for riding one of the wild horses at a national park where the Maryland herd of feral animals is protected. National Park Service spokeswoman Kelly Taylor told news outlets that charges were filed against the man, but she didn’t release his...

Vermont lake to be removed from impaired water list

Jul. 5, 2020 10:05 AM EDT

RYEGATE, Vt. (AP) — A northern Vermont lake that suffered many years of algae blooms and other challenges has improved to the point that it's being removed from Vermont’s impaired water list next month, the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation said. Ticklenaked Pond in Caledonia County...

Report: 18 endangered monk seals born in Hawaii this year

Jul. 4, 2020 5:46 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — There have been 18 monk seal pups born in Hawaii so far this year, federal environmental officials said. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported 11 on Molokai, five on Oahu and one each on Kauai and Hawaii Island, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported. The agency said...

Vermont State Historic Sites are open on a limited basis

Jul. 4, 2020 9:23 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont State Historic Sites are now open on a limited basis. The Division of Historic Preservation says the sites opened this week and will operate in accordance with the Governor’s Be Smart, Stay Safe Executive Order and the Agency of Commerce and Community Development...

In this undated photo, Gus Smith arrived in Jackson, Wyo., in Jan. 2020, from Minnesota's Superior National Forest, and is now working as Grand Teton National Park's chief of science and resource management. He  replaced Sue Consolo-Murphy, who retired. (Ryan Dorgan/Jackson Hole News & Guide via AP)/

New Grand Teton science chief followed unconventional path

Jul. 4, 2020 8:10 AM EDT

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Gus Smith was walking his German shorthair not far from his Moose home one Saturday in late May when euphoria flew by in a flock. Fellow birders would best appreciate his experience. Out on foot near the Chapel of Transfiguration, Smith suddenly found himself engulfed by black rosy...

In this handout image provided by the Myanmar State Counsellor Office, Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi is shown while she attends a video conference, Friday, July 3, 2020, in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. Suu Kyi expressed sadness Friday over a landslide at a jade mining site in the country's north that took over 100 lives, blaming the tragedy on joblessness. (Myanmar State Counsellor Office via AP)

Myanmar leader blames joblessness for deadly mining tragedy

Jul. 3, 2020 10:55 AM EDT

HPAKANT, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi expressed sadness Friday over a landslide at a jade mining site in the country’s north that took at least 172 lives, blaming the tragedy on joblessness. Suu Kyi, speaking on a scheduled Facebook Live broadcast with representatives of the...

FILE - This on Feb. 27, 2016, file photo provided by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, from a remote camera set by biologist Chris Stermer, shows a mountain wolverine in the Tahoe National Forest near Truckee, Calif., a rare sighting of the predator in the state. U.S. wildlife officials have agreed to decide by the end of August 2020, whether climate change and other threats are pushing the rare wolverine closer to extinction. Government attorneys and conservation groups that sued to force a decision filed court documents Thursday, July 2, settling the lawsuit and agreeing to the deadline. (Chris Stermer/California Department of Fish and Wildlife via AP, File)

US sets deadline for wolverines protection decision

Jul. 2, 2020 4:06 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. wildlife officials have agreed to decide by the end of August whether climate change and other threats are pushing the rare wolverine closer to extinction in the mountains of the West. Government attorneys and conservation groups that had sued to force a decision filed court...

Michigan, EPA announce plan to clean up 'green ooze' site

Jul. 1, 2020 5:02 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Groundwater contamination at the former Electro-Plating services facility that was determined to be the source of a green ooze leak last year will be treated by injecting chemicals into the soil and treating the contaminants in place. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the state...

This May 31, 2020 image shows a group of kayakers making their way down the Rio Grande between Rio Rancho and Albuquerque, New Mexico. One of New Mexico's largest drinking water providers has decided to stop diverting water from the Rio Grande to help prevent the stretch that runs through Albuquerque from going dry this summer. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)

Water diversions paused to ensure Rio Grande keeps flowing

Jun. 30, 2020 5:51 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — One of New Mexico’s largest drinking water providers will stop diverting water from the Rio Grande to help prevent the stretch of the river that runs through Albuquerque from going dry this summer, officials said Tuesday. The Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility...