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Judge: Suit over farm pollution of Raccoon River may proceed

Sep. 12, 2019 2:46 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A judge has handed a significant victory to environmental groups by allowing a lawsuit challenging Iowa's management of fertilizer and hog farm pollution in rivers and streams to move forward. Judge Robert Hanson in a ruling filed Wednesday said Iowa Citizens For Community...

US seeks dismissal of tribes' lawsuit over Keystone pipeline

Sep. 10, 2019 2:25 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Attorneys for the Trump administration want a U.S. judge to throw out a lawsuit from Native American tribes trying to block the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to Nebraska. Tribes in Montana and South Dakota say President Donald Trump approved the pipeline without...

Firm asks judge to vacate, alter Arizona copper mine ruling

Sep. 5, 2019 6:18 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The company proposing to build an Arizona copper mine has submitted a request for a federal judge to vacate or amend a ruling that stopped work, a report said. Rosemont Copper Co. has asked U.S. District Court Judge James Soto to change his July 31 ruling because it says opponents lack...

Italian shipping firm fined $4M in US waste oil dumping case

Sep. 5, 2019 2:35 PM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — An Italian shipping company must pay a $4 million fine for dumping oily waste and other pollutants at sea and then lying about it. Federal prosecutors in New Jersey say the sentence against d'Amico Shipping Italia S.p.A. was handed down Thursday. The company pleaded guilty in April to...

Zoo conservation project aims to save endangered frogs

Aug. 24, 2019 11:32 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Ensconced in plastic Tupperware containers full of damp moss for them to burrow in, 36 endangered dusky gopher frogs recently made their way from the Toronto Zoo, where they were born, to the Memphis Zoo, where researchers have been spearheading a program to save the little...

Judge rules lawsuit over oilfield waste can proceed

Aug. 20, 2019 12:19 PM EDT

LAUREL, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi judge says a lawsuit over oilfield waste can move forward. Jones County Circuit Court Judge Dal Williamson ruled Monday that Tae and Diedra Baucum can sue a number of companies including Petro Harvester Oil & Gas. WDAM-TV reports the Baucums allege waste buried nearby...

Thai tycoon in poaching scandal convicted on firearms charge

Aug. 20, 2019 6:11 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A court in Thailand on Tuesday sentenced a construction tycoon to six months in prison for illegal firearms possession in the latest case in a scandal that erupted when he was accused of poaching protected animals in a wildlife sanctuary. The Bangkok Criminal Court halved the one-year...

Wildlife roam where US once made nuclear and chemical arms

Aug. 18, 2019 10:06 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — From a tiny Pacific island to a leafy Indiana forest, a handful of sites where the United States manufactured and tested some of the most lethal weapons known to humankind are now peaceful havens for wildlife. An astonishing array of animals and habitats flourished on six obsolete weapons...

Warden charged with assault at concert faces more charges

Aug. 14, 2019 10:08 AM EDT

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A Maine game warden who was charged with assaulting a concertgoer is facing additional charges of unlawful sexual touching and disorderly conduct. The Bangor Daily News reports 41-year-old Jeremy Judd of Mechanic Falls was attending a concert on July 18 at Darling's Waterfront Pavilion...

Seat belt stop turns into chase, man in bayou, drug arrest

Aug. 13, 2019 4:57 PM EDT

HOUMA, La. (AP) — A man stopped for not using his seat belt drove off from a traffic stop, struck a vehicle with his pickup truck during a chase, and then jumped into a bayou, authorities say. Byron Nevis, 32, of Houma was fished out of Bayou Lafourche and arrested Monday in Lafourche Parish on charges...