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Lawsuit filed over Trump plans for offshore drilling tests

Dec. 11, 2018 4:58 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Environmental groups sued the Trump administration Tuesday over offshore drilling tests, launching a legal fight against a proposal that has drawn bipartisan opposition along the Atlantic Coast. The lawsuit filed in federal court in Charleston, South Carolina, claims the National...

Catch limits increase for key West Coast groundfish species

Dec. 11, 2018 4:38 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Federal officials said Tuesday they are increasing catch limits for several species of West Coast groundfish that were severely depleted more than a dozen years ago in a crisis that posed a threat to the commercial and sports fishing industries. Limits for yelloweye rockfish will more...

Environmental groups to sue over offshore drilling tests

Dec. 10, 2018 9:31 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Environmental groups plan to sue the Trump administration over offshore drilling tests, launching a legal fight against a proposal that has drawn bipartisan opposition along the Atlantic Coast, two people with direct knowledge of the pending litigation told The Associated Press...

Panel to take closely watched vote on pipeline station

Dec. 9, 2018 7:07 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A massive winter storm delayed a closely watched vote in Virginia on a natural gas pipeline compressor station that's been the frequent target of protests. A citizen panel that votes on air pollution permits was set to decide Monday whether Virginia's most powerful corporation can...

The Latest: Weather delays key vote on pipeline station

Dec. 9, 2018 7:00 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Latest on a Virginia State Air Pollution Control Board vote on a natural gas compressor station (all times local): 7 p.m. A winter storm is delaying a key vote on a permit for a major natural gas pipeline. The State Air Pollution Control Board was set to vote Monday on whether to...

Gambians embrace new freedoms with environment activism

Dec. 4, 2018 6:46 AM EST

BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — Hundreds of Gambians were grateful for the jobs created by a Chinese-run fish processing plant that arrived in 2014. Then they were shocked when dead fish began washing up on a nearby shore. Residents of the coastal town of Gunjur reported chemical residue on their skin after swimming...

1st responders marry on slab of home destroyed by storm

Dec. 3, 2018 3:31 PM EST

MEXICO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Two first responders in the Florida Panhandle have gotten married on the slab of their home that was demolished by Hurricane Michael. Mexico Beach police Officer Brittany Medina and firefighter Ben Parham were married Saturday, almost two months after the Category 4 storm leveled...

With Olympics looming, surf star captures a bigger prize

Dec. 3, 2018 1:47 PM EST

If Australia's Stephanie Gilmore captures the gold medal when surfing makes its Olympic debut two years from now, it might not be her most meaningful win. Gilmore, who is talked about as possibly the greatest athlete of all time in her sport, takes pride in being on the ground floor in the fight for a prize that...

California Democrats thank Trump for legislative majorities

Dec. 2, 2018 11:19 AM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers begin their new legislative session Monday with crushing Democratic supermajorities in both chambers to go with their sweep of all statewide offices. Democrats benefited from changing demographics and attitudes toward President Donald Trump to overachieve in...

Visually impaired sea lions join group at New Orleans zoo

Dec. 1, 2018 2:22 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A pair of visually impaired 2-year-old sea lions has joined the four sea lions already at the zoo in New Orleans. Ayah and Jolee were both malnourished when they were rescued along the California coast in June 2017, according to a news release Friday from the Audubon Zoo. Jolee has...