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The Latest: Hawaii Lt. Gov. says protesters aren't leaving

Jul. 22, 2019 11:27 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on protests against a giant telescope planned for a Hawaii mountain (all times local): 5:25 p.m. Hawaii Lt. Gov. Josh Green says there will have to be a compromise in order for the Thirty Meter Telescope project to go forward but doesn't know if that's possible. Green says Native...

Nationals ace Scherzer throws bullpen session before rainout

Jul. 22, 2019 7:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nationals ace Max Scherzer is nearing a return after being sidelined by inflammation under his right shoulder. Scherzer completed a bullpen session before Monday's game against the Colorado Rockies was postponed. The rainout will be made up Wednesday as part of a day-night doubleheader....

Firefighters battle wildfire in Portugal, 32 people hurt

Jul. 22, 2019 5:47 PM EDT

COLOS, Portugal (AP) — More than 1,000 firefighters and 14 water-dropping aircraft battled a major wildfire Monday amid scorching temperatures in Portugal, where forest blazes wreak destruction every summer. As temperatures reached almost 40 C (104 F) in the afternoon, and a wind blew up, the blaze that...

Cleanup continues after Texas petrochemical fire in March

Jul. 22, 2019 5:40 PM EDT

DEER PARK, Texas (AP) — The cleanup of millions of gallons of waste and polluted water is far from over four months after a large fire burned for days at a Houston-area petrochemical storage site. Intercontinental Terminals Company, the facility's owner, must abide by a 31-page management plan that...

Eastern US cities spewing more methane into air than thought

Jul. 22, 2019 5:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Older U.S. east coast cities are leaking nine times as much natural gas into the air — from homes or pipes heading into houses — than the federal government had thought, a new airborne monitoring study finds. It's probably not a safety problem because what's coming out...

Canada mine waste prompts calls for better water protection

Jul. 22, 2019 2:35 PM EDT

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Towns, tribes and politicians in U.S. states bordering British Columbia are seeking better oversight and stricter regulations to protect them from hazardous pollution that flow downstream from coal mines in the Canadian province. Leaders in Libby, Troy and Eureka, towns along the...

A vinaigrette packed with fresh herbs makes salmon better

Jul. 22, 2019 11:12 AM EDT

It's no wonder salmon is so popular: Its flesh is rich-tasting thanks to high levels of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. A great way to ensure moist, tender salmon is to poach it. And a vinaigrette packed with fresh herbs offers surprising nutritional value. Poaching the salmon in just enough liquid to come...

A quick look at business insurance for natural disasters

Jul. 22, 2019 10:25 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — With earthquakes in California and Hurricane Barry striking states along the Gulf of Mexico and in the Midwest, small business owners should look at their insurance policies and determine how well covered they'd be in the event of a natural disaster. Damage from tornadoes and the wind and...

Kamala Harris proposes bill to invest in safe drinking water

Jul. 22, 2019 10:03 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Kamala Harris is introducing legislation designed to ensure all Americans, particularly those in at-risk communities, have access to safe, affordable drinking water, the latest response to burgeoning water crises across the country. The California Democrat and presidential...

AP Explains: Deadly mega-fires bring new challenge to Europe

Jul. 22, 2019 9:32 AM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The European Union describes wildfires as "a serious and increasing threat" across the continent. Most alarmingly, forest blazes are growing in intensity, especially in southern countries such as Greece, Spain, France, Italy and Portugal but also in Scandinavia. Experts warn the...