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Idaho, environmental group settle mine pollution lawsuit

Oct. 19, 2018 8:48 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An environmental group and Idaho officials have reached a tentative settlement over toxic discharge from an abandoned silver and lead mine in central Idaho near one of the world's top ski destinations. The Idaho Conservation League in federal court documents made public Thursday agreed...

US temporarily stops youth climate lawsuit days before trial

Oct. 19, 2018 8:23 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday temporarily blocked a high-profile climate change lawsuit brought by young activists who accuse the federal government of violating their constitutional rights with policies that have caused a dangerous climate. Chief Justice John Roberts signed an order...

Daimler profit sinks on diesel; outlook for year lowered

Oct. 19, 2018 12:00 PM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German automaker Daimler lowered its profit outlook for the second time this year on Friday and reported reduced third-quarter profits due to regulatory and diesel emissions issues. The company said its group operating profit would be "significantly below" last year's, instead of...

Breaching dams to save Northwest orcas is contentious issue

Oct. 18, 2018 7:04 PM EDT

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Calls to breach four hydroelectric dams in Washington state have grown louder in recent months as the plight of critically endangered Northwest orcas has captured global attention. Some argue the best way to get more salmon to the starving whales is to tear down four dams on the Lower...

Exiled Vietnamese blogger: I'm not alone advocating freedom

Oct. 18, 2018 6:22 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A prominent blogger freed from prison in Vietnam on condition that she live in exile in the United States says she is glad to be reunited with her family and that she knows she is not alone in advocating for freedom. Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh was smiling when she emerged from the George Bush...

Red tide reaches Florida's Space Coast

Oct. 18, 2018 3:03 PM EDT

MELBOURNE BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A toxic algae bloom has reached Florida's Space Coast. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on Wednesday said red tide had reached parts of Brevard County. The wildlife commission says red tide now spans from Miami-Dade County to halfway up Florida's east...

Volkswagen offers more incentives to unload old diesels

Oct. 18, 2018 4:16 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German automaker Volkswagen says it is offering more incentives to trade in older diesel models in an effort to improve air quality. The company said Thursday it would offer trade-in incentives for people who want to replace old diesels that met formerly looser emissions...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump misses on storms, science, clean air

Oct. 17, 2018 3:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump in his interview with The Associated Press said he has "a natural instinct for science." But what he said about hurricanes, clean air and climate doesn't quite get the science right. More than a dozen scientists, economists and climate negotiators pointed out where...

Beaches closed on the French Riviera due to oil pellets

Oct. 17, 2018 2:36 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France's Ecology Ministry says pellets of oil have reached Mediterranean beaches near Saint-Tropez on the French Riviera ten days after two cargo ships collided north of the island of Corsica. It said those beaches were closed to the public Wednesday and agents were going to be mobilized to...

Water pollution in Iraq threatens Mandaean religious rites

Oct. 17, 2018 2:17 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Every Sunday in Iraq, along a strip of embankment on the Tigris River reserved for followers of the obscure and ancient Mandaean faith, worshippers bathe themselves in the waters to purify their souls. But unlike in ancient times, the storied river that runs through Baghdad is fouled by...