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As sea ice melts, some say walruses need better protection

Oct. 13, 2018 2:40 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Given a choice between giving birth on land or sea ice, Pacific walrus mothers most often choose ice. Likewise, they prefer sea ice for molting, mating, nursing and resting between dives for food. Trouble is, as the century progresses, there's going to be far less ice around. How...

Kentucky editorial roundup

Oct. 3, 2018 2:30 PM EDT

Summary of recent Kentucky newspaper editorials: ___ Sept. 28 The Lexington Herald-Leader on KentuckyWired: In one of state government's first big public-private partnerships — former Gov. Steve Beshear's laudable but fumbled effort to bring high-speed internet to all of Kentucky — the public was...

The Latest: Waste treatment plant disabled due to flooding

Sep. 26, 2018 8:38 PM EDT

GEORGETOWN, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on the effects of Hurricane Florence (all times local): 8:30 p.m. South Carolina state health and environmental officials say a wastewater treatment plant is not working due to flooding from Hurricane Florence and untreated wastewater is now being discharged into a...

Congress seeks species law changes after grizzly hunt barred

Sep. 26, 2018 6:11 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Galvanized by court rulings protecting grizzly bears and gray wolves, Congressional Republicans on Wednesday pushed sweeping changes to the Endangered Species Act despite strong objections from Democrats and wildlife advocates who called the effort a "wildlife extinction package."...

Wyoming, Idaho weigh options after grizzly hunt ruling

Sep. 25, 2018 5:42 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — State officials frustrated by a judge's decision to prohibit grizzly bear hunting in the Yellowstone region and put the animals back on the threatened species list will likely appeal but that's not their only option to contest the decision. They could lean on Congress to exempt the...

Appeals court reverses Tennessee coal ash cleanup order

Sep. 24, 2018 8:25 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal appellate panel on Monday overturned an order that would have required the nation's largest public utility to unearth and remove a massive amount of coal ash at one of its Tennessee power plants. In a 2-1 decision, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals wrote that leaks...

Dakota Access pipeline developer defends racketeering claims

Sep. 20, 2018 4:15 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The company that built the Dakota Access oil pipeline says environmental group Greenpeace should be held legally accountable for violating federal racketeering laws. Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners sued Greenpeace and two other groups for up to $1 billion last year, arguing they...

US says ex-nuke site won't open to public, then says it will

Sep. 14, 2018 7:45 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The U.S. Interior Department said Friday it will go ahead with plans to open a wildlife refuge at the site of a former nuclear weapons plant in Colorado, after briefly putting the opening on hold amid concerns about public safety. Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge, on the perimeter of a...

Federal appeals court upholds judgment against Teck Cominco

Sep. 14, 2018 5:51 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld an $8.25 million judgment against a Canadian company that for decades dumped toxic smelter waste that flowed down the Columbia River into Lake Roosevelt. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday affirmed a lower court ruling that Teck Cominco...

Pipeline company found guilty in 2015 California oil spill

Sep. 7, 2018 9:58 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A pipeline company was convicted of nine criminal charges Friday for causing the worst California coastal spill in 25 years, a disaster that blackened popular beaches for miles, killed wildlife and hurt tourism and fishing. A Santa Barbara County jury found Houston-based Plains All...