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Judge says US government can be sued for Flint water crisis

Apr. 19, 2019 11:03 AM EDT

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A judge says the federal government can be sued by Flint residents who blame the Environmental Protection Agency for waiting too long to intervene in the city's water crisis. Federal Judge Linda Parker didn't determine whether EPA employees were negligent when Flint's water system...

Groundbreaking Indian Ocean science mission reaches an end

Apr. 18, 2019 11:29 PM EDT

VICTORIA, Seychelles (AP) — The British-led Nekton scientific mission on Thursday completed a seven-week expedition in the Indian Ocean aimed at documenting changes beneath the waves that could affect billions of people in the surrounding region over the coming decades. Little is known about the watery...

Cancer-causing chemical taints water after California blaze

Apr. 18, 2019 7:17 PM EDT

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — The drinking water in Paradise, California, where 85 people died last year in the nation's worst wildfire in a century, is contaminated with the cancer-causing chemical benzene, officials said. Officials said they believe the contamination happened after the November firestorm...

Earth, meet Polo: Ralph Lauren unveils plastic bottle shirt

Apr. 18, 2019 6:23 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Earth, meet Polo. Polo Ralph Lauren on Thursday launched a version of its iconic polo shirt made entirely of recycled plastic bottles and dyed through a process that uses zero water. David Lauren, the youngest son of the company's founder and its chief innovation officer, told The...

California dispute threatens plan to protect Colorado River

Apr. 17, 2019 8:22 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A dispute between two major California water agencies is threatening to derail a hard-won agreement designed to protect a river that serves 40 million people in the U.S. West. The Imperial Irrigation District, the largest single recipient of Colorado River water, on Tuesday sued a...

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

Apr. 17, 2019 4:06 PM EDT

An Italian shipping company admitted in the U.S. to dumping oily waste and other pollutants at sea rather than paying to dispose of them properly, and will pay a $4 million fine. U.S. authorities in New Jersey say d'Amico Shipping Italia S.p.A. pleaded guilty Wednesday in Newark to violating the Act to Prevent...

Michigan governor open to allowing Great Lakes oil tunnel

Apr. 17, 2019 1:56 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Wednesday that she's open to allowing construction of an oil transport tunnel beneath the channel where Lakes Huron and Michigan meet, despite previously halting work on a tunnel plan developed by her predecessor. Whitmer told reporters she wanted...

Flint getting $77.7M loan to help with water improvements

Apr. 17, 2019 10:26 AM EDT

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Flint is getting $77.7 million in loan assistance that it was promised in 2017 for infrastructure improvements as it deals with the aftermath of its crisis with lead-tainted water . The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality says it's providing nearly $140 million in loans to fund...

Boy Scouts remove ton of trash at Land Between the Lakes

Apr. 17, 2019 4:50 AM EDT

GOLDEN POND, Ky. (AP) — Boy Scout troops from three states removed about a ton of trash and litter from the shoreline of Land Between the Lakes at a recent event. The scouts from western Kentucky, Tennessee and southern Illinois are from the Four Rivers District and performed the clean up Saturday during...

First Red Cross aid distributed in crisis-torn Venezuela

Apr. 16, 2019 7:48 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Red Cross volunteers distributed the first shipment of badly needed emergency supplies in Venezuela on Tuesday after months of feuding between the government, which has denied the existence of a humanitarian crisis, and opponents who have been seeking to use the delivery of aid to...