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Road at waterfront park closed to vehicles due to erosion

Jan. 28, 2020 2:28 PM EST

JAMESTOWN, R.I. (AP) — A loop road that goes around a lighthouse at a Rhode Island state park has become so dangerously eroded that is it being closed to vehicular traffic, state environmental officials announced Tuesday. The road surrounding the lighthouse at Beavertail State Park in Jamestown will be...

A salvage crane shrouded in fog rises above a barge in a creek near the Tennessee River at the scene of a fatal marina fire at Scottsboro, Ala., on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. Crews already have removed at least two boats that burned at Jackson County Park Marina, and authorities say it could take several days to recover all 35 of the boats that burned in the blaze. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)

1 boat targeted as possible cause of deadly Alabama blaze

Jan. 28, 2020 2:13 PM EST

SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (AP) — Investigators on Tuesday were focusing on one boat in particular as a possible cause of a massive Alabama marina fire that killed eight people, and using floating barriers to contain environmental damage. The dock at Jackson County Park Marina is on a wide creek that feeds into the...

Pennsylvania governor has $2.2M to help Democrats win seats

Jan. 28, 2020 12:16 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf is renewing his push for his top priorities that have stalled in Pennsylvania's Republican-controlled Legislature, and the Democrat will have at least a couple million dollars to spend in this year's legislative elections to try to improve his chances. Wolf's campaign...

Delaware company to pay $70K for air pollution violations

Jan. 28, 2020 10:37 AM EST

DELAWARE CITY, Del. (AP) — The Delaware City Refining Company will pay $70,000 in a settlement involving months of air pollution violations, state officials said. The settlement announced Monday would resolve the refinery's air pollution-related violations that occurred between November 2018 and June...

FILE - This Jan.11, 2016 file photo shows the logo of French oil giant Total SA on its headquarters at La Defense business district outside Paris. A partnership of French non-governmental organisations and over a dozen local authorities launched unprecedented legal action Tuesday against energy company Total, aimed at forcing it to drastically reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)

French climate alliance takes legal action against Total

Jan. 28, 2020 6:28 AM EST

A French climate alliance of charity groups and local authorities launched an unprecedented legal action Tuesday against Total, hoping to make the French energy company drastically reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. Activists from the non-governmental organizations and over a dozen local governments say it's...

Boat passengers on a jetty wear face masks in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020 to protect themselves from new virus infection. Panic and pollution drive the market for protective face masks, so business is booming in Asia, where fear of the coronavirus from China is straining supplies and helping make mask-wearing the new normal. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

Asian demand for face masks soars on fears of Chinese virus

Jan. 28, 2020 6:12 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Panic and pollution drive the market for protective face masks, so business is booming in Asia, where fear of the virus from China is straining supplies and helping make mask-wearing the new normal. Demand for face masks and hand sanitizing liquid has soared, as both local residents and...

Endangered Maui birds to be moved in effort to save species

Jan. 28, 2020 5:43 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Scientists will decide whether to establish a captive breeding program on the U.S. mainland in an attempt to prevent the extinction of a bird species only found on Maui, officials said. A decision about the plan to save the endangered kiwikiu is expected at a meeting of project partners...

Federal agency would protect coalfields habitat for crayfish

Jan. 28, 2020 5:15 AM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A federal agency has proposed designating habitat areas for two protected crayfish species in the coalfields of Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia. The proposal announced in a statement Monday by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service would protect 362 stream miles for the Big Sandy...

Hemp grower sues Carson City over proposed cannabis farm

Jan. 28, 2020 12:45 AM EST

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A local hemp grower is suing Carson City for trying to block a cannabis farm on about 100 acres (40 hectares) of rural property owned by the city. The Reno Gazette Journal reports Tahoe Hemp LLC filed a lawsuit in state court Jan. 15 accusing the city of acting in bad faith by...

FILE - In this March 31, 2017, file photo, water flows through one of the irrigation canals in Albuquerque, N.M. New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has long talked about the importance of water to the arid state, even campaigning on the idea of creating a 50-year plan to guide management of the finite resource. Her administration is now asking lawmakers for more money and manpower to start what some experts say will be a multiyear endeavor. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)

Governor: New Mexico needs realistic, sustainable water plan

Jan. 27, 2020 7:01 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has long talked about the importance of water to the arid state, even campaigning on the idea of creating a 50-year plan to guide management of the finite resource. Her administration is now asking lawmakers for more money and manpower to...