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Port gets funding for electric ship-to-shore cranes, trucks

Jul. 11, 2020 1:58 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The Port of Virginia plans to replace two diesel-powered, ship-to-shore cranes and several gas-powered container tractors with electric versions using $14 million it will receive from the state. The money is part of the $93.6 million the state received from a federal settlement with...

FILE - In this May 26, 2020, file photo, a grizzly bear roams an exhibit at the Woodland Park Zoo, closed for nearly three months because of the coronavirus outbreak in Seattle. Grizzly bears once roamed the rugged landscape of the North Cascades in Washington state but few have been sighted in recent decades. The federal government is scrapping plans to reintroduce grizzly bears to the North Cascades ecosystem. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Conservation groups upset by North Cascades grizzly decision

Jul. 11, 2020 11:43 AM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The forested mountains in and around North Cascades National Park in north central Washington state have long been considered prime habitat for threatened grizzly bears, so environmental groups are upset the Trump administration scrapped plans to reintroduce the apex predators there....

FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2017, file photo, Robert Halstead, executive director of the Nevada Agency for Nuclear Projects, speaks during a debate in Las Vegas on restarting the Yucca Mountain Project. Halstead, whose name is synonymous with Nevada’s opposition to building a nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain northwest of Las Vegas, is ending a career after three decades of service under Democratic and Republican governors.(Elizabeth Brumley/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP, File)

Key figure in Nevada fight against nuclear dump retirees

Jul. 11, 2020 4:10 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The man whose name is synonymous with Nevada’s opposition to building a nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain northwest of Las Vegas is ending a career after three decades of service under Democratic and Republican governors. Robert Halstead, executive director of the Nevada...

Gary Strafford, a Zimbabwean falconer, holds an owl inside one of the cages at his bird sanctuary, Kuimba Shiri, near Harare, Zimbabwe, Wednesday, June, 17, 2020. Kuimba Shiri, Zimbabwe's only bird park, has survived tumultuous times, including violent land invasions and a devastating economic collapse. Now the outbreak of COVID-19 is proving a stern test. With Zimbabwe’s inflation currently at more than 750%, tourism establishments are battling a vicious economic downturn worsened by the new coronavirus travel restrictions. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Zimbabwe bird sanctuary has 400 species, not enough tourists

Jul. 11, 2020 3:08 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A fish eagle swoops over the water to grab a fish in its talons and then flies to its nest. Nearby are a martial eagle, a black eagle, an Egyptian vulture and hundreds of other birds. With an estimated 400 species of birds on an idyllic spot on Zimbabwe's Lake Chivero, about 40...

Natalia Afonso, 27, an international student from Brazil at Brooklyn College, sits on a stoop outside her home during an interview, Thursday, July 9, 2020, in New York. Afonso, who is studying teaching education and finished her first semester this spring, said she has lived in the U.S. for 7 years and

Foreign students weigh studying in person vs. losing visas

Jul. 11, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — International students worried about a new immigration policy that could potentially cost them their visas say they feel stuck between being unnecessarily exposed during the coronavirus pandemic and being able to finish their studies in America. Students from countries as diverse as India,...

Gloria DeSoto, 92, bottom left, visits with her family, reflected in the glass in their car, from a window of the Hebrew Home at Riverdale, where she lives, in New York, Thursday, June 11, 2020. Her family was able to visit by a speaker while they stayed in their car and DeSoto stayed behind the glass of an entryway. They had not been able to visit since March 10, when many nursing homes began to shut down visitations for fear of spreading the coronavirus. The Hebrew Home at Riverdale, home to 700 residents, just started these non-contact visitations and will be scheduling them seven days a week to help families and residents reconnect. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

NY eases visitor ban aimed at curbing virus in nursing homes

Jul. 10, 2020 9:41 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Certain nursing homes in New York can allow visitors — with restrictions — starting July 15 as the state eases a ban aimed at limiting the spread of COVID-19 among vulnerable elderly residents. Only nursing homes and long-term care facilities without any new coronavirus...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, file photo, Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh walks on the House of Delegates chamber floor before Gov. Larry Hogan's annual State of the State address to a joint session of the legislature in Annapolis, Md. Frosh warned Friday, July 10, 2020, of “devastating consequences” if all eligible voters are not directly sent ballots to mail in for November's election due to safety concerns about the coronavirus, instead of Gov. Larry Hogan's directive to mail applications for voters to request absentee ballots if they want to vote by mail. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Maryland AG criticizes governor's plan to conduct election

Jul. 10, 2020 8:18 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland’s attorney general warned Friday of “devastating consequences” if all eligible voters are not directly sent ballots to mail in for November's election due to safety concerns about the coronavirus, instead of Gov. Larry Hogan's directive to mail...

FILE - This Feb. 25, 2020, file photo, shows the icon for TikTok in New York. Amazon has told employees to delete the popular video app TikTok from phones on which they use Amazon email, citing security risks from the China-owned app, according to reports and posts by Twitter users who said they were Amazon employees. The notice said employees must delete the app by Friday to keep access to Amazon email. Workers would still be allowed to use TikTok from an Amazon laptop browser. (AP Photo/File)

Amazon says email to employees banning TikTok was a mistake

Jul. 10, 2020 7:12 PM EDT

Roughly five hours after an internal email went out Friday to Amazon employees telling them to delete the popular video app TikTok from their phones, the online retailing giant appeared to backtrack, calling the ban a mistake. “This morning’s email to some of our employees was sent in error," Amazon...

President Donald Trump listens during a roundtable on Venezuela at Iglesia Doral Jesus Worship Center, Friday, July 10, 2020, in Doral, Fla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Judge tosses Trump rule on billing for abortion coverage

Jul. 10, 2020 5:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge in Baltimore on Friday struck down a Trump administration rule that abortion rights advocates called a maneuver to restrict access but officials defended as merely following the law. The decision by U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake affects women covered under the...

Florida to install charging stations for electric vehicles

Jul. 10, 2020 4:39 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — More than two dozen charging stations will be installed along Florida’s busiest roads, paid for by the state’s share of a U.S. government settlement with Volkswagen after the German automaker violated the country’s car emissions standards. During a Friday news...