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Underwater tire reef experiment in Guam to be cleaned up

Jan. 18, 2020 5:44 PM EST

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Scientists in Guam are trying to determine how to remove a man-made underwater mountain built out of vehicle tires 50 years ago. Guam Environmental Protection Agency scientists hoped the tire reef would improve marine conditions in Cocos Lagoon and increase fish stocks, but has instead...

In this photo taken early January 2020, and provided Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, Wollemi pines tower above the forest floor in the Wollemi National Park, New South Wales, Australia. Specialist firefighters have saved the world's last remaining wild stand of a prehistoric tree from wildfires that razed forests west of Sydney. (NSW National Parks and Wildfire Service via AP)

Australia firefighters save world's only rare dinosaur trees

Jan. 18, 2020 4:27 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Specialist firefighters have saved the world’s last remaining wild stand of a prehistoric tree from wildfires that razed forests west of Sydney, officials said Thursday. Firefighters winched from helicopters to reach the cluster of fewer than 200 Wollemi Pines in a remote...

In this photo taken early January 2020, and provided Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, Wollemi pines tower above the forest floor in the Wollemi National Park, New South Wales, Australia. Specialist firefighters have saved the world's last remaining wild stand of a prehistoric tree from wildfires that razed forests west of Sydney. (NSW National Parks and Wildfire Service via AP)

Correction: Australia-Dinosaur Trees story

Jan. 18, 2020 4:21 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — In a story on Jan. 17, 2020, about specialist firefighters who have saved the world’s last remaining wild stand of a prehistoric tree from Australia's wildfires, The Associated Press erroneously reported the size of Wollemi National Park. It is 5,000 square kilometers...

FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2012, file photo, a snowboarder drops into a canyon at Alpine Meadows in Lake Tahoe, Calif. Authorities say one person has died and one person is seriously injured, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, after an avalanche at the Northern California ski resort. (Randy Pench/The Sacramento Bee via AP)

Avalanche at Lake Tahoe resort kills 1 skier, injures 1

Jan. 17, 2020 9:30 PM EST

TAHOE CITY, Calif. (AP) — A man killed in an avalanche at a Lake Tahoe ski resort on Friday was remembered as an avid skier familiar with the picturesque mountains along the northern California and Nevada border. Cole Comstock, 34, of Blairsden, California, was caught in the avalanche that seriously...

FILE In this Feb. 20, 2019, file photo, Colorado Rockies pitcher Justin Lawrence poses in uniform. Lawrence has been suspended for 80 games under the major league drug program following a positive test for a performance-enhancing substance. The 25-year-old right-hander tested positive for Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (DHCMT), the commissioner's office said Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

Rockies pitcher Justin Lawrence gets 80-game drug ban

Jan. 17, 2020 6:03 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Colorado Rockies pitcher Justin Lawrence has been suspended for 80 games under the major league drug program following a positive test for a performance-enhancing substance. The 25-year-old right-hander tested positive for Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (DHCMT), the commissioner's office said...

FILE - In this July 15, 2016, file photo, a mountain goat leads its kid across the Mount Evans Scenic Byway just below the summit near Idaho Springs, Colo. Wyoming wildlife managers are criticizing plans by Grand Teton National Park to shoot nonnative mountain goats by helicopter. The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, approved a resolution opposing the plans, favoring the use of volunteers to hunt the goats on the ground. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Wyoming officials oppose Grand Teton aerial goat gunning

Jan. 17, 2020 4:03 PM EST

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming wildlife managers are criticizing plans by Grand Teton National Park to shoot nonnative mountain goats by helicopter. Inclement weather has so far prevented the aerial gunning though park officials recently closed off a wide area of the Teton Range where shooting is to occur....

In this Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020 photo, professional backcountry skier Elyse Saugstad, left, teaches the art of probing and shoveling while making a rescue during an all-women avalanche clinic at Solitude Mountain Resort in Solitude, Utah. Pro backcountry skiers Michelle Parker, Elyse Saugstad, Ingrid Backstrom, Paaso, Lel Tone and Reine Barkered sold out both days of the all-day SAFE AS clinics over the weekend. It was the first time they had brought the clinics to Utah since 2013. (Julie Jag/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

Female pro backcountry skiers teach avalanche safety

Jan. 17, 2020 3:10 PM EST

SOLITUDE SKI RESORT, Utah (AP) — Professional backcountry skier Elyse Saugstad planted her ski boots in knee-deep powder, her pink ski pants and camo jacket turned up-mountain toward seven women equally shrouded in Gore-Tex and dusted in fresh snow. Step by step, she reviewed the best techniques for...

Snow covers the land by Steven's Pizza in Skykomish, Wash., along Highway 2, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, in Skykomish, Wash. Volunteers brought food and supplies here for local Skykomish residents stranded without power or access to food. (Mike Siegel/The Seattle Times via AP)

Storms cut power in Washington state mountain towns for days

Jan. 17, 2020 4:41 AM EST

SKYKOMISH, Wash. (AP) — Rural mountain communities outside Seattle that have been without power for days and cut off from the outside world by a series of winter storms saw some relief as convoys brought in food and other supplies. The storms have dumped several feet of unusual snow on parts of western...

Light earthquake rumbles under Mineral Mountains

Jan. 16, 2020 11:07 PM EST

MINERSVILLE, Utah (AP) — A light 4.0 magnitude earthquake rumbled beneath southwest Utah's Mineral Mountains on Thursday evening, officials say. No damage was expected in the largely rural area, according to the University of Utah Seismograph Stations. The shock was felt by some residents in nearby...

Wyoming lawmakers to consider switch to daylight saving time

Jan. 15, 2020 6:23 PM EST

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming state lawmakers in the new legislative session will have another opportunity to permanently shift the state to daylight saving time. A change to Mountain Daylight Time would essentially add an extra hour of daylight between November and March, The Casper Star Tribune reported...