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Coast Guard finds 1 dead from capsized vessel off Lousiana

Apr. 14, 2021 12:30 PM EDT

PORT FOURCHON, La. (AP) — The Coast Guard has found one dead crew member from a commercial platform vessel that capsized during hurricane-force winds. Coast Guard Capt. Will Watson said at a news conference Wednesday that the agency had recovered six survivors and was...

Dry conditions triple number of fires sparked in Oregon

Apr. 14, 2021 09:48 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Department of Forestry said Tuesday the number of small wildfires has tripled this spring partly because of dry conditions across Oregon. The agency said Tuesday they’ve already doused 70 fires, almost half of which resulted from escaped...

Pictograph park to re-open after rock slide blocked road

Apr. 13, 2021 19:12 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana's Pictograph Cave State Park is set to re-open Wednesday after being closed for almost three months because of a rock slide that blocked the road to the tourist attraction near Billings. The 23-acre park has been shut since January as...

California targets urgent projects as wildfire season looms

Apr. 13, 2021 18:42 PM EDT

OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — California is in such an urgent race with another devastating wildfire season that officials began soliciting local project ideas even before they had money to pay for them. It faces such a threat of drought that the governor said Tuesday that he has executive orders...

Magnitude 5.2 earthquake rattles Greece's Aegean Sea islands

Apr. 13, 2021 18:28 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A moderately strong earthquake with preliminary magnitude 5.2 struck Tuesday between the southeastern Aegean Sea islands of Nissyros and Tilos, Greek authorities said. There were no reports of damage or injury. Athens University's Geodynamic...

New Mexico issues 10-year plan for boosting forest health

Apr. 13, 2021 18:06 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Restoring forests, using fire as a management tool and getting more buy-in from private land owners are among the strategies outlined in New Mexico’s latest forest action plan. The state Forestry Division released the plan Monday. The federal...

St. Vincent seeks water, funds as volcano keeps erupting

Apr. 13, 2021 17:52 PM EDT

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent (AP) — Leaders of volcano-wracked St. Vincent said Tuesday that water is running short as heavy ash contaminates supplies, and they estimated that the eastern Caribbean island will need hundreds of millions of dollars to recover from the eruption of La Soufriere. ...

Noem asks Biden to allow fireworks at Mount Rushmore in July

Apr. 13, 2021 14:32 PM EDT

KEYSTONE, S.D. (AP) — Gov. Kristi Noem sent a letter to President Joe Biden Tuesday asking that he intervene and allow a Fourth of July fireworks display at Mount Rushmore. The National Park Service has denied a permit for the fireworks this year, citing concerns about...

Japan to start releasing Fukushima water into sea in 2 years

Apr. 13, 2021 11:00 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's government announced Tuesday it would start releasing treated radioactive water from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean in two years. It's a move that's fiercely opposed by fishermen, residents and Japan's neighbors. The...

About 25% of Idaho in drought; 1 area in extreme drought

Apr. 12, 2021 19:36 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — About a quarter of Idaho is experiencing some degree of drought, with one pocket in the south-central part of the state in extreme drought. The area in extreme drought is in the Pioneer Mountains, which straddles Blaine County and Custer County,...