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Boy dies from brain-eating amoeba found at Texas splash pad

Sep. 27, 2021 18:14 PM EDT

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — A child has died after being infected with a rare brain-eating amoeba that was found at a Texas splash pad he had visited, and a review discovered lapses in water-quality testing at several parks, officials said Monday. Officials in Arlington,...

US aims to relax testing of contaminants at nuke weapon lab

Sep. 27, 2021 15:58 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Energy Department wants to switch to less stringent testing for detecting cancer-causing chemicals at and around one of its premier nuclear weapons laboratories despite concerns from environmentalists and New Mexico regulators. The...

US Steel shuts down Indiana plant after wastewater discharge

Sep. 27, 2021 14:26 PM EDT

PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) — U.S. Steel temporarily shuttered operations at a northwest Indiana plant Monday after it leaked an orange substance into a Lake Michigan tributary, prompting the closure of a water treatment facility and several nearby beaches. The U.S. Steel...

Aggressive river otters attack people, dogs in Anchorage

Sep. 27, 2021 13:15 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Residents of Alaska’s largest city often contend with bears and moose, but state officials are warning of another wild animal that has been causing problems: river otters. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game says river otters have attacked...

Buyer of tiny Nevada town finds plentiful water underground

Sep. 26, 2021 13:14 PM EDT

CAL-NEV-ARI, Nev. (AP) — There isn’t much in Cal-Nev-Ari besides a cluster of homes, some businesses and an unpaved airstrip. But the town’s new dominant property owner believes the desert outpost might have something else: an underground river of sorts that...

Savannah may have new recycling solution for glass

Sep. 25, 2021 11:28 AM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The largest city in coastal Georgia is in talks about a new way to recycle glass that it's currently burying in a landfill, even though it still accepts glass in recycling bins. WTOC-TV reports Savannah officials are in talks...

Great Wall of Lights: China’s sea power on Darwin’s doorstep

Sep. 24, 2021 11:55 AM EDT

ABOARD THE OCEAN WARRIOR in the eastern Pacific Ocean (AP) — It’s 3 a.m., and after five days plying through the high seas, the Ocean Warrior is surrounded by an atoll of blazing lights that overtakes the nighttime sky. “Welcome to the party!" says third officer...

Company agrees to pay hefty fine in large oil spill case

Sep. 24, 2021 11:42 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The company responsible for the largest oil field spill in North Dakota has pleaded guilty to criminal charges after reaching an agreement with the federal government to pay $15 million in fines. Summit Midstream Partners entered the pleas in...

Small Fry: Peru's fishermen battle China's overseas fleet

Sep. 24, 2021 08:52 AM EDT

ABOARD THE OCEAN WARRIOR in the eastern Pacific Ocean (AP) — José López proudly remembers his first catch: he was 13 and a local skipper, pitying his ragamuffin look, hired him as an extra hand. When he returned home, his pockets stuffed with a day’s wages, his mother protested. ...

Cyprus-based firm fined for dumping oily water in Atlantic

Sep. 24, 2021 08:49 AM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A Cyprus-based company was ordered to pay a $2 million fine Thursday after pleading guilty to charges that one of its ships dumped oily water into the Atlantic Ocean, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia announced. The...