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Study finds healthy group of polar bears in sea near Alaska

Nov. 15, 2018 8:44 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The first formal count of polar bears in waters between the United States and Russia indicates they're doing better than some of their cousins elsewhere. Polar bears are listed as a threatened species because of diminished sea ice due to climate change. But university and federal...

Foundation awards $1M grant to North Carolina coastal sites

Nov. 15, 2018 4:49 AM EST

Two North Carolina coastal communities have received $1.1 million to control shoreline erosion. The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and partners awarded the grant to the North Carolina Coastal Federation for the Living Shorelines for North Carolina Coastal Communities project for Carteret and Pamlico...

Legislative panel turns up review of Cooper pipeline deal

Nov. 14, 2018 7:26 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Republican legislators intensifying their review of a $58 million side agreement between Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and utilities building the Atlantic Coast Pipeline agreed Wednesday to hire an outside investigator and demand government records. A GOP-controlled...

Senate OKs Coast Guard bill with ballast water compromise

Nov. 14, 2018 6:54 PM EST

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. Senate approved a compromise policy Wednesday on dumping ship ballast water in coastal ports and the Great Lakes, a practice blamed for spreading invasive species that damage the environment and the economy. The plan, part of a $10.6 billion Coast Guard budget...

Southern California wildfire roars to life in wilderness

Nov. 13, 2018 10:15 PM EST

MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — Southern California's huge wildfire roared to life again Tuesday in a mountain wilderness area. But in a sign of significant progress against the blaze, more neighborhoods were reopened to thousands of residents who fled last week. A massive plume rose suddenly at midmorning in the...

Warming hurting shellfish, aiding predators, ruining habitat

Nov. 11, 2018 2:44 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Valuable species of shellfish have become harder to find on the East Coast because of degraded habitat caused by a warming environment, according to a pair of scientists that sought to find out whether environmental factors or overfishing was the source of the decline. The scientists...

Man's harrowing journey to US underscores immigration shift

Nov. 9, 2018 4:51 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The young man traversed Andean mountains, plains and cities in buses, took a harrowing boat ride in which five fellow migrants drowned, walked through thick jungle for days, and finally reached the U.S.-Mexico border. Then Abdoulaye Camara, from the poor West African country of...

Kim's wooing of investors and slow-walk on nukes bares rift

Nov. 8, 2018 8:46 PM EST

MOUNT KUMGANG, North Korea (AP) — The two-lane highway south from North Korea's Mount Kumgang into and across the Demilitarized Zone is lined by tall green fences and street lamps that are only turned on for special occasions. Children play on a parallel stretch of railroad that hasn't been in regular use...

Officials: 'Backcountry style' advised for visitors to coast

Nov. 8, 2018 5:44 PM EST

The National Park Service says visitors to an uninhabited barrier islands in North Carolina's should plan on a trip without toilets after recent storms damaged the restrooms there. Cape Lookout National Seashore says on its Facebook page that visitors needing a restroom will have to go "backcountry style" on...

GOP's DeSantis defeats Gillum in Florida governor's race

Nov. 7, 2018 9:48 AM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Former Republican U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis was elected Florida governor Tuesday, riding the support of President Donald Trump to narrow victory in the battleground state. DeSantis, 40, was considered an underdog before Trump tweeted his support for DeSantis in December, a month...