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7 charged with running massive California recycling scam

Apr. 14, 2021 20:04 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Six men have been charged with running a recycling fraud scheme that trucked tons of trash from Las Vegas casinos into California in order to collect state redemption money, authorities announced Wednesday. A criminal complaint filed in...

Epic drought means water crisis on Oregon-California border

Apr. 14, 2021 19:42 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Hundreds of farmers who rely on a massive irrigation project that spans the Oregon-California border learned Wednesday they will get a tiny fraction of the water they need amid the worst drought in decades, as federal regulators attempt to balance the needs of...

Conservation groups sue Engineer Corps over Yazoo Pumps

Apr. 14, 2021 19:33 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A coalition of conservation groups is suing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over a massive flood-control project in the south Mississippi Delta they say was hastily approved in the final days of the Trump administration. American Rivers, National...

Judge strikes down initial approval for stalled Montana mine

Apr. 14, 2021 18:57 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A U.S. judge on Wednesday struck down the government’s approval of the first phase of a long-stalled copper and silver mine that would be constructed beneath a northwestern Montana wilderness. The decision against the Rock Creek Mine near Noxon...

After months on lam, slaughterhouse escapee beefalo caught

Apr. 14, 2021 18:30 PM EDT

PLYMOUTH, Conn. (AP) — After more than 250 days on the run, an 800- to 900-pound (360- to 410-kilogram) beefalo that has been roaming the woods in western Connecticut since it escaped on its way to a slaughterhouse has been captured, police said. The beefalo — a cross...

Statue of Native American leader step closer to U.S. Capitol

Apr. 14, 2021 17:48 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday signed a measure that starts the process of honoring the late Billy Frank Jr — a Nisqually tribal member who championed treaty rights and protecting the environment — with a statue at the U.S. Capitol. ...

Many testify about proposed limits, rules for aquaculture

Apr. 14, 2021 17:38 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A bill that seeks to limit the size of aquaculture leases and would change how leases are transferred in Maine drew testimony from a range of aquafarmers, fishermen and women, advocates and others who depend on the state's ocean resources for their livelihoods. ...

Biden taps ex-Obama official as Interior Department deputy

Apr. 14, 2021 17:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is naming Tommy Beaudreau, a former Obama administration official, to be deputy secretary at the Interior Department after dropping plans for a more liberal nominee who faced key Senate opposition. President Joe Biden on Wednesday...

Wetlands deregulation bill advances to Indiana governor

Apr. 14, 2021 17:20 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Lawmakers gave final approval Wednesday to a disputed bill seeking to remove protections from Indiana’s already diminished wetlands amid mounting criticism that the legislation could cause damage to the state’s waterways, wildlife and...

Groups take aim at New Mexico drilling plan amid US review

Apr. 14, 2021 17:08 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Environmentalists and Native American activists on Wednesday renewed their demands for more meaningful talks with Indigenous leaders and other communities on the front lines of fossil fuel development as the Biden administration reviews the nation's oil and gas...