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FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2020, file photo, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announces the state's phase three openings at a news conference in St. Petersburg, Fla. As the summer coronavirus spike in Sunbelt states subsides, Florida has gone the furthest in lifting restrictions, especially on restaurants where the burden of ensuring safety has shifted to business owners and residents _ raising concerns of a resurgence. (John Pendygraft/Tampa Bay Times via AP, File)

The Latest: Florida governor requires schools to remain open

Nov. 30, 2020 3:58 PM EST

MIAMI — Florida’s Gov. Ron DeSantis said on Monday that schools will be required to remain open despite the rise in confirmed COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, arguing lockdowns and closures have not worked. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases,...

FILE - In this June 29, 2018, file photo, pipeline used to carry crude oil is shown at the Superior, Wis., terminal of Enbridge Energy. A significant permit has been granted to Enbridge's plan to replace its aging Line 3 oil pipeline across northern Minnesota. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)

Minnesota gives final green light to disputed oil pipeline

Nov. 30, 2020 3:17 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota regulators approved the final permit Monday for Enbridge Energy’s Line 3 crude oil pipeline replacement across northern Minnesota, giving the company the green light to begin construction on the $2.6 billion project. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency granted a...

Storm creates ocean overwash on North Carolina coastal road

Nov. 30, 2020 3:07 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A strong low-pressure system whipped up ocean waves that forced the closure of a flood-prone highway on the North Carolina coast, officials said Monday. A photo posted by the N.C. Department of Transportation on its Facebook page showed that asphalt on N.C. Highway 12 was no longer...

Maine tree warden to measure effect of parasitoid flies

Nov. 30, 2020 1:50 PM EST

CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine (AP) — Cape Elizabeth’s tree warden has announced that the town will not band trees against the invasive winter moth this winter, in order to measure the progress of the release of parasitoid flies by the Maine Forest Service. In recent years, Cape Elizabeth’s trees...

Rifle deer hunting season is over while archery continues

Nov. 30, 2020 1:13 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's 16-day rifle deer hunting season has ended but the archery deer hunting season continues, and a second muzzleloader season starts this week. The archery season runs through Dec. 15. The muzzleloader season starts Saturday and runs through Dec. 13. During the archery...

FILE - This Nov. 18, 2020, file photo provided by the Utah Department of Public Safety shows a metal monolith in the ground in a remote area of red rock in Utah. The mysterious silver monolith that was placed in the Utah desert has disappeared less than 10 days after it was spotted by wildlife biologists performing a helicopter survey of bighorn sheep, federal officials and witnesses said. The Bureau of Land Management said it had received credible reports that the three-sided stainless steel structure was removed on Nov. 27.  (Utah Department of Public Safety via AP, File)

Disappearance of Utah monolith won't prompt major probe

Nov. 30, 2020 1:10 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Police won't be opening a major investigation into the disappearance of a mysterious silver-colored monolith that generated international attention and a mess when curious visitors made their way to the site of the discovery in the Utah desert. The sheriff in San Juan County says the...

Grizzly bear 399 and her four cubs cross the road in southern Jackson Hole as Cindy Campbell stops traffic on Nov. 17, 2020. The 24-year-old bear and her cubs have spent considerable time far from the sow's usual northern range in and around Grand Teton National Park. Wildlife managers have been monitoring the bears in an effort to keep people safe and the bears out of harm's way. Wyoming Game and Fish officials are concerned the bear has started keying in on human-related foods such as honey from a beekeeper's hives, a grain mix meant for livestock and a residential compost pile. (Ryan Dorgan/Jackson Hole News & Guide via AP)

Bear biologists concerned about famous grizzly's diet

Nov. 30, 2020 12:41 PM EST

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Bear biologist Mike Boyce was staked out on a road in south of Wilson for much of the day on Nov. 17 keeping tabs on five grizzly bears that were napping, playing and feeding on a deer carcass. “They devoured it in just a matter of a couple hours,” Boyce said from the...

Colorado oil, gas drilling hits record lows during pandemic

Nov. 30, 2020 11:58 AM EST

DENVER (AP) — The oil and gas industry in Colorado has seen a steep decline in production, rigs and employment during the pandemic not previously seen in decades, concerning many in the industry. Colorado Public Radio reported that oil production in the state has dropped 13% compared to the same period a...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018 file photo, clouds of smoke over Europe's largest lignite power plant in Belchatow, central Poland. Greenhouse gas emissions in the European Union have been reduced by 24% compared to 1990 levels, according to the bloc’s annual climate report. Still, the EU said Monday, Nov. 30, 2020 it need to intensify efforts to make its target of making Europe the first climate neutral continent by mid-century. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski, file)

Report: EU greenhouse gas emissions down 24% since 1990

Nov. 30, 2020 11:45 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Greenhouse gas emissions in the European Union have been reduced by 24% compared to 1990 levels, according to the bloc's annual climate report, but the EU said Monday it still needs to intensify efforts to keep to its target of making Europe the first climate-neutral continent by...

Brookfield floating bridge closes for the winter

Nov. 30, 2020 11:40 AM EST

BROOKFIELD, Vt. (AP) — The floating bridge over Sunset Lake in Brookfield is closed for the winter, the Vermont Transportation Agency announced Monday. The bridge on Vermont Route 65 closes in the fall every year and reopens in the spring after the snow melts. Drivers are advised to adjust their routes...