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Lions' Jamaal Williams ready for his return to Green Bay

Sep. 18, 2021 16:06 PM EDT

Detroit Lions running back Jamaal Williams addresses the prospect of facing his former team with the candor and humor that made him such a popular figure throughout his four seasons with the Green Bay Packers. Williams rushed for over 2,000 yards...

Police look for Laundrie in reserve; Petito still not found

Sep. 18, 2021 15:57 PM EDT

NORTH PORT, Fla. (AP) — Police in Florida on Saturday searched a vast wildlife reserve near the Gulf Coast for 23-year-old Brian Laundrie, a person of interest in the disappearance of his girlfriend, Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito. More than 50 North Port police officers,...

California wildfires make run toward giant sequoia groves

Sep. 18, 2021 15:46 PM EDT

THREE RIVERS, Calif. (AP) — Crews were watching the weather this weekend as they battled California wildfires that have burned into some groves of ancient sequoias as they try to protect the world's largest tree. The National Weather Service issued a weather watch for...

Acadia National Park on track for a record year

Sep. 18, 2021 15:27 PM EDT

BAR HARBOR, Maine (AP) — Acadia National Park is on track for a record year as park officials see no signs of visitation slowing down this fall. The park’s busiest year on record was 2018, when there were 3.54 million visits. This year, the number could top 4 million,...

Drought tests centuries-old water traditions in New Mexico

Sep. 18, 2021 13:55 PM EDT

ABIQUIU, N.M. (AP) — At the edge of a sandstone outcropping, Teresa Leger Fernández looks out on the Rio Chama. The river tracks a diverse landscape from the southern edge of the Rocky Mountains through rugged basalt hillsides, layers of volcanic tuff, and the red and yellow cliffs made...

Lawmakers review agency charged with coastal regulation

Sep. 18, 2021 13:30 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A legislative commission is looking at ways to reorganize Rhode Island's lead agency for reviewing offshore wind projects and other coastal development proposals. House Rep. Deborah Ruggiero, a Jamestown Democrat, will lead the 15-member House...

Man gets probation for improper shipping of nuclear waste

Sep. 18, 2021 12:12 PM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A judge has opted against prison time for a Kentucky man who pleaded guilty to shipping low-level nuclear waste to a Kentucky landfill without proper labeling. A federal judge handed down a five-year probation sentence Wednesday for Cory David...

Oregon tree experts expect delayed mortality due to drought

Sep. 18, 2021 11:35 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The effects of the drought and heat on trees won’t be fully known until next spring, tree experts in Oregon say. Oregon State University professor and forest health specialist Dave Shaw told The Oregonian/OregonLive that there’s typically...

USM prof, Water Institute work to restore Chandeleur Islands

Sep. 18, 2021 10:57 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana-based research organization and a professor at the University of Southern Mississippi are joining forces in a research project aimed at restoring and protecting the Chandeleur Islands in the northern Gulf of Mexico. In a news release...

Elmer's Island Wildlife Refuge to remain closed due to Ida

Sep. 18, 2021 10:19 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Hurricane Ida's strike on Louisiana left a path of destruction at Elmer's Island Wildlife Refuge, which will remain closed until further notice as a result. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said the refuge, in Jefferson Parish...