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Washington state company to settle EPA water pollution case

May. 21, 2019 1:00 AM EDT

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state lumber company has agreed to a settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency over allegations of water pollution. The News Tribune reported Monday that Manke Lumber will pay a $320,000 penalty and build a treatment system to fix water quality violations. Court...

African painted dog killed by collapsing gate at Zoo Miami

May. 20, 2019 6:58 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Officials at a Florida zoo say a young African painted dog was killed when a gate collapsed on her. Zoo Miami posted on Facebook that the juvenile female died Monday. She was one of five puppies born at the zoo in January. Zoo officials say the endangered canines were being moved between...

2 Idaho brothers accused of illegally killing deer in Nevada

May. 20, 2019 5:58 PM EDT

ELKO, Nev. (AP) — Authorities have filed a total of 27 charges against two Idaho brothers accused of illegally killing a pair of mule deer bucks in northeast Nevada. The Nevada Department of Wildlife announced Monday that Elko County prosecutors recently filed the charges against Wade and Blake Asher....

Xcel Energy plans to end coal use in Upper Midwest by 2030

May. 20, 2019 5:00 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Xcel Energy said Monday the Minneapolis-based utility plans to retire its two remaining coal plants in the Upper Midwest by 2030, a decade earlier than scheduled, bringing praise from environmental groups. The company also announced plans to expand wind and solar energy, use cleaner...

States turn to drones to predict avalanches, spot wildlife

May. 20, 2019 4:23 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — In Utah, drones are hovering near avalanches to watch roaring snow. In North Carolina, they're searching for the nests of endangered birds. In Kansas, they could soon be identifying sick cows through heat signatures. Public transportation agencies are using drones in nearly every...

Man pleads guilty to taking lemur from California zoo

May. 20, 2019 4:18 PM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a man has agreed to plead guilty to stealing a ring-tailed lemur from a Southern California zoo. The U.S. attorney's office says in a news release that 19-year-old Aquinas Kasbar of Newport Beach agreed to plead guilty to one misdemeanor count of unlawfully...

Work underway on British tanker sunk by U-boat off NY in WW2

May. 20, 2019 3:38 PM EDT

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — Work is underway to extract oil from a British tanker sunk by a German U-boat off Long Island during World War II. A team has been at the site of the tanker, named Coimbra, since April 29 and has pumped more than 62,000 gallons (235,000 liters) of oil since May 11, the Coast Guard...

2020 hopeful Bennet proposes $1 trillion climate change fund

May. 20, 2019 1:29 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bennet said Monday he wants to commit $1 trillion for underwriting research and projects to address climate change, set aside about one-third of U.S. lands and ocean territory for conservation and reach net-zero U.S. emissions by midcentury. His...

Trump's EPA shifts more environmental enforcement to states

May. 20, 2019 11:50 AM EDT

BOKOSHE, Okla. (AP) — Susan Holmes' home, corner store and roadside beef jerky stand are right off Oklahoma Highway 31, putting them in the path of trucks hauling ash and waste from a power plant that burns the high-sulfur coal mined near this small town. For years, when Bokoshe residents were outside, the...

Congressman calls for probe into research censorship claims

May. 20, 2019 11:34 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse is calling for an investigation to be reopened into allegations that the National Park Service tried to remove references to human-caused climate change from a University of Colorado researcher's report. The Denver Post reported Sunday that the Colorado Democrat is urging...