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Lung Association cites health benefits of electric vehicles

Oct. 15, 2020 7:40 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — After being in the groove of driving around in an electric vehicle, Ronald Kaltenbaugh tried driving his last gas car, which had been passed to his daughter. But all he could taste and smell were the fumes. Kaltenbaugh, president of the Electric Vehicle Association of Greater...

Central NY detective who had carbon monoxide poisoning dies

Oct. 12, 2020 1:38 PM EDT

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — A New York detective died three weeks after he and another person were found with carbon monoxide poisoning on a docked boat on the Erie Canal, officials said. The Syracuse police shared Sunday on Facebook that Detective William LaShomb, 36, died at his house, the Syracuse...

A flooded recreational area is seen in the aftermath of Hurricane Delta Saturday Oct. 10, 2020, in Iowa, La. (Bill Feig/The Advocate via AP, Pool)

The Latest: Louisiana officials announce 2nd death in storm

Oct. 11, 2020 6:51 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on Delta (all times CDT): 5:50 p.m. Louisiana officials have announced a second death from Hurricane Delta. A 70-year-old woman in Iberia Parish died in a fire likely caused by a natural gas leak following damage from the storm, the state Department of Health said Sunday. Gov....

Oregon relaxes some asbestos rules to speed wildfire cleanup

Oct. 10, 2020 12:14 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon officials are relaxing some requirements for handling ash and debris containing asbestos to speed work in removing debris from homes and buildings destroyed by wildfires. The Oregon Environmental Quality Commission on Friday also authorized the temporary stockpiling of...

21 MacArthur fellows awarded $625K in 'genius grants'

Oct. 6, 2020 7:24 PM EDT

Writers, sociologists and scientists, a documentary filmmaker, a legal scholar and an environmental health advocate are among the luminaries named as this year’s MacArthur fellows. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation on Tuesday announced 21 people will each receive $625,000 over five years to...

In this undated photo provided by the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, environmental activist Catherine Coleman Flowers poses for a photo in Montgomery, Ala. Flowers is among the 21 recipients of this year's “genius grants.

Activists, scientists, authors among 'genius grant' fellows

Oct. 6, 2020 7:23 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — An activist speaking out about inadequate waste and water sanitation in rural America, an author of young adult and children's literature reflecting the world's diversity, and a neuroscientist who used mathematics to study the brain's development are among the 21 recipients of this year's...

School officials charged with hiding lead, asbestos problems

Sep. 30, 2020 6:13 PM EDT

The former superintendent of a Pennsylvania school district and two other officials were charged Wednesday with felony child endangerment over allegations they covered up lead and asbestos contamination in the schools and exposed students and staff to serious health risks. Starting in 2016, officials in the...

North Dakota virus task force trying to make a difference

Sep. 26, 2020 1:02 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — In the seven weeks since the Burleigh-Morton COVID-19 Task Force was created, it has increased access to testing, assisted schools with reopening plans and secured a shelter for homeless COVID-19 patients. But coronavirus cases in the region continue to spike, and there is more work...

Carbon monoxide poisoning eyed in death of woman on boat

Sep. 22, 2020 9:58 AM EDT

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — A New York woman was found dead in a boat and a man, who is a police officer, is seriously ill in what authorities suspect is carbon monoxide poisoning. Friends of Blair M. Dodge, 34, went looking for her on Monday when she did not come into work, and found her and William R. LaShomb...

A man wearing a mask walks by the lake outside of the Washington State Capitol in Olympia, Wash., Friday, Sept. 11, 2020. Olympia is among the places facing unhealthy air quality due to wildfires in the Pacific Northwest. (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte)

Wildfire smoke brings worst air quality to Portland, Seattle

Sep. 11, 2020 6:03 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Smoke pollution from wildfires raging in California and across the Pacific Northwest worsened in San Francisco, Seattle and Portland, Oregon, on Friday, giving those cities and others in the region some of the world’s worst air quality. Public health officials warned residents to...