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A woman walks along a park covered in volcanic-ash at a town near Taal volcano in Tagaytay, Cavite province, southern Philippines on Sunday Jan. 19, 2020. Philippine officials said Sunday the government will no longer allow villagers to return to a crater-studded island where an erupting Taal volcano lies, warning that living there would be

Philippines looks for safer homes for volcano residents

Jan. 19, 2020 9:03 PM EST

TAGAYTAY, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine government will no longer allow people to live on the crater-studded island that's home to the erupting Taal volcano, with officials warning that living there would be “like having a gun pointed at you." The simmering volcano has ejected smaller ash plumes...

Disaster loans: Closed Mississippi beaches hurt businesses

Jan. 17, 2020 5:21 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Low-interest disaster loans are available for small Mississippi businesses hurt by toxic bacteria that closed every mainland beach in the state during the summer. Those in adjacent counties in Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana also are eligible. The federal Small Business...

Missouri farmer ran one of the biggest frauds in US history

Jan. 17, 2020 1:01 AM EST

CHILLICOTHE, Mo. (AP) — Like all the best con artists, Randy Constant was a charmer, hard not to like. Big hearted. Good listener. You’d never have guessed that the father of three, grandfather of five was a liar, cheat and serial philanderer who masterminded one of the biggest and longest-running...

Maine to let new people into lucrative baby eel fishing biz

Jan. 16, 2020 4:23 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The state of Maine is allowing nine new people to participate in the fishing industry that harvests baby eels, which are among the most valuable natural resources in the state. Baby eels, called elvers, are harvested so they can be used as seed stock by Asian aquaculture companies....

Florida could change fireworks law that's now for the birds

Jan. 15, 2020 12:50 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Floridians would no longer have to lie about buying fireworks to scare birds away from their crops when they celebrate the Fourth of July and New Year's under a bill approved by a Senate committee Wednesday. Fireworks that explode or fire off into the air are illegal in Florida...

Tribes break ground on hatchery that aims to restore salmon

Jan. 15, 2020 12:09 PM EST

MILTON-FREEWATER, Ore. (AP) — The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation has broke ground on a long-awaited hatchery in the Walla Wall River basin. During a ground-breaking event at the South Fork Walla Walla Chinook salmon spawning facility outside Milton-Freewater, Tribal Board of...

Grant aimed at boosting endangered candy darter's comeback

Jan. 13, 2020 6:11 AM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An endangered fish could get a boost from grants aimed at restoring its population in West Virginia. The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is matching a $61,000 grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and use it for a program to increase numbers of the candy darter,...

Elk River set to get 1,000 pounds of trout

Jan. 10, 2020 10:35 AM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Elk River is getting another helping of trout. The Kanawha County Commission on Friday said it plans to stock the river with a thousand pounds of rainbow trout to attract fishermen and boost the local economy. The stocking is scheduled to take place in a stretch of the river...

Future of fish farming in federal waters at issue in court

Jan. 6, 2020 5:00 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The potential environmental and economic consequences posed by proposals for fish farming in federal waters dictate that Congress — not a federal agency — must decide how to regulate the industry, an attorney told a federal appeals court Monday. At issue before the 5th...

Low Oregon snowfall could spell tough summer for agriculture

Jan. 3, 2020 1:25 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Lagging snowfall early in the season in Oregon could mean a tough, dry summer for farmers and ranchers around the state. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Resources Conservation Service says the amount of water from snow that's fallen in Oregon right now is just 45% of normal...