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Report: East Africa pipeline 'breaches banking principles'

Jul. 07, 2022 12:22 PM EDT

A controversial oil project that would connect oilfields in a Ugandan National Park to a port in Tanzania breaches global environmental guidelines for banks, according to a new nonprofit report Tuesday. The 897-mile (1443-kilometer) East Africa Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP), planned by...

Yellowstone floods reveal forecasting flaws as world warms

Jul. 07, 2022 11:44 AM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Yellowstone National Park area's weather forecast the morning of June 12 seemed fairly tame: warmer temperatures and rain showers would accelerate mountain snow melt and could produce “minor flooding." A National Weather Service bulletin recommended moving livestock...

State: 201K gallons of oil spill from pipeline in Tennessee

Jul. 07, 2022 11:40 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Officials are cleaning up a massive oil spill from a multistate pipeline that ruptured in rural Tennessee. According to the state Department of Environment and Conservation, approximately 201,600 gallons of crude oil spilled from the pipeline on June 29 and...

Heat, drought and wildfires: Torrid spell torments Portugal

Jul. 07, 2022 11:21 AM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal is bracing for a heat wave, with temperatures in some areas forecast to climb as high as 43 C (109 F) this weekend just as a severe drought grips the country. The Civil Protection Agency, a Portuguese government body that coordinates official...

Deep snow delays opening of Glacier's Going-to-the-Sun road

Jul. 07, 2022 09:57 AM EDT

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Glacier National Park’s Going-to-the-Sun Road could have its latest opening since it was constructed in 1933 as crews continue to clear deep snows from the popular and scenic highway. Park officials said the road will be passable no earlier than July 13...

Trial opens in deadly collapse of Italy's Morandi Bridge

Jul. 07, 2022 09:21 AM EDT

GENOA, Italy (AP) — Fifty-nine people went on trial Thursday for the 2018 collapse of Genoa’s Morandi bridge, accused of manslaughter and other charges in the deaths of 43 people. The defendants include former executives and technical experts of the company that manages many of...

'Taken too soon': Remembering Highland Park shooting victims

Jul. 07, 2022 08:53 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Two of the victims of a July Fourth parade massacre in a Chicago suburb left behind a 2-year-old son. Another was staying with family in Illinois after he was injured in car wreck. For some, it was a tradition. They were avid travelers, members of their synagogue...

Flood threat moves north as Sydney area emergency eases

Jul. 07, 2022 08:32 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — Floodwaters were receding in Sydney and its surrounding area Thursday as heavy rain threatened to inundate towns north of Australia’s largest city. Evacuation orders and official warnings to prepare to abandon homes were given to 60,000 people by Thursday, down from...

8 killed, 44 injured in car crash in southern Egypt

Jul. 07, 2022 08:22 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Eight people were killed and 44 injured in a car crash on Thursday near Egypt's southern province of Aswan, the state-run news agency reported. The crash took place in the early morning when a passenger bus collided with a truck, on a highway linking Awsan to Abu...

EU warns of dire climate season ahead with droughts, fires

Jul. 07, 2022 07:13 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's executive warned on Thursday that the continent is facing one of its toughest years when it comes to natural disasters like droughts and wildfires because of increasing climate change. With extremely dry weather hitting several Mediterranean...