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AP Interview: UN aid chief says we must tackle crises causes

Jun. 18, 2021 01:41 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The outgoing U.N. humanitarian chief warned that “the explosion” in needs for humanitarian assistance in recent years will keep getting worse until major powers tackle the root causes of hunger and desperation -- conflicts, extremism, climate change, poor...

EXPLAINER: What's behind the heat wave in the American West?

Jun. 17, 2021 20:44 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Much of the American West has been blasted with sweltering heat this week as a high pressure dome combines with the worst drought in modern history to launch temperatures into the triple digits, toppling records even before the official start of summer. ...

Foam containing 'forever chemicals' used against plant fire

Jun. 17, 2021 20:05 PM EDT

A company hired to help extinguish a fire that gutted a northern Illinois chemical plant this week used foam containing toxic compounds that have tainted surface waters and groundwater across the U.S., officials said Thursday. The private contractor sprayed the foam for...

Senate GOP hails new Interior deputy as 'voice of reason'

Jun. 17, 2021 17:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate easily confirmed former Obama administration official Tommy Beaudreau as deputy secretary at the Interior Department on Thursday, a rare bipartisan moment in an increasingly bitter fight over President Joe Biden's policies on energy production and climate...

Conservation groups offer $15K reward for info on wolf death

Jun. 17, 2021 17:52 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A coalition of conservation groups is offering a $15,000 reward for information on the poaching of the breeding female of the Wedge wolf pack in northeastern Washington state. The wolf was found dead of a gunshot wound May 26 in the Sheep Creek...

Protection sought for California fish and lizard species

Jun. 17, 2021 17:48 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A tiny fish native to Southern California streams and a legless, sand-swimming lizard will be studied to determine whether they qualify for protection under the federal Endangered Species Act, a conservation group said Wednesday. The Center for...

Northwestern Band of Shoshone sues Idaho over hunting rights

Jun. 17, 2021 17:43 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation is suing Idaho Gov. Brad Little and state wildlife officials in federal court, contending the state has wrongly denied the tribe hunting rights guaranteed by the 1868 Treaty of Fort Bridger. The lawsuit,...

Colorado governor signs big transportation bill into law

Jun. 17, 2021 17:26 PM EDT

EVERGREEN, Colo. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Jared Polis has signed into law an ambitious transportation funding bill that addresses Colorado’s long-neglected highway infrastructure while promoting programs to wean residents from their gas-guzzling vehicles and reduce greenhouse gas emissions....

Arizona Legislature passes $100M fire funding plan

Jun. 17, 2021 16:32 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Legislature on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a bill creating a $100 million fund to respond to a wildfire emergency as fires continue to burn across the state. Despite the broad approval — the House vote was 56-2 and the Senate vote was...

Amid red tide outbreak, Florida beckons visitors to beaches

Jun. 17, 2021 15:52 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Plumes of toxic oceanic bacteria known as red tide continued to move up the western Florida coast, strewing thousands of dead fish on beaches while state officials tried to reassure Floridians and potential tourists Thursday that the outbreak was being taken...