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Deputy shoots and wounds armed man in Orange County store

Jan. 20, 2022 13:04 PM EST

LAKE FOREST, Calif. (AP) — A man who was armed with a gun and a knife inside a Southern California Walmart was shot and wounded by a sheriff's deputy, authorities said Thursday. Deputies were called Wednesday evening to the store in the Foothill Ranch section of Lake Forest on...

US plans $50B wildfire fight where forests meet civilization

Jan. 18, 2022 18:08 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Biden administration said Tuesday it will significantly expand efforts to stave off catastrophic wildfires that have torched areas of the U.S. West by more aggressively thinning forests around “hot spots” where nature and neighborhoods collide. As...

Tree killing beetle found in Maine forests, scientists say

Jan. 18, 2022 16:39 PM EST

YORK COUNTY, Maine (AP) — A Southern pine beetle has found its way to Maine, potentially endangering the ecosystem of the state's forests, scientists say. The beetle was discovered in Waterboro last fall, a long way from its home in the South of the U.S. where it has destroyed...

Tarnished Gold: Illegal mining stokes Indigenous divisions

Jan. 18, 2022 12:50 PM EST

RAPOSA SERRA DO SOL INDIGENOUS TERRITORY, Brazil (AP) — The mining encampment that stretches across a mountainside in Brazil’s Amazon is dotted with plastic tarpaulin covers. Under them, dozens of men toil in rocky pits, excavating sacks of ore to be transported by truck. Gold will be extracted...

Vermont conserves 6,500 acres in Worcester and Elmore

Jan. 17, 2022 10:28 AM EST

WORCESTER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Land Trust and the state of Vermont have finalized a deal to protect 6,500 acres of land in Worcester and Elmore. The Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation has purchased conservation easements for two large parcels of forestland in...

Pinelands lovers: NJ not saving forests from vehicle damage

Jan. 17, 2022 08:33 AM EST

SHAMONG, N.J. (AP) — Advocates for New Jersey's ecologically sensitive Pinelands region say the state is not doing nearly enough to protect the fragile woodlands from damage caused by motorcycles and off-road vehicles. Parts of numerous state forests contained within the 1.1...

New police chief named for South Carolina city

Jan. 15, 2022 18:17 PM EST

FOREST ACRES, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina city has named a new police chief. The City of Forest Acres said its City Council unanimously decided Thursday on Capt. Don Robinson to take over as chief. Robinson is a 33-year veteran law enforcement officer who has served...

Tarnished Gold: Illegal Amazon gold seeps into supply chains

Jan. 13, 2022 10:22 AM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — The medals were billed as the most sustainable ever produced. To match the festive spirit of South America’s first Olympics, officials from Brazil, the host country for the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro, boasted that the medals hung around the necks of athletes on...

Tarnished Gold: Illegal Amazon gold seeps into supply chains

Jan. 13, 2022 08:24 AM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — The medals were billed as the most sustainable ever produced. To match the festive spirit of South America’s first Olympics, officials from Brazil, the host country for the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro, boasted that the medals hung around the necks of athletes on...

Idaho confronts climate change with money to protect forests

Jan. 11, 2022 17:01 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Increasingly destructive Idaho wildfires that the state’s Republican governor blames in part on climate change have resulted in him proposing a budget adding more firefighters and $150 million for future firefighting costs. Gov. Brad Little included the money...