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Forest statement on toll project points to 2020 governor bid

Aug. 17, 2018 3:04 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Brief words from North Carolina Lt. Gov. Dan Forest about a toll project have reinforced expectations he will run for governor in 2020. The Republican released a statement the day after Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's transportation secretary described efforts to alter plans for two...

Woman whose family perished in Greek fire files lawsuit

Aug. 17, 2018 9:37 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A woman whose family perished in a deadly Greek forest fire filed a criminal lawsuit Friday against seven officials, including Greece's interior minister, asserting they share the blame for the blaze that killed dozens. Barbara Voukaki, who lost her husband Grigoris Fytros,...

Maine forest rangers investigating trash dumping

Aug. 17, 2018 1:20 AM EDT

FRYEBURG, Maine (AP) — The Maine Forest Service is searching for the person or people responsible for dumping a large amount of trash on a gravel road. The Kennebec Journal reports the trash was found on a wooded portion of Clay Road in Fryeburg this week. The trash included cardboard boxes and plastic...

US vows to work more closely with states to fight wildfires

Aug. 16, 2018 7:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As wildfires choke California and other Western states, the Trump administration pledged Thursday to work more closely with state and local officials to prevent wildfires from ever starting. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said the Forest Service and other agencies will step up efforts...

Appeals court ruling halts giant forest project in Idaho

Aug. 16, 2018 4:50 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A giant forest project in Idaho is on hold following a ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The decision Monday halts the 125-square-mile (325-square-kilometer) project on the Payette National Forest that includes commercial timber sales, work to improve fish passage,...

Dead body of man found in Saguaro Lake northeast of Phoenix

Aug. 16, 2018 4:06 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities say a dead body has been found in Saguaro Lake northeast of Phoenix. Maricopa County Sheriff's officials say a woman kayaking on the lake Thursday spotted the body in the water near a boat ramp and called 911. They say the unidentified body of a man has been recovered. There's no...

Sheriff: Daughter kills mother's abusive boyfriend

Aug. 16, 2018 3:42 PM EDT

FOREST CITY, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina sheriff's office says a teenager shot and killed a man who was strangling her mother. The Rutherford County Sheriff's Office said on its Facebook page 46-year-old Steven Kelley was assaulting a woman Aug. 8 at a home in Forest City where they lived with her three...

Forests group halts plan to endorse Indonesian paper giant

Aug. 16, 2018 11:53 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The main global group for certifying sustainable wood has suspended plans to give its influential endorsement to Indonesian paper giant Sinarmas after revelations it cut down tropical forests and used an opaque corporate structure to hide its activities. The Forest Stewardship...

One of world's top urban forests threatened by tiny beetle

Aug. 16, 2018 5:11 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — One of the world's largest urban forests is under threat from a tiny beetle. The polyphagous shot hole borer is thought to have made its way to Johannesburg from Southeast Asia on packing crates or through the trade in plant materials. Trudy Paap, a forest pathologist at the University...

Sheriff: Burned car with body belonged to missing woman

Aug. 16, 2018 12:33 AM EDT

FOREST, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi authorities say a burned car found with a body inside at the Bienville National Forest belongs to a missing woman. Scott County Sheriff Mike Lee says the burned car belongs to 32-year-old Latasha Patrick Johnson. Investigators were able to determine ownership by the VIN and...