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Palestinian dies after being wounded near Gaza-Israel border

Jun. 18, 2018 7:16 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — A Palestinian man died in unclear circumstances near the Israel-Gaza border on Monday, hours after Israel and Hamas traded salvos over Palestinian incendiary kites. The Israeli military said in a statement that five Palestinian militants were wounded while attempting "to sabotage a...

Bumblebee blues: Pacific Northwest pollinator in trouble

Jun. 17, 2018 1:20 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Hundreds of citizen scientists have begun buzzing through locations across the Pacific Northwest seeking a better understanding about nearly 30 bumblebee species. Bumblebees, experts say, are important pollinators for both wild and agricultural plants, but some species have disappeared...

Missouri OKs bigger cattle feedlot near public garden

Jun. 16, 2018 8:38 AM EDT

KINGSVILLE, Mo. (AP) — The state has approved a permit to allow a feedlot to expand just three miles from a popular botanical garden and near several upscale homes. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources decision will allow a Lone Jack feedlot to grow from fewer than 999 cows to up to 6,999 cattle....

Farmers in Trump country protest Pruitt's ethanol policies

Jun. 15, 2018 1:05 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Deep in the heart of Trump country, Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt is being met with protests by farmers and ethanol producers concerned that he is undermining the industry with his strong support of oil and gas. Their unhappiness is being broadcast on billboards, at...

The Latest: Keystone XL opponent says 'fight is not over'

Jun. 14, 2018 11:53 PM EDT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The Latest on a developments with the Keystone XL oil pipeline (all times local): 5:25 p.m. An attorney for an organization opposing the Keystone XL oil pipeline says the "fight is not over" after the South Dakota Supreme Court dismissed a legal appeal from project foes. Robin Martinez,...

AP Investigation: Fish billed as local isn't always local

Jun. 14, 2018 10:10 PM EDT

MONTAUK, N.Y. (AP) — Even after winter storms left East Coast harbors thick with ice, some of the country's top chefs and trendy restaurants were offering sushi-grade tuna supposedly pulled in fresh off the coast of New York. But it was just an illusion. No tuna was landing there. The fish had long since...

Bill blocking future hog farm nuisance suits finalized

Jun. 14, 2018 9:53 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina legislators have finalized tougher restrictions upon neighbors of hog farms seeking to sue for damages because of the stench and other nuisances coming from industrial-scale livestock operations. The state Senate agreed Thursday night by a 32-9 vote to accept House...

South Dakota high court dismisses appeal against Keystone XL

Jun. 14, 2018 6:49 PM EDT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota's Supreme Court this week dismissed an appeal from opponents of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, saying a lower court lacked jurisdiction to hear their cases. But an attorney battling the project says the "fight is not over." Groups fighting TransCanada Corp.'s pipeline...

Farmer, ethanol producers rally during EPA chief's visit

Jun. 14, 2018 11:57 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Farmers and ethanol producers gave Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt a rough reception in South Dakota, accusing him of undermining the industry that's a key part of the state's economy. About 200 people rallied in Sioux Falls on Wednesday, urging Pruitt to...

Senate panel OKs farm bill, but House wants work provisions

Jun. 13, 2018 2:22 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate panel approved a modest, bipartisan rewrite of federal farm and nutrition programs on Wednesday, sidestepping a fight for now but setting up a clash with House Republicans intent on beefing up work requirements for food stamps. The legislation, approved by a bipartisan 20-1 vote,...