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Officials want $100M for reef restoration in Florida Keys

Dec. 10, 2019 3:32 PM EST

KEY LARGO, Fla. (AP) — Federal officials have announced plans to raise $100 million to fund projects to restore seven significant coral reef sites in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. “Mission: Iconic Reefs” calls for restoring nearly 70 acres (28 hectares) of the Florida Reef...

Bloomberg tells UN climate talks: You can count on the US

Dec. 10, 2019 3:19 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — New York billionaire and presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg led a high-powered charge against President Donald Trump's climate policies Tuesday, assuring activists, scientists and politicians from around the world that Americans are committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions...

The Associated Press picks the top moments on TV from 2019

Dec. 10, 2019 2:37 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Many have noticed how fragmented our TV viewing is, with multiple competing streaming services and dozens of channels pulling us in different directions. But the year also saw some jaw-dropping moments that found huge audiences, whether it was a royal interview or a viral alien. The...

Arctic habitats and cultures on thin ice as region warms

Dec. 10, 2019 2:03 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rising temperatures and shrinking snow and ice cover in the Arctic are endangering habitats, fisheries and local cultures, according to a report issued Tuesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. “A lot of people think of the Arctic as being a faraway place, but...

In Sweden's Arctic, ice atop snow leaves reindeer starving

Dec. 10, 2019 6:17 AM EST

KIRUNA, Sweden (AP) — Thick reindeer fur boots and a fur hat covering most of his face shielded Niila Inga from freezing winds as he raced his snowmobile up to a mountain top overlooking his reindeer in the Swedish arctic. His community herds about 8,000 reindeer year-round, moving them between...

6 dead from New Zealand volcano as helpers describe horror

Dec. 10, 2019 5:50 AM EST

WHAKATANE, New Zealand (AP) — Survivors of a powerful volcanic eruption in New Zealand ran into the sea to escape the scalding steam and ash and emerged covered in burns, say those who first helped them. The accounts Tuesday came as some relatives were forced to continue waiting for news of their loved...

NASA chief gets latest look at new moon rocket

Dec. 9, 2019 6:28 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine and the media got an up-close look Monday at a huge, newly completed rocket for the program aimed at putting a man and woman on the moon as early as 2024. Bridenstine was in New Orleans to see the first of the “core stage" rockets for NASA's...

Up to 13 feared dead in volcanic eruption off New Zealand

Dec. 9, 2019 5:33 PM EST

TAURANGA, New Zealand (AP) — A volcano off the New Zealand coast erupted Monday with a towering blast of ash and scalding steam as dozens of tourists were exploring its moon-like surface, killing five people and leaving eight others missing and feared dead, authorities said. Helicopter crews landed on...

AP Exclusive: Accidental shootings show police training gaps

Dec. 9, 2019 5:32 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — When an Iowa mother tried to take her child from her husband during an argument on a snowy sidewalk in 2015, an officer stepped in to stop the scuffle, but he accidentally fired his weapon as a dog approached. The bullet went through the woman’s arm and into her chest, killing her as...

Ice bucket challenge inspiration Pete Frates dies at 34

Dec. 9, 2019 5:00 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Pete Frates, a former college baseball player whose battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease helped inspire the ALS ice bucket challenge that has raised more than $200 million worldwide, died Monday. He was 34. Frates died peacefully, surrounded by his family, they said in a statement....