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Plutonium found in Colorado soil; 2nd test shows lower level

Aug. 20, 2019 7:39 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Elevated levels of plutonium were found in the soil near a former nuclear weapons plant outside Denver, while a second test showed far lower levels, health officials said Tuesday. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said it is trying to sort out the conflicting results of...

California to build largest wildlife crossing in world

Aug. 20, 2019 2:35 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Like many urban singles, the mountain lion P-22 lives a solitary life in a too-small habitat. And he has a hard time finding a mate in the big city. Famous for traveling across two freeways and making a huge Los Angeles park his home, the lonesome big cat has become a symbol of the...

Correction: Red Panda Triplets story

Aug. 20, 2019 10:39 AM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — In a story Aug. 19 about the birth of red panda triplets, The Associated Press misspelled the first name of the Virginia Zoo's veterinarian. Her name is Colleen Clabbers. A corrected version of the story is below: A 'unique situation': Red panda triplets born in Virginia A zoo in...

10 Things to Know for Today

Aug. 20, 2019 9:57 AM EDT

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. WITH EYES ON 2020, WHITE HOUSE INSISTS ECONOMY IS STRONG Despite record low unemployment and a growing economy, that growth is slowing and stock markets have swung wildly in recent weeks on fears of...

Thai tycoon in poaching scandal convicted on firearms charge

Aug. 20, 2019 6:11 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A court in Thailand on Tuesday sentenced a construction tycoon to six months in prison for illegal firearms possession in the latest case in a scandal that erupted when he was accused of poaching protected animals in a wildlife sanctuary. The Bangkok Criminal Court halved the one-year...

Urgency for vaccine grows as virus ravages China's pigs

Aug. 20, 2019 1:14 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Scientists are working to develop a vaccine to help guard the world's pork supply as a deadly virus ravages Asia's pig herds. Farmers have long contained its spread by quarantining and killing infected animals, but the disease's devastating march into East Asia is intensifying the search for...

'Codfather' settlement means magnate will never fish again

Aug. 19, 2019 7:54 PM EDT

A fishing magnate known as the Codfather will never be allowed to return to U.S. fisheries, the federal government said Monday in announcing it has settled its civil case against a man whose arrest for shirking quotas and smuggling profits overseas shocked the East Coast industry. The settlement with Carlos...

Alaska wildfire season continues with new fires, hot weather

Aug. 19, 2019 7:21 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's wildfire season usually ends well before mid-August but persistent hot, dry weather has contributed to the start of new fires and the spread of old ones. High winds Saturday damaged power lines or knocked trees into lines, sparking multiple fires, including one that...

New lawsuit seeks protection zone for Northwest orcas

Aug. 19, 2019 6:01 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A new U.S. lawsuit filed Monday seeks to establish a whale protection zone for endangered orcas in the Pacific Northwest. The Center for Biological Diversity and the Orca Relief Citizens' Alliance sued NOAA Fisheries in U.S. District Court in Seattle, saying the agency has failed to act on a...

AP Explains: Brazil's environmental changes under Bolsonaro

Aug. 19, 2019 2:34 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Pressure is rising around the administration of President Jair Bolsonaro to comply with Brazil's pledge to fight global warming, as the international community gathers in the northern state of Bahia for a week-long UN workshop on climate change. Bolsonaro, a far-right climate skeptic,...