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Dominion planning large wind farm off Virginia coast

Sep. 19, 2019 1:18 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Dominion Energy announced plans Thursday to seek approval to build what it says would be the largest offshore wind project in the United States off the Virginia coast. The company told The Associated Press ahead of a public announcement that the project would include about 220 wind...

Walgreens, Google affiliate to test drone deliveries

Sep. 19, 2019 1:05 PM EDT

Walgreens and a Google affiliate are testing drone deliveries that can put drugstore products on customer doorsteps minutes after being ordered. Snacks like Goldfish Crackers or gummi bears as well as aspirin for sick kids will be delivered starting next month in Christiansburg, Virginia, by a 10-pound drone...

Utah wildfire officials prepare for post-fire erosion

Sep. 19, 2019 1:00 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A northern Utah wildfire response team has begun preparing for potential post-fire erosion and flooding in the region, officials said. The Davis County fire was 68% contained after a day of rain Tuesday, the U.S. Forest Service said. The response team visited the region Wednesday to...

Greece: Oxygen-starved fish dying in drought-hit lake

Sep. 19, 2019 12:54 PM EDT

KORONEIA, Greece (AP) — Tens of thousands of dead fish have been found on the banks of a lake in a protected nature reserve in northern Greece after high temperatures and drought conditions caused a severe drop in water levels. State environmental officials said Thursday that the water level at Lake...

Amazon vows to cut emissions to combat climate change

Sep. 19, 2019 12:46 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon, which delivers more than 10 billion items a year on fuel-guzzling planes, vans and trucks, vowed Thursday to cut the amount of damage it does to the environment and report its greenhouse gas emissions regularly. The online shopping giant has been facing pressure from its own...

Green activists lose challenge to Irish govt climate plan

Sep. 19, 2019 12:43 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — An Irish court has rejected a challenge by environmental activists who said the government's plans for tackling climate change don't go far enough. Friends of the Irish Environment argued that the government's climate action plan breached human rights obligations and contravened Ireland's...

Dozens of people attend virtual meeting on future of wolves

Sep. 19, 2019 12:28 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Dozens of people listened to a virtual meeting involving the future of wolf management in Washington state. The Spokesman-Review says the 90-minute meeting on Tuesday was the first of three to discuss how wolves will be managed after their numbers grow to the point they are considered...

Overriding veto, Senate votes to boost preservation funding

Sep. 19, 2019 11:48 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The state Senate has overridden Gov. Chris Sununu's veto of a bill that would boost funding for a program that helps towns and cities preserve land and rehabilitate historical buildings. The bill would increase the fee paid during real estate transfers by $10 to generate an additional...

Idaho officials say cat has rabies, first case in decades

Sep. 19, 2019 11:17 AM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho health officials say a cat has tested positive for rabies for the first time in 27 years. The Department of Health and Welfare says the cat in Owyhee County was behaving aggressively and bit its owner. It tested positive for a strain of rabies normally associated with bats. The...

BLM lease sale in Wyoming nets $8.3 million in bids

Sep. 19, 2019 11:08 AM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — An oil and gas lease sale on federal land in Wyoming resulted in bids totaling $8.3 million on 175 parcels. The Bureau of Land Management says about 264,000 acres were involved in the sale this week. Leasing is the first step in the process to develop federal oil and gas resources,...