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EU court: Czechs want Poland fined for ignoring mine ban

Jun. 15, 2021 11:48 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The European Union's top court said Tuesday that the Czech Republic is pressing for Poland to be fined 5 million euros ($6 million) for every day it ignores the court’s order last month to immediately shut a lignite mine near the two countries' border. ...

Fire danger spikes as heat grips parts of Montana, Wyoming

Jun. 15, 2021 11:43 AM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Authorities warned of extreme wildfire dangers as a sweltering heat wave was forecast to intensify across much of Montana and northern Wyoming on Tuesday after already delivering record high temperatures. National Weather Service forecasters said...

Wildlife groups investigating bird deaths in DC region

Jun. 15, 2021 11:42 AM EDT

RESTON, Va. (AP) — People should stop feeding birds while scientists determine why hundreds have been blinded and killed in the Washington, D.C., region since late May, a federal agency said. Wildlife managers in Washington, Virginia, Maryland and West Virginia have...

On Florida's horizon: dust, brilliant sunsets and allergies

Jun. 15, 2021 11:38 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Sunsets across Florida in the coming days could become even more spectacular, as clouds of dust from the Sahara desert sweep in across the Atlantic coast. The plume is expected to dampen storm activity but worsen air pollution, causing trouble...

Woman dead in cliff fall in Wyoming's Bighorn Mountains

Jun. 15, 2021 11:24 AM EDT

SHERIDAN, Wyo. (AP) — A woman fell off a cliff and died in northern Wyoming's Bighorn Mountains. How the woman in her late 20s fell off Steamboat Point early Tuesday was unknown, the Sheridan County Sheriff's Office said in a statement. Sheriff's...

Sri Lanka seeks UN help in assessing damage from ship fire

Jun. 15, 2021 11:23 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's government is seeking help from the United Nations and other countries in assessing the environmental damage caused by a fire on a container ship carrying chemicals that is sinking off its capital, officials said Tuesday. The 12-day...

Prosecutor: Uncooperative witnesses stall forest fire probe

Jun. 15, 2021 11:18 AM EDT

LAKEWOOD, N.J. (AP) — Authorities in Ocean County say the investigation into a March forest fire in Lakewood and Brick townships has stalled due to uncooperative witnesses. The Ocean County Prosecutor's Office determined soon after the March 14 blaze that it had been...

Feds inspected Illinois chemical plant weeks before blast

Jun. 15, 2021 11:00 AM EDT

A northern Illinois chemical plant that was rocked by an explosion and massive fires that prompted evacuations was inspected by a federal agency less than a month before the blast sent debris raining down onto nearby areas. Inspectors from the U.S. Labor Department’s...

GM, Wabtec to develop hydrogen powered locomotives

Jun. 15, 2021 10:08 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors has signed a deal to develop railroad locomotives powered by a hydrogen fuel cell and battery system. Under a nonbinding agreement with locomotive maker Wabtec Corp., GM batteries and hydrogen technology will be used in locomotives to help...

Gardening: For easy, effective weeding, go back to the hoe

Jun. 15, 2021 09:55 AM EDT

I’ll bet that in some corner of your toolshed or garage, an old hoe is leaning against a wall. A hoe that hasn’t seen use in a long, long time, having been replaced by, perhaps, a gasoline- or electric-powered tiller, chemical weed killers, or mulches. Hoeing is not...