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USDA to buy $30M in shrimp to aid Gulf seafood industry

Aug. 9, 2020 11:09 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Gulf of Mexico seafood industry is getting help from the federal government. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it will buy $30 million worth of shrimp from Gulf Coast fishermen in an effort to stabilize the industry. The announcement comes after Louisiana and Mississippi...

Navajo 'water warrior' drives miles on pandemic aid mission

Aug. 9, 2020 11:00 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — When the sun is up, he’s up and ready to hit the road by 8. Flatbed trucks are loaded with brimming barrels of water, and the teams take off – up and down the burnt orange washboard roads that crisscross the Navajo Nation. Zoel Zohnnie grew up on a ranch in these vast lands,...

100th wildlife management area established in Vermont

Aug. 9, 2020 10:29 AM EDT

SHREWSBURY, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department has established its 100th Wildlife Management Area. The 526-acre property in Shrewsbury is “a key parcel in a strategic, state-significant wildlife corridor, connecting state land to the north with federal and privately conserved...

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Rural neighborhood drew app-dependent Yellowstone tourists

Aug. 9, 2020 10:10 AM EDT

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — “This is not it.” Eugenio Bautista uttered that all-too-common realization after rolling to a stop along Stateline Road recently. En route with his family from Yosemite National Park, the roadtripper from Chicago had slept in Idaho Falls. Awakening, he punched...

2 snowmobilers win key decision in lawsuit against DNR

Aug. 9, 2020 9:38 AM EDT

CHESTONIA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Two snowmobilers have won a key decision in a lawsuit over injuries in an incident with officers from the Department of Natural Resources. Audrey West said she was thrown into a river in Antrim County while her father, Randy West, was pinned under the snowmobile. They said...

Acadia transit facility gets help to reach completion

Aug. 9, 2020 8:24 AM EDT

TRENTON, Maine (AP) — The federal government is giving $9 million to help with the development of a transit facility in Downeast Maine that supporters say will dramatically improve transportation in the area. The Federal Transit Administration is providing the money to help finish the next phase of Acadia...

Endangered Indiana bats losing habitat near Indiana airport

Aug. 9, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana bat, a state and federally endangered species, spends the winter hibernating in caves. But, over time, one of its favorite springtime hangouts has increasingly become well, less bat friendly. That home? The area around the Indianapolis International Airport. As Indianapolis...

State requires fast reports from employers on COVID-19 cases

Aug. 8, 2020 10:09 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico environmental regulators have ordered employers to promptly report coronavirus cases to the state. An emergency rule issued by the Environmental Department requires employers to report positive COIVD-19 cases to the department within four hours of being notified of the...

In this photo provided by Grégoire Rouxel fuel is in the ocean leaking from a ship, rear right, that ran aground, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, in Mauritius. The Indian Ocean island of Mauritius has declared a

Mauritius scrambles to counter oil spill from grounded ship

Aug. 8, 2020 9:04 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Anxious residents of the Indian Ocean island nation of Mauritius stuffed fabric sacks with sugar cane leaves Saturday to create makeshift oil spill barriers as tons of fuel leaking from a grounded ship put endangered wildlife in further peril. The government has declared an...

FILE - In this April 29 2020, file photo, a resident from the Alexandra township gets tested for COVID-19 , in Johannesburg, South Africa. Africa’s confirmed coronavirus cases have surpassed 1 million, but global health experts tell The Associated Press the true toll is several times higher.  (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)

The Latest: Brazil surpasses 100,000 deaths from COVID-19

Aug. 8, 2020 6:26 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Brazil has surpassed a grim milestone — 100,000 deaths from COVID-19. And five months after the first reported case, the country is showing no signs of crushing the disease. The nation of 210 million people has been reporting an average of more than 1,000 daily deaths from the pandemic...