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COVID risk now included in unemployment eligibility check

Jun. 2, 2020 1:01 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — When determining eligibility for unemployment benefits, Connecticut's Department of Labor is now allowed to consider whether a worker would pose an “unreasonable risk” to the health of their household if they return to work during the coronavirus pandemic. The latest...

Maryland reports thousands of algae-related fish deaths

Jun. 2, 2020 10:24 AM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland Department of Environment is reporting that thousands of fish have died in some of the state's waterways. The Capital Gazette reported Monday that the large fish kills are related to this year’s particularly intense bloom of algae. Department spokesman Jay...

6 elephants killed by poachers in single day in Ethiopia

Jun. 2, 2020 6:25 AM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — At least six elephants were killed in a single day by poachers in Ethiopia last week, wildlife officials said, the largest such slaughter in memory in the East African nation. “The elephants were killed while they ventured out of the Mago National Park to drink...

Officials: Florida panther struck and killed by vehicle

Jun. 2, 2020 2:33 AM EDT

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — An endangered Florida panther has died after being struck by a vehicle. It's the 12th panther death attributed to fatal collisions, out of 14 total deaths this year, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The remains of the 14-month-old uncollared female...

Enviros want salmon listed on Maine endangered list

Jun. 2, 2020 2:15 AM EDT

MACHIAS, Maine (AP) — A coalition of Maine conservation groups is calling on the state to add the Atlantic salmon to its list of endangered species. Maine's rivers were once full of the salmon, but their population was decimated by overfishing, damming and environmental factors. They return only to a few...

This May 22, 2020 photo shows the damage caused by Cyclone Amphan in Deulbari village, in South 24 Parganas district in the Sundarbans, West Bengal state, India. The cyclone that struck India and Bangladesh last month passed through the Sundarbans, devastating the islands that are home to one of the world’s largest mangrove forests and is a UNESCO world heritage site. (Samrat Paul via AP)

Sundarbans devastated by cyclone, as virus halts migration

Jun. 2, 2020 1:56 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — The powerful cyclone that struck India and Bangladesh last month passed through the vast mangrove forests of the Sundarban delta, a UNESCO world heritage site. The mangroves dissipated some of Cyclone Amphan's energy, shielding densely populated cities like Kolkata. But the storm's impact...

New England cod fishery restrictions in place this spring

May. 31, 2020 12:26 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Commercial fishing for Atlantic cod is limited by closures off the coast of New England this spring, federal fishing managers said. Cod were once the subject of one of the largest fisheries in the country, but it has collapsed after years of overfishing and is much smaller than it...

Vehicle emissions testing resumes June 1

May. 31, 2020 9:43 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Vehicle emissions testing, on hold because of stay-at-home orders issued during the coronavirus pandemic, will resume Monday, state officials said. The Environmental Protection Agency said that with a new phase of the state's COVID-19 recovery plan in place, all emissions testing...

EPA seeks comments on cleanup of Indianapolis Superfund site

May. 30, 2020 9:37 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The federal government is seeking the public's input on its plan to clean up groundwater contamination at a Superfund site in Indianapolis that's tainted with chemicals used by a dry cleaning company. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday that it would accept...

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Volunteer to help with crowds at Wyoming grizzly sightings

May. 30, 2020 8:11 AM EDT

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Near mile marker 11 on Togwotee Pass, Tiffany Huynh wanted to know what all the commotion was about. Two grizzly bears, someone informed her, were snoozing. A look came over her. Fists started pumping in the air. “Yessssss,” an exhilarated Huynh hissed....