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Teen climate activist gets Normandy's first Freedom Prize

Jul. 21, 2019 11:10 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Swedish teen climate change activist Greta Thunberg has received the first Freedom Prize awarded by France's Normandy region, which last month commemorated the 75th D-Day anniversary. Thunberg, 16, received the award in Caen on Sunday, posing alongside D-Day veterans Charles Norman Shay and...

Endangered birds halt Chicago beachfront music festival

Jul. 21, 2019 10:04 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago beachfront music festival set for August has been cancelled following concerns about its impact on endangered shorebirds. Organizers of Mamby on the Beach say the Aug. 23-24 festival was canceled due to "circumstances beyond our control," including two federally-protected piping...

DTE Energy proposes purchase of 3 new wind parks in Michigan

Jul. 21, 2019 9:42 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — DTE Energy is planning to buy three new wind parks in Michigan that are expected to help lower carbon emissions from the utility's operations. The Detroit-based utility says Michigan's Public Service Commission has granted conditional approval for the proposed purchase. Two of the wind parks...

Critics: Duke Energy needs to expedite coal power retirement

Jul. 21, 2019 9:36 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's largest electric utility needs to move faster to retire its aging network of coal-fired power plants and replace them with cleaner, more renewable power sources, environmentalist said. Duke Energy Indiana officials said they hope to retire all nine of the utility's coal-fired...

Maine senator backs funding conservation through hunting

Jul. 21, 2019 9:24 AM EDT

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Maine's independent senator is getting behind a proposal to continue funding wildlife conservation through money generated by hunting and sport shooting. Sen. Angus King is joining a push to modernize the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act of 1937. The act allows for tax...

North Woods Law returns to Animal Planet

Jul. 21, 2019 9:22 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — In the midst of summer swelter, a show that features New Hampshire's Fish and Game conservation officers is taking a chilly turn. "North Woods Law" returns to the Animal Planet cable network on Sunday at 9 p.m. This is the first season the show will include stories that take place in...

Battlefields part of drinking water protection effort

Jul. 21, 2019 9:01 AM EDT

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — After the 2014 Elk River chemical spill in the Kanawha Valley, the West Virginia Rivers Coalition created the Safe Water WV initiative. The idea is simple: to strengthen a community's connection to their drinking water and encourage them to work together to better protect it. A...

Rare dragonfly spotted near reservoir in Catskills

Jul. 21, 2019 8:40 AM EDT

GRAHAMSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — A rare dragonfly has been spotted near a reservoir in the Catskills. A New York City Department of Environmental Protection field ecologist recently found a southern pygmy clubtail dragonfly living along a tributary to the city's Rondout Reservoir. The city agency says the species...

Plan would make coastal mansions eligible for disaster aid

Jul. 21, 2019 8:39 AM EDT

OLD SAYBROOK, Conn. (AP) — On an exclusive Connecticut peninsula, where signs warn outsiders to stay off private roads, eight multimillion-dollar homes with sprawling yards along the Long Island Sound are poised to become eligible for taxpayer-funded disaster aid. That's despite the fact that the Fenwick...

Moose numbers are dwindling, but why?

Jul. 21, 2019 3:06 AM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Moose are one of the West's most majestic animals and a once-in-a-lifetime hunting opportunity. But Idaho moose are under threat. In February, Idaho Fish and Game drastically cut the number of moose tags because of population declines across the state. In 2019-2020 there will be only...