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Siberia wildfire smoke reaches Southcentral Alaska, islands

Jul. 7, 2020 9:17 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Smoke from wildfires in Siberia have carried to Southcentral Alaska and the Aleutian Islands, the National Weather Service said. Strong winds pushed the smoky air into the region beginning last week from fires burning across more than 5,300 square miles (13,727 square kilometers)...

Wandering bear tranquilized, moved outside of St. Louis

Jul. 7, 2020 8:40 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Wildlife officials have relocated a black bear that had wandered into a St. Louis suburb and drew a crowd of hundreds curious to see the out-of-place animal. The has been popular on social media pages for weeks as it plodded hundreds of miles from Wisconsin, through Illinois and briefly...

Fire under control on Danish former research island

Jul. 7, 2020 6:48 AM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Emergency and rescue workers in Denmark brought a blaze under control Tuesday on a largely deserted Danish island that until recently housed an animal disease research center, local media reported. No one was injured in the fire and investigators were dispatched to Lindholm island to probe...

A woman walks by the closed Wujek coal mine in Katowice, Poland, Saturday, July 4, 2020. The coronavirus has ripped through Poland's coal mines, where men descend deep underground in tightly packed elevators and work shoulder-to-shoulder. The virus hot spots, centered in the southern Silesia region, have paralyzed an already-troubled industry, forcing many to stay home from work and triggering a three-week closure of many state-run mines. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Coronavirus slams Poland's already-troubled coal industry

Jul. 7, 2020 4:34 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The coronavirus has ripped through Poland's coal mines, where men descend deep underground in tightly packed elevators and work shoulder-to-shoulder to extract the source of 75% of the nation’s electrical power. Of Poland's more than 36,000 reported COVID-19 cases, about 6,500...

This undated photo provided by the Center for Biological Diversity shows a Pascagoula map turtle. The federal government says it will decide whether protection is needed for Pascagoula map turtles, found only in Mississippi, and Pearl River map turtles, found in Mississippi and Louisiana. (Grover Brown/Center for Biological Diversity via AP)

Feds to decide if 2 Mississippi turtles need protection

Jul. 7, 2020 1:11 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The federal government says it will decide whether protection is needed for a freshwater turtle found only in Mississippi and a related species found in Mississippi and Louisiana. The agreement settles a lawsuit filed in January calling for a declaration that Pearl River map turtles and...

Hand crews climb rugged terrain along Agua Dulce Canyon road Monday, July 6, 2020, in Agua Dulce, Calf. The Soledad fire which broke out Sunday afternoon has scorched 1300 acres and is now 30% contained as firefighters and hand crews work through high temperatures to make sure the flames are contained. (David Crane/The Orange County Register via AP)

California firefighters battle flames north and south

Jul. 7, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

GILROY, Calif. (AP) — California firefighters battled large wildfires in Santa Clara and Los Angeles counties on Monday. A fire that has burned more than 8.4 square miles (21.8 square kilometers) north of Gilroy was 20% contained after burning two buildings and prompting the evacuation of about 70 people,...

Man held in California attacks that killed 1, wounded 2

Jul. 7, 2020 12:41 AM EDT

DOWNIEVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A 15-year-old boy was lost for more than 30 hours in a Sierra Nevada forest after a gunman killed his father during an Independence Day trip and wounded two other people in separate attacks, authorities and acquaintances said. The suspect was arrested on Saturday after a chase....

New Mexico State University gets grant to map water rights

Jul. 7, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State University is working to digitize the state’s water rights database and develop maps that will help with management of limited groundwater and surface water resources. The work is being funded with a grant from the Office of the State Engineer. The project...

Students wearing face masks to protect against the new coronavirus have their documents checked by security officers before the first day of China's national college entrance examinations, known as the gaokao, in Beijing, Tuesday, July 7, 2020. China's college entrance exams began in Beijing on Tuesday after being delayed by a month due to the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: Air New Zealand puts hold on new flight bookings

Jul. 6, 2020 11:02 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand’s national carrier has put a temporary hold on new bookings for flights into the country while the government tries to find enough quarantined hotel rooms for people returning home. Air New Zealand says the hold will last for three weeks and it is also trying...

Virus is no brake on July 4 lake party in SW Michigan

Jul. 6, 2020 9:02 PM EDT

LAGRANGE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Hundreds of people spent the holiday in swimsuits but no masks a lake in southwestern Michigan, a turnout that disappointed authorities who warn that the coronavirus remains a threat. The virus "doesn’t discriminate,” said Danielle Persky of the Van Buren/Cass...