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N.C. governor runs first television ads in reelection bid

Jul. 14, 2020 6:26 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Gov. Roy Cooper touts his plan to respond to the coronavirus pandemic and criticizes his Republican challenger's comments about COVID-19 in television ads broadcast Tuesday, the first of his reelection campaign. The commercials, unveiled the same day the Democratic governor announced...

A police helicopter stands on a sports field in Oppenau, southern Germany, Tuesday, July 14, 2020. Authorities in Germany say they have deployed hundreds of police in the hunt for a 31-year-old man who disarmed four officers at gunpoint on Sunday, July 12, 2020. (Philipp von Ditfurth/dpa via AP)/dpa via AP)

German police continue Black Forest manhunt, seek motive

Jul. 14, 2020 11:21 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Police in southwestern Germany spent a third day searching for a man who disarmed four officers at gunpoint before fleeing into a forest, with authorities saying Tuesday that they still don't know what his motives were. The manhunt began Sunday after police were alerted about a suspicious...

Colorado company agrees to $7M cleanup of former Alaska mine

Jul. 14, 2020 9:26 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A Colorado company agreed to a $7 million cleanup plan for Alaska’s only uranium mine, which has left radioactive waste in the Tongass National Forest. Newmont Corporation is expected to fill the former Ross-Adams Mine in the Prince of Wales Island area, CoastAlaska reported ...

FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2019 file photo, logs are stacked at a lumber mill surrounded by recently charred and deforested fields near Porto Velho, Rondonia state, Brazil. Dozens of Brazilian corporations are calling for a crackdown on illegal logging in the Amazon rainforest, expressing their concerns in a letter Tuesday, July 7, 2020, to the vice president, who heads the government's council on that region. (AP Photo/Andre Penner, File)

Brazil sacks official after soaring June deforestation data

Jul. 13, 2020 9:52 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s government on Monday fired an official at the national space agency Inpe whose department is responsible for satellite monitoring of the Amazon rainforest, just three days after the release of June deforestation data reflected a continued increase in degradation. Lubia...

Forest raises $2.4M, still behind in N.C. gov's money race

Jul. 13, 2020 2:22 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Forest recorded his largest fundraising haul in his gubernatorial bid, according to his latest campaign finance report. His numbers are still but a small fraction of the money Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper has brought into his re-election campaign...

FILE - In this March 10, 2010, file photo, provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is a female bi-state sage grouse in Nevada. A federal judge has upheld U.S. Forest Service authority to keep a 250-mile motorcycle race out of sage grouse habitat in Nevada's high desert. Judge Miranda Du in Reno rejected a lawsuit by off-road vehicle enthusiasts who argued the agency illegally short-circuited the environmental review process. They had challenged rules barring off-road travel within 4-mile buffers around bi-state grouse breeding groups between March 1 and June 30 along the California-Nevada line. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via AP, File)

Judge denies Nevada off-road challenge to grouse protection

Jul. 13, 2020 1:02 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A federal judge has upheld the U.S. Forest Service's authority to keep a 250-mile (400-kilometer) motorcycle race out of sage grouse habitat in Nevada’s high desert, rejecting a lawsuit by off-road vehicle enthusiasts who argued the agency illegally short-circuited the...

Man, 54, dies while hiking in Pisgah National Forest

Jul. 13, 2020 9:03 AM EDT

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A 54-year-old man has died while hiking in western North Carolina's Pisgah National Forest. The Asheville Citizen Times reports that Robert James Frye, died July 5. The Transylvania County Sheriff's Office said that Frye was hiking with a friend on the border of the Pisgah and...

Police officers stay outside a wooded area on a road near Oppenau, Germany, Monday, July 13, 2020. Authorities in Germany say they have deployed hundreds of police in the hunt for a 31-year-old man who disarmed four officers at gunpoint on Sunday, July 12, 2020. (Sven Kohls/dpa via AP)

Manhunt in Germany for man who disarmed 4 police officers

Jul. 13, 2020 8:48 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Hundreds of German police were involved in a manhunt Monday for a 31-year-old man in camouflage clothing who disarmed four officers at gunpoint a day earlier and then fled into the forest with a pistol, knife and a bow and arrow. Authorities warned residents in the southwestern town of...

The procession of firefighting pilot Bryan Boatman, who lost his life on the Polles Fire, makes it way through Mesa, Ariz., Friday, July 10, 2020. Boatman, 37, was killed in a helicopter crash July 7th in the Tonto National Forest while flying in supplies to firefighters in extreme remote area of the Tonto National Forest. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Procession carries pilot killed in Arizona wildfire crash

Jul. 10, 2020 3:39 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A procession that included fire trucks and law enforcement vehicles on Friday escorted a white hearse carrying the flag-draped coffin of an Arizona helicopter pilot killed in a crash while helping fight a wildfire. The procession led by Arizona Highway Patrol vehicles took Bryan Boatman of...

FILE - In this Aug. 25, 2009, file photo, logging equipment cuts down a tree near Reserve, N.M. A federal judge has halted tree-cutting activities on all five national forests in New Mexico and one in Arizona until federal agencies can get a better handle on how to monitor the population of the threatened Mexican spotted owl. First listed as threatened in the U.S. in 1993, the Mexican spotted owl is found in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, parts of West Texas, and Mexico. Regional officials with the U.S. Forest Service say the new understanding made public Wednesday. July 8, 2020, marked a positive step in an ongoing battle over the Mexican spotted owl. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

Agencies, group take 'step forward' with Mexican owl talks

Jul. 9, 2020 5:36 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Negotiations among environmentalists and state and federal officials in Arizona and New Mexico have resulted in a set of recommendations and other provisions that environmentalists say will help protect the threatened Mexican spotted owl while allowing forest thinning projects to...