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Indiana toddler apparently drowns after falling into lake

Feb. 25, 2020 4:46 PM EST

BLACKHAWK, Ind. (AP) — A 20-month-old girl apparently drowned after she and another young girl fell into a western Indiana lake, officials said. Isabella Ellington died Sunday at Terre Haute Regional Hospital from injuries consistent with drowning, said Vigo County Coroner Dr. Susan Amos. The second girl,...

Nearly 100 expected to swim in icy Vermont lake

Feb. 25, 2020 3:17 PM EST

NEWPORT, Vt. (AP) — Nearly 100 swimmers are expected to brave the icy waters of Lake Memphremagog in northern Vermont for the sixth annual winter swim festival. The festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday at the lake in Newport. Participants will swim 25-to-200-meter distances in a two-lane pool cut...

Man who'd broken through lake ice rescued in southeast Iowa

Feb. 25, 2020 6:34 AM EST

DRAKESVILLE, Iowa (AP) — Nearly 30 people joined forces Monday night to help an ice fisherman who'd plunged into the frigid water of Lake Wapello in southeast Iowa. The Iowa Natural Resources Department said in a news release that the man was packing up to leave the ice when he broke through about 150...

Grants seek market-based reductions of Great Lakes pollution

Feb. 24, 2020 7:16 PM EST

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Federal grants totaling more than $1.8 million are being awarded to five organizations for projects that will use market-based approaches to reducing nutrient pollution that helps cause harmful algae blooms in the Great Lakes, officials said Monday. The funding will come through...

2 communities offer land for Detroit Zoo nature center

Feb. 24, 2020 3:44 PM EST

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) — Two Macomb County communities are proposing to give land to entice the Detroit Zoo to build a nature center. The offer from the Clinton Township and Mount Clemens shows the popularity of the proposed $20 million project. The property would be used for the zoo to construct the...

Several people rescued after breaking through lake ice

Feb. 24, 2020 6:33 AM EST

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Several people were rescued after breaking through ice on Big Woods Lake in Cedar Falls, authorities said. Rescue crews responded three times on Sunday. In the first incident, other people in the area heard yelling from three people who'd broken through into the water while ice...

Nature reserve and park envisioned for shores of Utah Lake

Feb. 22, 2020 6:59 PM EST

PROVO, Utah (AP) — A proposed public park and nature reserve on the shores of Utah Lake would provide restoration habitat for ospreys, bald eagles and waterfowl as well as walking trails, fishing spots and bird watching towers. The 1,000-acre park would be nestled between Provo, Orem and Vineyard on land...

Exchange: Arizona earthquakes reveal a state on shaky ground

Feb. 22, 2020 11:11 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — On May 3, 1887, a magnitude 7.6 earthquake struck Arizona from across the Mexico border just south of Douglas. Newspapers, letters and other documents reveal the Pitaycachi quake shook a 770,000-square-mile area (2 million square km.) extending from Prescott to Yuma to El Paso, Texas....

Local Indiana leaders oppose plan that could pollute water

Feb. 22, 2020 10:19 AM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Local government officials and environmentalists oppose a project proposing to burn or harvest parts of the Hoosier National Forest because they are concerned it could contaminate the only source of drinking water for more than 140,000 people. The U.S. Forest Service approved the...

Here's why this rural town desperately wants better internet

Feb. 22, 2020 9:58 AM EST

GRANVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — About an hour east of Nashville, the scenic little town of Granville would love to become widely known as the “Mayberry” of Tennessee — a tourist destination for anyone seeking a quaint throwback to simpler times. But the problem is the internet, and just how...