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To avoid blackouts, California may tap fossil fuel plants

Jun. 30, 2022 21:02 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Looking to avoid power blackouts, California may turn to the one energy source it's otherwise desperate to get rid of: fossil fuels. A sweeping energy proposal Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Thursday puts the state in the business of buying power to ensure...

Fire marshal's office suspends fireworks for parts of Alaska

Jun. 30, 2022 21:00 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska State Fire Marshal's Office is suspending the use of fireworks across large portions of the state, citing fire dangers. The state Department of Public Safety in a statement said the fire marshal's office, along with the Division of Forestry and...

Improving weather aids fight against Sierra Nevada wildfire

Jun. 30, 2022 18:48 PM EDT

BRIDGEPORT, Calif. (AP) — Improving weather helped firefighters stop the spread of a Sierra Nevada wildfire that forced evacuation of several hundred people from their homes and injured seven firefighters, authorities said Thursday. The Rices Fire did not grow overnight, remaining...

Nebraska man pleads guilty to threatening to kill officer

Jun. 30, 2022 15:17 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An eastern Nebraska man has pleaded guilty to a federal charge of threatening to kill a U.S. wildlife officer who cited him for fishing and hunting violations. Cody Cape, 23, of Blair, also pleaded guilty Tuesday in a federal courtroom in Omaha to a count of...

Record low numbers prompt limits on Chesapeake Bay crabbing

Jun. 30, 2022 13:30 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — New restrictions on crabbing in the Chesapeake Bay will take effect this year after the blue crab count plummeted to its lowest level since surveys began in 1990. Tighter harvest limits are being issued by both Maryland and Virginia as officials and industry...

Big cats in urban jungle: LA mountain lions, Mumbai leopards

Jun. 30, 2022 02:43 AM EDT

Los Angeles and Mumbai, India, share many superlatives as pinnacles of cinema, fashion, and traffic congestion. But another similarity lurks in the shadows, most often seen at night walking silently on four paws. These metropolises are the world’s only megacities of 10 million-plus...

US agency to limit predator killing methods in Idaho

Jun. 29, 2022 17:57 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A U.S. agency responsible for killing wolves and other predators to prevent attacks on livestock has agreed to settle a lawsuit by completing an extensive environmental study on its methods in Idaho. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services also...

Rice fields dry up as Italy's drought lingers on

Jun. 29, 2022 11:30 AM EDT

MORTARA, Italy (AP) — The worst drought Italy has faced in 70 years is thirsting paddy fields in the river Po valley and jeopardizing the harvest of the premium rice used for risotto. Italy's largest river is turning into a long stretch of sand due to the lack of rain, leaving the...

Whale entanglements drop, but remain major threat, feds say

Jun. 28, 2022 17:02 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The number of whales entangled in fishing gear has declined recently, but the entanglements remain a critical threat to rare species, the federal government said in a report released Tuesday. There were 53 confirmed cases of large whales entangled in gear in...

Conservationists call for action on Northwest wolf poaching

Jun. 28, 2022 14:38 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Wildlife advocates say there has been a distressing uptick in wolf poaching cases in the Northwest in the past year and a half. Four dead wolves were discovered in the northeastern corner of Washington state in February. That followed the poisoning of eight...