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In this Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020 video image courtesy of NBC4 shows a coastal clean-up crew retrieving a box with cremated human remains found in a cliff in Long Beach, Calif. The California coastal cleanup crew ended months of anguish for a grieving family with the discovery of cremated remains of loved ones that had been in a van that was stolen before a funeral service. Damadis Sanchez was 34 when she was killed along with her 8-year-old son, Anthony, in a traffic accident in Texas. Her brother, Gerson Lopes, had their remains returned to the family near LA. Last April, the family was preparing for a memorial service when a van with the ashes inside was stolen. Lopes says it was like a weight off his shoulders to finally get the remains. (NBC4-TV via AP)

Cremated human remains found in California after theft

Jan. 23, 2020 11:19 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Southern California coastal cleanup crew ended nine months of anguish for a grieving family with the discovery of cremated remains that had been in a van that was stolen before a funeral service. The crew from the Los Cerritos Wetlands Stewards was rappelling down bluffs to pick up...

FILE - In this July 29, 2019, file photo, a monarch butterfly rests on a plant at Abbott's Mill Nature Center in Milford, Del. The western monarch butterfly population wintering along California's coast remained critically low for the second year in a row, a count by an environmental group released Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, showed. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

California's monarch butterflies critically low for 2nd year

Jan. 23, 2020 9:09 AM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The western monarch butterfly population wintering along California's coast remains critically low for the second year in a row, a count by an environmental group released Thursday showed. The count of the orange-and-black insects by the Xerces Society, a nonprofit environmental...

Florida lawmakers advance fight against blue-green algae

Jan. 22, 2020 5:19 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The scum of blue-green algae was so thick and invasive in Florida two years ago that it suffocated fish by the thousands. Birds dropped dead. And people stayed out of the water. Offshore, a toxic swarm of rust-colored flecks known as red tide killed manatees, dolphins, sea turtles...

Cold-stunned sea turtles wash ashore on North Carolina coast

Jan. 22, 2020 4:41 PM EST

HATTERAS, N.C. (AP) — More than 100 sea turtles stunned by recent cold temperatures have washed up on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, the National Park Service said. The agency said on its Facebook page on Wednesday that approximately 95 green and Kemp's ridley turtles washed ashore on Tuesday on the...

In this Dec. 10, 2019, photo, Don Mason, chairman of the Weybridge, Vt., selectboard looks at gravestone of Revolutionary War soldier William Haven, who is buried in a cemetery near the edge of an eroding river bank in Weybridge, Vt. Rising seas, erosion and flooding from worsening storms that some scientists believe are caused by climate change are putting some older graveyards across the country at risk. (AP Photo/Lisa Rathke)

Erosion, floods make some final resting places not so final

Jan. 22, 2020 11:18 AM EST

WEYBRIDGE, Vt. (AP) — When Revolutionary War soldier Josiah Clark was buried in a small Vermont cemetery near a river bank in 1835, it was supposed to be his final resting place. But erosion over the years made worse by more intense storms has washed away some graves and left the remains of Clark, who...

Editorial Roundup: North Carolina

Jan. 22, 2020 10:32 AM EST

Recent editorials from North Carolina newspapers: ___ Jan. 20 The Jacksonville Daily News on investing in alternative energy sources while maintaining safety for state military bases: Military bases are a vital part of life in eastern North Carolina. The sound of Freedom is not only overhead regularly, but the...

Florida creates task force on sea-level rise

Jan. 21, 2020 7:14 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — After years of mostly ignoring climate change, Florida lawmakers waded deeper into the matter on Tuesday , advancing a proposal that would create a statewide Office of Resiliency and establish a task force to begin looking into how best to protect the state's 1350 miles (2,173...

FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2011 file photo, a Libyan oil worker, works at a refinery inside the Brega oil complex, in Brega, eastern Libya.  ON Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, the National Oil Corporation in Libya says that a decision by east-based forces to choke off oil exports from its territory has threatened to throttle much of the country’s oil production. Powerful tribal groups loyal to Gen. Khalifa Hifter, whose forces control much of eastern Libya, seized several large export terminals along the eastern coast as well as southern oil fields in a challenge to the rival U.N.-backed government based in Tripoli, which collects revenues from oil production. The move has ratcheted up tensions ahead of an international peace summit to end the civil war. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)

Libya's eastern-based forces move to halt oil exports

Jan. 18, 2020 3:58 PM EST

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — A move by Libya's east-based forces to choke off oil exports from its territory threatens to throttle much of the country’s oil production, the national oil corporation said Saturday, escalating tensions ahead of an international peace summit to end the civil war. Powerful...

Iguanas, nude beaches on Florida lawmakers' agenda next week

Jan. 18, 2020 9:35 AM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Legislature set a lot of lofty goals for their annual 60-day session: passing a budget expected to top $90 billion dollars; lowering the cost of health care; preventing blue-green algae; and boosting teacher pay. But also on the agenda entering the second week of...

Louisiana, Alaskan tribes file UN climate change complaint

Jan. 17, 2020 7:05 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Four coastal Louisiana tribes and one in Alaska that say the U.S. government violated their human rights by failing to take action on climate change have submitted a formal complaint to the United Nations in Switzerland. The complaint was filed Wednesday, The Advocate reported....