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Correction: Tribe-Whaling story

Nov. 18, 2019 2:18 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — In a story Nov. 14 about the Makah Tribe’s effort to resume whaling in Washington state, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the Makah is the only tribe with a treaty right to hunt whales. While the Makah is the only tribe whose treaty specifically mentions a right to hunt...

Federal court: Tribal water rights outrank farmers’ rights

Nov. 18, 2019 2:15 PM EST

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) — A federal appeals court has found that the water rights of Klamath Basin tribes take priority over those of farmers who sued the federal government in 2001 for reducing their irrigation water supply after a dry year. The decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal...

Brazil says Amazon deforestation is worst since 2008

Nov. 18, 2019 2:06 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The rate of deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest is at its highest level in more than a decade, according to a government report published on Monday. Deforestation between August 2018 and July 2019 reached 9,762 square kilometers (3,769 square miles), a 30 percent...

US officials granting $29 million for coastal protection

Nov. 18, 2019 2:01 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Projects to protect Texas marshes from erosion and an Alaska village from the Bering Sea are getting help from some of the 44 grants awarded by the National Coastal Resilience Fund, a public-private partnership assisting communities threatened by storms and flooding from rising and...

Congress members ask feds to monitor Washington state river

Nov. 18, 2019 1:58 PM EST

LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — Members of the Washington state congressional delegation have asked the federal government to monitor the Cowlitz River to protect communities from flooding. The Longview Daily News reports Republican U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler and Democratic U.S. Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty...

Forest Service opposes bear-baiting ban in Idaho, Wyoming

Nov. 18, 2019 1:37 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Federal authorities say a lawsuit seeking to ban black bear hunting using bait in national forests in Idaho and Wyoming to protect grizzly bears should be dismissed. The U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in documents filed Friday say the decision to allow using bait...

Regulators stop sale of Montana mine waste `Bag O’Slag’

Nov. 18, 2019 1:27 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Environmental regulators have put a halt to a Montana business association’s sale of sandwich bags of mining waste advertised as a “Bag O’Slag.” Environmental Protection Agency officials overseeing the Superfund cleanup of pollution from decades of smelter...

Oregon State gets grant to study tiny plastics in waterways

Nov. 18, 2019 1:11 PM EST

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Oregon State University will use a $3.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to study pollution from tiny plastics and its impact on aquatic life. The university said Monday that scientists will develop tools and methods for evaluating micro- and nanoplastics in...

Wyoming Game and Fish investigates deer poaching

Nov. 18, 2019 12:50 PM EST

ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Game and Fish Department says someone has poached a mule deer buck in Sweetwater County. Rock Springs game warden Andy Roosa says the deer was illegally killed about 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) east of Superior and was found off a county road. Roosa says the head and...

Land affected by Keystone pipeline leak bigger than thought

Nov. 18, 2019 12:22 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A crude oil spill from the Keystone pipeline in eastern North Dakota has turned out to have affected almost 10 times the amount of land as first reported, a state regulator said Monday. North Dakota environmental scientist Bill Suess said the leak reported on Oct. 29 is now estimated...