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Schools closed in New Delhi as air quality dips further

Nov. 14, 2019 3:20 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — Schools in India’s capital are shut after air quality plunged to a severe category for the third consecutive day, enveloping New Delhi in a thick gray haze of noxious air. According to the state-run Central Pollution Control Board, the air quality index Thursday exceeded 460, nine...

Updated deer regulations aim to halt chronic wasting disease

Nov. 14, 2019 3:10 AM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Hunters are prohibited from bringing whole carcasses of deer, elk, moose or caribou into New York state under new regulations aimed at stopping the spread of chronic wasting disease. State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos says chronic wasting disease...

NY offers grant money for dam removal in Hudson estuary

Nov. 14, 2019 3:05 AM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Grants are being offered by New York state for dam-removal projects in the Hudson River estuary watershed to restore habitat connectivity for American eel and river herring. The state Department of Environmental Conservation says $986,000 in grants is available for communities in the...

Doctors: Warmer world is unhealthier place for children

Nov. 14, 2019 1:23 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Children are growing up in a warmer world that will hit them with more and different health problems than their parents experienced, an international report by doctors said. With increasing diarrhea diseases, more dangerous heat waves, air pollution and increases in mosquito-borne...

California crisis of fires, blackouts decades in the making

Nov. 14, 2019 1:10 AM EST

The utility that serves more than 5 million electrical customers in one of the world’s most technologically advanced areas is now faced again and again with a no-win decision: risk starting catastrophic deadly wildfires, or turn off the lights and immiserate millions of paying customers. Pacific Gas &...

Flynn, Mensah help SDSU beat Grand Canyon, 86-61

Nov. 14, 2019 1:01 AM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — First a win at BYU and then finally, a win against pesky Grand Canyon. It’s been a big five-day stretch for San Diego State, which dominated inside and outside against Grand Canyon to win 86-61 Tuesday night. Malachi Flynn and Nathan Mensah each scored 14 points. KJ Feagin added 13...

US forest chief, New Mexico governor make stewardship pact

Nov. 14, 2019 12:15 AM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Federal and state officials have reached an agreement they say will strengthen their relationship as they work to improve forest conditions in New Mexico. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and U.S. Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen will be signing the so-called shared stewardship...

Hawaii endangered bird program halted after 9 die of illness

Nov. 13, 2019 11:28 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project officials have announced the program will be halted after the deaths of nine endangered birds. Scientists say the decision to suspend the project at Haleakala National Park on Maui came after at least nine of 13 kiwikiu apparently succumbed to avian...

Mexican environment officials protest budget cuts

Nov. 13, 2019 9:06 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — In a rare protest against his own administration, Mexico’s environment secretary decried 50% budget cuts to his agency and issued a public appeal for more funds Wednesday. Environment Secretary Victor Toledo and the heads of ecological enforcement for almost all of Mexico’s...

Montana fish hatchery to lock doors at night after vandalism

Nov. 13, 2019 7:42 PM EST

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — A Montana fish hatchery will be locked at night and begin using security cameras after vandals mutilated several fish. The Montana Standard reported Tuesday that the perpetrators killed about 20 rainbow trout, broke windows and tossed items into water channels at the Ennis National Fish...