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2 dead as Imelda strands drivers, floods homes in Texas

Sep. 19, 2019 10:32 PM EDT

CHINA, Texas (AP) — The slow-churning remnants of Tropical Storm Imelda flooded parts of Texas on Thursday, leaving at least two people dead and rescue crews with boats scrambling to reach stranded drivers and families trapped in their homes during a relentless downpour that drew comparisons to Hurricane...

Global climate protests start in Australia before UN summit

Sep. 19, 2019 10:07 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Thousands of protesters are gathering at rallies around Australia as a day of worldwide demonstrations begins ahead of a U.N. climate summit in New York. Some of the first rallies in what is being billed as a "global climate strike" started Friday in Australia's largest city,...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump team distortions on fuel economy rules

Sep. 19, 2019 8:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and his team are distorting the facts in explaining the administration's decision to stop California from setting its own emission standards for cars and trucks. The move announced this week revokes California's authority to set auto mileage standards stricter than...

AP Source: GM's offer to UAW would add lower-paying jobs

Sep. 19, 2019 8:50 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A General Motors offer to invest $7 billion in U.S. facilities includes $2 billion from joint ventures and suppliers for new plants that would pay workers less than the top union wage, a person briefed on the matter said. The offer is a major issue that could get in the way of a deal between...

Hurricane rips roofs, cuts power in Bermuda, but no deaths

Sep. 19, 2019 8:22 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Humberto blew off rooftops, toppled trees and knocked out power as it blew past the British Atlantic island of Bermuda. But officials said Thursday that the Category 3 storm caused no reported deaths. "We've made it through and everyone is safe," Premier David Burt said. "That's what...

New Mexico brings big data to bear on methane pollution

Sep. 19, 2019 7:47 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Satellite imagery and supercomputing capabilities will be used to detect and monitor methane pollution from major oil and natural gas installations in New Mexico, under an informal partnership announced Thursday between state regulators and the private-sector data cruncher Descartes...

'Middle of the herd' no more: Amazon tackles climate change

Sep. 19, 2019 7:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Online shopping giant Amazon revealed a carbon footprint Thursday that rivals that of a small country and vowed to reduce the damage to the planet by cutting its use of fossil fuels. The company, which ships more than 10 billion items a year on fuel-guzzling planes and trucks, said it has...

Stage set in Nevada as Earthlings arrive for Area 51 events

Sep. 19, 2019 6:47 PM EDT

HIKO, Nev. (AP) — The stage was set Thursday for music and other space-themed entertainment as Earthlings descended on the Nevada desert for events inspired by an internet hoax known as "Storm Area 51." "It started as a joke, but it's not a joke for us," Alon Burton, guitarist and member of the group Wily...

Colorado driver puts injured bobcat in car next to child

Sep. 19, 2019 6:40 PM EDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Officials have a warning after a Colorado Springs woman put an injured bobcat in her car, inches away from where her child was in a safety seat: Don't pick up wildlife. Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokesman Bill Vogrin says the woman spotted the injured adult male cat while...

Park director wants to take 'Mount' out of 'Mount Katahdin'

Sep. 19, 2019 5:38 PM EDT

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine (AP) — The director of the Baxter State Park Authority is floating the idea dropping the "Mount" from Maine's "Mount Katahdin." Eben Sypitkowski told Piscataquis County Commissioners in an email that Katahdin was named by the Penobscot Indians and means "greatest mountain." Therefore,...