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Santa, soldiers bring joy to beleaguered Alaska village

Dec. 11, 2019 2:27 PM EST

NAPAKIAK, Alaska (AP) — A school employee wearing a traditional pink Alaska Native smock called a kuspuk breezed through the hubbub in the cafeteria adorned with murals of purely Alaska scenes, zigzagging through children clutching presents and past uniformed soldiers wearing Santa caps. “Napakiak...

Line that provides power for Ocracoke to go underground

Dec. 9, 2019 12:21 PM EST

HATTERAS, N.C. (AP) — The power line that provides electricity to an Outer Banks island will be replaced with an underground cable next year. The Cape Hatteras National Seashore issued a permit to Tideland Electric Membership Corp. to replace an overhead pole line that's the only source of electricity for...

Mekong River’s new aquamarine color may be sign of trouble

Dec. 5, 2019 8:01 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — The Mekong River has recently acquired an aquamarine color that may beguile tourists but also indicates a problem caused by upstream dams, experts in Thailand say. The river usually has a yellowish-brown shade due to the sediment it normally carries downstream. But lately it has been running...

New tax district could help fund Maui erosion restoration

Dec. 4, 2019 9:56 AM EST

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — A new county financing tool could be used to raise millions of dollars for a project to restore part of the Maui coastline damaged by erosion, officials said. The Maui County Planning Department and the Kahana Bay Steering Committee want to establish a community facilities district,...

Climate change study targets problems in Alaska communities

Dec. 2, 2019 9:34 AM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The greatest environmental threats to Alaska Native communities include erosion, flooding and thawing permafrost, a new study found. The study results issued last month found the environmental hazards continue to worsen because of climate change, Alaska’s Energy Desk reported...

Scientists race to document Puerto Rico’s coastal heritage

Dec. 2, 2019 12:00 AM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A group of U.S.-based scientists is rushing to document indigenous sites along Puerto Rico’s coast dating back a couple of thousand years before rising sea levels linked to climate change destroy a large chunk of the island’s heritage that is still being...

Are Volusia beaches narrower than in the past?

Nov. 30, 2019 3:01 AM EST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — In the early 1960s, Jim Swoop couldn't say no to sunset surfing. After his lifeguard shifts with Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue on the wide, hard-packed beaches, he'd often go surfing with friends if the conditions were right. Paddling out on his board as far as he...

Days of heavy rains in Congo’s capital kill at least 32

Nov. 26, 2019 11:00 AM EST

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Flooding and landslides after heavy rains in Congo have left at least 32 people dead in and around the capital, Kinshasa, officials said Tuesday. "The situation is a dramatic. In addition to 15 lifeless bodies that we have collected, there is significant material damage," said Jean...

Michigan shoreline erosion unearths historic grindstones

Nov. 24, 2019 1:05 AM EST

GRINDSTONE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Like many shoreline communities, the high water and strong currents have wreaked havoc in Grindstone City this year. However, the waves have also unearthed many historic grindstones a friends group want preserved. The grindstones date back to the early and mid-1800s, when ship...

Crews raze Michigan home teetering on Lake Michigan bluff

Nov. 23, 2019 4:42 PM EST

PARK TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A home that was teetering on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan has been demolished in western Michigan. Workers used an excavator on Friday to raze the Park Township home just north of Camp Geneva, sending some debris down a steep cliff into the lake. WOOD-TV reports that...