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Family demands answers over 'Cop City' activist's death

Feb. 06, 2023 19:08 PM EST

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — The environmental activist killed by authorities in an Atlanta-area forest last month was shot at least a dozen times, the slain protester’s family said Monday while urging officials to release more information about the death of the 26-year-old who went by the name...

Review: 'Knock at the Cabin' twists the home invasion horror

Feb. 01, 2023 18:39 PM EST

Knock. Knock. It being mid-winter (typically a doldrums in movie theaters), it's a cozy relief to be able to throw open the door and find M. Night Shyamalan standing there with his near-annual helping of high-concept thriller. His last one, “Old,” about vacationers trapped on a...

Despite 'Cop City' protests, Atlanta moves forward with plan

Jan. 31, 2023 19:30 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — In the wake of the shooting death of an environmental activist, Atlanta-area officials reiterated Tuesday that they are moving forward with plans to construct a huge police and firefighter training center that protesters derisively refer to as “Cop City.” Atlanta...

Protesters: 'Cop City' activist's killing doesn't make sense

Jan. 29, 2023 14:42 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Tortuguita’s cautious voice rang out from a platform amid the tall pines the first time Vienna met them: “Who goes there?” she remembers them calling. The tree-dweller, who chose the moniker Tortuguita – Spanish for “Little Turtle” – over their given...

Why Brazil's Yanomami are being decimated by disease, mining

Jan. 26, 2023 17:49 PM EST

BOA VISTA, Brazil (AP) — Severe malnutrition and disease, particularly malaria, are decimating the Yanomami population in Brazil's Amazon rainforest, and on Jan. 20 the federal government declared a public health emergency. While many in Brazil were left wondering how the calamity could...

Investigation faults Liberian agency protecting rainforest

Jan. 24, 2023 23:09 PM EST

An independent investigation into logging in the Liberian rainforest found illegal operations “on a significant scale," with multiple missteps or breaches of law by the government agency charged with protecting those forests, according to a copy of the report obtained by The Associated Press. ...

Los Angeles Zoo's aged Asian elephant Jewel euthanized

Jan. 20, 2023 19:20 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jewel, the Los Angeles Zoo’s 61-year-old Asian elephant, was euthanized due to declining health, officials said Friday. Zoo staff monitored the geriatric elephant and provided supportive care around the clock for several days before determining that her quality...

Feds send $930 million to curb 'crisis' of US West wildfires

Jan. 19, 2023 18:16 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. is directing $930 million toward reducing wildfire dangers in 10 western states by clearing trees and underbrush from national forests, the Biden administration announced Thursday, as officials struggle to protect communities from destructive infernos being made...

Fashion sneakers propel sustainable rubber in Brazil Amazon

Jan. 19, 2023 11:39 AM EST

XAPURI, Brazil (AP) — Rubber tapper Raimundo Mendes de Barros prepares to leave his home, surrounded by rainforest, for an errand in the Brazilian Amazon city of Xapuri. He slides his long, scarred, 77-year-old feet into a pair of sneakers made by Veja, a French brand. At first...

Study: Big gap in carbon removal effort key to climate goals

Jan. 19, 2023 06:54 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Researchers say efforts to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere aren't being scaled up fast enough and can’t be relied on to meet crucial climate goals. A report published Thursday by scientists in Europe and the United States found that new methods of CO2...