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US officials granting $29 million for coastal protection

Nov. 18, 2019 5:30 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...

Missouri collecting containers found floating in floodwaters

Nov. 18, 2019 5:08 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Hundreds of containers — many carrying hazardous materials — have floated into Missouri since flooding in the upper Missouri River basin during the spring. Missouri Department of Natural Resources officials say the agency collected more than 740 containers this year....

‘Wall of water’: Lawsuits detail deadly Navy collision

Nov. 18, 2019 5:04 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Survivors and descendants of those killed when a container ship collided with a U.S. Navy destroyer off Japan’s coast are suing the ship’s Japanese charterer, according to a lawsuit filed Monday that details the survivors’ scramble for safety as water rushed in. In...

PG&E boss faces lawmakers as new California blackouts loom

Nov. 18, 2019 4:36 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The CEO of the nation’s largest utility faced angry California lawmakers Monday over the company’s decision to turn off power for millions of people to prevent its outdated equipment from starting wildfires. The hearing comes as Pacific Gas & Electric plans...

Filly dies after workout at Del Mar, other horse euthanized

Nov. 18, 2019 4:03 PM EST

DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) — A 3-year-old filly has collapsed and died after a workout at Del Mar, while another horse that was injured in a race on Nov. 10 has been euthanized, making it four horses that have died since the track’s fall meet began Nov. 6. Slewgoodtobetrue died in the barn area Sunday. A...

The Latest: Utility plans more power outages in California

Nov. 18, 2019 3:36 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on state legislative hearing into power outages by Pacific Gas & Electric (all times local): 12:35 p.m. Northern California is bracing for more power outages after Pacific Gas & Electric started notifying customers that it may turn off electricity Wednesday...

GAO: 60% of Superfund sites at higher risk in climate change

Nov. 18, 2019 3:27 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The worsening wildfires, floods and hurricanes of climate change threaten at least 60% of U.S. Superfund sites, and efforts to strengthen the hazardous waste sites are stalling in some vulnerable regions as the Trump administration plays down the threat, a congressional watchdog agency...

Texas A&M marks 20 years since bonfire collapse killed 12

Nov. 18, 2019 3:08 PM EST

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — More than 1,000 people have attended a memorial to honor the 12 people who died when a tower of logs collapsed at Texas A&M University 20 years ago. The Eagle reports that the ceremony Monday at the university’s Bonfire Memorial featured performances of...

2 dead as French bridge collapse sends vehicles into river

Nov. 18, 2019 2:32 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — A 15-year-old girl and a truck driver died Monday when a road bridge collapsed in rural southwest France, dumping several vehicles into a river and prompting nationwide questions about bridge safety. Bystanders were able to rescue the girl’s mother after her car fell into the Tarn River...

Land affected by Keystone pipeline leak bigger than thought

Nov. 18, 2019 2:31 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...