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Jury in Oregon sides with counties in timber revenue lawsuit

Nov. 20, 2019 7:44 PM EST

ALBANY, Ore. (AP) — Fourteen counties that claimed Oregon deprived them of revenue for decades by limiting logging won a $1 billion lawsuit against the state on Wednesday. The four-week trial in Albany was focused on three words — “greatest permanent value” — and what they meant...

Sheriff: 2 arrested for taking fir boughs from forest

Nov. 20, 2019 4:30 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say two men were arrested after they were stopped with about 3,800 pounds of fir boughs taken from the Willamette National Forest for holiday decorations. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office says Forest Patrol deputies stopped two men in a vehicle with the fir boughs on...

French probe into pregnant women killed by dogs in a forest

Nov. 20, 2019 10:54 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — French investigators are seeking to determine which dogs bit and killed a pregnant woman in a forest during a hunt with hounds last weekend. The prosecutor in charge of the case, Frederic Trinh, said the autopsy showed that the 29-year-old woman died of bleeding as a result of multiple dog...

Lawsuit filed to stop big US Forest Service project in Idaho

Nov. 19, 2019 2:19 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service is ignoring a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling by restarting a giant forest project in Idaho, say environmental groups that have filed another lawsuit seeking to stop the project a second time. The Alliance for the Wild Rockies and the other groups filed...

Brazil says Amazon deforestation is worst since 2008

Nov. 18, 2019 5:29 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest is at its worst in more than a decade, a government report said Monday, undermining officials’ claims that concerns by environmentalists have been overblown. Deforestation between August 2018 and July 2019 reached 9,762 square...

Forest Service opposes bear-baiting ban in Idaho, Wyoming

Nov. 18, 2019 3:25 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Federal authorities are contesting a lawsuit filed by environmental groups seeking to ban using bait to hunt black bears in national forests in Idaho and Wyoming. The groups say allowing the use of bait could harm federally protected grizzly bears. The U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Fish...

Illegal pot farms on public land create environmental hazard

Nov. 17, 2019 1:19 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two months after two men were arrested at an illicit marijuana farm on public land deep in the Northern California wilderness, authorities are assessing the environmental impact and cleanup costs at the site where trees were clear-cut, waterways were diverted, and the ground was littered...

Cyprus president: Arsonists won’t stop national park plan

Nov. 14, 2019 2:16 PM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus’ president vowed on Thursday to press ahead with creating a national park in a largely untouched area of the tourism-reliant island, following a string of deliberately-set forest fires that were blamed on local landowners’ development plans. Nicos Anastasiades...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's flawed 'read the transcript' defense

Nov. 11, 2019 12:17 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's been his drumbeating demand: "Read the transcript!" "Just read the transcript." "Can't we read English?" "Just read the Transcript, everything else is made up garbage." "READ THE TRANSCRIPT!" Heading into public hearings this week, people have read the transcript , and that's why...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's 'read the transcript' impeachment cry

Nov. 9, 2019 11:44 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's been his drumbeating demand for more than a week: "Read the transcript!" "Just read the transcript." "Can't we read English?" "Just read the Transcript, everything else is made up garbage." "READ THE TRANSCRIPT!" People have read the transcript , though, and that's why President...