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Southern California wildfire that shut US 101 declared out

Dec. 03, 2021 13:07 PM EST

SANTA BARBARA, Calif (AP) — A wildfire in Santa Barbara County that burned a total of 27 square miles (70 square kilometers) and had forced a key highway to close earlier this year has been officially declared out, officials said Friday. Los Padres National Forest...

Heat, no food, deadly weather: Climate change kills seabirds

Dec. 01, 2021 12:27 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The warming of the planet is taking a deadly toll on seabirds that are suffering population declines from starvation, inability to reproduce, heat waves and extreme weather. Climate-related losses have hit albatrosses off the Hawaiian islands,...

Cleanup of Southern California shore from spill nears end

Nov. 30, 2021 18:01 PM EST

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — About three-quarters of the Southern California shoreline being combed for tar following an offshore oil spill have been signed off as cleaned, officials said Tuesday. U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Commander Jeannie Shaye said officials have...

Japan seeks extra defense budget amid China, N Korea concern

Nov. 26, 2021 06:45 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s Cabinet on Friday approved a 770 billion yen ($6.8 billion) request for an extra defense budget through March to expedite the purchase of missiles, anti-submarine rockets and other weapons amid rising concern over the escalation of military activities by China, Russia...

Some fear China could win from US spat with Marshall Islands

Nov. 26, 2021 00:33 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — For decades, the tiny Marshall Islands has been a stalwart American ally. Its location in the middle of the Pacific Ocean has made it a key strategic outpost for the U.S. military. But that loyalty is being tested amid a dispute with...

Australia’s Barrier Reef erupts in color as corals spawn

Nov. 24, 2021 05:48 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is spawning in an explosion of color as the World Heritage-listed natural wonder recovers from life-threatening coral bleaching episodes. Scientists on Tuesday night recorded the corals fertilizing billions of...

Taiwan opens office in Lithuania, in move set to anger China

Nov. 18, 2021 20:14 PM EST

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Taiwan opened a representation office in Lithuania's capital Vilnius Thursday, in a move set to anger Beijing. The self-governing island and Lithuania agreed in July that the Vilnius office would bear the name Taiwan rather than Chinese Taipei...

The Latest: Charities offer to kick-start climate aid fund

Nov. 12, 2021 17:22 PM EST

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — The latest on the COP26 climate talks in Glasgow: GLASGOW, Scotland --- Several charities are offering to provide funds to kick-start a separate and independent mechanism for rich countries to support vulnerable nations from climate change. ...

6.2-magnitude earthquake strikes south of Nicaragua

Nov. 09, 2021 04:10 AM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey says an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.2 has struck in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Nicaragua. The quake, at a moderate depth of 35 kilometers (22 miles) occurred at 12:25 a.m. local time Tuesday. The...

Japan, Germany expand military ties as German warship visits

Nov. 05, 2021 10:01 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi on Friday said Japan will step up military cooperation with Germany in the Indo-Pacific region as he welcomed a port call by the first German warship to visit Japan in about 20 years. The frigate Bayern is visiting Tokyo after...