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Swim portion of triathlon event canceled over algae blooms

Oct. 11, 2019 12:03 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Part of a Kentucky triathlon has been canceled over toxic algae blooms in the Ohio River. News outlets report a statement by The Ironman Group says officials have determined after water testing that it is necessary to cancel the swim portion of Sunday's 2019 Ironman Louisville for...

Fishermen live in stain of Venezuela's broken oil industry

Oct. 11, 2019 11:12 AM EDT

CABIMAS, Venezuela (AP) — Nobody lives as closely with the environmental fallout of Venezuela's collapsing oil industry as the fishermen who scratch out an existence on the blackened, sticky shores of Lake Maracaibo. The once prized source of vast wealth has turned into a polluted wasteland, with crude...

Brazil: No bids received for oil fields near coral reef

Oct. 10, 2019 4:50 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Brazilian government has failed to auction four oil fields located near one of the nation's biggest coral reef systems. Seventeen companies participated in the 36-block auction held Thursday by the Brazilian Petroleum Agency, which auctioned off a third of the areas for more than...

EPA proposes rewrite of rules on lead contamination in water

Oct. 10, 2019 4:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Thursday proposed a rewrite of rules for dealing with lead pipes contaminating drinking water, but critics say the changes appear to give water systems decades more time to replace pipes leaching dangerous amounts of toxic lead. Contrary to regulatory rollbacks...

Iraq's uprising an open crisis with no known path forward

Oct. 9, 2019 4:55 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq has been plunged into a new cycle of instability that potentially could be the most dangerous this conflict-scarred nation has faced, barely two years after declaring victory over the Islamic State group in a war that left much of the country in ruins and displaced tens of thousands....

Company making Costco pajamas flagged for forced labor

Oct. 8, 2019 6:30 AM EDT

The Trump Administration is blocking shipments from a Chinese company making baby pajamas sold at Costco warehouses, after the foreign manufacturer was accused of forcing ethnic minorities locked in an internment camp to sew clothes against their will. The government is also blocking rubber gloves sold by...

Scientists: Red tide is back in Florida's southwest coast

Oct. 5, 2019 2:35 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Scientists say toxic red tide is back in the waters off the Florida southwest coast after fading away earlier this year following a 15-month bloom. Biologists at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute said Friday that samples taken from the waters off the shore of...

Ex-truck driver gets prison for poisoning S. Carolina creek

Oct. 4, 2019 8:57 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A former truck driver has been sentenced to 90 days in prison for illegally dumping toxic landfill waste into a creek system near South Carolina’s only national park. News outlets report 45-year-old Michael Greene was sentenced Wednesday and ordered to pay a $25,000 fine. He...

Carnival execs back in court on ocean pollution case

Oct. 2, 2019 1:56 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Top Carnival Corp. executives are due back in court to explain what the world's largest cruise line is doing to reduce ocean pollution. A hearing is set Wednesday in Miami federal court for an update on what steps Carnival is taking. Chairman Micky Arison, who also owns the Miami Heat, and CEO...

Pipeline rules adopted years after deadly explosion, spills

Oct. 1, 2019 7:36 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. transportation officials on Tuesday adopted long-delayed measures that are meant to prevent pipeline spills and deadly gas explosions but don't address recommended steps to lessen accidents once they occur. The new rules from the Department of Transportation apply to more than...