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As Biden struggles, Harris touts California wildfire aid

Jan. 21, 2022 23:45 PM EST

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — After a difficult first year in office, Vice President Kamala Harris enjoyed a homecoming of sorts Friday, taking a helicopter tour in Southern California mountains to highlight new funding for federal wildfire programs. She was joined by Gov. Gavin...

Search on for humpback whale entangled in debris off Hawaii

Jan. 21, 2022 15:31 PM EST

POIPU, Hawaii (AP) — A marine mammal rescue team is looking for an adult humpback whale entangled in debris off the coast of Hawaii. First responders removed about 2,000 feet (600 meters) of heavy-gauge line from the animal over the weekend when it was off the island of Kauai, The...

US, Colorado reach proposed settlement in 2015 mine spill

Jan. 21, 2022 15:19 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Colorado, the U.S. government and a gold mining company have agreed to resolve a longstanding dispute over who’s responsible for continuing cleanup at a Superfund site that was established after a massive 2015 spill of hazardous mine waste that fouled rivers with a sickly yellow...

Booster shots needed against omicron, CDC studies show

Jan. 21, 2022 14:56 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Three studies released Friday offered more evidence that COVID-19 vaccines are standing up to the omicron variant, at least among people who received booster shots. They are the first large U.S. studies to look at vaccine protection against omicron, health officials...

US unveils changes to attract foreign science, tech students

Jan. 21, 2022 14:41 PM EST

The Biden administration on Friday announced policy changes to attract international students specializing in science, technology, engineering and math — part of the broader effort to make the U.S. economy more competitive. The State Department will let eligible visiting students...

Los Angeles weighs phasing out oil and gas drilling

Jan. 21, 2022 13:57 PM EST

The University Park neighborhood of Los Angeles has a lot in common with urban areas across the U.S.: A dense population with lots of businesses and housing. A cluster of car dealerships. A row of restaurants. Schools and a community center. But nestled in the predominantly Latino...

Norway killer Breivik tests limits of lenient justice system

Jan. 21, 2022 13:48 PM EST

STAVANGER, Norway (AP) — Convicted mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik spends his days in a spacious three-room cell, playing video games, exercising, watching TV and taking university-level courses in mathematics and business. Halfway through a 21-year sentence and seeking early...

Deadline next month for WVa teacher environmental awards

Jan. 21, 2022 13:15 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia agency is taking nominations for its Teacher of the Year awards, given for environmental leadership. The deadline to submit an application is Feb. 14 for the Make It Shine Environmental Teacher of the Year awards. The awards are given by the...

US academics use radar to help seek missing in split Cyprus

Jan. 21, 2022 11:36 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — U.S. academics who help locate Holocaust mass graves and execution sites in Eastern Europe have used ground-penetrating radar to seek burial sites on Cyprus of people missing since the 1974 Turkish invasion and earlier interethnic strife. Team leader Harry M....

University regents adopt Hawaii mountain management plan

Jan. 20, 2022 22:42 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — The University of Hawaii’s board of regents on Thursday adopted a draft plan for management of land on Mauna Kea, Hawaii’s tallest mountain, where an embattled giant telescope project has sparked discord about land-use decisions. Those who oppose construction of...