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US drops plan to sell leases near famed Utah bike trail

Feb. 22, 2020 7:01 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — U.S. officials have dropped plans to sell energy leases in a popular Utah recreational area that's renowned for its mountain biking trails. The reversal by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management comes after local businesses, officials and Gov. Gary Herbert raised concerns about potential...

Nature reserve and park envisioned for shores of Utah Lake

Feb. 22, 2020 6:59 PM EST

PROVO, Utah (AP) — A proposed public park and nature reserve on the shores of Utah Lake would provide restoration habitat for ospreys, bald eagles and waterfowl as well as walking trails, fishing spots and bird watching towers. The 1,000-acre park would be nestled between Provo, Orem and Vineyard on land...

Man finds two suspected bombs while on hike in Hawaii

Feb. 22, 2020 6:17 PM EST

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — An adventurer in Hawaii found two suspected unexploded military bombs while hiking on the Big Island. Kona resident and adventure television host Kawika Singson discovered the bombs while exploring the lava fields of Mauna Loa last week, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Saturday....

Authorities: Boat crash kills 1, injures 1 in Florida Keys

Feb. 22, 2020 4:54 PM EST

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man out fishing with another man in the Florida Keys died when a boat on auto-pilot ran into their anchored vessel, authorities said Saturday. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said in a news release that the other man who operated the anchored...

Last smokestack demolished at former coal-fired power plant

Feb. 22, 2020 3:52 PM EST

SOMERSET, Mass. (AP) — The single remaining smokestack at Massachusetts' last coal-fired power plant has been demolished. A controlled implosion brought down the 500-foot (152-meter) smokestack in seconds at the former Brayton Point power plant in Somerset on Saturday morning. WJAR-TV captured photos and...

Industrial gas company reaches Clean Air Act settlement

Feb. 22, 2020 3:42 PM EST

PASCO, Wash. (AP) — An industrial and medical gas company in the Tri-Cities region has agreed to pay $100,000 to settle allegations that it didn’t meet some risk management standards set under the federal Clean Air Act. The Tri-City Herald reports the Environmental Protection Agency said Oxarc...

Bill would help retirement systems divest from fossil fuel

Feb. 22, 2020 3:40 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A bill that would make it easier for retirement systems to take their money out of fossil fuel companies is making its way through Beacon Hill. The legislation would allow independent retirement systems throughout Massachusetts to divest funds under their control from the fossil fuel...

FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2017, file photo, elk make their way to the feed line on the National Elk Refuge north of Jackson, Wyo. A former federal wildlife health chief says the National Elk Refuge's plans to reduce feeding are

Ex-wildlife chief: start over on Wyoming refuge plans

Feb. 22, 2020 3:36 PM EST

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — A former federal wildlife health chief says the National Elk Refuge’s plans to reduce feeding are “likely to fail” and it’s doubtful they’d slow the spread of disease. It would be better to start the planning process from scratch, says U.S. Fish and...

New England states to regulate group of industrial chemicals

Feb. 22, 2020 1:50 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The governors of Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Maine say they're planning new regulations to reduce the use of a group of industrial chemicals primarily used in cooling, to ease the impact of climate change. The states are preparing to regulate hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs,...

French President Emmanuel Macron drinks wine during a visit to the International Agriculture Fair (Salon de l'Agriculture) at the Porte de Versailles exhibition center in Paris, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. (Christophe Petit Tesson/Pool via AP)

At Paris farm fair, Macron vows to protect EU ag subsidies

Feb. 22, 2020 1:36 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron reaffirmed his support for maintaining the European Union's farm subsidies at their current level Saturday while attending an agriculture fair that a fixture in French politics. Macron defended the EU's system of agricultural subsidies - a major source of...