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Heat wave grips US West amid fear of a new, hotter normal

Jun. 16, 2021 19:15 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — An unusually early and long-lasting heat wave brought more triple-digit temperatures Wednesday to a large swath of the U.S. West, raising concerns that such extreme weather could become the new normal amid a decadeslong drought. Phoenix, which is seeing...

Iowa man fined $80,000 for violating environmental rules

Jun. 16, 2021 19:07 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A northwest Iowa man has been ordered to pay an $80,000 fine for burning thousands of railroad ties on his property despite being told it would violate the law. The Iowa Attorney General's office said Wednesday that John Goldsmith, of Sergeant...

California residents urged to conserve energy amid heat wave

Jun. 16, 2021 18:38 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The operator of California's power grid is asking residents to conserve power for a few hours Thursday evening as record-breaking heat blankets the West this week. The California Independent System Operator issued a Flex Alert for Thursday from 5...

Protection sought for California fish and lizard species

Jun. 16, 2021 18:35 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A tiny fish native to Southern California streams and a legless, sand-swimming lizard will be studied to determine whether they qualify for protection under the federal Endangered Species Act, a conservation group said Wednesday. The Center for...

Fires stoked by heat, wind force evacuations in Montana

Jun. 16, 2021 18:15 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Wildfires in Montana have exploded in size, triggering evacuations and destroying an unknown number of homes as furious winds stoked the blazes and caused a firefighting helicopter to crash-land, officials said Wednesday. The sudden ramping up of...

$1 million fine in 2016 pipeline accident in Louisiana

Jun. 16, 2021 18:12 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Texas company pleaded guilty to a federal Clean Water Act violation and agreed to pay a $1 million fine for damaging a pipeline that leaked more than 5,000 gallons of oil in a Louisiana bay in 2016, the U.S. Attorney's Office in New Orleans said Wednesday. ...

Senators press Interior Secretary Haaland on oil lease pause

Jun. 16, 2021 18:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Both Republican and Democratic senators pressed Interior Secretary Deb Haaland for answers Wednesday after a federal court blocked the Biden administration’s suspension of new oil and gas leases on federal lands and waters. In a sharply worded ruling...

Climate change threat: Mount Rainier white-tailed ptarmigan

Jun. 16, 2021 17:52 PM EDT

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes listing a bird found in the North Cascades as threatened under the Endangered Species Act due to the likelihood that climate change will shrink its high-elevation habitat throughout the state. The...

Bankruptcy judge gets involved in Flint water record dispute

Jun. 16, 2021 17:22 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The Flint water criminal case involving former Gov. Rick Snyder took a strange side trip Wednesday into bankruptcy court where his lawyers asked a judge to penalize state attorneys for distributing confidential documents from Detroit's historic financial restructuring. ...

Shore towns want say over wind projects, push back on bill

Jun. 16, 2021 16:39 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Lawmakers from Jersey Shore towns are pushing back against a bill meant to fast-track offshore wind energy projects by taking away local control over transmission lines and other onshore infrastructure. A bill moving quickly and quietly...