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Los Angeles Rams outside linebacker Leonard Floyd (54) tackles San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel during the second half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

Rams LB Leonard Floyd primed for reunion with Bears

Oct. 25, 2020 11:48 AM EDT

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — The Chicago Bears drafted Leonard Floyd with the ninth overall pick four years ago, envisioning him as a pass-rushing superstar who could anchor their defense for years to come. Last March, the Bears released Floyd rather than pay him $13 million for the fifth-year contract option...

Zug Island, a heavily industrialized island at the southern city limits of Detroit is seen, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020, in Detroit. The area in Southwest Detroit has been the subject of numerous air pollution and public health studies. The area has a refinery, a coal-fired power plant, steel mills and other industrial sites. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Minority communities question election-year push by EPA

Oct. 25, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Theresa Landrum lives in southwest Detroit, where residents complain frequently about dirty air. Tree-shaded neighborhoods with schools, churches and parks lie on either side of an interstate highway and in the shadow of a sprawling oil refinery that belches soot and fumes....

Clean water fund set up after South Carolina gas spill suit

Oct. 24, 2020 11:50 AM EDT

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina county will benefit from $1.5 million secured by environmental groups in a lawsuit over one of the largest gas pipeline spills in state history. The Southern Environmental Law Center announced the settlement Friday, the Greenville News reported. The money is...

St. Croix River in good health though pollution threats loom

Oct. 24, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The St. Croix River is still in good health but is facing pollution threats, according to two new reports. Popular for its scenic beauty and recreation opportunities for boaters and anglers, the St. Croix remains one of the cleanest tributaries to the Mississippi River, thanks in...

FILE - In this Monday, April 26, 2010, aerial file photo taken over the Gulf of Mexico, weathered oil is seen near the coast of Louisiana from a leaking pipeline that resulted from the explosion and collapse of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig a week earlier. Environmental groups have asked a federal court to toss out the government's assessment of oil and gas activity's likely effects on endangered species in the Gulf of Mexico. A lawsuit filed Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, says the report doesn’t consider the likelihood of another catastrophic oil spill like BP's Deepwater Horizon spill of 2010. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Suit: Feds ignore risk of huge spills to endangered species

Oct. 21, 2020 1:21 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Environmental groups asked a federal court Wednesday to throw out the Trump administration's assessment of oil and gas activity’s likely effects on endangered species in the Gulf of Mexico, saying it dismisses the chance of another disastrous blowout like the BP spill of 2010. ...

FILE-In this Thursday, April 3, 1997 file photo, the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge in southeast Ga., is is seen. A mining company said Tuesday it plans to dig for minerals without a federal permit at the edge of the vast wildlife refuge in the Okefenokee Swamp, a big step for a once-embattled project that's now benefitting from the Trump administration's rollback of environmental rules. (Stuart Tannehill/Florida Times-Union via AP, File)

Trump environmental rollback spurs mining near Okefenokee

Oct. 21, 2020 10:49 AM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A mining company said Tuesday that it plans to dig for minerals without a federal permit at the edge of the vast wildlife refuge in the Okefenokee Swamp, a big step for a once-embattled project that's now benefiting from the Trump administration's rollback of environmental rules. For...

Kentucky whiskey producer part of tree-planting project

Oct. 21, 2020 4:13 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky whiskey maker is teaming with a conservation group for a tree-planting initiative. Bulleit Frontier Whiskey said it's working with the group American Forests for the project. The goal is to plant 1 million trees in the next five years, it said. In addition to its...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Oct. 20, 2020 6:25 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers: New Bexley rent rule makes a statement about diversity and inclusion The Columbus Dispatch Oct. 20 As central Ohio struggles with a persistent shortage of affordable housing, it’s good to note how far we’ve come from...

Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., speaks during an event for Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden at Michigan State Fairgrounds in Novi, Mich., Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama boosts Peters' reelection bid in Michigan Senate ad

Oct. 20, 2020 5:34 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Former President Barack Obama gives a boost to Gary Peters of Michigan in a new ad released Tuesday by the Democratic senator's reelection campaign. The 30-second spot shows Obama lauding his “friend” Peters, who is facing a challenge from Republican John James. Peters...

EPA permit may curb phosphorous discharge from fish hatchery

Oct. 20, 2020 2:55 PM EDT

NEW DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — A new federal water permit for a New Hampshire fish hatchery that has been accused of polluting local waterways could cut the amount of phosphorous the hatchery can discharge in half. The permit for the Powder Mill Fish Hatchery, in New Durham, could lead to costly upgrades to the...