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Invasive plant found in southern Maine for first time

Oct. 19, 2020 9:53 AM EDT

YORK, Maine (AP) — Maine agriculture authorities are urging nursery owners and land managers to search properties for the presence of an invasive plant that has been found in York County. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry said it recently confirmed the first Maine location of...

Hunters kill 286 bears during first 5 days of NJ hunt

Oct. 17, 2020 10:58 AM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Hunters have killed 286 bears so far during New Jersey’s latest black bear hunt. The state’s Division of Fish & Wildlife says 22 bruins were culled on Friday, the fifth day of the hunt that concludes on Saturday. Hunters had been restricted to using archery for the...

W.Va. man partakes in program to improve wildlife habitat

Oct. 17, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

IRELAND, W.Va. (AP) — At age 79, John Cobb doesn’t have to spend six to eight hours a day working to improve wildlife habitat. He does, though, because he wants to. Like an ever-growing number of West Virginians, Cobb participates in a program that reimburses private landowners for turning patches...

264 bears culled so far during New Jersey's annual hunt

Oct. 16, 2020 11:08 AM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Hunters have killed 264 bears so far during New Jersey’s latest black bear hunt. The state’s Division of Fish & Wildlife says 63 bruins were culled on Thursday, the fourth day of the hunt that concludes on Saturday. Hunters had been restricted to using archery for the...

Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, looks on during a news conference Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, near Neffs Canyon, in Salt Lake City. Romney announced legislation to establish a national wildfire commission that would make policy recommendations aimed at diminishing future wildfire disasters. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Mitt Romney calls for US commission to deal with wildfires

Oct. 15, 2020 5:58 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah announced legislation Thursday to establish a national commission focused on diminishing future wildfire disasters. The proposed commission would study and recommend fire mitigation policies to Congress, including forest management tactics and federal...

Dozens of black bears killed so far in New Jersey hunt

Oct. 14, 2020 11:14 AM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Hunters have killed 135 bears so far during New Jersey’s latest black bear hunt. The state’s Division of Fish & Wildlife says 73 bruins were culled on Tuesday, a day after 62 were killed on the hunt’s opening day. The six-day hunt is restricted to Sussex,...

Merkley favored against Perkins in Oregon Senate race

Oct. 12, 2020 12:44 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley will face off against Republican Jo Rae Perkins on November’s ballot in Oregon, with the incumbent a heavy favorite against an opponent with political views described by observers as “extreme.” Political experts say that Perkins'...

FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2020, file photo, a house burns on Platina Road at the Zogg Fire near Ono, Calif. California's largest utility company said its equipment might have caused a fatal wildfire last month in a county in the northern part of the state, the Mercury News reported Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Ethan Swope, File)

Team investigating deadly Calif. fire seizes PG&E equipment

Oct. 11, 2020 2:59 PM EDT

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Fire investigators looking into what caused a wildfire that killed four people in far Northern California have taken possession of equipment belonging to Pacific Gas and Electric, the utility has reported. PG&E said in a filing Friday with the Public Utilities Commission that...

FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2020, file photo, a firefighter runs past flames while battling the Glass Fire in a Calistoga, Calif., vineyard. Cool weather and light drizzle in some places provided relief for firefighters working to increase containment of numerous wildfires across California on Saturday, Oct. 10,  but the forecast for dry and warming conditions starting on Sunday signaled that the state's lethal fire season is far from over. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

Warming trend means California's lethal fire season not over

Oct. 10, 2020 2:50 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Cool weather and light drizzle in some places provided relief for firefighters working to increase containment of numerous wildfires across California on Saturday, but the forecast for dry and warming conditions starting on Sunday signaled that the state's lethal fire season is far...

Democratic congressional candidate Teresa Leger Fernandez, in the blue mask, cheers on supporters at a polling station Tuesday, June 2, 2020, in Santa Fe, N.M. Fernandez was flanked by her three sons, left to right, Alisandro, Dario and Abelino. The sign she holds,

Northern New Mexico district to pick its 1st congresswoman

Oct. 9, 2020 3:43 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The two major party candidates competing to become the first woman to represent a Democrat-dominated New Mexico district squared off in their last scheduled televised debate that touched on solutions to poverty, environmental degradation and improving health care. The debate Thursday...