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Federal budget does not fund volcano debris dam, monitoring

Feb. 13, 2020 6:39 PM EST

LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — The annual federal budget does not fund a request to raise the height of a dam in Washington state to stop debris flow from the Mount St. Helens eruption, county officials said. President Donald Trump's annual budget proposal does not include money to raise the Toutle River sediment...

Biologists say bears more active than usual this winter

Feb. 8, 2020 11:48 AM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A bounty of late autumn foods and warm temperatures is keeping some of Vermont's bears awake during the winter months they would normally be hibernating, biologists say. So Vermont bear biologist Forrest Hammond is urging people to avoid disturbing bears or providing them any food....

In this Jan. 25, 2020 photo released by Galapagos National Park shows park workers inspecting a tortoise near Wolf Volcano on Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. The National Park announced on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020 that an expedition to the foothills of the highest active volcano in the Galapagos Islands located a young female tortoise and she is a direct descendant of a giant tortoise species considered extinct. (Tui De Roy/Galapagos National Park via AP)

Descendants of extinct tortoise species found in Galapagos

Feb. 1, 2020 12:37 PM EST

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Conservationists working around the largest volcano on the Galapagos Islands say they have found 30 giant tortoises partially descended from two extinct species, including that of the famed Lonesome George. The Galapagos National Park and Galapagos Conservancy said Friday that a young...

Lava tube in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park may soon reopen

Jan. 30, 2020 9:43 AM EST

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Thurston Lava Tube in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park could reopen within a month if a final repair project is successful, an official said. A park spokeswoman said the tube will be reopened to the public after a nearby restroom facility is restored to working order, The Hawaii...

In this undated photo released by the New Zealand Police, Pratap

Volcano victims were well-known Indian Americans in Atlanta

Jan. 30, 2020 3:46 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — An American husband and wife have now both died from injuries suffered in a New Zealand volcanic eruption, authorities said Thursday, leaving behind twin 6-year-old girls and an 11-year-old boy. Pratap Singh battled for 50 days before dying from his burns on Jan. 28, police...

FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2019, file photo, plumes of steam rise above White Island off the coast of Whakatane, New Zealand. Another person who suffered critical injuries from an eruption of the New Zealand volcano last month has died, bringing the death toll to 21, police said Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Baker, File)

Death toll from New Zealand volcanic eruption rises to 21

Jan. 29, 2020 3:58 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Another person who suffered critical injuries from an eruption of a New Zealand volcano last month has died, bringing the death toll to 21, police said Wednesday. Police Deputy Commissioner John Tims said the person died Tuesday night at Auckland's Middlemore Hospital. Police...

Woman sues Universal for shock, but resort blames her

Jan. 28, 2020 12:31 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A woman who claims she suffered an electric shock at a Universal Orlando water park last year has filed a lawsuit, but the theme park resort is blaming the woman for negligence. Universal Orlando filed a response last month to April Carlino's lawsuit, saying she failed to use...

Endangered Maui birds to be moved in effort to save species

Jan. 28, 2020 5:43 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Scientists will decide whether to establish a captive breeding program on the U.S. mainland in an attempt to prevent the extinction of a bird species only found on Maui, officials said. A decision about the plan to save the endangered kiwikiu is expected at a meeting of project partners...

In this Jan. 21, 2020, handout photo provided by the Office of Civil Defense, Taal volcano emits small amounts of ash in Batangas province, southern Philippines. The government will no longer allow people to live on the crater-studded island that's home to the volcano. (Office of Civil Defense via AP)

Philippine volcano alert lowered, thousands return home

Jan. 26, 2020 12:51 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine authorities on Sunday lowered the alert level at Taal Volcano, two weeks after it began spewing ash, steam and rocks, a move that will allow many of the more than 376,000 displaced villagers to return home. A popular tourist destination just south of Manila because of...

Access road to top of extinct volcano reopens in New Mexico

Jan. 24, 2020 12:12 AM EST

CAPULIN, N.M.. (AP) — The only road to the top of an extinct volcano in northeastern New Mexico has reopened after being closed for five months. Capulin Volcano National Monument officials reopened the road Thursday, ending a closure that began Aug. 9 due to a washout caused by heavy rain. Monument...