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Trump administration carries out 13th and final execution

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — The Trump administration early Saturday carried out its 13th federal execution since July, an unprecedented run that concluded just...

Amazon city scrambles to provide oxygen to COVID-19 patients

SAO PAULO (AP) — Doctors in the Amazon rainforest’s biggest city are having to choose which COVID-19 patients can breathe amid dwindling oxygen stocks...

PG&E will pay up to $190M to clean up San Francisco marina

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric Co., the nation's largest utility, has agreed to pay up to $190 million to clean up...

Flint water charges escalate debate over officials’ failures

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — When a former Michigan public health director was charged with involuntary manslaughter in the Flint water crisis, the man who...

Apaches object to Forest Service review of huge copper mine

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service released an environmental review Friday that paves the way for the creation of one of the...

Federal report says pandemic hit seafood industry hard

The coronavirus pandemic has taken away about a third of the commercial fishing industry's revenue, according to a federal report released on Friday. ...

Oil giant Total withdraws from US energy lobbying group

PARIS (AP) — French oil and gas company Total said it has decided to withdraw from energy association American Petroleum Institute because it disagrees...

Germany approves resuming Russia gas pipeline work

BERLIN (AP) — German authorities gave permission Friday for work to resume on a subsea pipeline bringing natural gas from Russia that's been the...

Fake US leg band gets pigeon a reprieve in Australia

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A pigeon that Australia declared a biosecurity risk has received a reprieve after a U.S. bird organization declared its identifying...

Search now recovery mission for Oregon woman in landslide

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Searchers used inflatable yellow rafts and drove metal poles into deep mud Thursday as they searched for a woman who...

Flint water probe brings charges against ex-governor, others

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A new investigation of the Flint water disaster led to charges against nine people, including former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder...

Groups ask court to restore protections for US gray wolves

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife advocates on Thursday asked a federal court to overturn a U.S. government decision that stripped Endangered Species Act protections...

For first time in 5 years, US gas mileage down, emissions up

DETROIT (AP) — A new government report says gas mileage for new vehicles dropped and pollution increased in model year 2019 for the first...

Trump administration slashes imperiled spotted owls’ habitat

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Trump administration said Wednesday that it would slash millions of acres of protected habitat designated for the imperiled northern...

Hot again: 2020 sets yet another global temperature record

Earth’s rising fever hit or neared record hot temperature levels in 2020, global weather groups reported Thursday. ...

California heat, poor planning led to August power outages

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Energy regulators on Wednesday blamed blackouts last summer that affected hundreds of thousands of Californians on poor planning, electrical market...

Environmentalists move toward lawsuit over fuel break plan

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Environmentalists have filed a notice of intent to sue the U.S government to block plans to build up to 11,000...

Ex.-Michigan Gov. Snyder charged in Flint water crisis

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder was charged Wednesday with willful neglect of duty after an investigation of ruinous decisions that...

Navajo Nation, New Mexico reach settlements over mine spill

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Navajo Nation’s Department of Justice announced Wednesday it has settled with mining companies to resolve claims stemming from a...

Flint families welcome water crisis charges, seek healing

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Flint mother Ariana Hawk struggled to find words. Bittersweet came to mind, as did frustrated. ...

A record year for NJ sports betting; casinos, not so much

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey took nearly $1 billion worth of sports bets in December, an encouraging finish to a year in...

Dawn fire guts building on LA’s Venice Beach boardwalk

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A two-story building on the Venice Beach boardwalk was heavily damaged by fire early Wednesday, but no injuries were reported,...

Endangered Indian rhinoceros baby is born in zoo in Poland

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — An endangered Indian rhinoceros was born last week in Poland's Wroclaw Zoo, a hopeful development in efforts to preserve the...

Climate activist Thunberg to appear on Swedish postal stamp

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedish teenage environmental activist Greta Thunberg will appear on a postal stamp that will be issued Thursday in her native Sweden...

Heavy snowfall hits Sweden, Finland; icy temperatures ahead

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Thousands of households across northern Sweden and southern Finland were without power Wednesday after heavy snowfall, and forecasters warned that particularly...

Indian partying hotspot Goa counts losses, braces for change

GOA, India (AP) — The sun’s golden rays fall on Goa’s smooth, sandy beaches every evening, magical as ever but strangely quiet and lonely....

California toxics agency may take aim at zinc in tires

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California is considering asking tire manufacturers to look at ways of eliminating zinc from their products because studies have shown...

Michigan plans to charge ex-Gov. Snyder in Flint water probe

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, his health director and other ex-officials have been told they’re being charged after a new...

Sage grouse review done, but scant time for Trump’s changes

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration has completed a review of plans to ease protections for a struggling bird species in seven states...

5 CES Trends to Watch

CES, the annual gadget show that showcases the buzziest and brightest tech, looks different this year — less Vegas glitz, more internet efficiency. With...

Divers recover crashed Indonesian plane’s data recorder

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian navy divers searching the ocean floor on Tuesday recovered the flight data recorder from a Sriwijaya Air jet that...

Mexico sees holiday bump in tourism amid pandemic surge

TULUM, Mexico (AP) — The friends from Jackson, Mississippi, relaxed on lounge chairs dug into a white sand beach and romped in the turquoise...

Recovered Midwestern bird soars off endangered species list

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The interior least tern, a hardy Midwestern bird that survived a craze for its plumage and dam-building that destroyed...

Volkswagen triples electric car sales ahead of climate rules

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Europe's push into electric cars is gathering speed — despite the pandemic. ...

Scientists decry death by 1,000 cuts for world’s insects

The world’s vital insect kingdom is undergoing “death by a thousand cuts,” the world’s top bug experts said. ...

26 missing, at least 13 dead in Indonesia landslides

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Rescuers are searching for 26 people still missing after two landslides hit a village in Indonesia’s West Java province over...

Snow and ice disrupt lives, vaccine rollout in Spain

MADRID (AP) — The Spanish capital of Madrid was still trying to get back on its feet Monday after a 50-year record snowfall that...

Gorillas test positive for coronavirus at San Diego park

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Several gorillas at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park have tested positive for the coronavirus in what is believed to...

US triples daily numbers allowed at Southwest hike The Wave

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Outdoor enthusiasts and landscape photographers hoping to land one of the elusive permits needed to explore the colorful, contoured...

Study: Wildfires produced up to half of pollution in US West

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Wildfire smoke accounted for up to half of all health-damaging small particle air pollution in the western U.S. in recent...

Native American land activist Carrie Dann dies in Nevada

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Carrie Dann, a Native American land rights activist, Nevada rancher and longtime leader of the Western Shoshone Nation, has died. ...

50 countries vow to protect 30% of land and sea by 2030

PARIS (AP) — At least 50 countries committed to protecting 30% of the planet, including land and sea, over the next decade to halt...

Snow, heavy rain in Balkans cause floods, disrupt traffic

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Days of heavy rain and snow across the Balkans left homes and fields flooded Monday, disrupted traffic on highways and...

Germany’s Merkel: Trump’s Twitter eviction ‘problematic’

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel considers U.S. President Donald Trump's eviction from Twitter by the company “problematic,” her spokesman said Monday. ...

China’s Geely, Baidu announce electric car ventures

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese automaker Geely says it will form an electric car venture with tech giant Baidu, adding to a flurry of corporate...

South Korean diplomat in Iran over seized ship, frozen funds

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A South Korean diplomatic delegation arrived in Iran on Sunday to negotiate the release of a vessel and its crew...

US Consulate a turning point for disputed Western Sahara

DAKHLA, Western Sahara (AP) — Trawlers pack the bustling Western Saharan port of Dakhla, where fish scales glisten from workers’ arms as they roll...

6 rangers killed in latest attack at Congo’s Virunga park

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Gunmen have killed at least six rangers in Virunga National Park, the latest attack in the part of eastern Congo...

Bald eagle lays egg in Southern California mountains

BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. (AP) — A bald eagle has laid an egg in a Southern California nest and nature lovers will watch for...

Spain shovels out of snowdrifts left by Storm Filomena

MADRID (AP) — Emergency crews in central Spain cleared 500 roads and rescued over 1,500 people stranded in their vehicles, allowing Madrid and other...

Albania helps families in flooded areas with food, water

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian authorities said Sunday that military troops have supplied food and water to families in the northwest isolated from the...

UN envoy: Britain is `gung ho’ about world role after Brexit

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Britain’s new U.N. ambassador says the government is feeling “gung ho” about continuing its role as an important player on...

Alaska governor plans appeal of mine project denial

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy said the state will appeal the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' rejection of a key permit...

California governor’s budget booms despite pandemic problems

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is again swimming in money. ...

Data shows 2020 was Europe’s warmest year on record

BERLIN (AP) — 2020 was the warmest year in Europe since records began, according to data published Friday by the EU climate monitoring service. ...

Australia sweltered through its 4th-hottest year in 2020

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia sweltered through its fourth-hottest year on record last year despite the recent return of the usually cooling La Nina...

Deal reached on project to protect lakes from invasive fish

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Michigan, Illinois and a federal agency have agreed on funding the next phase of an initiative to keep Asian...

Stunned EU leaders yearn for Biden presidency — ASAP

BRUSSELS (AP) — For European Union nations, Joe Biden's Jan. 20 inauguration as the next U.S. president cannot come fast enough. ...

One-third of America’s rivers have changed color since 1984

America’s rivers are changing color — and people are behind many of the shifts, a new study said. ...

Indonesia’s Merapi volcano spews hot clouds, 500 evacuate

YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's Mount Merapi volcano spewed avalanches of hot clouds Thursday morning as hundreds more residents were evacuated from its fertile...

US holds first oil lease sale for Alaska’s Arctic refuge

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. government held its first-ever oil and gas lease sale Wednesday for Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, an event...

Elusive Catalina Island Shrew spotted for 1st time in years

AVALON, Calif. (AP) — A tiny mouse-like animal has been spotted on Santa Catalina Island off Southern California for the first time since 2004,...

Major construction done at Hanford waste treatment plant

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A gigantic nuclear waste treatment plant in eastern Washington state that has been under construction for 18 years is largely...

Judge drops suit since Corps reconsidering plastics complex

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a challenge to a Taiwan-based conglomerate’s plans for a $9.4 billion plastics complex in Louisiana...

Arizona border deaths hit 10-year high after record heat

PHOENIX (AP) — A project that maps the bodies of border-crossers recovered from Arizona’s inhospitable deserts, valleys and mountains said it documented 227 deaths...

On the llam: ‘Very chill’ llama found wandering off highway

NEWBURYPORT, Mass. (AP) — A passerby spotted a wandering llama in a field off an interstate in Massachusetts and with the help of an...

Judge allows oil, gas lease sales in Alaska’s Arctic refuge

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A U.S. judge on Tuesday refused to halt an oil and gas lease sale for Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge...

California governor plans $4 billion for economic recovery

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — After spending most of 2020 telling small businesses to close and limit their customers, California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday...

A final EPA rollback under Trump curbs use of health studies

The Environmental Protection Agency released one of its last major rollbacks under the Trump administration on Tuesday, limiting what evidence it will consider about...

Regulators get plan for undoing the Atlantic Coast Pipeline

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The developers of the now-canceled Atlantic Coast Pipeline have laid out plans for how they want to go about unwinding...

Trump administration scales back wild bird protections

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration on Tuesday finalized changes that weaken the government's enforcement powers under a century-old law protecting most American...

Trump administration announces $3.7 billion for Puerto Rico

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration announced Tuesday that it will award a $3.7 billion grant to help Puerto Rico rebuild water and wastewater...

Islands of garbage clog rivers, threaten dam in Balkans

VISEGRAD, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Huge islands of garbage floating on some rivers in the Balkans are causing an environmental emergency and threatening a regional...

A final EPA rollback under Trump curbs use of health studies

The Environmental Protection Agency has completed one of its last major rollbacks under the Trump administration, changing how it considers evidence of harm from...

Rescuers in Norway lose hope of finding landslide survivors

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Norwegian authorities said Tuesday they have given up hope of finding survivors of a landslide that swept away homes in...

George Whitmore, legendary climber of El Capitan, dies at 89

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — George Whitmore, a member of the first team of climbers to scale El Capitan in Yosemite National Park and a...

Iran starts 20% uranium enrichment, seizes South Korean ship

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran began enriching uranium Monday to levels unseen since its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers and also...

Study: Warming already baked in will blow past climate goals

The amount of baked-in global warming, from carbon pollution already in the air, is enough to blow past international agreed upon goals to limit...

Ranchers whose case sparked standoff may get grazing rights

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The federal government has proposed awarding grazing allotments to an Oregon ranching family whose members were convicted of arson in...

Fast rollout of virus vaccine trials reveals tribal distrust

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The news came during a hopeful time on the largest Native American reservation. ...

Amazon’s Bezos tops list of richest charitable gifts in 2020

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — The world's richest person made the single-largest charitable contribution in 2020, according to The Chronicle of Philanthropy's annual list...

Aquarium agrees to delay beluga whale delivery amid lawsuit

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut aquarium has agreed to delay its acquisition of five beluga whales for research amid a lawsuit by an...

New this week: Morgan Wallen music, tiger cubs and ‘Herself’

Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. ...

Lava spatters, flows inside crater of Hawaii volcano

HONOLULU (AP) — Lava spattered and flowed over the weekend inside the crater of a Hawaii volcano that began erupting in December. ...

Hope fades in Norway landslide that left 7 dead; 3 missing

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Norwegian officials insisted Monday that there was “still hope” in finding survivors in air pockets five days after a landslide...

3rd body found after landslide in Norway; 7 still missing

HELSINKI (AP) — Rescue teams searching for survivors four days after a landslide carried away homes in a Norwegian village found no signs of...

Watch out LA: Feds calculate riskiest, safest places in US

Spending her life in Los Angeles, Morgan Andersen knows natural disasters all too well. In college, an earthquake shook her home hard. Her grandfather...

Bolsonaro’s tough 2021 balance between ideology, pragmatism

BRASILIA (AP) — Brazil’s pugnacious president, Jair Bolsonaro, survived 2020 in surprisingly good shape personally and politically, with buoyant popularity ratings despite his own...

Trump vetoes Calif. fishing bill over seafood trade deficit

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump vetoed a bill Friday that would have gradually ended the use of large-mesh drift gillnets deployed exclusively in...

‘Our children die in our hands’: Floods ravage South Sudan

OLD FANGAK, South Sudan (AP) — On a scrap of land surrounded by flooding in South Sudan, families drink and bathe from the waters...

Restoration plan for Los Angeles County wetlands advances

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A plan to restore the largest coastal wetlands complex in Los Angeles County has received state approval as it advances...

New Year’s fireworks could degrade Southern California air

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An advisory for likely pollution from New Year’s Eve fireworks went into effect Thursday in a large portion of Southern...

Increased testing needed as Africa sees rise in virus cases

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — As a result of holiday gatherings, African officials warn of a resurgence of COVID-19 on the continent and urge increased...

Well-preserved Ice Age woolly rhino found in Siberia

MOSCOW (AP) — A well-preserved Ice Age woolly rhino with many of its internal organs still intact has been recovered from permafrost in Russia's...

Water content of California’s early winter snowpack lagging

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The amount of water in California’s mountain snowpack is only about half of average for early winter, a state Department...

Eastern Caribbean issues rare alerts for rumbling volcanoes

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Volcanoes that have been quiet for decades are rumbling to life in the eastern Caribbean, prompting officials to...

Southern California mountains glisten with heavy snow

MOUNT BALDY VILLAGE, Calif. (AP) — Southern California’s snowcapped mountains glistened early Wednesday under the light of the last full moon of the year...

COVID cluckers: Pandemic feeds demand for backyard chickens

ROSS, Calif. (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic is coming home to roost in America’s backyards. ...

Young sea lion recovers from shark bite, returns to ocean

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A feisty young sea lion is back in the Northern California wild after five weeks of rehabilitation to treat a...

Southern California mountains coated in snow after storm

MOUNT BALDY VILLAGE, Calif. (AP) — Southern California’s mountains sported a substantial coat of snow Tuesday after the region’s first significant storm of the...

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