Environment

In this April 8, 2019, photo, Tim Tanksley, who has been fighting for years trying to convince Oklahoma lawmakers to crack down on the coal ash dumping, stands outside a dump site in Bokoshe, Okla. President Donald Trump’s EPA has approved Oklahoma to be the first state to take over permitting and enforcement on coal-ash sites. “They’re going to do absolutely nothing,” Tanksley said. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
May 20, 2019 - 11:50 am
BOKOSHE, Okla. (AP) — Susan Holmes' home, corner store and roadside beef jerky stand are right off Oklahoma Highway 31, putting them in the path of trucks hauling ash and waste from a power plant that burns the high-sulfur coal mined near this small town. For years, when Bokoshe residents were...
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FILE - In this file photo taken at Schoenbrunn zoo in Vienna, on Aug. 10, 2009, panda Fu Long, left, plays with his mother Yang Yang in the outdoor enclosure. A senior Chinese official has officially handed over a 19-year-old male giant panda to Vienna’s Schoenbrunn zoo. Yuan Yuan arrived in Vienna last month and has spent the last few weeks in quarantine. He was chosen as a partner for Yang Yang, the zoo’s 18-year-old female panda, who has been at the zoo since 2003 but without a companion since its previous male, Long Hui, died of cancer in 2016. (AP Photo/Lilli Strauss)
May 20, 2019 - 11:09 am
VIENNA (AP) — A senior Chinese official has officially handed over a 19-year-old male giant panda to Vienna's Schoenbrunn zoo. Yuan Yuan arrived in Vienna last month and has spent the last few weeks in quarantine. He was chosen as a partner for Yang Yang, the zoo's 18-year-old female panda, who has...
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FILE - This Jan. 16, 2019 photo taken by a Utah Highway Patrol drone shows a big rig that has crashed into a resaturant in Wellington, Utah. In Utah, drones are hovering near avalanches to measure roaring snow. In North Carolina, they're combing the skies for the nests of endangered birds. In Kansas, meanwhile, they could soon be identifying sick cows through heat signatures. A survey released Monday, May 20, 2019 shows transportation agencies are using drones in nearly every U.S. state. (Utah Highway Patrol via AP, File)
May 20, 2019 - 9:36 am
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — In Utah, drones are hovering near avalanches to watch roaring snow. In North Carolina, they're searching for the nests of endangered birds. In Kansas, they could soon be identifying sick cows through heat signatures. Public transportation agencies are using drones in nearly...
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May 19, 2019 - 7:58 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's fledgling commercial seaweed industry is growing, with producers excited about this year's harvest. There were no commercial seaweed farmers in Alaska five years ago, though there have long been subsistence seaweed harvests along Alaska coasts. Now, there are 16...
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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks to party supporters flanked by his wife, Jenny, second left, and daughters Lily, right, and Abbey, after his opponent conceded in the federal election in Sydney, Australia, Sunday, May 19, 2019. Australia's ruling conservative coalition, lead by Morrison, won a surprise victory in the country's general election, defying opinion polls that had tipped the center-left opposition party to oust it from power and promising an end to the revolving door of national leaders. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
May 18, 2019 - 2:51 pm
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's ruling conservative coalition won a surprise victory in the country's general election on Saturday, defying opinion polls that had tipped the center-left opposition party to oust it from power and promising an end to the revolving door of national leaders...
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Australian opposition leader Bill Shorten and his wife Chloe eat a sausage sandwich on a federal election day in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, May 18, 2019. Polling stations opened across Australia on Saturday in elections that are likely to deliver the nation's sixth prime minister in as many years. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)
May 18, 2019 - 6:28 am
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Latest on Australia's general election (all times local): 8:25 p.m. Voting has ended in Australia's general election, with some senior opposition lawmakers confident they'll form a center-left government with a focus on slashing greenhouse gas emissions. Opinion polls...
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FILE - This Jan. 12, 2017, file photo shows gas gathering plant on a hilltop at the Southern California Gas Company's Aliso Canyon storage facility near the Porter Ranch neighborhood of Los Angeles. An investigation into the cause of the largest-known release of methane in the U.S. faults a California utility for the way it maintained its natural gas storage field before the massive 2015 blowout. The report released Friday, May 17, 2019, by the California Public Utilities Commission says Southern California Gas Co. did not assess its wells for disaster potential and did not investigate previous ruptures. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
May 17, 2019 - 8:58 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A blowout at a Los Angeles natural gas well in 2015 that led to the largest-known release of methane in U.S. history was the result of a corroded pipe casing, safety failures by a utility and inadequate regulations, according to an investigation report released Friday. Southern...
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May 17, 2019 - 7:13 am
KEY LARGO, Fla. (AP) — Wildlife officials have finally captured a large invasive Asian water monitor that had been running loose in the Florida Keys for more than a year. Florida Fish and Wildlife officials posted pictures on Facebook , with this caption: "Elusive lizard captured!" The lizard was...
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FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks shows a sow grizzly bear spotted near Camas in northwestern Montana. Native American tribes are seeking permanent protections for the bruins, which would outlaw hunting regardless of the species' population size. (Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks via AP, File)
May 15, 2019 - 1:13 pm
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Native American groups are pressing lawmakers in Congress to adopt permanent protections for grizzly bears, a species widely revered by tribes but that has been proposed for hunting in Wyoming and Idaho. Tribal representatives were due Wednesday before a House subcommittee to...
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Actors Sara Driver, from left, Tilda Swinton, Selena Gomez, director Jim Jarmusch and actress Chloe Sevigny pose for photographers at the photo call for the film 'The Dead Don't Die' at the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 15, 2019. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)
May 15, 2019 - 11:46 am
CANNES, France (AP) — The Jim Jarmusch zombie movie "The Dead Don't Die" includes masses of flesh-eating zombies and an Earth thrown off its axis by "polar fracking." But the teaming Cannes Film Festival, where "The Dead Don't Die" premiered Tuesday as the opening-night film, has hordes and horrors...
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