Environment and nature

This image made from video provided by RU-RTR Russian television channel shows a view of a forest fire in the Boguchansky district of the Krasnoyarsk region, Russia Far East, Wednesday, July 31, 2019. Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered Russia's military to join efforts to fight forest fires that have engulfed nearly 30,000 square kilometers (11,580 sq. miles) of territory in Siberia and the Russian Far East. (RU-RTR Russian Television via AP)
July 31, 2019 - 11:08 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian military on Wednesday joined efforts to fight forest fires that have engulfed nearly 30,000 square kilometers (11,580 sq. miles) of territory in Siberia and the Russian Far East — an area the size of Belgium. The move, which includes sending military transport planes and...
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FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2017 file photo, an FA/18E Super Hornet from NAS Lemoore flies through a rugged area over Death Valley National Park in the California desert that is a popular training area for military aviators. On Wednesday, July 31, 2019 a U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet jet crashed in Death Valley National Park, injuring several people who were at a scenic overlook where aviation enthusiasts routinely watch military pilots speeding low through the chasm dubbed Star Wars Canyon, officials said. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)
July 31, 2019 - 9:43 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A U.S. Navy fighter jet crashed Wednesday in Death Valley National Park, injuring seven people who were at a scenic overlook where aviation enthusiasts watch military pilots speeding low through a chasm dubbed Star Wars Canyon, officials said. The crash sent dark smoke billowing...
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FILE - In this undated file photo provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, caribou from the Porcupine Caribou Herd migrate onto the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in northeast Alaska. Alaska Native and environmental groups sued the Interior Department on Wednesday, July 31, 2019, claiming its agencies have withheld information regarding its preparation for a petroleum lease sale in the refuge. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via AP, File)
July 31, 2019 - 7:56 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska Native organization and three environmental groups sued the U.S. Interior Department on Wednesday, claiming its agencies withheld information regarding preparations for the sale of oil and gas leases in the massive Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The lawsuit...
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Flames and smoke rise after a fire started at an Exxon Mobil facility, Wednesday, July 31, 2019, in Baytown, Texas. (Yi-Chin Lee/Houston Chronicle via AP)
July 31, 2019 - 2:35 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — Fire broke out at an Exxon Mobil oil refinery in Texas on Wednesday, sending a large plume of smoke into the air, in the latest of a series of petrochemical industry blazes this year in the Houston area. The fire began around 11 a.m. at an Exxon Mobil facility in Baytown, about 25...
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FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2012, file photo, Nick Buoniconti, former Miami Dolphins player and member of the 1972 undefeated team, in introduced during the half time show of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, in Miami. Pro Football Hall of Fame middle linebacker Nick Buoniconti, an undersized overachiever who helped lead the Miami Dolphins to the NFL's only perfect season, has died at the age of 78. Bruce Bobbins, a spokesman for the Buoniconti family, said he died Tuesday, July 30, 2019, in Bridgehampton, N.Y. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, FIle)
July 31, 2019 - 12:54 pm
MIAMI (AP) — Pro Football Hall of Fame middle linebacker Nick Buoniconti, an undersized overachiever who helped lead the Miami Dolphins to the NFL's only perfect season and became a leader in the effort to cure paralysis, has died at the age of 78. Buoniconti died Tuesday in Bridgehampton, New York...
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July 31, 2019 - 7:21 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German prosecutors have charged the former head of Audi, Volkswagen's luxury division, with fraud in connection with the sale of cars with software that enabled cheating on emissions tests, adding another chapter to VW's diesel scandal that has seen its former CEO charged...
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July 30, 2019 - 1:47 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A San Diego conservation organization has announced the first successful artificial insemination birth of a southern white rhino in North America. San Diego Zoo Global says the mother gave birth to a healthy male calf Sunday at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Mother and calf will...
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FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2018 file photo, emigrant Peak is seen rising above the Paradise Valley and the Yellowstone River near Emigrant, Mont. The Trump administration has put a conservative advocate who argues for selling off the nation’s public lands in charge of the nation’s 250 million public acres. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt on Monday signed an order making William Perry Pendley acting head of the Bureau of Land Management, putting the lawyer and Wyoming native in charge of public lands and their resources. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)
July 30, 2019 - 1:20 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A conservative lawyer and writer who argues for selling off the nation's public lands is now in charge of a nearly quarter-billion acres in federally held rangeland and other wilderness. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt on Monday signed an order making Wyoming native William...
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FILE - In this file photo dated March 28, 2019, the sign for a Holiday Inn in New York. The fight to save the seas from plastic waste may mean the end for mini bottles of shampoo and other toiletries, after the owner of Holiday Inn and InterContinental Hotels announced Tuesday July 30, 2019, that it will switch to bulk-size bathroom amenities across the hotel group. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane, FILE)
July 30, 2019 - 12:43 pm
LONDON (AP) — The fight to save the seas from plastic waste may mean the end for mini bottles of shampoo and other toiletries that hotel guests love to stuff into their luggage. The owner of Holiday Inn and InterContinental Hotels said Tuesday that its nearly 843,000 guest rooms are switching to...
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July 30, 2019 - 7:53 am
BERLIN (AP) — This caiman went: Swiss authorities say they're calling off the hunt for an alligator-like reptile spotted in an inland lake, declaring it "a phantom." The meter-and-a-half (5-foot) long caiman was spotted by a fisherman in Lake Hallwil, about 50 kilometers west of Zurich, on July 14...
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