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Stories with subject: Environment and nature
  • new storyCoal seam fires again spark wildfires near Healy, coal mine 
    Updated: May-06-16 8:31 pm

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Underground fires in coal country near the interior Alaska community of Healy have again touched off wildfires on the surface, putting forest officials on alert to keep them from spreading to populated areas.

  • new storyCanadian convoy begins, hoping to flee wildfire zone story has photosstory has video
    Updated: May-06-16 8:00 pm

    EDMONTON, Alberta - A massive convoy was under way Friday to move evacuees stranded at oil field camps north of Fort McMurray, Alberta amid a massive wildfire that officials fear could double in size by the end of Saturday.

  • new storyNebraska tour promotes proper grazing techniques to ranchers 
    Updated: May-06-16 7:52 pm

    LINCOLN, Nebraska - The Nebraska Grazing Lands Coalition is hosting a summer grazing tour to teach ranchers and bird enthusiasts about successful grazing practices and wildlife habitats.

  • new storyFood crisis as fishermen block access to island in Chile 
    Updated: May-06-16 7:32 pm

    CHILOE ISLAND, Chile - Food and gasoline were running dangerously low Friday on this Chilean island that has been blocked from the mainland by desperate fishermen demanding compensation for losing their livelihood to a toxic algae bloom.

  • new storyOfficial: County won't be hurried on nuclear borehole test 
    Updated: May-06-16 7:18 pm

    SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota - There should be a careful review of a proposed federal test to assess whether nuclear waste can be stored in 3-mile-deep holes in east-central South Dakota and congressional input about the potential drilling project, a Spink County official said Friday.

  • Mythical Morrison cave closed over Doors-inspired graffiti 
    Updated: May-06-16 7:12 pm

    LOS ANGELES - As the Doors song goes, this is the end. Fans of the band who have marked up a scenic cave on the California coast with psychedelic graffiti will have to find another place to spray out their love for front man Jim Morrison.

  • Penguin that wore a wetsuit and starred in kid's book dies 
    Updated: May-06-16 7:07 pm

    SAN FRANCISCO - A San Francisco penguin that once sported a wetsuit after losing his feathers and who starred in a children's book has died at the age of 33, officials said this week.

  • EPA chief: US quickly phasing out coal for clean energy 
    Updated: May-06-16 5:30 pm

    WASHINGTON - The top official at the Environmental Protection Agency said Friday the ongoing legal fight over regulating carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants won't delay the nation's accelerating shift to cleaner sources of energy.

  • Unpack the trunk: Ringling's elephants retire to Florida 
    Updated: May-06-16 5:05 pm

    The last 11 touring elephants from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus kicked off their retirement in Florida on Friday with a buffet brunch of carrots, apples, celery, loaves of bread and lots of hay.

  • Flint water crisis doctor to graduates: Fight for justice 
    Updated: May-06-16 5:04 pm

    EAST LANSING, Michigan - A doctor credited with bringing Flint's water crisis to light after state agencies initially dismissed her concerns told Michigan State University graduates Friday to "raise your hands" and fight for justice.

  • Residents upset that Ohio officials killed non-native swans 
    Updated: May-06-16 4:00 pm

    CANTON, Ohio - The killing of non-native swans by wildlife officials to make way for native ones has upset some residents who complain neighbors weren't warned and the shootings weren't warranted.

  • AP Interview: Rio security head says cuts impact Olympics story has photos
    Updated: May-06-16 3:38 pm

    RIO DE JANEIRO - Rio de Janeiro's state security secretary acknowledges that cuts of $550 million to his budget pose a risk to the Olympics when they open in three months.

  • Report: Indiana's coal-power use falls 37 percent since '07 
    Updated: May-06-16 3:31 pm

    INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana's consumption of coal for electricity generation plunged nearly 40 percent from 2007 through 2015 as its utilities retired older coal-fired plants and increasingly embraced natural gas and renewable energy sources, a new federal report shows.

  • Ranch buy adds to huge Montana wildlife reserve story has photos
    Updated: May-06-16 3:21 pm

    BILLINGS, Montana - A huge Montana nature reserve added a 47,000-acre historic ranch to its patchwork of lands along the Missouri River on Friday, a significant step in a privately funded effort to stitch together a Connecticut-sized park where bison would replace livestock and cattle fences give way to open range.

  • Jury finds coal company didn't contaminate drinking wells 
    Updated: May-06-16 3:21 pm

    PINEVILLE, West Virginia - A West Virginia jury has ruled that a coal company owned by Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jim Justice did not contaminate the drinking water wells of residents, but the plaintiffs' attorneys say the jury may have been improperly influenced by the presence of coal employees throughout the trial.

  • State reports increased bear attacks on beehives, livestock 
    Updated: May-06-16 2:59 pm

    HARTFORD, Connecticut - State officials say Connecticut has seen an increasing number of bear attacks on livestock and beehives.

  • Black bear killed in eastern Missouri; citation issued 
    Updated: May-06-16 2:33 pm

    HILLSBORO, Missouri - A citation has been issued for a suspect who shot and skinned a black bear in eastern Missouri.

  • Ranch buy adds to huge Montana wildlife reserve 
    Updated: May-06-16 2:23 pm

    BILLINGS, Montana - A huge Montana nature reserve added a 47,000-acre historic ranch to its patchwork of lands along the Missouri River on Friday, a significant step in a privately funded effort to stitch together a Connecticut-sized park where bison would replace livestock and cattle fences give way to open range.

  • Brewery earns $1.24M in tax credits for Waterloo project 
    Updated: May-06-16 2:18 pm

    WATERLOO, Iowa - A Cedar Falls brewery's planned renovation of the former downtown Hostess Wonder Bread building is set to receive $1.24 million in historic preservation tax credits.

  • 2,000 LED-tagged pigeons stage show in NYC sky story has photosstory has video
    Updated: May-06-16 2:07 pm

    NEW YORK - New York is staging a show with 2,000 pigeons tagged with LED lights illuminating the city's night sky.

  • Kerry: Diverse graduating class is 'Trump's worst nightmare' story has photos
    Updated: May-06-16 2:05 pm

    BOSTON - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told college graduates on Friday that their diversity is "Donald Trump's worst nightmare" and that it's their job to stop the spread of violent extremism.

  • Hunters spark wildfire in Bridger-Teton National Forest 
    Updated: May-06-16 2:00 pm

    JACKSON HOLE, Wyoming - Bridger-Teton National Forest fire officials say they have extinguished the area's first wildfire.

  • Wildlife officials to track trout in Upper Klamath Lake 
    Updated: May-06-16 1:41 pm

    KLAMATH FALLS, Oregon - Oregon wildlife officials are stitching radio transmitters to redband trout in Upper Klamath Lake in order to help inform watershed restoration.

  • 3 buildings, shed, 3 acres burn at farm north of Las Vegas 
    Updated: May-06-16 1:35 pm

    MOAPA, Nevada - Fire officials are investigating the cause of an overnight fire that destroyed three buildings and a shed about 35 miles north of Las Vegas, and charred 3 acres of surrounding trees and farmland.

  • California Assembly turns down aid for SoCal gas victims 
    Updated: May-06-16 1:35 pm

    SACRAMENTO, California - Members of the California Assembly rejected a plan to give victims of the Aliso Canyon disaster gas leak and other man-made pollution more time to sue for relief, but the proposal could return.