Environment

December 10, 2017 - 10:11 am
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Authorities are investigating the death of a man found near a partially submerged sport utility vehicle in a river in Pittsburgh. Police said the body of 52-year-old Todd Patrick Wharton of Imperial was found face-up in the Allegheny River near the Carnegie Science Center shortly...
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Pope Francis waves to faithful during the Angelus noon prayer in St. Peter's Square, Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017. Francis said that working to protect the dignity of the weakest and most disadvantaged implies "also working with determination to build a world without nuclear arms." He urged people to put intelligence and technology at the "service of peace and true progress." (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
December 10, 2017 - 6:56 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is calling for a world without nuclear arms and for effective measures to combat climate change. Addressing the faithful Sunday in St. Peter's Square, he stressed what he called "the strong link between human rights and nuclear disarmament." Francis said working to...
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A hillside glows with embers as the Thomas fire burns through Los Padres National Forest near Ojai, Calif., on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
December 09, 2017 - 5:54 pm
FALLBROOK, Calif. (AP) — A week of destructive fires in Southern California is ending but danger still looms. Well into what's considered the wet season, there's been nary a drop of rain. That's good for sun-seeking tourists, but could spell more disaster for a region that emerged this spring from...
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FILE- In this July 14, 2017 file photo, domestically produced petroleum coke is loaded onto a truck to be transported to factories, at a railway station in Rampur, about 210 kilometers (130 miles) from New Delhi, India.India's government says it plans to phase out imports of a dirty fuel known as petroleum coke, or "petcoke," after an Associated Press investigation found U.S. oil refineries are exporting vast quantities of the product to India. But when it comes to domestic use, the Indian government seems to be going in a different direction. The government this week argued in court that restrictions on petcoke around polluted New Delhi should be eased for certain low-impact industries. The move has infuriated environmentalists. (AP Photo/Vaishnavee Sharma, File)
December 06, 2017 - 9:09 pm
NEW DELHI (AP) — India's government says it plans to phase out imports of a dirty fuel known as petroleum coke, or "petcoke," after an Associated Press investigation found U.S. oil refineries are exporting vast quantities of the product to India. But when it comes to domestic use, the Indian...
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December 06, 2017 - 1:53 pm
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Pennsylvania Common Pleas judge will decide whether raccoons are protected animals or vermin meant to be disposed. Allegheny County officials say 68-year-old William Killgallon has been charged with felony animal cruelty after Pittsburgh police say he admitted to drowning...
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FILE - This January 2017 file photo provided by the Broward County Sheriff's Office shows German Volkswagen executive Oliver Schmidt. Prosecutors are seeking a seven-year prison sentence for Schmidt, a Volkswagen senior manager who pleaded guilty in the automaker's U.S. diesel emissions scandal. Schmidt will be sentenced Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2017 in Detroit federal court. (Broward County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)
December 06, 2017 - 1:05 am
DETROIT (AP) — Lawyers for a Volkswagen senior manager say his U.S. prison sentence shouldn't exceed 40 months for his role in the automaker's diesel emissions scandal. Oliver Schmidt will be sentenced Wednesday in Detroit federal court. The U.S. government is asking a judge to send him away for...
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FILE - This July 15, 2016, file photo, shows the "Moonhouse" in McLoyd Canyon which is part of Bears Ears National Monument, near Blanding, Utah. President Donald Trump's rare move to shrink two large national monuments in Utah triggered another round of outrage among Native American leaders who vowed to unite and take the fight to court to preserve protections for lands they consider sacred. Trump decided to reduce Bears Ears — created last December by President Barack Obama — by about 85 percent and Grand Staircase-Escalante — designated in 1996 by President Bill Clinton — by nearly half. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
December 05, 2017 - 6:43 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Tuesday accused outdoor retailer Patagonia of lying when it said that President Donald Trump "stole your land" by shrinking two national monuments in Utah by some 2 million acres. An angry Zinke called the claim — made in large type on the company'...
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December 05, 2017 - 4:43 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Monsanto asked a judge Tuesday to prevent Arkansas lawmakers from banning the use of a weed killer that farmers in several states have said drifts onto their crops and causes widespread damage. The agribusiness asked a Pulaski County judge to issue a preliminary injunction...
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December 05, 2017 - 4:38 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Four groups including an Alaska Native tribe are suing the U.S. government over mining exploration permits granted near a major southeast Alaska salmon river and bald eagle preserve. The Chilkat Indian village of Klukwan (KLUK-wahn) and three environmental groups on Monday...
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FILE - This Jan. 17, 2017, file photo shows a Ford sign at an auto dealership, in Hialeah, Fla. At least 30 percent of the new vehicles Ford will roll out in China by 2025 will be electric, with Beijing pushing hard to improve air quality for people living in smoke-choked cities. Ford said Tuesday, Dec. 5, that the new electric cars will fall under the Lincoln brand and its namesake. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)
December 05, 2017 - 9:22 am
DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co. is promising to roll out more than 50 new vehicles in China over the next eight years including 15 powered by electricity as it restructures its business and responds to a government push for cleaner air by making all new vehicles electric. The automaker, currently a...
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