Environment and nature

Nepalese veteran Sherpa guide, Kami Rita, 48, waves as he arrives in Kathmandu, Nepal, Sunday, May 20, 2018. Rita, scaled Mount Everest on Wednesday morning May 16 for the 22nd time, setting the record for most climbs of the world's highest mountain, officials said. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
May 20, 2018 - 8:52 pm
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A Sherpa climbing guide who scaled Mount Everest for a record 22nd time last week returned from the mountain on Sunday and said he's already planning his next trip. After flying back to Kathmandu by helicopter, Kami Rita, 48, said he's not ready to retire and plans to...
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Washington State Fish and Wildlife Police confer with an individual from the King County Medical Examiner's office on a remote gravel road above Snoqualmie, Wash., following a fatal cougar attack, Saturday, May 19, 2018. One man was killed and another seriously injured when they encountered a cougar Saturday while mountain biking in Washington state, officials said. (Alan Berner/The Seattle Times via AP)
May 20, 2018 - 7:39 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — The two mountain bikers did what they were supposed to do when they noticed a mountain lion tailing them on a trail east of Seattle. They got off their bikes. They faced the beast, shouted and tried to spook it. After it charged, one even smacked the cougar with his bike, and it ran...
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In this May 19, 2018 photo, lava erupts inside Leilani Estates near Pahoa, Hawaii. As lava flows have grown more vigorous in recent days, there's concern more homes may burn and more evacuations may be ordered. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser via AP)
May 20, 2018 - 4:29 pm
PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — Ed Arends grabbed what he could in the night and fled his 5-acre property, lava oozing from a crack in his neighborhood on Hawaii's Big Island. That was more than two weeks ago. He hasn't been able to stay at his house since. "It's disconcerting not being home, being displaced...
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Lava erupts from fissures near Pahoa, Hawaii Saturday, May 19, 2018. Two fissures that opened up in a rural Hawaii community have merged to produce faster and more fluid lava. Scientists say the characteristics of lava oozing from fissures in the ground has changed significantly as new magma mixes with decades-old stored lava. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
May 20, 2018 - 1:06 pm
PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — A volcano that is oozing, spewing and exploding on Hawaii's Big Island has gotten more hazardous in recent days, with a river of molten rock flowing into the ocean and flying lava causing the first major injury. Kilauea volcano began erupting more than two weeks ago and has...
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Peter Vance, 24, photographs lava erupting in the Leilani Estates subdivision near Pahoa, Hawaii Friday, May 18, 2018. Hawaii residents covered their faces with masks after a volcano menacing the Big Island for weeks exploded, sending a mixture of pulverized rock, glass and crystal into the air in its strongest eruption of sandlike ash in days. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
May 19, 2018 - 7:22 pm
PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — Lava oozing out of cracks for two weeks in rural Hawaii neighborhoods took on new characteristics as fresher magma mixed with decades-old magma, sending a flow toward the ocean Saturday. Since a first fissure opened up in a community on May 3, lava was mostly spattering up and...
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Lava crosses the road near Pohoiki Road, Friday, May 18, 2018, near Pahoa, Hawaii. Several open fissure vents are still producing lava splatter and flow in evacuated areas. Gas is also pouring from the vents, cloaking homes and trees in smoke. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)
May 19, 2018 - 1:03 am
VOLCANO, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii officials warned residents Friday that fast-moving lava was approaching an area near homes that were previously destroyed by eruptions from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano. Hawaii County Civil Defense said police, firefighters and National Guard troops were securing the area...
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May 18, 2018 - 5:12 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers have approved legislation that bans companies from labeling lab-grown meat products or meat substitutes as meat. The provision approved Thursday states that a product cannot be marketed as meat if it isn't derived from an animal with two or four feet,...
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Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., arrives at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, May 18, 2018, as the conservative House Freedom Caucus threatens to hold up a final vote on the farm bill. Passage of the farm bill is a priority for GOP leaders, who are eager to pitch to voters its tougher work requirements for food stamps, a party priority that polls well with voters. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
May 18, 2018 - 11:11 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House pressed ahead Friday toward a showdown vote on a bill that combines stricter work and job training requirements for food stamp recipients with a renewal of farm subsidies popular in Republican-leaning farm country. But the measure's chances remain iffy because of an...
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This photo shows Victoria, a pregnant southern white rhino, Thursday, May 17, 2018, at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in Escondido, Calif. The rhino, which has become pregnant through artificial insemination at the park, is giving hope for efforts to save a subspecies of one of the world's most recognizable animals, researchers announced Thursday. (AP Photo/Julie Watson)
May 17, 2018 - 8:34 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A southern white rhino has become pregnant through artificial insemination at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park — giving hope for efforts to save a subspecies of one of the world's most recognizable animals, researchers announced Thursday. Scientists will be watching closely to see if...
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A detail of a fresco that was found during excavation works in the archaeological site of Pompeii, Thursday, May 17, 2018. Archaeologists excavating an unexplored part of Pompeii have discovered a street of houses with intact balconies that were buried when Mt. Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD. (Ciro Fusco /ANSA via AP)
May 17, 2018 - 4:59 pm
ROME (AP) — Archaeologists excavating an unexplored part of Italy's volcanic ash-covered city of Pompeii have discovered a street of houses with intact balconies that were buried when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD. Some of the balconies even had amphorae — the conical-shaped terra cotta vases...
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