Environment and nature

September 21, 2018 - 4:50 pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Emissions near a troubled St. Louis County landfill once posed health concerns for workers and nearby residents, but the risks have largely disappeared thanks to cleanup efforts, according to a state report released Friday. The report from the Missouri Department of Health and...
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FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2018, file photo, Chicago Cubs' Addison Russell flips a baseball in the dugout in the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Detroit, Russell was placed on administrative leave Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, following fresh allegations of domestic violence by his ex-wife. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
September 21, 2018 - 4:48 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell was placed on administrative leave Friday following fresh allegations of domestic violence from his ex-wife. Last year, Melisa Reidy posted a photo on her Instagram account with a caption suggesting her husband of about 18 months had been...
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FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2017 file photo, a Pacific Gas & Electric crew works at restoring power following a wildfire along the Old Redwood Highway in Santa Rosa, Calif. California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a measure Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, allowing utilities to bill their customers to pay for future legal settlements stemming from devastating 2017 wildfires, even if the blazes are blamed on the company's mismanagement. The bill is aimed at preventing bankruptcy for Pacific Gas & Electric Co. The nation's largest utility by revenue faces billions of dollars in liability if investigators determine its equipment caused the Tubbs Fire that destroyed thousands of homes and killed 22 people in Santa Rosa last year. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
September 21, 2018 - 4:33 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown signed a measure Friday allowing utilities to bill their customers to pay for future legal settlements stemming from devastating 2017 wildfires, even if the blazes are blamed on the company's mismanagement. The bill is aimed at preventing bankruptcy or...
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This artist rendering provided by Churchill Downs shows the infield view of a rooftop lounge and garden, top right, at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. The racetrack announced plans on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, for the $5 million expansion of the Starting Gate Suites. Construction of 20,000-square-foot rooftop garden is expected to begin after the Nov. 2-3 Breeders’ Cup World Championships and be completed prior to the 2019 Kentucky Derby. (Churchill Downs via AP)
September 21, 2018 - 12:25 pm
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Churchill Downs is adding rooftop views to its lineup of high-dollar seating for the Kentucky Derby. The track's parent company said Friday that a new rooftop garden offering prime spots overlooking the start of America's most famous horse race will be ready in time for next...
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September 21, 2018 - 10:38 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa is reporting some cautiously good news for rhinos after years in which poachers killed them in record numbers. The government said Friday that most provinces have experienced "dramatic declines" in the killing of rhinos. It says poachers killed 508 rhinos in the...
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Activists light candles in front of police officers in the Hambach forest in Kerben, western Germany, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018. To protest against the forest being chopped off for a lignite strip mine. (Oliver Berg/dpa via AP)
September 21, 2018 - 3:26 am
BERLIN (AP) — A German energy executive whose company plans to clear an ancient forest to expand a lignite strip mine says it's an "illusion" to think the woodland can be saved, and halting the project would cost his firm up to 5 billion euros ($5.9 billion). RWE wants to start cutting down half...
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FILE - This July 17, 2018 file photo shows wrapped plastic straws at a bubble tea cafe in San Francisco. A law signed Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, by Gov. Jerry Brown makes California the first state to bar full-service restaurants from automatically giving out single-use plastic straws. It takes effect next year. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
September 20, 2018 - 9:32 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — If you want a straw with your drink or a soda with a kids' meal at a California restaurant, you'll need to ask for them starting next year. A law signed Thursday by Gov. Jerry Brown makes California the first state to bar full-service restaurants from automatically giving...
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FILE - This May 15, 2018 file photo, shows Steamboat Geyser emitting a small jet of steam in Yellowstone National Park. A thermal spring near Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park has erupted for the fourth time in the last 60 years, a park official said Thursday, Sept. 20. (Rachel Leathe /Bozeman Daily Chronicle via AP, File)
September 20, 2018 - 5:28 pm
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — A thermal spring near Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park has erupted for the fourth time in the last 60 years, a park official said Thursday. Ear Spring on Yellowstone's Geyser Hill went from being dormant Saturday to spewing steam and water between 20 and 30 feet (6...
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September 20, 2018 - 4:15 pm
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The company that built the Dakota Access oil pipeline says environmental group Greenpeace should be held legally accountable for violating federal racketeering laws. Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners sued Greenpeace and two other groups for up to $1 billion last year,...
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FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2016, file photo, stuntman Eddie Braun sits in the cockpit of the "Evel Spirit", a steam-powered rocket, at the team's shop in Twin Falls, Idaho. The new documentary titled "Stuntman", backed by the production company of action star Dwayne Johnson, is a nearly 90-minute film about Braun's career as a stuntman and his successful jump over the Snake River Canyon in a steam-powered rocket cycle on Sept. 16, 2016. (Drew Nash/The Times-News via AP, File)
September 20, 2018 - 4:14 pm
Before climbing into the cockpit of his steam-powered rocket and blasting off across the Snake River Canyon, daredevil Eddie Braun scribbled two things on his bare chest in marker. Blood type: O positive. Allergies: Penicillin. Useful information for the paramedics — in case his jump on Sept. 16,...
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