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Stories with subject: Environmental concerns
  • new storyMan accused in African lion death thought hunt was legal 
    Updated: Jul-28-15 3:31 pm

    BLOOMINGTON, Minnesota - An avid Minnesota hunter accused of illegally killing a protected lion in Zimbabwe said Tuesday that he thought everything about his trip was legal and wasn't aware of the animal's status "until the end of the hunt."

  • new storyZimbabwe: American being sought for lion poaching 
    Updated: Jul-28-15 3:18 pm

    HARARE, Zimbabwe - Zimbabwean police said Tuesday they are searching for an American who allegedly shot a well-known, protected lion known as Cecil with a crossbow in a killing that has outraged conservationists and others.

  • new storyPollution blamed for algal bloom in Lafayette River 
    Updated: Jul-28-15 3:07 pm

    NORFOLK, Virginia - Much of the ordinarily green Lafayette River has turned reddish-brown this summer because of an extensive algal bloom that has taken ahold of the urban river that winds through much of Norfolk.

  • new storyPlanned US ivory rules not fazing California Chinatown shops story has photos
    Updated: Jul-28-15 2:41 pm

    SAN FRANCISCO - Ivory dealers in San Francisco's Chinatown stood in their shop doors next to windows full of carved ivory tusks and trinkets, unfazed by proposed federal rules that the White House says go as far as possible to ban the U.S. trade of ivory from the world's endangered elephants.

  • new storyZimbabwe: American being sought for lion poaching 
    Updated: Jul-28-15 2:40 pm

    HARARE, Zimbabwe - Zimbabwean police said Tuesday they are searching for an American who allegedly shot a well-known, protected lion known as Cecil with a crossbow in a killing that has outraged conservationists and others.

  • Court orders EPA to redo air-pollution limits in 13 states 
    Updated: Jul-28-15 2:21 pm

    WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court on Tuesday ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to relax some limits it set on smokestack emissions that cross state lines and taint downwind areas with air pollution from power plants.

  • Ohio discourages swimming, wading in Grand Lake St. Marys 
    Updated: Jul-28-15 2:04 pm

    CELINA, Ohio - The state is once again recommending that people and pets avoid swimming and wading in Ohio's largest inland lake as levels of an algae-produced toxin rise.

  • Nebraska trial set over land seizures for oil pipeline 
    Updated: Jul-28-15 12:16 pm

    O'NEILL, Nebraska - A judge has scheduled an October trial on a Holt County lawsuit aimed at keeping TransCanada Corp. from seizing land to build the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

  • Upper Houston Ship Channel reopens after diesel spill 
    Updated: Jul-28-15 12:03 pm

    HOUSTON - A stretch of the upper Houston Ship Channel has reopened after about 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel spilled and forced a three-hour closure.

  • Beijing bid faces same old questions ahead of 2022 IOC vote story has photos
    Updated: Jul-28-15 10:54 am

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Two of China's most storied winter Olympic athletes faced tough questions about Beijing's bid for the 2022 Winter Games - namely about air pollution and a lack of snow.

  • Group starts process to sue US agency over pipeline plans 
    Updated: Jul-28-15 10:50 am

    DETROIT - A conservation organization has begun the process required for it to sue the U.S. Transportation department, saying the agency has failed to require pipeline owners to come up with safety response plans for worst-case oil spills.

  • Officials: Iran may take own samples at alleged nuclear site 
    Updated: Jul-28-15 10:19 am

    VIENNA - Iran wants its own officials to take soil samples at a site where it is alleged to have experimented with ways to detonate a nuclear weapon, and the U.N. agency probing the suspicions may agree provided it is allowed to monitor the process, two officials told The Associated Press Tuesday.

  • State releases updated list of 'species of concern' 
    Updated: Jul-28-15 9:06 am

    MCCOMB, Mississippi - Did you know Mississippi has nearly 300 "species of concern" - many of them familiar?

  • Smog component spike triggers Pittsburgh air quality alert 
    Updated: Jul-28-15 7:55 am

    HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - The state has issued an air quality alert for the Pittsburgh area, saying clear, warm conditions will spike levels of a key smog component.

  • Naval Air Station Corpus Christi lifts boil water order 
    Updated: Jul-28-15 7:31 am

    CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - Naval Air Station Corpus Christi has lifted a boil water advisory after testing of supplies came back negative for contamination.

  • New Mexico religious leaders: Pope right on climate change 
    Updated: Jul-28-15 5:07 am

    ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - A coalition of religious leaders in New Mexico is calling on residents to support Pope Francis' recent plea for bold action to curb climate change.

  • Oil leak caused Marine jet crash in Southern California 
    Updated: Jul-27-15 10:43 pm

    SAN DIEGO - An oil leak caused a Marine fighter jet to crash in a Southern California neighborhood last year, setting several homes on fire and destroying the aircraft, it was reported Monday.

  • Opposing sides face off at Keystone XL pipeline hearing 
    Updated: Jul-27-15 7:10 pm

    PIERRE, South Dakota - Opposing sides in the debate over the Keystone XL oil pipeline faced off on Monday in front of the state regulatory panel that is considering for the second time in just over five years whether to approve the construction of the South Dakota portion of the long-delayed project.

  • Group airs ad attacking Sen. Burr's opposition to EPA plan 
    Updated: Jul-27-15 5:08 pm

    RALEIGH, North Carolina - A Washington-based environmental advocacy group launched two ads Monday attacking North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr's opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency's plan to curb emissions from power plants.

  • Surprises boost costs of historic Reno bridge demolition 
    Updated: Jul-27-15 4:40 pm

    RENO, Nevada - Some unexpected discoveries beneath Reno's old Virginia Street Bridge are boosting the price of the demolition project, including some contaminated soil from the Truckee River bed and the granite foundation of a former bridge built in 1877.

  • Judge: BP payouts to local entities to start soon for spill 
    Updated: Jul-27-15 4:07 pm

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge says BP will begin paying up to $1 billion in settlements to compensate local governments across the Gulf Coast for lost tax revenue and other economic damages they blame on the company's 2010 oil spill.

  • Minnesota cities create rain gardens to combat pollution 
    Updated: Jul-27-15 1:34 pm

    INVER GROVE HEIGHTS, Minnesota - Many cities across Minnesota are establishing rain gardens and other green infrastructure, going beyond the traditional gutters and catch basins, in an effort to keep stormwater from polluting lakes and rivers.

  • AP Exclusive: AP tracks slave boats to Papua New Guinea story has photos
    Updated: Jul-27-15 9:16 am

    YANGON, Myanmar - From space, the fishing boats are just little white specks floating in a vast stretch of blue water off Papua New Guinea. But zoom in and there's the critical evidence: Two trawlers loading slave-caught seafood onto a massive refrigerated cargo ship.

  • China accepts group's case against ConocoPhillips, CNOOC 
    Updated: Jul-27-15 7:17 am

    BEIJING - A Chinese court says it has accepted a case brought by a social organization against oil giants ConocoPhillips China and China National Offshore Oil Corp. over oil spills in northern China in 2011.

  • US customs finds unwanted pests, plants at Miami ports 
    Updated: Jul-27-15 3:05 am

    MIAMI - Federal customs officials are regularly intercepting unwanted pests and invasive plants at Miami's airport and seaport, including insects never before spotted in the U.S.