Environment and nature

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt pauses while speaking as he testifies before the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
April 26, 2018 - 5:13 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt, yet another Trump administration official with his job on the line over ethical concerns, took heat from lawmakers Thursday over his profligate spending and lobbyist ties and tried to divert responsibility to underlings. The EPA...
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April 26, 2018 - 2:41 pm
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has approved a request to pull millions of gallons of water daily from Lake Michigan to serve a new Foxconn Technology Group manufacturing plant, helping the Taiwanese electronics giant clear a major regulatory hurdle. Foxconn...
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Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt testifies before the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
April 26, 2018 - 11:06 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt and his appearances on Capitol Hill (all times local): 10:55 a.m. Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt concedes he did have some knowledge of big pay raises awarded to two close aides. At a hearing,...
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FILE - In this April 19, 2017, file photo, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt speaks at a news conference with Pasquale "Nino" Perrotta, second from left, in East Chicago, Ind. Perrotta, the security chief for the head of the Environmental Protection Agency worked on the side as a private investigator for the owner of a tabloid news company with close ties to President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford, File)
April 26, 2018 - 10:12 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Even with Republican lawmakers' patience running short, President Donald Trump's environmental chief appears to be in no mood to apologize as he faces Congress for the first time since a deluge of ethics allegations has consumed his tenure. Environmental Protection Agency chief...
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FILE - In this March 14, 2017 file photo Volkswagen cars are lifted inside a delivery tower of the company in Wolfsburg, Germany. Automaker Volkswagen will present the figures of the first quarter 2018 on Thursday, April 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, file)
April 26, 2018 - 5:25 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Profits have slipped at automaker Volkswagen in the first quarter due to a change in accounting rules, but sales increased and the company recorded no significant additional losses from its diesel emissions scandal. Net profit fell 2 percent to 3.3 billion euros ($4...
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In this April 11, 2018 photo, water moves through a spillway of the Lower Granite Dam on the Snake River near Almota, Wash. Republican members of Congress from the Pacific Northwest are upset with a federal judge's order to spill water from the dam and three others on the Snake River in an attempt to help speed migrating salmon to the Pacific Ocean, saying the increased spill will result in lost power sales and could harm transportation, barging, flood control and irrigation systems. (AP Photo/Nicholas K. Geranios)
April 25, 2018 - 8:12 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. House approved a bill Wednesday that would reverse a federal judge's order to spill more water from four Pacific Northwest dams to help migrating salmon reach the Pacific Ocean. The bill, approved 225-189, would prevent any changes in dam operations until 2022. It was...
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This undated photo shows Buka, a silverback gorilla in a park in the Republic of Congo. Researchers now estimate that there are more than 360,000 lowland gorillas in the wild in Western Africa, approximately one-third higher than earlier figures. However, the gorilla population has plunged by 19 percent in eight years, worrying scientists. (Zanne Labuschagne/Wildlife Conservation Society via AP)
April 25, 2018 - 3:55 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A first-of-its-kind intensive count of western Africa gorillas found far more of the apes than conservationists previously thought. Maybe not for long: The same study found a 19 percent plunge in that gorilla population in just eight years. Researchers spent a decade trudging...
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April 25, 2018 - 2:44 pm
ROME (AP) — Work at ancient thermal baths in Pompeii's ruins has revealed the skeleton of a crouching child who perished in Mount Vesuvius' eruption in A.D. 79. Pompeii's director Massimo Osanna said in a statement Wednesday that the skeleton, believed to be of a 7- or 8-year-old child, was found...
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FILE - In this May 9, 2017, file photo, signs are posted near the entrance to the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Richland, Wash. Federal investigators say problems first identified six years ago continue to plague the multi-billion-dollar Hanford vitrification plant that would be used to treat some of the nation's deadliest nuclear waste. (AP Photo/Manuel Valdes, file)
April 25, 2018 - 2:36 pm
RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — Problems first identified six years ago at a Washington state plant where deadly nuclear waste is supposed to be treated in the future continue to plague the multi-billion dollar facility, U.S. investigators have said. The Tri-City Herald reports that the Government...
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Attendees look at the Tang SUV by Chinese automaker BYD after a press conference at the China Auto Show in Beijing, Wednesday, April 25, 2018. Auto China 2018, the industry's biggest sales event this year, is overshadowed by mounting trade tensions between Beijing and U.S. President Donald Trump, who has threatened to hike tariffs on Chinese goods including automobiles in a dispute over technology policy. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
April 25, 2018 - 6:25 am
BEIJING (AP) — A state-owned Chinese automaker announced plans Wednesday to produce electric vehicles in South Africa, highlighting the growing role of the world's largest auto market in a technology seen as the global industry's future. BAIC Group's announcement at the Beijing auto show, the...
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