Environment and nature

In this June 20, 2018 photo, Michael Scott Moore, author of "The Desert and the Sea: 977 Days Captive on the Somali Pirate Coast," poses for a portrait at Los Angeles Public Library in Los Angeles. Six and a half years after his abduction and nearly four years after his release following payment of a $1.6 million ransom, Moore has completed a page-turning thriller of a book describing the time he spent in gruesome captivity. The book will be released on July 24. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
July 22, 2018 - 10:18 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Scott Moore is walking a bit gingerly these days, but it has nothing to do with the 2½ years he spent imprisoned by Somali pirates, the beatings he suffered, his time spent in chains or the lousy food that caused him to lose 40 pounds. "I got thumped by a wave surfing off...
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FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2017, file photo, John Miano of Destin, Fla., holds a monarch butterfly on his fingertip as he waits for the newly tagged insect to take flight during the Panhandle Butterfly House's Monarch Madness festival in Navarre, Fla. The Trump administration is proposing changes to the government's endangered species program that wildlife advocates say could make it harder to protect monarchs. (Devon Ravine/Northwest Florida Daily News via AP, File)
July 22, 2018 - 2:22 am
LONDON (AP) — What to do during Britain's hottest summer in years? Why, count butterflies, of course. Britain is holding a Big Butterfly Count to help experts assess the state of the wildlife environment. The count is being backed by celebrities, including naturalist David Attenborough, and depends...
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Soccer coach Ekkapol Janthawong, center, and members of the rescued soccer team attend a Buddhist ceremony that is believed to extend the lives of its attendees as well as ridding them of dangers and misfortunes in Mae Sai district, Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand, Thursday, July 19, 2018. The 12 boys and their soccer coach rescued from a cave in northern Thailand left the hospital where they had been recuperating and appeared at a news conference Wednesday, saying the ordeal made them stronger and taught them not to live carelessly. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
July 20, 2018 - 7:56 pm
BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's military government, saying it is concerned filmmakers and media may take advantage of the young soccer boys who were rescued from a flooded cave, wants to control how movies portray their ordeal and heroic rescue. Culture Minister Vira Rojpochanarat said he will propose...
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This Thursday, July 19, 2018, photo provided by Colorado Parks and Wildlife shows an orphaned bear cub that was burned by a wildfire healing at a rehabilitation center in Del Norte, Colo. Wildlife officials said Friday that the bear no longer has to wear bandages on her feet, which were severely burned by a wildfire north of Durango. The cub has more than doubled in size to 26 pounds (12 kilograms) since being spotted by firefighters and has left her cage to live in a pen with other cubs at the center. (Joe Lewandowski/Colorado Parks and Wildlife via AP)
July 20, 2018 - 6:40 pm
DENVER (AP) — An orphaned bear cub burned by a Colorado wildfire is healing and gaining weight. Wildlife officials said Friday that the bear no longer has to wear bandages on her feet, which were severely burned by flames north of Durango last month. The cub has more than doubled in size, to 26...
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FILE - In this March 5, 2009 file photo, workers on tractors harvest soybeans in Campo Novo do Parecis, in Mato Grosso state, Brazil. Human Rights Watch released a report on Friday, July 20, 2018 saying Brazil is one of the largest consumers of pesticides in the world and that the nation isn’t doing enough to protect people from the hazardous products. (AP Photo/Maurilio Cheli, File)
July 20, 2018 - 4:05 am
SAO PAULO (AP) — Human Rights Watch urged the Brazilian government Friday to establish buffer zones nationwide when pesticides are sprayed and reduce the use of highly toxic products. The group said in a report that Brazil is one of the largest consumers of pesticides in the world and it often uses...
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FILE -- In this June 19, 2008, file photo a truck drives past Mount Shasta near Weed, Calif. California and 14 other states are suing the Trump administration over its decision to suspend an Obama-era rule aimed at limiting pollution from trucks. The lawsuit filed Thursday, July 19, 2018, in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit says the July 6 decision by the Environmental Protection Agency was illegal and could put thousands of additional highly polluting trucks on the roads. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
July 19, 2018 - 5:52 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California and 14 other states are suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over its decision to suspend an Obama-era rule aimed at limiting pollution from trucks. The lawsuit filed Thursday in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit says the July 6...
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FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2017, file photo, John Miano of Destin, Fla., holds a monarch butterfly on his fingertip as he waits for the newly tagged insect to take flight during the Panhandle Butterfly House's Monarch Madness festival in Navarre, Fla. The Trump administration is proposing changes to the government's endangered species program that wildlife advocates say could make it harder to protect monarchs. (Devon Ravine/Northwest Florida Daily News via AP, File)
July 19, 2018 - 5:43 pm
DENVER (AP) — The Trump administration on Thursday proposed ending automatic protections for threatened animals and plants and limiting habitat safeguards meant to shield recovering species from harm. Administration officials said the new rules would advance conservation by simplifying and...
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July 19, 2018 - 3:20 pm
BATAVIA, N.Y. (AP) — Police responding to a 911 hang-up call from an abandoned building in western New York found something they weren't expecting: a 4-foot-long (1.2-meter) alligator. WKBW-TV in Buffalo reports officers in the city of Batavia were checking out the inside of the building on Monday...
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Soccer coach Ekkapol Janthawong, second from left, and members of the rescued soccer team attend a Buddhist ceremony that is believed to extend the lives of its attendees as well as ridding them of dangers and misfortunes in Mae Sai district, Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand, Thursday, July 19, 2018. The 12 boys and their soccer coach rescued from a cave in northern Thailand left the hospital where they had been recuperating and appeared at a news conference Wednesday, saying the ordeal made them stronger and taught them not to live carelessly. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
July 19, 2018 - 10:59 am
CHIANG RAI, Thailand (AP) — The youth soccer teammates rescued from a flooded cave began their first day back home with their families Thursday by going to a Buddhist temple to pray for protection from misfortunes. Eleven of the boys and the Wild Boars coach kneeled and pressed their hands in...
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July 19, 2018 - 5:35 am
BERLIN (AP) — Audi's chief executive is seeking his release from jail during an ongoing investigation of suspected fraud as part of parent company Volkswagen's diesel emissions scandal. Rupert Stadler was arrested June 18 due to fears he might try to evade justice. Authorities had earlier searched...
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