Environment and nature

This 2012 photo provided by The Xerces Society shows a rusty patched bumblebee in Minnesota. Federal officials said Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, that the rusty patched bumblebee has become the first bee species in the continental U.S. to be declared endangered after suffering a dramatic population decline over the past 20 years. (Sarina Jepsen/The Xerces Society via AP)
January 10, 2017 - 4:39 pm
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The rusty patched bumblebee has become the first bee species in the continental U.S. to be declared endangered after suffering a dramatic population decline over the past 20 years, federal officials said Tuesday. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service first told The...
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Herbert Diess, Member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG, Chairman of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand speaks before the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
January 10, 2017 - 11:59 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — It's ironic: Volkswagen spent 2016 battling a huge scandal over cars it rigged to cheat on emissions tests. And now stands a decent chance to pass Toyota for the title of world's biggest carmaker for the year. Booming business in China helped Volkswagen increase its sales...
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January 10, 2017 - 10:43 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday warned about the rise of a "factless political environment" in which policy is made on Twitter and said President-elect Donald Trump's "America First" policy could lead to a U.S. retreat from the world. He also lamented a lack of contact...
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Romanian gendarmes clear the snow outside a school as temperatures dropped below minus 20 degrees Centigrade ( minus 4 Fahrenheit) in Bucharest, Romania, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. Romania's Energy Minister Toma Petcu said neighboring Bulgaria had urgently asked for extra electricity, but the request was declined since the cold weather has stretched Romania's power grid and natural gas consumption in Romania could reach an all-time high due to the frigid temperatures. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
January 10, 2017 - 9:58 am
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Officials suspended shipping along Europe's second-longest waterway on Tuesday as a polar spell gripped a large swathe of the continent, causing hardship especially among migrants, the homeless and the elderly. The deep freeze has caused at least 61 deaths since it began...
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Dr. Herbert Diess, chairman of the Volkswagen brand, poses with the I.D. Buzz all-electric concept van, at the North American International Auto Show, Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Tony Ding)
January 10, 2017 - 8:22 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Booming business in China helped push Volkswagen to a 3.8 percent sales increase in 2016 — despite lawsuits and criminal investigations over its cars that cheated on emissions tests. Volkswagen sold 10.31 million cars across all of the company's brands, which include Audi...
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Migrants warm themselves by the fire in front of an abandoned warehouse in Belgrade, Serbia, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. Hundreds of migrants are sleeping rough in parks and make-shift shelters in the Serbian capital in freezing temperatures waiting for a chance to move forward toward the European Union. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
January 10, 2017 - 7:48 am
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Latest on the cold spell gripping Europe (all times local): 2:45 p.m. Turkish officials say that a mosque canopy has collapsed in Istanbul because of heavy winds and snowfall, killing one person and injuring several others. The collapse occurred during a funeral service in...
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FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2015, file photo, a Volkswagen logo is seen on car offered for sale at New Century Volkswagen dealership in Glendale, Calif. The Volkswagen executive, Oliver Schmidt, who once was in charge of complying with U.S. emissions regulations has been arrested in connection with the company’s emissions-cheating scandal, a person briefed on the matter said Monday, Jan. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)
January 09, 2017 - 10:43 pm
DETROIT (AP) — The Volkswagen executive who once was in charge of complying with U.S. emissions regulations was arrested during the weekend in Florida and accused of deceiving federal regulators about the use of special software that cheated on emissions tests. Oliver Schmidt, who was general...
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This Jan. 4, 2017, image provided by the U.S. Energy Department and its contractor Nuclear Waste Partnership shows workers moving waste underground at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad, N.M. The repository, the federal government's only underground spot for disposing of low-level nuclear waste, had been shuttered for nearly three years since a 2014 radiation release. (Sam Christensen/Nuclear Waste Partnership via U.S. Energy Department)
January 09, 2017 - 6:39 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The reopening of the nation's only underground nuclear waste repository nearly three years after a radiation leak marks a key step toward cleaning up a decadeslong legacy of bomb-making and research, but the U.S. energy secretary said more needs to be done before a backlog...
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January 09, 2017 - 5:32 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A search and rescue team hiked up a steep, snowy Utah mountain in an attempt to rescue a dog that was stuck on a narrow ledge above a 50-foot cliff. The Utah County Sheriff's Office posted a video Monday showing highlights of the Friday operation that ended without getting the...
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FILE -- In this Sept. 5, 2012, file photo, Ahpun, a female polar bear, strolls around her cage at the Alaska Zoo in Anchorage, Alaska. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released its plan Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, for the recovery of threatened polar bears, acknowledging it will take no direct action for addressing the primary threat, that of greenhouse gases that contribute to the decline of sea ice habitat. Polar bears, the first species to be declared threatened or endangered because of climate change, rely on sea ice for hunting seals and raising their young. (AP Photo/Dan Joling, File)
January 09, 2017 - 5:05 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Five years ago, in a meeting room in Alaska, two dozen federal wildlife biologists joined other experts to begin formulating a recovery plan for polar bears because the animals' primary habitat, sea ice, was melting beneath their feet in summer. The planning came with a...
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