Environment and nature

FILE - This April 24, 2016, file photo taken above the Kahiltna Glacier near Denali, shows peaks in the Alaska Range, as seen through the open cargo bay doors of a Chinook helicopter. Searchers said Monday, Aug. 6, 2018, that they found four people dead in a sightseeing airplane carrying Polish tourists in Alaska's Denali National Park a day and a half after thick clouds hampered the response to a distress call. Another person is missing and presumed dead after the crash Saturday evening. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen, File)
August 06, 2018 - 9:28 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Searchers on Monday found four people dead in a sightseeing airplane carrying Polish tourists in Alaska's Denali National Park — a day and a half after thick clouds hampered the response to distress calls. Another person is missing and presumed dead after the crash Saturday...
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August 06, 2018 - 12:03 pm
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A multinational agricultural company based in Idaho has acquired gene editing licensing rights that could one day be used to help farmers produce more crops and make grocery store offerings such as strawberries, potatoes and avocados stay fresher longer. J.R. Simplot Company on...
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A burnt car sits on the outskirts of the village of Monchique in southern Portugal's Algarve region, Monday, Aug. 6, 2018. Emergency services in Portugal say they are still fighting a major wildfire on the south coast that threatened to engulf a hillside town overnight. (AP Photo/Javier Fergo)
August 06, 2018 - 11:51 am
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Firefighters in Portugal were close to bringing a major, four-day wildfire near a popular tourist area under control Monday as sweltering weather gripped much of Europe. The Portuguese Civil Protection Agency said firefighters had contained 95 percent of the blaze in rolling...
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In this picture provided by the Italian Alpine Rescue, Monday, Aug. 6, 2018, Italian Speleologists and rescuers work on the site where 33-year-old Stefano Guarnieri, of Italy, who has been trapped in an underground grotto since Saturday, on the Mount Canin – in the Italians Alps between Italy and Slovenia. Guarnieri fell about 17 meters while exploring a cave under a glacier at an altitude of around 2,200 meters. His friends immediately called for help. (Italian Alpine Rescue Via AP)
August 06, 2018 - 8:54 am
ROME (AP) — An Italian spelunker has been rescued after two days trapped in a grotto beneath an Alpine glacier near the northeastern border with Slovenia. The news agency ANSA says 33-year-old Stefano Guarniero was strapped to a stretcher and pulled from the cave 200 meters (650 feet) below the...
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August 06, 2018 - 8:00 am
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's civil protection chief has resigned two weeks after a forest fire ravaged a seaside region near Athens, causing at least 91 deaths and battering the government's credibility. Yiannis Kapakis stepped down Monday, following the replacement over the weekend of the heads...
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August 06, 2018 - 7:53 am
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romanian authorities have reported more than 500 separate outbreaks of African swine fever in pigs, mainly in the Danube Delta and near the Hungarian border. In the eastern county of Tulcea, the region worst hit by the disease, an official told The Associated Press on...
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Smoke surrounds the outskirts of the village of Monchique, in southern Portugal's Algarve region, Monday, Aug. 6, 2018. Emergency services in Portugal say they are still fighting a major wildfire on the south coast that threatened to engulf a hillside town overnight. (AP Photo/Javier Fergo)
August 06, 2018 - 7:27 am
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The Latest on hot weather and wildfires in Europe (all times local): 1:25 p.m. A European Union official says the dozens of forest fires in Sweden this summer "have highlighted once again the impact of climate change." EU Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Christos Stylianides...
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FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2016, file photo sightseeing buses and tourists are seen at a pullout popular for taking in views of North America's tallest peak, Denali, in Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska. Rescuers are attempting to locate a sightseeing plane that crashed with the pilot and four passengers aboard high on a mountain ridge in Denali National Park and Preserve. The pilot reported on his satellite phone Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, that there were some injuries but authorities couldn't get details before the satellite connection dropped. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer, File)
August 05, 2018 - 8:37 pm
Peering through low cloud cover, rescuers aboard a military aircraft on Sunday were attempting to find a sightseeing plane that crashed with the pilot and four passengers aboard a day earlier in Alaska, high on a mountain ridge in Denali National Park and Preserve. The pilot reported on his...
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August 05, 2018 - 5:56 pm
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Greek government announced Sunday that the chiefs of the national police and fire service had been fired and replaced by their deputies in the wake of a forest fire that killed at least 91 people near Athens. The dismissed chief of Hellenic Police, Constantine Tsouvalas,...
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FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2004 photo ,from left, the Tschingel Horn mountains, Atlas ridge and Mount Piz Segnas are pictured in Switzerland. Police in southeastern Graubuenden canton (state) said a several-seater plane crashed Saturday on the Piz Segnas mountain above the Swiss Alpine resort of Flims, striking the mountain's western flank about 2,540 meters (8,330 feet) above sea level. There was no immediate word on casualties. (Arno Balzarini/Keystone via AP, file)
August 05, 2018 - 8:57 am
BERLIN (AP) — An old-time propeller plane crashed near vertically at high speed into a Swiss mountain, killing all 20 people on board, police said Sunday. The Junkers Ju-52 plane, operated by the Swiss company Ju-Air, went down Saturday on the Piz Segnas mountain above the Swiss Alpine resort of...
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