Environment and nature

FILE- In this Jan. 11, 2018, file photo, cars pass the Queensboro Bridge in New York. The Trump administration is citing safety to justify freezing gas mileage requirements. A draft of a regulation prepared this summer would freeze an Obama-era program to improve fuel efficiency and cut pollution. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)
August 03, 2018 - 5:47 pm
DETROIT (AP) — For all the drama surrounding the Trump administration's attempt to undo Obama-era fuel economy requirements, automakers are likely to stick to them until they get some answers. The administration on Thursday unveiled plans to freeze the requirements at 2020 levels through 2026,...
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August 03, 2018 - 2:14 am
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — An Australian soldier who dug a snow cave to survive below-freezing conditions for a week on a New Zealand mountain was rescued Friday. Rescue authorities said they plucked 29-year-old Terry Harch from Mount Aspiring on the South Island in what they described as a "...
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A visitor walks through a Toyota showroom in Tokyo Friday, Aug. 3, 2018. Toyota Motor Corp. has reported its quarterly profit climbed 7.2 percent, helped by strong sales in the U.S. and other overseas markets. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
August 03, 2018 - 2:02 am
TOKYO (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. has reported its quarterly profit climbed 7.2 percent, helped by strong sales in the U.S. and other overseas markets. The maker of the Camry sedan, Prius hybrid and Lexus luxury models said Friday that its April-June net profit was 657.3 billion yen ($5.9 billion),...
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August 02, 2018 - 9:58 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Trump administration's proposal to roll back Obama-era mileage standards (all times local): 9:55 p.m. The Trump administration has proposed weakening Obama-era mileage standards designed to make cars more fuel-efficient. The administration also says it wants to...
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FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2017, file photo, smoke rises from the Arkema Inc. owned chemical plant in Crosby, near Houston, Texas. An internal EPA watchdog is reviewing whether federal and state officials kept the public appropriately informed last year about potential air quality threats after Hurricane Harvey ravaged southeastern Texas. The office of EPA Inspector General Arthur Elkins issued notice Thursday of the audit, which will scrutinize the agency’s response following several high-profile accidents and spills following the historic storm, including the explosions and fire at the an Arkema Inc. chemical plant outside Houston. (KTRK via AP, File)
August 02, 2018 - 5:50 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — An internal watchdog at the Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday it will review whether federal and state officials kept the public appropriately informed last year about potential air quality threats after Hurricane Harvey ravaged southeastern Texas. The office of...
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In this Aug. 1, 2018, photo, cars on the Grand Central Parkway pass LaGuardia Airport in New York. The Trump administration has proposed rolling back tougher Obama-era gas mileage requirements that are set to take effect after 2020. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
August 02, 2018 - 2:49 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Thursday proposed weakening Obama-era mileage standards designed to make cars more fuel efficient and less polluting, a major rollback already being challenged in the courts by California and other states. The administration also served notice that it...
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Flames consume a home as the River Fire tears though Lakeport, Calif., on Tuesday, July 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
August 01, 2018 - 7:18 pm
UPPER LAKE, Calif. (AP) — A massive wildfire in Northern California has torched more than 1,000 homes in and around the city of Redding, authorities said Wednesday as some evacuees were allowed to return home and new blazes exploded in what has become an endless summer of flame in the Golden State...
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FILE - In this July 20, 2018, file photo, a duck boat sits idle in the parking lot of Ride the Ducks, an amphibious tour operator in Branson, Mo. A lawsuit seeking $100 million in damages was filed Sunday, July 29, against the owners and operators of a duck boat that sank July 19. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
August 01, 2018 - 3:49 pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A tourist boat was on the lake despite wind speeds far exceeding allowable limits when it sank last month in Missouri, killing 17 people, according to a certificate of inspection made public Wednesday. The Coast Guard announced that it has convened a formal Marine Board of...
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FILE - In this file photo taken Tuesday, July 24, 2018, provided by the Center for Whale Research, a baby orca whale is being pushed by her mother after being born off the Canada coast near Victoria, British Columbia. Whale researchers are keeping close watch on an endangered orca that has spent the past week carrying and keeping her dead calf afloat in Pacific Northwest waters. The display has struck an emotional chord around the world and highlighted the plight of the declining population of southern resident killer whales that has not seen a successful birth since 2015.(Michael Weiss/Center for Whale Research via AP)
August 01, 2018 - 12:56 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — Whale researchers are keeping close watch on an endangered orca that has spent the past week carrying and keeping her dead calf afloat in Pacific Northwest waters. The display has struck an emotional chord around the world and highlighted the plight of the declining population of...
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FILE - In this Friday, April 13, 2018 file photo, Volkswagen logo is pictured in front of a company building in Wolfsburg, Germany. German carmaker Volkswagen reports second-quarter earnings on Wednesday Aug 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, File)
August 01, 2018 - 6:09 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen said its earnings rose in the second quarter on record sales and fatter profit margins, but warned that "growing protectionism" is a threat to the globally connected car industry. The automaker based in Wolfsburg, Germany, said Wednesday that profit increased 6...
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