Environment and nature

FILE- In this June 5, 2017, file photo pumpjacks work in an oil field at sunset after a thunderstorm passed through the area in Karnes City, Texas. The United States may have reclaimed the title of the world's biggest oil producer sooner than expected. The U.S. Energy Information Administration said Wednesday that America "likely surpassed" Russia in June and August after jumping over Saudi Arabia earlier this year. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
September 12, 2018 - 8:41 pm
The United States may have reclaimed the title of the world's biggest oil producer sooner than expected. The U.S. Energy Information Administration said Wednesday that, based on preliminary estimates, America "likely surpassed" Russia in June and August after jumping over Saudi Arabia earlier this...
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Republican candidate for Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, left, chats with Gladesman and former Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation commissioner Ron Bergeron during an airboat tour of the Florida Everglades, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
September 12, 2018 - 8:29 pm
THE EVERGLADES, Fla. (AP) — Florida GOP gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis toured a section of the Everglades by airboat with a famed alligator wrestler Wednesday, seeking to broaden his voter appeal while vowing to combat the state's top environmental woes. Former state wildlife commissioner,...
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CORRECTS NAME TO LISA, NOT MELODY - Lisa Rawson looks over the possessions she grabbed from her first-floor apartment in Myrtle Beach, S.C., which are now spread out at a campground at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, and her two dogs and a cockatoo Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018 in Hampton, Ga. She had a tire blow-out in her minivan before arriving around 3 a.m. Wednesday at the speedway, which has invited hurricane evacuees to stay at its vast campgrounds. (AP Photo/Jeff Martin)
September 12, 2018 - 8:01 pm
HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — Pieces of hurricane evacuee Melody Rawson's South Carolina life are now spread out on a grassy field, a slab of concrete and a picnic table at a campground outside Atlanta Motor Speedway. They include two dogs, a cockatoo in its cage, a couple of coolers with sandwich meat and...
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September 12, 2018 - 7:37 pm
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — An Atlantic City casino owner says he'll take in people fleeing the powerful hurricane due to strike the East Coast this week. Bruce Deifik told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he will let anyone fleeing the storm stay for free at his Ocean Resort Casino until it...
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This image provided by NASA shows Hurricane Florence from the International Space Station on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, as it threatens the U.S. East Coast. Hurricane Florence is coming closer and getting stronger on a path to squat over North and South Carolina for days, surging over the coast, dumping feet of water deep inland and causing floods from the sea to the Appalachian Mountains and back again. (NASA via AP)
September 12, 2018 - 4:36 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Oddly, the closer Hurricane Florence gets to land the murkier its future gets. Usually when a storm approaches the coast, forecasters can tell with ever increasing accuracy where it will hit and who will get walloped. But not Florence. That's because the weather systems that push...
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In this Sept. 7, 2018, photo provided by Dawn Knutson, rescue personnel use the Jaws of Life to free a black bear after its head became stuck inside a 10-gallon milk can near Roseau, Minn. (Dawn Knutson via AP)
September 12, 2018 - 4:35 pm
ROSEAU, Minn. (AP) — Firefighters had to use the Jaws of Life to help free a black bear whose head was stuck in a milk can in northern Minnesota. Conservation officer Eric Benjamin with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources was called Friday about a young male bear with its head stuck in an...
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F-22s taxi down the runway as they prepare to depart Langley Air Force Base, Va., Tuesday morning, Sept. 11, 2018, as Hurricane Florence approaches the Eastern Seaboard. Officials from Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Hampton said the base's F-22 Raptors and T-38 Talon training jets, as a precaution, were headed for Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base in central Ohio. (Jonathon Gruenke/The Daily Press via AP)
September 12, 2018 - 1:24 pm
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Navy is moving people and ships ahead of Hurricane Florence , and the Air Force and Army are flying advanced aircraft elsewhere as a safeguard. Some remaining Marines, meanwhile, are digging in their heels. Florence is headed for a region with some of the most well-known...
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Sarah Dankanich, right, removes an "out of service" wrapper from a gas pump as her husband, Bryan Dankanich, left, prepares to pump gas in cans in advance of Hurricane Florence in Wilmington, N.C., Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018. Florence exploded into a potentially catastrophic hurricane Monday as it closed in on North and South Carolina, carrying winds up to 140 mph (220 kph) and water that could wreak havoc over a wide stretch of the eastern United States later this week. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
September 12, 2018 - 12:35 pm
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Communities along the Southeastern coast buttoned up against the onslaught of Hurricane Florence as forecasters Wednesday warned that the monster storm could hesitate just offshore for days — punishing a longer stretch of coastline harder than previously feared — before...
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September 12, 2018 - 11:37 am
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — McDonald's customers in the Netherlands will soon be able to buy fast food for their electric cars as well as themselves. European utility company Vattenfall said Wednesday that its subsidiary Nuon has struck a deal to install two rapid charging stations each at 168...
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Sarah Dankanich, right, removes an "out of service" wrapper from a gas pump as her husband, Bryan Dankanich, left, prepares to pump gas in cans in advance of Hurricane Florence in Wilmington, N.C., Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018. Florence exploded into a potentially catastrophic hurricane Monday as it closed in on North and South Carolina, carrying winds up to 140 mph (220 kph) and water that could wreak havoc over a wide stretch of the eastern United States later this week. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
September 12, 2018 - 11:31 am
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Communities along the Carolina coast buttoned up against the onslaught of Hurricane Florence as forecasters Wednesday warned that the monstrous storm could hesitate just offshore for days — punishing a longer stretch of coastline harder than previously feared — before...
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