Environment and nature

Bill Moore cross-country skis down a street on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, in Montpelier, Vt. A major winter storm that blanketed most of the Midwest with snow earlier in the weekend barreled toward New England Sunday, where it was expected to cause transportation havoc ranging from slick and clogged roads to hundreds of cancelled airline flights. (AP Photo/Lisa Rathke)
January 20, 2019 - 9:41 am
BOSTON (AP) — A major winter storm that has brought some of the coldest temperatures of the season covered a large swath of the U.S. in snow as it wreaked havoc on air travel and caused slick road conditions throughout New England Sunday. Nearly 5,000 flights were canceled Sunday around the country...
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Bill Moore cross-country skis down a street on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, in Montpelier, Vt. A major winter storm that blanketed most of the Midwest with snow earlier in the weekend barreled toward New England Sunday, where it was expected to cause transportation havoc ranging from slick and clogged roads to hundreds of cancelled airline flights. (AP Photo/Lisa Rathke)
January 20, 2019 - 9:39 am
BOSTON (AP) — A major winter storm that has brought some of the coldest temperatures of the season covered a large swath of the U.S. in snow as it wreaked havoc on air travel and caused slick road conditions throughout New England Sunday. Nearly 5,000 flights were canceled Sunday around the country...
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January 20, 2019 - 8:38 am
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state lawmakers are kicking off their budget work for the year by examining state spending on environmental protection. The Assembly and Senate have scheduled a joint budget hearing on Wednesday to examine funding for programs relating to water quality, land...
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In this April 10, 2018, file photo, Masazo Nonaka eats a cake after receiving the certificate from Guinness World Records as the world's oldest living man at then age 112 years and 259 days during a ceremony in Ashoro on Japan's northern main island of Hokkaido. In the early hours of Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, Nonaka died at his home _ a hot springs inn _ in northern Japan at the age of 113. (Masanori Takei/Kyodo News via AP)
January 20, 2019 - 6:37 am
TOKYO (AP) — The world's oldest man has died at his home — a hot springs inn — in northern Japan at the age of 113. Masazo Nonaka died in the early hours of Sunday while sleeping at home in Ashoro on Japan's northern main island of Hokkaido, his family said. He died peacefully from natural causes,...
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In this April 10, 2018, file photo, Masazo Nonaka eats a cake after receiving the certificate from Guinness World Records as the world's oldest living man at then age 112 years and 259 days during a ceremony in Ashoro on Japan's northern main island of Hokkaido. In the early hours of Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, Nonaka died at his home _ a hot springs inn _ in northern Japan at the age of 113. (Masanori Takei/Kyodo News via AP)
January 20, 2019 - 5:55 am
TOKYO (AP) — The world's oldest man has died at his home — a hot springs inn — in northern Japan at the age of 113. Masazo Nonaka died in the early hours of Sunday while sleeping at home in Ashoro on Japan's northern main island of Hokkaido, his family said. He died peacefully from natural causes,...
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In this April 10, 2018, file photo, Masazo Nonaka eats a cake after receiving the certificate from Guinness World Records as the world's oldest living man at then age 112 years and 259 days during a ceremony in Ashoro on Japan's northern main island of Hokkaido. In the early hours of Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, Nonaka died at his home _ a hot springs inn _ in northern Japan at the age of 113. (Masanori Takei/Kyodo News via AP)
January 20, 2019 - 4:49 am
TOKYO (AP) — The world's oldest man has died at his home — a hot springs inn — in northern Japan at the age of 113. His family said Masazo Nonaka died in the early hours of Sunday while sleeping at home in Ashoro on Japan's northern main island of Hokkaido. The family said he died peacefully from...
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This image provided by the Humane Society of the United States shows a painting on elephant hide for sale at the Safari Club International conference in Reno, Nev., on Jan. 9, 2019. Photos and video taken by animal welfare activists show an array of potentially illicit products crafted from the body parts of threatened big-game animals, including boots, chaps, belts and furniture labeled as elephant leather. The artist told the activists on a video they recorded that the painting was on elephant hide. (Humane Society of the United States via AP)
January 19, 2019 - 12:10 pm
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Photos and video taken by animal welfare activists at a recent trophy hunting convention show an array of products crafted from the body parts of threatened big-game animals, including boots, chaps, belts and furniture labeled as elephant leather. Vendors at the Safari Club...
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FILE - In this June 25, 2014 file photo, a group of immigrants from Honduras and El Salvador, who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally, are stopped in Granjeno, Texas. During the longest-ever government shutdown, the federal judiciary has remained open, allowing the wheels of justice to keep turning in most criminal cases. In November, after a federal judge in California blocked the Trump administration from enforcing a ban on asylum for immigrants who illegally cross the southern border, government attorneys hurriedly asked a federal appeals court, then the U.S. Supreme Court, to suspend the order, terming illegal border crossings an "ongoing and increasing crisis." Both courts denied the government's request. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
January 19, 2019 - 11:12 am
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — During the longest-ever government shutdown, the federal judiciary has remained open, allowing the wheels of justice to keep turning in most criminal cases. But many civil cases have come to a halt because the U.S. Department of Justice doesn't have enough attorneys working to...
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January 19, 2019 - 9:43 am
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Department of Environmental Conservation is taking applications from people interested in raising and releasing pheasants in New York state. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the pheasant chick program, which began in 1919 when pheasant eggs and chicks were...
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FILE- In this Jan. 18, 2014, file photo, an endangered female orca leaps from the water while breaching in Puget Sound west of Seattle, Wash. For years, scientists have identified dams, pollution and vessel noise as causes of the troubling decline of the Pacific Northwest's resident killer whales. Now, they may have found a new and more surprising culprit: pink salmon. Salmon researchers perusing data on the website of the Center for Whale Research noticed a startling trend: that for the past two decades, significantly more of the whales have died in even-numbered years than in odd years. In a newly published paper, they speculate that the pattern is related to pink salmon, which return to the waters between Washington state and Canada in enormous numbers every other year. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
January 19, 2019 - 5:29 am
SEATTLE (AP) — Over the years, scientists have identified dams, pollution and vessel noise as causes of the troubling decline of the Pacific Northwest's resident killer whales. Now, they may have found a new and more surprising culprit: pink salmon. Four salmon researchers were perusing data on the...
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