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When deadly wildfires tinted Western skies a Martian hue this week, homeowners with their own rooftop solar systems were able to tell with great precision just how much useful sunlight reached them through the gloom: next to none. Wednesday was "the worst generation day, ever," said Mary Holstege, a retired software engineer in Cupertino, California, who went solar a year ago. Her system, ...

Minneapolis police to reduce allowable use of force under new policy MINNEAPOLIS - Minneapolis police will adopt a "new and more stringent" policy in hopes of reducing the amount of force officers use and restoring trust with the community, Mayor Jacob Frey said Wednesday. The new policy will require officers to "first consider all reasonable alternatives before using deadly force," Frey said. ...

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WASHINGTON - Climate change activists are pressuring Joe Biden to distance himself from former Obama administration advisers they view as either too moderate or too cozy with the fossil fuel industry, a sign of disunity on the eve of the Democratic convention. Groups such as Data for Progress and the Revolving Door Project are building a case against some people advising the Democratic ...

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LOS ANGELES - In mid-December, Aaron Raby shot and killed an elephant. Hours later, he had a piece of it for dinner, with a side of sliced tomato and avocado. A self-described "blue-collar" Los Angeles crane operator, Raby paid more than $30,000 for the once-in-a-lifetime experience - traveling more than 10,000 miles to South Africa to shoot and kill the tusked pachyderm. He then paid roughly ...

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Latinos and African Americans are more likely to view pollution as a serious health threat than other groups, according to a new statewide study by the Public Policy Institute of California. "African Americans and Latinos are more likely than others to say that air and water pollution in their part of California are very serious health threats to themselves and their ...

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One of Hawaii's high-profile politicians has dismissed a recent Department of Energy report concluding that a leaking U.S. nuclear waste repository in the Marshall Islands is safe for people there. She called for the department to convene a more independent assessment of the waste site. "I think it's time the Department of Energy relied on someone with fresh eyes to examine the situation," ...

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The Trump administration on Friday said it's releasing a final environmental review of the proposed Pebble copper and gold mine in Southwest Alaska that will smooth the path for the mine's eventual development. The report found that the mine should not hurt the long-term health of the valuable Bristol Bay salmon fishery, or significantly impact salmon returns, a conclusion ...

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SEATTLE - Congress has passed sweeping legislation allocating $900 million a year for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), and an additional $9.5 billion over five years to address an urgent backlog of maintenance projects at the nation's parks and other public lands. The legislation, S.3422, is a once-in-a-generation gift to the future, expected to more than double the money available ...

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The U.S. House of Representatives voted Wednesday to pass the Great American Outdoors Act, a bill meant to address funding shortages for conservation and maintenance on public lands. The bill creates funds to address millions of dollars in maintenance backlogs on federal lands managed by agencies like the National Park Service, Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management. It also creates ...

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MIAMI - Wildlife agents say it took less than 40 minutes for Bruce Wayne Bivins to find a full nest on Singer Island, transfer 93 soft-shelled, round eggs to a black duffel bag and carry them over the dunes to Highway A1A, where a partner was waiting in a getaway truck. It was the eve of Memorial Day and turtle nesting activity was in full swing. The men were hoping to sell the poached turtle ...

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California beat President Donald Trump's efforts to water down its signature climate-change initiative, a market-based program that's designed to reduce carbon emissions. A federal judge in Sacramento on Friday dismissed a lawsuit the Trump administration filed challenging California's cap-and-trade program, which requires hundreds of businesses to purchase carbon credits ...

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WASHINGTON - Every summer, thousands of people travel to Padre Island National Seashore at dawn to cheer on sea turtle hatchlings as they are released into the surf. It's a huge tourist attraction for this national park on the Texas coast and a conservation success story - the result of a decadeslong effort to save the most endangered sea turtle from extinction. But after more than 40 years of ...

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WASHINGTON - With an eye on the November elections, top Democrats are ramping up criticism of President Donald Trump's deregulatory environmental agenda, including his move Wednesday to weaken a bedrock environmental law from the 1970s. At a UPS warehouse in Atlanta, the president trumpeted changes to the National Environmental Policy Act, which requires that federal agencies analyze the ...

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ATLANTA - President Donald Trump used a brief trip to Atlanta on Wednesday to tout changes to the federal environmental review process, an overhaul he said would speed the permitting of infrastructure projects nationwide. In a 41-minute address at UPS' airport hub at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Trump said his administration's move would have a major effect on the construction of ...

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