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  • Conservationists, loggers team up on forest health

    JOHN DAY, Ore. (AP) — Logs are piled high in the yard of the Malheur Lumber Co. mill in this small town in northeastern Oregon, ready to be sawed into lumber. Steam pours out of…

  • Bear loose in suburban Phoenix is finally wrangled

    MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona wildlife managers say they believe the black bear that was spotted twice this week in a Phoenix suburb but eluded capture finally has been caught. The bear was captured Christmas…

  • Hawaii lava stalls just short of shopping center

    HONOLULU (AP) — Call it a holiday gift from Pele. Lava from the mountain believed to be home to the Hawaiian volcano goddess has stalled on its slow creep toward a Big Island shopping center.…

  • Elusive black bear spotted again in Phoenix suburb

    MESA, Ariz. (AP) — A black bear that caused a stir when it ran through a field in a Phoenix suburb has been spotted again, a state wildlife official said Tuesday. Residents reported seeing the…

  • Stanford students design paddles to climb glass

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Stanford University students have created paddles that help humans scale glass walls like a gecko. The “gecko gloves” use the same scientific principles employed by the sticky feet of nature’s most…

  • Arizona to change drugs it uses in executions

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona officials said Monday they have been cleared of any wrongdoing in an execution this year that lasted nearly two hours, but they are nevertheless changing the drugs they use to…

  • Loose bear eludes capture in Phoenix suburb

    MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities called off the search Monday for a black bear that caused a stir when it was spotted running through an alfalfa field on the eastern edge of metropolitan Phoenix. Still,…

  • Correction: Marijuana Research story

    DENVER (AP) — In a story Dec. 17 about marijuana research, The Associated Press reported erroneously reported Marcel Bonn-Miller’s profession. He is a psychologist, not a psychiatrist. Also, while he works with the Veterans Administration,…

  • Protesters in contempt of court for anti-whaling campaign

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Radical environmentalists who threw acid and smoke bombs at Japanese whalers were found in contempt of court for continuing their relentless campaign to disrupt the annual whale hunt off the waters…

  • EPA coal ash standards a setback for environmental groups

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Six years ago, there was a massive spill of coal ash sludge in Tennessee. Three years later, tons of coal ash swept into Lake Michigan. Last February, there was another spill…

  • Protesters in contempt of court for anti-whaling campaign

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Radical environmentalists who threw acid and smoke bombs at Japanese whalers were found in contempt of court Friday for continuing their relentless campaign to disrupt the annual whale hunt off the…

  • Arctic offshore drill company enters guilty pleas

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The company hired by Royal Dutch Shell PLC in 2012 to drill on petroleum leases in the Arctic Ocean pleaded guilty Friday to eight felony environmental and maritime crimes. Noble Drilling…

  • PacifiCorp Energy pleads guilty in bird deaths

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wind farm operator PacifiCorp Energy will pay $2.5 million in fines after pleading guilty Friday to charges related to the deaths of protected birds in Wyoming. The subsidiary of Portland, Oregon-based…

  • Chevron: Big flames at refinery no cause for alarm

    RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) — Large flames and white clouds of steam visible for miles from a San Francisco Bay Area refinery caused no harm to the surrounding community. Chevron says in a statement a refinery…

  • EPA sets first national standard for coal waste

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration on Friday set the first national standards for waste generated from coal burned for electricity, treating it more like household garbage rather than a hazardous material. Environmentalists had pushed…