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  • 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…

  • Flu season, early again, hitting hard in South and Midwest

    NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials say the flu is now hitting hard in parts of the country, especially the South and Midwest. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday reported cases were…

  • Weird weather lingers in Alaska’s largest city

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A week before Christmas, Alaska’s largest city should look like a postcard wonderland, and the last place you’d expect to see equipment making snow. “We want Santa to bring snow, soon,”…

  • Efforts to save rare northern white rhino continue

    PRAGUE (AP) — Experts will meet in Kenya next month to discuss ways to save the critically endangered northern white rhinos from extinction. The recent death of two of the rhinos in zoos has left…

  • CERN nuclear physics lab admits Pakistan

    GENEVA (AP) — The world’s top particle physics lab has admitted Pakistan as an associate member, a year after Israel was voted in as a full member. Rolf Heuer, director general of the European Organization…

  • Indonesia volcano erupts, injuring 4; 1 missing

    TERNATE, Indonesia (AP) — A volcano in eastern Indonesia erupted Friday, spewing towering clouds of hot ash into the air and leaving four hikers injured and one missing when they scrambled to safety, an official…

  • Lava slows but still on track to hit Hawaii market

    HONOLULU (AP) — Lava from an active volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island slowed slightly but stayed on track to hit a shopping center in the small town of Pahoa. The molten rock was 1,200 to…

  • Japan scientist quits as cell research discredited

    TOKYO (AP) — The Japanese researcher whose claim of a major breakthrough in stem cell research was discredited has resigned after the government lab where she worked failed to replicate her results. Haruko Obokata said…

  • Group challenges timber producer’s ‘green’ label

    GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — A watchdog group is challenging the environmentally friendly “green lumber” certification for Plum Creek Timberlands, one of the nation’s biggest landowners and timber producers. The Center for Sustainable Economy, based…