Environment and nature

Crystal Easter uses a pot of water to put out spot fires around her home, as her neighbor's home burns to the ground in the background, Monday, Aug. 6, 2018, in Spring Valley, Calif. The Ranch Fire spotted 200 yards across the valley, burning two homes in Spring Valley. (Kent Porter/The Press Democrat via AP)
August 07, 2018 - 6:14 pm
Firefighters struggled against rugged terrain, high winds and an August heat wave Tuesday to slow the spread of the biggest wildfire ever recorded in California, an inferno that exploded to be nearly the size of Los Angeles in just 11 days. The 450-square-mile (1,165-square-kilometer) blaze,...
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Relatives react as rescue teams recover the bodies of victims killed in an earthquake in North Lombok, Indonesia, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018. The north of Lombok was devastated by the powerful quake that struck Sunday night, damaging thousands of buildings and killing a large number of people. Rescuers were still struggling to reach all of the affected areas and authorities expect the death toll to rise. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
August 07, 2018 - 12:58 pm
TANJUNG, Indonesia (AP) — The rescue team had done everything it could to locate the body of man, who had been killed instantly when a massive earthquake collapsed his home Sunday night on the Indonesian island of Lombok. They used hacksaws to cut a square into concrete wall. They used crowbars and...
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FILE- In this June 14, 2018, file photo Tesla CEO and founder of the Boring Company Elon Musk speaks at a news conference in Chicago. Musk says he is considering taking the electric car maker private. Tesla’s stock spiked Tuesday, Aug. 7, after Musk made the abrupt announcement in a terse tweet. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)
August 07, 2018 - 12:57 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced Tuesday that he is considering taking the electric car maker private, causing the company's stock to spike. In keeping with his unorthodox style, Musk made the out-of-the blue announcement in a terse tweet. He said he may take the company private at $...
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Hundreds of tourist sit on the beach in the Baltic Sea resort of Heringsdorf on island of Usedom, northern Germany, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018. (Stefan Sauer/dpa via AP)
August 07, 2018 - 10:32 am
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The Latest on hot weather and wildfires in Europe (all times local): 4:30 p.m. Authorities have evacuated four campsites as a brush fire swept through tinder-dry countryside in the eastern Netherlands. The regional security service said that firefighters from three provinces...
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August 07, 2018 - 6:59 am
BERLIN (AP) — Swiss authorities say a 60-year-old Dutchman has died while climbing in the Alps. Swiss police said Tuesday that the man was part of a group of three mountaineers climbing the Dent Blanche mountain, one of the highest peaks in the Alps. At about 5 p.m. Monday he lost his footing and...
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Rescuers carry a body of an earthquake victim recovered from the collapsed Jabal Nur Mosque in North Lombok, Indonesia, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018. The north of Lombok was devastated by the powerful quake that struck Sunday night, damaging thousands of buildings and killing a large number of people. Rescuers were still struggling to reach all of the affected areas and authorities expect the death toll to rise. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
August 07, 2018 - 6:35 am
LADING-LADING, Indonesia (AP) — Soldiers have pulled a man alive from the rubble of a large mosque flattened by an earthquake on the Indonesian island of Lombok, while thousands of homeless villagers waited for aid Tuesday and stranded tourists camped at beaches and in the lobbies of damaged hotels...
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FILE - This April 24, 2016, file photo taken above the Kahiltna Glacier near Denali, shows peaks in the Alaska Range, as seen through the open cargo bay doors of a Chinook helicopter. Searchers said Monday, Aug. 6, 2018, that they found four people dead in a sightseeing airplane carrying Polish tourists in Alaska's Denali National Park a day and a half after thick clouds hampered the response to a distress call. Another person is missing and presumed dead after the crash Saturday evening. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen, File)
August 06, 2018 - 8:28 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Searchers on Monday found four people dead in a sightseeing airplane carrying Polish tourists in Alaska's Denali National Park — a day and a half after thick clouds hampered the response to distress calls. Another person is missing and presumed dead after the crash Saturday...
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August 06, 2018 - 11:03 am
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A multinational agricultural company based in Idaho has acquired gene editing licensing rights that could one day be used to help farmers produce more crops and make grocery store offerings such as strawberries, potatoes and avocados stay fresher longer. J.R. Simplot Company on...
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A burnt car sits on the outskirts of the village of Monchique in southern Portugal's Algarve region, Monday, Aug. 6, 2018. Emergency services in Portugal say they are still fighting a major wildfire on the south coast that threatened to engulf a hillside town overnight. (AP Photo/Javier Fergo)
August 06, 2018 - 10:51 am
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Firefighters in Portugal were close to bringing a major, four-day wildfire near a popular tourist area under control Monday as sweltering weather gripped much of Europe. The Portuguese Civil Protection Agency said firefighters had contained 95 percent of the blaze in rolling...
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In this picture provided by the Italian Alpine Rescue, Monday, Aug. 6, 2018, Italian Speleologists and rescuers work on the site where 33-year-old Stefano Guarnieri, of Italy, who has been trapped in an underground grotto since Saturday, on the Mount Canin – in the Italians Alps between Italy and Slovenia. Guarnieri fell about 17 meters while exploring a cave under a glacier at an altitude of around 2,200 meters. His friends immediately called for help. (Italian Alpine Rescue Via AP)
August 06, 2018 - 7:54 am
ROME (AP) — An Italian spelunker has been rescued after two days trapped in a grotto beneath an Alpine glacier near the northeastern border with Slovenia. The news agency ANSA says 33-year-old Stefano Guarniero was strapped to a stretcher and pulled from the cave 200 meters (650 feet) below the...
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