Environment and nature

An historic schoolhouse burns as the Carr Fire tears through Shasta, Calif., Thursday, July 26, 2018. Fueled by high temperatures, wind and low humidity, the blaze destroyed multiple homes and at least one historic building. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
July 28, 2018 - 12:04 am
Heat waves are setting all-time temperature records across the globe, again. Europe suffered its deadliest fire in more than a century, and one of nearly 90 large fires in the U.S. West burned dozens of homes and forced the evacuation of at least 37,000 people near Redding, California. Flood-...
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In this July 27, 2018, photo provided by Chicago Fire Department, a small plane that made an emergency landing on Lake Shore Drive, temporarily halting traffic at the beginning of evening rush hour, rests on the road in Chicago. Authorities say no vehicles were struck when the single-engine aircraft landed during the early stages of Friday evening's rush hour and the pilot wasn't injured. (Chicago Fire Department via AP)
July 27, 2018 - 6:59 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — A small plane carrying a pilot and one passenger made an emergency landing on Lake Shore Drive, halting southbound traffic on a major Chicago thoroughfare hugging Lake Michigan. Authorities say no vehicles were struck when the single-engine aircraft landed during the early stages of...
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Kalamazoo County Sheriff Richard Fuller speaks during a press conference about the high levels of Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, PFAS, found in the drinking water of Parchment and Cooper Township at the Emergency Management Office inside the Kalamazoo County Sheriff Department in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, July 26, 2018. (Daniel Vasta /Kalamazoo Gazette via AP)
July 27, 2018 - 11:07 am
PARCHMENT, Mich. (AP) — Authorities handed out free bottled water Friday for two southwestern Michigan communities where the discovery of contamination from toxic industrial chemicals prompted a warning against using the public water system for drinking or cooking. Michigan and Kalamazoo County...
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July 27, 2018 - 6:44 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency is withdrawing a last-minute order by the agency's former chief that allowed super-polluting diesel truck engines. EPA chief Scott Pruitt issued the rule in his last days in office before resigning earlier this month amid ethics scandals. The...
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July 27, 2018 - 5:30 am
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Authorities have freed a bear that got caught in a storm drain for about an hour. Colorado Springs Utilities workers and Colorado Parks and Wildlife Southeast Region workers arrived to the residential neighborhood Thursday to work out a strategy to get the bruin out...
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A forest is burning near the highway A9 between Potsdam and Fichtenwalde, eastern Germany, Thursday, July 26, 2018. (Polizei Brandenbur/dpa via AP)
July 27, 2018 - 3:04 am
BERLIN (AP) — German authorities say a forest fire near a village southwest of Berlin is under control, but the situation remains precarious because of unexploded World War II ammunition that's buried in the ground there. The German news agency dpa reported Friday that it was difficult for...
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July 26, 2018 - 7:50 pm
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The Pacific nation of Vanuatu on Friday again ordered thousands of people to leave Ambae island as a volcano erupted and filled the sky with ash. Government lawmaker Ralph Regenvanu said on Twitter that the Cabinet had re-imposed a state of emergency and ordered the...
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This Wednesday, July 25, 2018 aerial photo shows burnt houses and trees following a wildfire in Mati, east of Athens. Frantic relatives searching for loved ones missing in Greece's deadliest forest fire in decades headed to Athens' morgue on Thursday, July 26, 2018 as rescue crews and volunteers continued searches on land and at sea for potential further victims. (Antonis Nikolopoulos/Eurokinissi via AP)
July 26, 2018 - 4:24 pm
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities said Wednesday there were serious indications that a deadly wildfire that gutted a vacation resort near Athens was started deliberately, while experts warned that the devastated coastal town had been built like a "fire trap," with poor safety standards and...
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July 26, 2018 - 12:34 pm
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A dispute over acts of Congress in 1906 and 1937 has put the Trump administration in court — and into the unusual position of supporting a proclamation by former President Barack Obama. Contrary to President Donald Trump's numerous efforts to shred Obama's legacy, U.S. Justice...
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Fans brandish their tickets as they queue outside the Cavern Club in Liverpool, England, before an exclusive gig by former Beatles member Paul McCartney, Thursday July 26, 2018. The former Beatle will take to the stage at the famous venue on Mathew Street for a one-off exclusive gig. (Peter Byrne/PA via AP)
July 26, 2018 - 12:33 pm
LONDON (AP) — Paul McCartney has returned to the famous Liverpool club credited with being the birthplace of the Beatles. The 76-year-old played an exclusive performance Thursday at the Cavern Club — the cellar bar where the Fab Four played in their early years. Some 270 fans packed into a...
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