Environment and nature

This photo released by the 9th Regional Japan Coast Guard Headquarters, shows a Japanese Fisheries Agency patrol vessel at the site of its collision with a North Korean fishing boat off the northwestern coast of the Noto Peninsula, Ishikawa prefecture, Japan Monday, Oct. 7, 2019. Japanese authorities said they are searching for several North Korean fishermen thrown to sea off Japan's northern coast after their boat collided with the patrol vessel and sunk early Monday in an area crowded with poachers from the North. (The 9th Regional Japan Coast Guard Headquarters via AP)
October 07, 2019 - 8:24 am
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese authorities said they rescued all of about 60 North Korean fishermen whose boat collided with a Japanese patrol vessel and sank Monday in an area crowded with poachers. Coast guard officials earlier said that only about 20 North Korean crewmembers were thrown into the sea...
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Pope Francis walks in procession on the occasion of the Amazon synod, at the Vatican, Monday, Oct. 7, 2019. Pope Francis opened a three-week meeting on preserving the rainforest and ministering to its native people as he fended off attacks from conservatives who are opposed to his ecological agenda. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
October 07, 2019 - 6:33 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis urged South American bishops on Monday to speak "courageously" at a high-profile meeting on the Amazon, where the shortage of priests is so acute that the Vatican is considering ordaining married men and giving women official church ministries. Francis opened the...
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FILE - In this Thursday, March 15, 2018 file photo, the logo for Unilever appears above a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Consumer products giant Unilever, whose brands include Dove soaps and Lipton teas, said on Monday Oct. 7, 2019, they are pledging to halve its use of non-recycled plastics by 2025. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
October 07, 2019 - 5:42 am
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Consumer products giant Unilever, whose brands include Dove soaps and Lipton teas, said Monday it aims to halve its use of non-recycled plastics by 2025. CEO Alan Jope said that the plan to slash use of the so-called virgin plastics will require a "fundamental rethink...
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In this undated photo released by Russian Presidential Press Service, Russian President Vladimir Putin stands on a hill in Siberia during a break from state affairs ahead of his birthday. Russian president chose the Siberian taiga forest to go on a hike ahead of his birthday on Oct. 7. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
October 07, 2019 - 5:38 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has spent the weekend in southern Siberia's mountains. Photos and video released by the Kremlin on Monday showed Putin walking forested mountains in the Tuva region that borders Mongolia. Putin turned 67 on Monday. Russia's nature-loving, action-man...
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October 06, 2019 - 8:02 pm
LAKE RONKONKOMA, N.Y. (AP) — A deer crashed through the window of a Long Island hair salon and ran amok before breaking out the front door with a straightening iron in tow. The buck's surprise visit Saturday to the Be.you.tiful salon in Lake Ronkonkoma was captured by the salon's security camera...
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Pope Francis celebrates an opening Mass for the Amazon synod, in St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. Pope Francis is opening a divisive meeting on preserving the Amazon and ministering to its indigenous peoples, as he fends off attacks from conservatives who are opposed to his ecological agenda.(AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
October 06, 2019 - 3:40 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday opened a divisive meeting on preserving the Amazon and ministering to its indigenous peoples as he fended off attacks from conservatives who are opposed to his ecological agenda. Francis celebrated an opening Mass in St. Peter's Basilica with global...
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In this Oct. 5, 2019, photo released by the Department of National Parks, two elephants are seen stuck on the edge of the Haew Narok Waterfall in Khao Yai National Park, Nakhon Nayok, central Thailand. A herd of wild elephants was swept away by raging waters in Thailand's national park, drowning six, while rangers helped steer two animals out of a deep ravine. (Department of National Parks via AP)
October 06, 2019 - 3:36 am
BANGKOK (AP) — A herd of wild elephants was swept away by raging waters in a national park in Thailand, drowning six, while rangers helped steer two of the animals out of a deep ravine. Staff at Khao Yai National Park discovered the two struggling elephants and the carcasses after dawn Saturday...
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October 05, 2019 - 3:22 pm
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Wildlife officials in Wyoming have trapped and relocated a grizzly bear thought to be the offspring of a well-known grizzly. Grizzly No. 399 gained fame for raising at least four litters of cubs within view of roads in Grand Teton National Park. People have established social...
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October 04, 2019 - 5:27 pm
TAOS, N.M. (AP) — A tree to be displayed outside the U.S. Capitol building over the holidays is supposed to come from a New Mexico forest. That's if the U.S. Forest Service can get an exception from a tree-cutting ban across all New Mexico national forests and one in Arizona. The agency says it's...
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FILE - In this May 11, 2015, file photo, nuclear waste is stored in underground containers at the Idaho National Laboratory near Idaho Falls, Idaho. Western governors say they're disappointed that the U.S. Department of Energy didn't consult the states' nuclear waste experts before releasing a five-year plan for a nuclear waste facility in New Mexico. The Western Governors' Association in a Sept. 30, 2019, letter to the Energy Department says the plan released in August makes minimal references to the role Western states play involving the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. (AP Photo/Keith Ridler, File)
October 04, 2019 - 4:08 pm
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Western governors are disappointed that the U.S. Department of Energy didn't consult their states' nuclear waste experts before releasing a five-year plan for a nuclear waste facility in New Mexico, the governors say. The Western Governors' Association in a Sept. 30 letter to...
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