Environment

FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2018 file photo, plastic bottles and other plastics including a mop, lie washed up on the north bank of the River Thames in London. European Union officials agreed on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018, to ban some single-use plastics, such as disposable cutlery, plates and straws, in an effort to cut marine pollution. The measure will also affect plastic cotton buds, drink stirrers, balloon sticks, and single-use plastic and polystyrene food and beverage containers. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)
December 19, 2018 - 11:11 am
BERLIN (AP) — Plastic knives just won't cut it any longer, if the European Union has its way. The 28-nation bloc moved closer to banning single-use straws, plates, cutlery and cotton swabs, after officials from EU member states and the European Parliament on Wednesday backed recommendations by its...
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December 19, 2018 - 6:02 am
BERLIN (AP) — Volkswagen says it is changing the pay system for its senior management, dropping personal performance bonuses and increasing the extent to which the company's performance is reflected in variable pay. The German automaker, still grappling with a diesel emissions scandal that erupted...
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Salt Lake City Council Chairwoman Erin Mendenhall, Fraser Bullock, chief operating officer of the 2002 Winter Games, Jeff Robbins, president and CEO of the Utah Sports Commission, Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski, Gov. Gary Herbert, USA Olympic speed skater Catherine Rainey-Norman and Salt Lake County Councilman Jim Bradley raise their arms in celebration after the USOC choose Salt Lake over Denver to bid on behalf of the U.S. for future Winter Games, Friday, Dec. 14, 2018 in Salt Lake City. Salt Lake City got the green light to bid for the Winter Olympics — most likely for 2030 — in an attempt to bring the Games back to the city that hosted in 2002 and provided the backdrop for the U.S. winter team's ascendance into an international powerhouse. (Steve Griffin/The Deseret News via AP)
December 18, 2018 - 7:41 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — When Salt Lake City pursued the Winter Olympics more than two decades ago, competition was so fierce that lavishing International Olympic Committee members with gifts and favors seemed commonplace. Salt Lake City got caught in a bribery scandal that nearly derailed the plans...
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In this undated photo provided by the Oakland Zoo, Nikko, a 35-year-old white-handed gibbon, is seen at the Oakland Zoo in Oakland, Calif. The elderly gibbon recently transferred to the Santa Barbara Zoo from Northern California has died unexpectedly, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, possibly from cancer, authorities announced Tuesday, Dec. 18. (Andrew Lincoln/The Oakland Zoo via AP)
December 18, 2018 - 5:59 pm
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — An elderly gibbon recently transferred to the Santa Barbara Zoo from Northern California has died unexpectedly, possibly from cancer, authorities announced Tuesday. Nikko, a 35-year-old white-handed gibbon, died Sunday. He underwent tests and received a clean bill of...
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Demonstrators wearing yellow vests face riot police officers during a visit by French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian in Biarritz, southwestern France, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018. Yellow vest protesters occupied dozens of traffic roundabouts across France even as their movement for economic justice appeared to be losing momentum on the fifth straight weekend of protests. (AP Photo/Bob Edme)
December 18, 2018 - 12:47 pm
PARIS (AP) — While flaming barricades, shattered glass and skirmishes have occupied Paris during six weeks of anti-government protests, English-speaking observers have fallen back on a favorite pastime: reflecting on France's revolutions. Some journalists detect hints of Russian influence in the...
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FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2018 file photo Martin Winterkorn, former CEO of the German car manufacturer 'Volkswagen', arrives for the annual general meeting of FC Bayern Munich soccer club in Munich, Germany. The club said Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018 that Winterkorn stood down as FC Bayern Muenchen AG supervisory board member at Monday's board meeting. He had informed supervisory board chairman Uli Hoeneß of the decision earlier. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, file)
December 18, 2018 - 10:23 am
MUNICH (AP) — Former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn has left German soccer champion Bayern Munich's supervisory board, three years after he resigned from the automaker amid its diesel emissions scandal. The club said Tuesday that the 71-year-old Winterkorn left on Monday after nearly 16 years as...
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This undated photo provided by in Lawerence County Sheriff in Mt. Vernon, Mo., shows David Berry Jr. Berry was ordered to watch the Walt Disney movie at least once each month during his one-year jail sentence in what conservation agents are calling one of the largest deer poaching cases in state history. Lawrence County Prosecuting Attorney Don Trotter says the deer were killed for their heads and their bodies were left to rot. (Lawerence County Sheriff via AP)
December 18, 2018 - 2:30 am
OZARKS, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri poacher has been ordered to repeatedly watch the movie "Bambi" as part of his sentence in a scheme to illegally kill hundreds of deer. David Berry Jr. was ordered to watch the Disney classic at least once a month during his year-long jail sentence in what conservation...
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December 17, 2018 - 7:39 pm
PALM BAY, Fla. (AP) — A hefty hog has been captured near a school bus stop in Florida. Florida Today reports the nearly 400-pound (181-kilogram) hog was captured over the weekend by a team of dogs and trappers in Palm Bay. Melbourne wildlife trapper James Dean received a call reporting "a very...
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December 17, 2018 - 6:31 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Five conservation groups filed a lawsuit Monday seeking to block oil production from a proposed artificial gravel island in federal Arctic waters. The groups asked the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to review an offshore production plan approved for the Liberty project...
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File - In this Sept. 8, 2018 file photo, a ship tows The Ocean Cleanup's first buoyant trash-collecting device toward the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco en route to the Pacific Ocean. The trash collection device deployed to corral plastic litter floating between California and Hawaii in an attempt to clean up the world's largest garbage patch is not collecting any trash. But Boyan Slat, who launched the Pacific Ocean cleanup project, told The Associated Press in an interview Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, he is confident the 2,000-foot (600-meter) long floating boom will be fixed. (AP Photo/Lorin Eleni Gill, File)
December 17, 2018 - 6:30 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A floating device sent to corral a swirling island of trash between California and Hawaii has not swept up any plastic waste — but the young innovator behind the project said Monday that a fix was in the works. Boyan Slat, 24, who launched the Pacific Ocean cleanup project, said...
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