Environment and nature

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, left, listens as Tesla CEO and founder of the Boring Company Elon Musk, right, speaks at a news conference Thursday, June 14, 2018, in Chicago. The Boring Company has been selected to build a high-speed underground transportation system that it says will whisk passengers from downtown Chicago to O'Hare International Airport in mere minutes. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)
June 14, 2018 - 10:14 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Entrepreneur Elon Musk said Thursday a high-speed transportation system that will whisk people between downtown Chicago and O'Hare International Airport at speeds of up to 150 mph could be operational in about three years. Musk joined Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to formally announce...
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FILE - This March 6, 2014 file photo shows the idled Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, the nation's only underground nuclear waste repository, near Carlsbad, N.M. Work has started on a new ventilation system that will clear the way for more radioactive waste to be hauled underground and disposed of at the U.S. government's nuclear repository in southern New Mexico. U.S. Energy Department officials celebrated with a groundbreaking event Thursday, June 14, 2018, saying the system is key for ramping up work at the nuclear repository. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)
June 14, 2018 - 4:08 pm
CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Work started Thursday on a new ventilation system that will clear the way for more radioactive waste to be disposed of at the U.S. government's underground nuclear repository in southern New Mexico. The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant is the nation's only location for disposing of...
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In this image from video made available by NASA, astronaut Drew Feustel prepares to close a door to an atmospheric experiment during a space walk outside the International Space Station on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (NASA via AP)
June 14, 2018 - 3:36 pm
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Spacewalking astronauts set up TV cameras Thursday for new crew capsules set to arrive in coming months. The International Space Station's commander, Drew Feustel, and Ricky Arnold completed the job after struggling with a balky shield for protection against space debris...
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FILE - In this Sunday, Nov. 2, 2003 file photo, a coyote wanders through a neighborhood in Cedar Glen, Calif., in the San Bernardino Mountains. Scientists have long known that human activity disrupts nature. And the latest research released on Thursday, June 14, 2018, found fear of humans has caused many species to increase their nighttime activity by 20 percent. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
June 14, 2018 - 3:34 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Lions and tigers and bears are increasingly becoming night owls because of us, a new study says. Scientists have long known that human activity disrupts nature. Besides becoming more vigilant and reducing time spent looking for food, many mammals may travel to remote areas or move...
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June 14, 2018 - 12:50 pm
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. (AP) — Scientists at Lake Tahoe say the clarity of the alpine lake that straddles the California-Nevada line sank to an all-time low last year. Experts say the 9.5-foot (2.8-meter) decline was most likely due to a convergence of drought, record precipitation and warm...
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Surrounded by ice, commercial fishing boats are docked in their slips after more than a week's worth of frigid weather froze the harbor in Lake Montauk in Montauk, N.Y., on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018. Only a few commercial boats remain in Montauk harbor during the winter months fishing for species such as porgy, tilefish, monkfish and black sea bass. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
June 14, 2018 - 6:13 am
MONTAUK, N.Y. (AP) — Even after winter storms left East Coast harbors thick with ice, some of the country's top chefs and trendy restaurants were offering sushi-grade tuna supposedly pulled in fresh off the coast of New York. But it was just an illusion. No tuna was landing there. The fish had long...
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In this Monday, June 11, 2018 photo, Gopal Chandra Das, left and Radhika Das, parents of Nilotpal Das, who was killed in a mob attack hold his photograph during a ritual at his residence in Gauhati, India. Fueled by rumors of child kidnappers, and spread on social media, Indian mobs have killed well over a dozen people in brutal attacks since early May. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
June 14, 2018 - 5:32 am
GAUHATI, India (AP) — The rumors circulated through the hills of northeastern India on Facebook and Whatsapp. There were photos of dismembered corpses in some messages, and of an injured child lying in the street. The messages said hundreds of people, sometimes disguised as beggars, were stalking...
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June 14, 2018 - 2:53 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics, the world's biggest smartphone maker, has pledged to convert its operations in the United States, Europe and China to using only solar and other renewable energy by 2020. With its announcement Thursday, the tech giant joins Apple and other Silicon...
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June 13, 2018 - 1:11 pm
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The state of Vermont and people who bought certain Volkswagen diesel models that were rigged to cheat on emissions tests will be getting a total of $6.5 million from the automaker. Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan announced Wednesday that the state had reached the...
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June 13, 2018 - 12:21 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate panel has approved a modest, bipartisan rewrite of federal farm and nutrition programs. That sidesteps a fight for now but sets up a clash with House Republicans intent on beefing up work requirements for food stamps. The legislation, approved by a bipartisan 20-1 vote,...
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