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Japan pledges climate change aid to Pacific island nations

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TOKYO (AP) -- Japan pledged Saturday 55 billion yen ($450 million) in aid to Pacific island nations that are battling rising sea levels and natural calamities as a result of global warming....

Rutgers urged to cancel ocean blasting off New Jersey coast

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SHIP BOTTOM, N.J. (AP) -- The New Jersey Senate president and a congressman representing the Jersey shore are asking Rutgers University to cancel planned research that involves blasting the ocean floor with sound waves....

Endangered antelope dying off in vast numbers in Kazakhstan
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Authorities in Kazakhstan says around one-third of the endangered saiga antelope population in this Central Asian nation has mysteriously died off in the last few days....





California farmers agree to drastically cut water use
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California farmers who hold some of the state's strongest water rights avoided the threat of deep mandatory cuts when the state accepted their proposal to voluntarily reduce consumption by 25 percent amid one of the worst droughts on record....

Giant hole forms at entrance of Missouri golf course
BRANSON, Mo. (AP) -- A big sinkhole discovered Friday near the driving range of a southwest Missouri golf course is attracting the attention of geological experts....

Las Vegas feels magnitude-4.8 earthquake 100 miles away
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A magnitude-4.8 earthquake struck a rural area of southern Nevada on Friday, shaking buildings more than 100 miles away and shutting down a busy Las Vegas interchange as road-tripping travelers were descending on Sin City for Memorial Day weekend....

Quake rattles nerves in Napa Valley after 2014 disaster
NAPA, Calif. (AP) -- A magnitude-4.1 earthquake has jolted Napa Valley and became an unwelcome reminder of the wine country's large temblor last summer - the strongest quake to hit Northern California in a quarter-century....

Government hunters prepare to kill salmon-eating birds
Government hunters have begun scouting an island at the mouth of the Columbia River as they prepare to shoot thousands of hungry seabirds to stop them from eating baby salmon....

Local ban nullified by Texas; fracking resumes in Denton
DENTON, Texas (AP) -- A North Texas city whose fracking ban prompted state lawmakers to limit such local power says a driller has revealed plans to resume fracking gas wells in the city....

Alaska's popular walrus cam streams again after a decade
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- A popular webcam showing large male Pacific walruses lying on the beach with a Hitchcockian number of seabirds flying overhead is once again streaming to the Internet....

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