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  • Rig blowout forces evacuation of Gulf natural gas rig

    Rig blowout in the Gulf of Mexico Tuesday forced the evacuation of 47 workers aboard a drilling rig, authorities said. Natural gas flowed from the leaking rig off the Louisiana coast in the wake of the rig blowout.

  • Corpse flower: Missed it in D.C.? There's another in California.

    Corpse flower attracted crowds in Washington Sunday night, but if you missed the stinky flower bloom you can see another one within the next week at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The school says its greenhouse will be open to the public during the one-day blooming of the so-called corpse flower.

  • Peach State no more? Blueberries lead Georgia's fruit crops.

    Peach State may actually be the Blueberry State. Georgia is famous as a major producer of the peach but the so-called Peach State actually makes more money from another fruit crop: the blueberry.

  • Greenpeace: Shenhua coal project dumps toxic water in China

    Greenpeace: Shenhua coal-to-liquid pilot in near Ordos City in Inner Mongolia is draining groundwater and discharging high levels of toxic wastewater, according to a report released Tuesday by the environmental campaign group. The Greenpeace Shenhua report found that the coal project drained more than 50 million tonnes of groundwater from the Haolebaoji region since 2006.

  • Idyllwild fire mostly contained. Now mudslide threatens California homes.

    With the Idyllwild fire 85 percent contained early Tuesday, some residents now face the potential for flooding and mudslides in burned areas. Storms doused flames from the Idyllwild fire, but forced the evacuation of 20 homes in the path of potential flooding and mudslides.

  • US Navy eyes recovering bombs from Great Barrier Reef

    Two US jets jettisoned four unarmed bombs in Australia's Great Barrier Reef after aborted training mission. Officials of Great Barrier Reef park, world's biggest network of coral structures, say finding options for rapid recovery of bombs is high priority.  

  • Schwarzenegger filming documentary on climate change and wildfires

    Actor and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is at work on a documentary on climate change and how it impacts the fire season. Mr. Schwarzenegger was in western Montana, profiling the Snake River Hotshots as they work on the lines of the 9.6-square-mile West Mullan Fire burning north of the town of Superior.

  • Idyllwild fire: Rain aids fight against California wildfire

    Idyllwild fire continued to burn across southern California Monday morning, but heavy rain helped firefighters make substantial gains against a week-old wildfire that burned across 42 square miles. With the arrival of an inch and a half of rain Sunday, firefighters began to beat back the Idyllwild fire and had the blaze 68 percent contained.

  • Idyllwild fire grows to more than 35 square miles

    Idyllwild fire threatened a popular tourist destination Thursday and destroyed at least six houses and mobile homes. Tensions heightened late Wednesday after winds shifted, causing the Idyllwild fire to change course and head in the direction of Idyllwild, an artist community and hiking destination in the San Jacinto Mountains.

  • Heat wave spreads across US. When will it end?

    The largest heat wave of the summer has spiked dangerously high temperatures across large swaths of the country for days. Relief from the heat wave is within sight, but cooler weather can't come soon enough.

  • Power plant implosion: Florida utility dynamites old plant

    Power plant implosion levels a 1960s power plant in Fort Lauderdale to make way for a new power plant that runs on natural gas. The power plant implosion took 450 pounds of dynamite and 90 controlled explosions Tuesday morning.

  • Ash borer beetle shows up in Iowa (again)

    Ash borer beetle, first spotted in Iowa three years ago, has now appeared in a second location in the state, officials announced Tuesday. Most ash borer beetle infestations have been caused by people unknowingly moving infested firewood, nursery plants and sawmill logs across county and state lines. 

  • Idyllwild fire a 'rapidly changing animal'

    Idyllwild fire burned seven homes in the mountains west of Palm Springs, Calif., late Monday and early Tuesday as the fire more than doubled in size. The Idyllwild fire was mostly moving away from small communities and toward the desert, but officials said a shift in wind could easily sweep it back toward homes.

  • Baby panda twins born at Zoo Atlanta

    Panda twins were born at Zoo Atlanta Monday, the first twin pandas born in the United States since 1987. Zookeepers were expecting only one cub and were surprised when the giant panda named Lun Lun gave birth to baby panda twins.

  • Fracking research: What's behind EPA's abandoned studies?

    Fracking studies have pit the Environmental Protection Agency against the oil and gas industry, which says the agency has over-reached on fracking and that its science has been critically flawed. The recent closing of EPA fracking investigations has some environmentalists worried that the agency is feeling the effects of industry pressure and tight budgets.

  • Katmai bears star in nature's 'Jersey Shore'

    Katmai bears are the star of an Internet 'reality show' based in the Katmai National Park and Preserve in remote Alaska. Eight web cams have been set up at various parts of the park to livestream the daily life and drama of the park's famed Katmai bears.

  • Typhoon Soulik: China, Taiwan brace for season's first typhoon

    Typhoon Soulik, the first of the year to hit the region, was headed towards China and Taiwan Friday. Officials cancelled dozens of international flights and evacuated more than 1,000 people from a coastal village vulnerable to typhoon Soulik.

  • Popocatepetl volcano covers Mexico City in volcanic ash

    Popocatepetl volcano spewed a 2-mile-high cloud of ash over Mexico City over several days of eruptions. Volcanic dust from the Popocatepetl volcano has coated cars in Mexico City and thicker accumulations coated crops, homes, and sidewalks in towns closer to the volcano.

  • Manitou Springs mudslide closes road in Coloroado

    Manitou Springs mudslide: A four-mile stretch of US 24 in Colorado was closed Wednesday afternoon after a thunderstorm sent rocks, mud, debris, and running water rushing down part of a canyon. No injuries have been immediately reported from the Manitou Springs mudslide.

  • Greenpeace Shard climbers: Activists protest Arctic drilling

    Greenpeace Shard climbers: Environmental activists in London attempted to climb Western Europe's tallest building Thursday, in protest of drilling for oil in the Arctic. The Greenpeace Shard climbers were about halfway up the skyscraper by midmorning.