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The debate over Arctic drilling - what's at stake

Seattle's mayor and environmentalists have vowed to block Royal Dutch Shell PLC from parking two Arctic offshore drilling rigs on Seattle's waterfront, an effort to thwart the new frontier in oil exploration and spark a national debate about fossil fuels and climate change. WHAT'S AT STAKE? The U.S. Geological Survey ...

In this photo taken April 16, 2015, a group of kayakers rafted together work to pull up a protest sign as they practice for an upcoming demonstration against Arctic oil drilling, in Elliott Bay in view of downtown Seattle. Royal Dutch Shell wants to park two massive Arctic oil drilling rigs in Seattle's waterfront, but the petrochemical giant will have to get around protesters in kayaks and a mayor determined to take on climate change. The fast-approaching battle with so-called kayaktivists is unfolding in a city well known for embracing progressive causes, laying bare the high-stakes feud over oil exploration in the icy waters off Alaska. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

In Seattle, 'kayaktivists' take on Arctic oil drilling

Royal Dutch Shell wants to park two massive Arctic oil drilling rigs in Seattle's waterfront — but the petroleum giant will have to get around protesters in kayaks and a mayor determined to take on climate change. The fast-approaching battle with so-called kayaktivists is unfolding in a city well known ...

FILE- This Aug. 3, 2014 file photo shows Algae near the City of Toledo water intake crib, in Lake Erie, about 2.5 miles off the shore of Curtice, Ohio. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials Wednesday, May 6, 2015 released suggested thresholds that should prompt actions such as issuing do-not-drink warnings or taking steps to quickly reduce levels of two types of algal toxins. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari, File)

EPA suggests triggers for warning of algae in drinking water

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the first nationwide guidelines Wednesday for determining when algal toxins have reached dangerous levels in public water systems and do-not-drink warnings might be needed. Up to 48 million people nationwide get drinking water from lakes and reservoirs that could become fouled with toxins generated ...

Greenpeace wants Shell's lawsuit over protest dismissed

Attorneys for Greenpeace Inc. say Royal Dutch Shell PLC has demonstrated no harm from environmental protesters who boarded a ship carrying a drill rig last month. In a written motion, Greenpeace asked U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason to reject Shell's request for court-ordered, expanded safety zones around its Arctic ...

Officer Charged In Freddie Gray's Death Contends Arrest Was Legal

Officer Charged In Freddie Gray's Death Contends Arrest Was Legal

One of the six police officers charge din the death of Freddie Gray says he believes he was unlawfully arrested and charged.

Ship may have hit whale found washed up near San Francisco

Scientists say a ship may have hit and killed a female humpback whale that washed up at a beach in the San Francisco Bay Area earlier this week. The 42-foot female whale had four fractured vertebrae, surrounding hemorrhaging and a broken rib leading scientists to their conclusion, said Laura Sherr, ...

This photo taken April 1, 2015, and provided by Susan Horecki shows Snickers, right, and his sister Logan after passing her Denver Pet Partners therapy dog evaluation therapy dog during a visit with patients and staff at Rose Medical Center in Denver. If a golden retriever gives birth, gets stung by a bee or sprayed by a skunk, the dog's veterinarian wants to know. Scientists are studying the dogs to find out why their lifespans have gotten so short and why cancer has gotten so prevalent among them. (Marla Yetka via AP)

Study aims to uncover why cancer plagues golden retrievers

If a golden retriever gives birth, gets stung by a bee or sprayed by a skunk, veterinarians want to know. Scientists are studying the popular breed to find out why their lifespans have gotten shorter over the years and why cancer is so prevalent. The Colorado-based Morris Animal Foundation recently ...

Small quakes shake Southern, Northern California communities

Small earthquakes hundreds of miles apart have rattled communities east of Los Angeles and San Francisco. The largest of the quakes was a magnitude-3.7 temblor that struck at 12:39 a.m. Wednesday just north of Hemet, about 85 miles east of Los Angeles. It was downgraded from an initial estimate of ...

FILE - In this May 29, 2014, file photo, the SpaceX Dragon V2 spaceship is unveiled at its headquarters in Hawthorne, Calif. SpaceX is scheduled to conduct the first major test of its brand new, super-streamlined launch escape system for astronauts, Wednesday, May 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

SpaceX capsule soars with dummy in 1st test of crew escape

SpaceX chalked up another big test flight Wednesday, firing a capsule into the air to try out its new, super-streamlined launch escape system for astronauts. No humans were on board, just a life-size dummy, for the first-of-its-kind flight. The whole thing lasted just 1½ minutes, but represented a huge milestone ...

This handout photo provided by NOAA, taken in May 2014, shows Eric Moglia of NOAA's Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, prepares air sample canisters at NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratory in Boulder, Colo., before shipping to sampling sites around the world. Federal scientists said global levels of the most prevalent heat-trapping gas have passed a daunting milestone. NOAA says in March, the global monthly average for carbon dioxide hit 400.83 parts per million. That is the first month in modern records that the entire globe broke 400 ppm, reaching levels that haven't been seen in about 2 million years.(Will Von Dauster/ NOAA via AP)

Amount of carbon dioxide in air keeps rising, hits milestone

Global levels of carbon dioxide, the most prevalent heat-trapping gas, have passed a daunting milestone, federal scientists say. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says in March, the global monthly average for carbon dioxide hit 400.83 parts per million. That is the first month in modern records that the entire ...

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