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Graphic looking at the fatal last few hours of the Yarnell, Ariz., wildfire that trapped and killed 19 firefighters one year ago. Los Angeles Times/MCT 2014<p>

With BC-ARIZONA-FIREFIGHTERS-1:LA, Los Angeles Times by Matthew Teague

Yarnell Hill fire: A year of agonized, unanswered questions

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

YARNELL, Ariz. — Wildland fire chief Darrell Willis tore along the highway and turned on his truck’s headlights to cut the smoke. Ash and embers rained down around him. Over the past two days, in June 2013, a small mountain fire had come to life, a monstrous life. He’d just learned that his team of crack firefighters had deployed their … 0

Undersea mission in Florida Keys concludes

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

MIAMI — Outside the view port of the underwater habitat Aquarius, during the Fabien Cousteau-led Mission 31, a Goliath Grouper nicknamed Sylvia attacked a barracuda while a reef shark and aquanauts watched in delight. “Oh, did you see that?” one of the aquanauts said with the excitement of a kid opening a Christmas present. “Oh, wow. Did you get it?” Yes, underwater videographer … 0

Rescuers save large sea turtle off Cape Cod

Monday, July 7, 2014

BARNSTABLE (AP) — Animal rescuers say they have disentangled a large leatherback sea turtle that was trapped in fishing gear off of Cape Cod. Fishermen spotted the turtle off the Sandy Neck section of Barnstable on Sunday. The fishermen reported the sighting to the U.S. Coast Guard who notified the Center for Coastal Studies Marine Animal Entanglement response team. A spokeswoman for the … 0

Tennessee Gas Pipeline project would include compressor station

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The natural gas pipeline project that would pass through Plainfield in Hampshire County and nine Franklin County towns also includes a barn-sized compressor station to maintain pressure on the line. The pumping station, which a Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. map of its proposed Northeast Energy Direct project shows … 0

Lightning strikes near Vt. firefighters

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

GUILFORD, Vt. (AP) — Seven firefighters were checked for injuries after lightning struck nearby as they battled a blaze in Guilford. According to a posting on the Guilford Volunteer Fire Department’s Facebook page, firefighters from that company and others were working on a structure fire Wednesday afternoon when … 0

Storm spurs evacuation order for Outer Banks

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

CHARLESTON, S.C. — As one of the year’s busiest travel weekends approaches, so does another visitor: Tropical Storm Arthur, expected to grow into a hurricane by the Fourth of July and hit most harshly at North Carolina’s Outer Banks, a popular getaway spot of thin barrier islands along … 0

Study: Ocean’s plastic garbage disappearing

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Plastic seems to be disappearing from the world’s oceans, and scientists are not sure why. Exposure to waves and radiation from the sun can cause plastics to break down into micro-fragments, but scientists say those fragments are stable and durable enough to last for hundreds of thousands of … 0

Half-century later, ‘Kennedy Compromise’ yields Lake Michigan erosion

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

CHICAGO — The flow of sand on the southernmost tip of Lake Michigan is out of balance, creating serious erosion in some places and too much sand in others, experts say. After decades of treating the problem at … 0

Rare donkey born in state

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

STERLING — A rare Poitou donkey has been born in Massachusetts. The male donkey was born Saturday at Davis Farmland, a petting zoo, spray park and animal sanctuary in the central Massachusetts town of Sterling. Co-owner Larry Davis … 0

Midwest flooding worsens

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

ST. LOUIS — More torrential rain worsened flooding in the Midwest, spawning high water that swept away an Iowa teenager, caused a traffic nightmare near one of the nation’s busiest airports and threatened to swamp a Missouri town … 0

Watershed council helps keep Connecticut River healthy

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Once one of the more polluted waterways in the nation, the Connecticut River has come a long way from its tainted past when few people were on it to boat, much less swim or fish. “Just 40 or … 0

Corporate responsibility for reducing pollution locally at issue in California

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

In the San Francisco Bay Area oil port city of Martinez, where a colossal Shell refinery has long tainted the air, the landmark California law that requires polluters to ease their carbon footprint seemed to some to promise new relief. But one big move by Shell to comply … 0

New York State Supreme Court rules that communities have power to ban fracking

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

WASHINGTON — New York state’s highest court ruled Monday that communities have the power to ban fracking, a decision that comes as local governments across the nation are increasingly trying to use zoning laws to stop the contentious spread of drilling. “I hope our victory serves as an … 0