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In this Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015 photo, an eagle sits on a branch near the shoreline of the Rappahannock river at Fones Cliff in Richmond County, Va. A developer is proposing a luxury development of hundreds of homes and other attractions on a cliff overlooking this critical feeding area for migratory waterfowl. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

A proposed luxury resort where eagles soar stirs anger

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

WARSAW, Va. — Twice a year, bald eagles from as far north as Canada and as far south as Florida flock by the thousands to a stretch of the Rappahannock River in Virginia for an all-you-can-eat buffet. They perch in trees atop pale cliffs rising along this river to the Chesapeake Bay and dive bomb the waters for shad, catfish, …

Leaders make pitches on climate

Monday, November 30, 2015

LE BOURGET, France — With dramatic vows to save future generations from an overheated planet, the largest gathering ever of world leaders began two weeks of talks Monday aimed at producing the most far-reaching pact yet to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and avert environmental havoc. “We should ask what will we say to our …

Planned Parenthood attack suspect faces murder charges

Monday, November 30, 2015

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The man accused in the shooting rampage at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic made his first court appearance Monday and learned that he will face first-degree murder charges in the deaths of three people killed in the standoff with police. Speaking in a raspy voice, Robert Lewis Dear appeared …

Engines at issue as Adirondack land buy debated

Sunday, November 29, 2015

NORTH HUDSON, N.Y. — As New York state prepares to purchase a trio of connected gem-like ponds reflecting the highest peaks of the Adirondack Mountains, environmental groups are pressing for the waters and surrounding boreal forest to be …

HIV-positive doctor says his dog saved his life

Sunday, November 29, 2015

CHICAGO — Rob Garofalo was devastated. He’d built his medical and research career on helping young AIDS patients. Then he learned that he, too, was HIV-positive. The news came after he’d already survived kidney cancer and a breakup …

Clinton vows spending for infrastructure, jobs

Sunday, November 29, 2015

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Hillary Rodham Clinton unveiled the first piece of a new jobs agenda on Sunday, promising hundreds of billions of dollars in fresh federal spending in an effort to compete with the liberal economic policies of …

French President Francois Hollande, environmental activists meet before critical climate talks begin Monday

Saturday, November 28, 2015

PARIS — French President Francois Hollande met with environmental groups Saturday, pushing for an ambitious global deal to reduce man-made emissions blamed for global warming — with emphasis on helping developing countries adapt to a changing world. The …

Robert Lewis Dear, suspect in Colorado attack, called loner who left few clues

Saturday, November 28, 2015

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A gunman who police say staged a deadly attack on a Planned Parenthood clinic was a recluse who stashed food in the woods, avoided eye contact and warned neighbors about government spying, those who …

Earth Talk

Friday, November 27, 2015

Dear EarthTalk: What’s the latest in cutting-edge, hyper-efficient solar cells? Are we really moving beyond huge photovoltaic panels anytime soon? — Michael Williams, Hartford, Connecticut Many people still consider environmentalists’ favorite black panels as the cutting edge of …

Pope in Uganda calls Africa ‘continent of hope’

Friday, November 27, 2015

KAMPALA, Uganda — Pope Francis arrived in Uganda on Friday on the second leg of his Africa pilgrimage, declaring Africa the “continent of hope” and honoring Uganda’s most famous Christians. Francis arrived from Kenya at Entebbe International Airport, …

3 killed, 9 wounded in attack at Planned Parenthood clinic

Friday, November 27, 2015

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A gunman who opened fire inside a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic was arrested Friday after engaging in gun battles with authorities during an hours-long standoff that killed three people and wounded nine others, …

Friday, November 27, 2015

Here are this week’s bird sightings from Voice of Audubon for Western Massachusetts. Four blue-winged teal and two red-headed woodpeckers were at the Longmeadow flats. Short-eared owls continue to be reported at Arcadia Meadows in Northampton. A cackling …

Russia imposes sanctions on Turkey

Thursday, November 26, 2015

ANKARA, Turkey — A tug-of-war over a Russian warplane downed by a Turkish fighter jet at the border with Syria escalated Thursday, with Moscow drafting a slew of economic sanctions against Turkey and the Turkish president defiantly declaring …