BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - President Joe Biden has nominated a longtime environmental advocate and Democratic aide to oversee the vast expanses of federally owned land in Western states - the latest political appointment raising concerns among Republicans as Biden moves to curtail energy production from public reserves.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - The mayors of a dozen major U.S. cities, including Los Angeles, New York and San Diego, are asking President Joe Biden to consult them as the administration studies how to identify and resettle people displaced directly or indirectly by drought, rising seas and other effects of climate change.
HONOLULU (AP) - A crew returned from the northernmost islands in the Hawaiian archipelago this week with a boatload of marine plastic and abandoned fishing nets that threaten to entangle endangered Hawaiian monk seals and other animals on the uninhabited beaches stretching more than 1,300 miles north of Honolulu.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A California man imprisoned for 15 years in the death of his month-old son is free after prosecutors and a judge agreed that the scientific research underlying what was once called "shaken baby syndrome" has changed significantly in recent years.