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California crews hold wildfire in check, let more residents go home

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 22:23:53 -0400

(Reuters) - California authorities battling a massive wildfire near Yosemite National Park lifted evacuation orders on Sunday for more residents but said firefighters may need almost two more weeks to fully contain the blaze.(image)

Snooty, world's oldest known manatee, dies in aquarium accident

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 20:27:28 -0400

(Reuters) - Snooty, the world’s oldest known manatee in captivity, has died in an accident at a Florida aquarium just days after his 69th birthday, officials said on Sunday.(image)

Hong Kong lowers alert as Typhoon Roke weakens

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 06:59:45 -0400

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong lowered a typhoon alert on Sunday evening as Typhoon Roke weakened, with the local airport and transport authorities rushing to restore normal operations in the Asian financial hub.(image)

Thousands ordered to evacuate as heavy rains hit northeast Japan

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 05:22:28 -0400

TOKYO (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of people in northeast Japan were told to evacuate their homes on Sunday as heavy rain caused major flooding and cut some rail links, authorities said.(image)

EU's car regulator warns against car diesel ban in cities

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 15:46:49 -0400

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Banning diesel cars in European cities could hamper automakers' ability to invest in zero-emission vehicles, the European Union's commissioner for industry has warned the bloc's transport ministers.(image)

New Zealand braces for more rain after severe storms lash south island

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 22:24:26 -0400

(Reuters) - Residents in the two largest cities on New Zealand's south island began returning to their homes on Sunday, despite state of emergencies still in place, after a severe storm caused flooding and forced hundreds of homes to be evacuated.(image)

Rome risks water rationing as drought-hit lake set to go offline

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 10:06:26 -0400

ROME (Reuters) - Authorities have ordered a halt to pumping water out of a lake near Rome following a prolonged drought, a decision that could force city officials to impose water rationing in the Italian capital.(image)

Trump administration seeks to sidestep border wall environmental study: sources

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 18:29:15 -0400

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol plans to use a 2005 anti-terror law to sidestep an environmental impact study for a section of President Donald Trump's border wall that will pass through a Texas national refuge for endangered ocelots, according to two government sources familiar with the matter.(image)

U.S. national monument in Colorado to remain intact

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 18:57:33 -0400

DENVER (Reuters) - U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said on Friday that Colorado's Canyons of the Ancients archeological site is no longer on a list of more than two dozen national monuments under review by the Trump administration for possible reduction or elimination.(image)

Xanda, son of Cecil the Lion, killed by hunter in Zimbabwe

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 17:51:56 -0400

LONDON (Reuters) - The son of Cecil the Lion, whose death at the hands of an American tourist in Zimbabwe caused international uproar, has also been shot dead by a hunter in Zimbabwe, scientists said.(image)