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Trump administration removes federal protections from streams, wetlands

TriciaDaniel/iStock(WASHINGTON) — The Trump administration moves to remove Obama-era clean water protections intended to protect rivers, streams, wetlands and other bodies of water from pollution and runoff from industrial facilities and agriculture on Thursday, finalizing one of President Donald Trump’s signature campaign promises to farmers.The Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers altered…read more »

Man arrested with $3.7 million worth of drugs found in his car

Mohave County Sheriff’s Office(LITTLEFIELD, Ariz.) — A Utah man was arrested in Arizona when he got caught with nearly $3.7 million worth of drugs in his car, authorities said.Logan Lewis Pederson, 30, of Sandy had four different substances on him that tested positive for methamphetamine, cocaine, MDMA and THC, according to the Mohave County Sheriff’s…read more »

Monarch butterflies in California at critically low level for 2nd year in a row

ErikAgar/iStock(PORTLAND, Ore.) — The number of monarch butterflies wintering in California remains at a critically low level, according to a new study.The total number of monarchs observed this year during The Xerces Society Thanksgiving count was 29,418, according a press release issued Thursday by the nonprofit, which focuses on conserving invertebrates.While that number is slightly…read more »

Harvey Weinstein trial opens with prosecution details, defense’s claim of loving emails

Kuzma/iStock(NEW YORK) — Opening arguments were presented Wednesday at the New York trial of Harvey Weinstein, the disgraced former Hollywood mega-producer charged with rape and sexual assault. In a 90-minute opening argument that was graphic and emotional, Manhattan prosecutor Meghan Hast recounted the stories of the six women who will testify. Weinstein is charged with…read more »