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Trump to shrink Utah monuments, riling tribes and environmentalists

Trump to shrink Utah national monumentsU.S. President Donald Trump will visit Utah on Monday to announce big cuts to the state’s sprawling wilderness national monuments, a move that is likely to trigger legal challenges from tribes and environmental groups.

Trump’s visit to the state follows a months-long review by the Interior Department that he ordered in April to identify which of 27 monuments designated by past presidents should be rescinded or resized to make way for development.

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U.S., other nations agree to ban fishing in Arctic Ocean

US and other nations agree to ban fishing in Arctic ocean The United States and nine other nations agreed to a 16-year ban on commercial fishing in the Arctic Ocean to give researchers time to study the area's ecology and the effects of climate change.

The agreement, which was reached after a meeting between the various countries' delegations late last month, establishes and operates a joint scientific research and monitoring program to understand the ecosystem of and determine whether fish stocks exist and could be sustainably harvested, according to a statement from the Chairman of the meeting between the 10 nations.

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Earthquake centered in Delaware shakes Philadelphia region

Earthquake hits DelawareA rare earthquake jolted the Philadelphia region on Thursday, but there have been no reports of damage or injuries.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the 4.1 magnitude quake struck just after 4:45 p.m., and was centered about 6 miles (10 kilometers) east-northeast of Dover, Delaware.

The dramatic shaking motion was captured by a surveillance camera owned by WavLab Studios.

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Keystone's existing pipeline spills far more than predicted to regulators

Keystone's existing pipeline spills far more than predicted to regulators- TransCanada Corp’s (TRP.TO) existing Keystone pipeline has leaked substantially more oil, and more often, in the United States than indicated in risk assessments the company provided to regulators before the project began operating in 2010, according to documents reviewed by Reuters.

The Canadian company is now seeking to expand the pipeline system linking Alberta’s oil fields to U.S. refineries with its proposed Keystone XL project, which has U.S. President Donald Trump’s backing.

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Donald Trump's White House ethics lawyer resigns

Keystone spills
An ethics lawyer in President Donald Trump’s White House has resigned after spending nearly a year working on financial disclosure issues.

James Schultz said he had discussed the matter of his departure with Don McGahn, lead White House counsel, “very early on”.

“I was interested in continuing with private practice and saw this as a tremendous opportunity to go serve and get things up and running and the plan was to move on about this time”, Mr Schultz said.

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Alaska Natives: Our fight to survive

Alaska natives: Our fight to survive

Alaska is usually in the news for one of two reasons: its oil industry or climate change, or sometimes both.

While the effects of climate change - permafrost melting and villages along the coastline eroding away - are real, for Alaska, whose economy has thrived on oil for the past 50 years, simply stopping the drilling for oil is out of the question.

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Ash Fills The Sky As Bali's Mount Agung Erupts

Ash fills the sky as Bali's Mt. Agung erupts

Clouds of ash filled the air around Bali's Mount Agung after the volcano erupted on Saturday and multiple times on Sunday.

Indonesia's National Disaster Management Authority said dark gray clouds reached heights of more than 13,000 feet in the air around the volcano, located in the east of the Indonesian island.

"Bali is safe just keep away from disaster prone areas," the agency wrote on Twitter.

The government agency warned people within about 4 miles of the volcano to leave. It said ash as thick as half a centimeter was reported in several nearby villages, The Associated Press says, while soldiers and police handed out masks.

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