Coral gardeners bring back Jamaica's reefs, piece by piece

OCHO RIOS, Jamaica (AP) — Everton Simpson squints at the Caribbean from his motorboat, scanning the dazzling bands of color for hints of what lies beneath. Emerald green indicates sandy bottoms. Sapphire blue lies above seagrass meadows. And deep indigo marks coral reefs. That's where he's headed.

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  • Written by By CHRISTINA LARSON AP Science Writer

Brazil's environmental workers tell of decline before fires


RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — As fires burn across the Brazilian Amazon, the vast state of Amazonas has been among the hardest hit, with more than 6,600 blazes recorded in August, 2 1/2 times more than the same month a year ago.

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  • Written by By DIANE JEANTET Associated Press

Jihad, history link Taliban to al-Qaida in Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban promised Washington during months of negotiations that the United States would never again be attacked from Afghan soil. Such a pledge would have included al-Qaida, which planned the 9/11 attacks from inside Afghanistan.

  • Written by By KATHY GANNON Associated Press

Trump's Cabinet has had more ex-lobbyists than Obama or Bush


WASHINGTON (AP) — In less than three years, President Donald Trump has named more former lobbyists to Cabinet-level posts than his most recent predecessors did in eight, putting a substantial amount of oversight in the hands of people with ties to the industries they're regulating.

  • Written by By RICHARD LARDNER Associated Press

Impostor pot vapes flood California as health crisis expands

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A short walk from police headquarters in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, a cluster of bustling shops are openly selling packaging and hardware that can be used to produce counterfeit marijuana vapes that have infected California's cannabis market.

  • Written by By MICHAEL R. BLOOD Associated Press