Mercedes to spend billions to settle US diesel emissions cases
Mercedes-Benz and its parent company, Daimler, say they will pay more than $2 billion to settle diesel emissions cases in the United States.The German automaker announced Thursday it has reached a deal with U.S. authorities and a separate agreement to settle U.S. class action litigation over its diesel emission scandal.The tentative settlements are just the latest piece in the ongoing diesel emissions cheating saga involving automakers following the Volkswagen Dieselgate case. Other companies, including Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ford and General Motors, have also faced accusations, with FCA i...
Detroit Free Press
Bald eagle attacks $950 state drone, drops it into Lake Michigan
DETROIT — Near Escanaba, Mich., nature and mankind clashed as a bald eagle waged an attack on an EGLE drone 162 feet above the waters of Lake Michigan.Nature won the battle, and the drone now rests on the bottom of the lake.The skirmish took place last month. The pilot of the ill-fated drone was Hunter King of the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE). On the day of the EGLE drone’s swan song, King was mapping shoreline erosion. He had completed seven minutes of the flight when he began having reception problems. King pressed the button to recall the drone.From his...
Detroit Free Press
Endangered sea turtle shells disguised as blue plastic seized at MIA en route to Asia
MIAMI — The sight of over 1,400 pieces of sea turtle shells, most about the size of dinner plates, on the floor of a warehouse near Miami International Airport was a sobering reminder that South Florida is a major hub for the illegal wildlife trade.U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized the shipment of endangered Hawksbill and Green sea turtle shells at an air cargo warehouse in late November last year — one of the largest seizures of turtle shells ever in the U.S.Five large boxes full of scutes — the sections of a sea turtle shell — had arrived at Miami International Airport that day on a ...
Tiny homes made in Amish country could soon house Philly's homeless
PHILADELPHIA — Out in Lancaster County, amid the low hills and high corn, horse-drawn Amish buggies slow tourist traffic on winding country roads.Old-time preachers reign on the radio, warning of dark consequences for sinners run amok in 21st-century America.And in the town of Leola, not 50 feet from a clutch of cows lounging under a hot summer sun, a small workshop hums and bustles with the creation of a product that could, someday soon, help the homeless in Philadelphia.“Tiny homes,” said Matt Meshey, a co-owner of Liberation Tiny Homes. “We see them as the solution to a lot of issues, homel...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Bear 'attack' or 'encounter'? Latest incident fires up debate over hunting New Jersey's most controversial animal
HARDYSTON TWP., N.J. — The black bear that swatted an elderly man in the face last month is long gone, caught and euthanized by state wildlife officials, but the philosophical post-mortem over the future of New Jersey’s largest predator continues.For one, there’s a debate over how to even describe what happened in the 82-year-old man’s garage in West Milford, Passaic County, on July 24. He was left with 30 stitches in his face, evidence enough to call it an “attack,” say pro-hunting groups. Or was it instead an avoidable “encounter,” one that the man could have prevented by not storing food in...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Matthew Stafford: False-positive COVID-19 result was 'a little bit of a scary thing'
DETROIT — All things considered, Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford seems to be taking his COVID-19 testing fiasco in stride. This despite the family-related concerns the positive test led to for Stafford and the residual consternation it caused for his wife, Kelly.A little more than a week ago, the Lions had to place Stafford on the COVID-19 reserve list when his third test after reporting for training camp came back positive. Four days later, Stafford was activated off the list and the Lions sent out a press release emphatically stating the quarterback had a false-positive and was ne...
The Detroit News
A century ago, it was a Florida landscape shrub. Now, it's a pest plant that keeps spreading
MIAMI — Decorative landscaping in the early 1900s introduced a new shrub to Florida whose young leaves were pink and whose berries were a deep purple. The plant, called shoebutton ardisia, started invading forests and wetlands within decades. It continues spreading throughout southern Florida, capable of taking over ecosystems that otherwise support native animals and beckon tourists.One recently sprouted in Big Cypress National Preserve, a sprawling expanse in Southwest Florida, and the staff hopes to stomp out the fast-spreading invasive before it gains more ground. They’re alerting visitors...
Fast food from these chains is 'packaged in pollution,' report says. Does it matter?
Next time you order a Big Mac, Whopper or Sweetgreen salad, consider this: The wrappers and containers your food comes in have been found to contain toxic chemicals that can contaminate your drinking water, harm wildlife and make you sick.PFAS are chemicals used in apparel, carpeting, furniture and food packaging designed to keep materials grease- and water-resistant; they’re known as “forever chemicals” as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances cannot break down in the environment.A report released last week on the fast food industry revealed that nearly half of all sampled packaging contained d...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Court rules for transgender student in Georgia bathroom access case
ATLANTA — Transgender high school students must be granted access to bathrooms that correspond with their gender identity, the federal appeals court in Atlanta ruled.The closely watched case granted a legal victory to Drew Adams, a transgender student who sought access to the boys’ bathroom at Nease High School in Ponte Vedra, Fla. The opinion, issued Friday, said the school board’s policy barring Adams from the boys’ bathroom violated his civil rights by discriminating against him because of his sex.Local school systems, some of which have been embroiled in controversy because of their transg...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Tropical wave in Atlantic not likely to develop, hurricane center says
ORLANDO, Fla. — A system that formed off the coast of Africa in the Atlantic had a low potential to form into the next tropical depression or tropical storm, but those chances are now gone.“Environmental conditions have become less conducive, and development of this system is no longer anticipated,” the National Hurricane Center said in its 2 p.m. Saturday advisory.Forecasters dropped the tropical wave’s chances of formation to 0% in the next two to five days. Its previous chances were up to 10%.The wave producing a few showers and thunderstorms was last located several hundred miles west-sout...