Air quality

Park Ranger Alex Martinez passes maps out and directs visitors at the Highway 140 gate as Yosemite National Park reopens in California, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. The nearly three-week closure was the result of a wildfire. (AP Photo/Gary Kazanjian)
August 14, 2018 - 6:55 pm
Hikers and nature lovers returned to Yosemite National Park's scenic valley Tuesday after a rare 20-day closure because of smoke from wildfires. Some said they didn't mind the hazy air that obscured scenic vistas; others came prepared with eye drops and face masks. Park officials also advised...
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The city of Berkeley, Calif., sits in a dull, smoky haze Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018. The air quality has hit unhealthy levels in cities miles away as California's largest wildfire ever burns to the north. (AP Photo/Lorin Eleni Gill)
August 09, 2018 - 8:56 am
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — No major wildfires are burning near Sacramento but for two weeks a dull haze and the faint smell of smoke from distant blazes has blanketed California's capital region, forcing summer campers to stay inside, obscuring normally bright skylines and leaving ash on cars...
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Smoke surrounds the outskirts of the village of Monchique, in southern Portugal's Algarve region, Monday, Aug. 6, 2018. Emergency services in Portugal say they are still fighting a major wildfire on the south coast that threatened to engulf a hillside town overnight. (AP Photo/Javier Fergo)
August 06, 2018 - 6:57 am
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The Latest on hot weather and wildfires in Europe (all times local): 11:55 a.m. Authorities in Norway have warned motorists to watch out for reindeer and sheep taking shelter from the heat in tunnels. The Norwegian Public Roads Administration said that last month there was a...
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August 03, 2018 - 2:01 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Trump administration's proposal to roll back Obama-era mileage standards (all times local): 9:55 p.m. The Trump administration has proposed weakening Obama-era mileage standards designed to make cars more fuel-efficient. The administration also says it wants to...
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In this Aug. 1, 2018, photo, cars on the Grand Central Parkway pass LaGuardia Airport in New York. The Trump administration has proposed rolling back tougher Obama-era gas mileage requirements that are set to take effect after 2020. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
August 02, 2018 - 6:01 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Citing safety, the Trump administration on Thursday proposed rolling back car-mileage standards, backing away from years of government efforts to cut Americans' trips to the gas station and reduce unhealthy, climate-changing tailpipe emissions. If the proposed rule becomes final,...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, March 21, 2018 file photo, the logo of German car manufacturer BMW is pictured at the headquarters in Munich, Germany. German carmaker BMW reports its second quarter earnings on Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, file)
August 02, 2018 - 8:40 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — BMW's profit fell 6 percent in the second quarter as it spent more on developing new technologies for electric, autonomous and digitally connected automobiles, the luxury carmaker said Thursday. Net income came in at 2.08 billion euros ($2.42 billion), down from 2.22...
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FILE - In this Friday, April 13, 2018 file photo, Volkswagen logo is pictured in front of a company building in Wolfsburg, Germany. German carmaker Volkswagen reports second-quarter earnings on Wednesday Aug 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, File)
August 01, 2018 - 6:09 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen said its earnings rose in the second quarter on record sales and fatter profit margins, but warned that "growing protectionism" is a threat to the globally connected car industry. The automaker based in Wolfsburg, Germany, said Wednesday that profit increased 6...
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July 25, 2018 - 5:20 pm
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf's administration is criticizing a forthcoming proposal by the Trump administration that's expected to roll back Obama-era mileage standards designed to combat climate-changing emissions. Wolf's Environmental Protection Secretary Patrick McDonnell said...
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Australian members of the Thai cave rescue team, Craig Challen, left, and Dr. Richard Harris, center, stand with Australia's Governor-General Peter Cosgrove at a function at Government House in Canberra, Australia, Tuesday, July 24, 2018. Harris and his dive buddy Challen were awarded the Star of Courage, the second highest civilian bravery decoration in the Australian honors system after the Cross of Valor, Cosgrave said in a statement. (Sean Davey/AAP Image via AP)
July 24, 2018 - 3:54 am
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A doctor awarded an Australian bravery medal for his pivotal work in the Thai cave rescue said he was most frightened by not knowing how much sedation to give to the weakened children. Nine Australians involved in rescuing 12 boys and their 25 -year-old soccer coach were...
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July 19, 2018 - 6:35 am
BERLIN (AP) — Audi's chief executive is seeking his release from jail during an ongoing investigation of suspected fraud as part of parent company Volkswagen's diesel emissions scandal. Rupert Stadler was arrested June 18 due to fears he might try to evade justice. Authorities had earlier searched...
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