• In this photo taken on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, Adirondack High Peaks, including snow-capped Mount Marcy, the state’s highest summit, rear center, are reflected in Boreas Pond in North Hudson, N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has committed to purchasing the 22,000-acre Boreas Pond tract from The Nature Conservancy by the end of March, completing the acquisition of 69,000 acres of former Finch, Pruyn timber company lands to expand the state’s constitutionally protected Forest Preserve. (AP Photo/Mary Esch)

    Hike vs ride: Debate heats up over next Adirondack land buy

    NORTH HUDSON, N.Y. (AP) — As New York state prepares to purchase a trio of connected gem-like ponds reflecting the highest peaks of the Adirondack Mountains, environmental groups are pressing for the waters and surrounding boreal forest to be added to the adjacent High Peaks Wilderness to create a motor-free preserve larger than Rocky Mountain National Park.

  • Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon, center, leaves the Elysee Palace, after a meeting in Paris, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. More than 140 world leaders are gathering around Paris for high-stakes climate talks that start Monday, and activists are holding marches and protests around the world to urge them to reach a strong agreement to slow global warming. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

    The Latest: Huge clean energy initiative to be announced

    PARIS (AP) — The latest from the much-anticipated U.N. climate conference that gets underway in Paris on Monday. All times local:

    Updated: 7:56 am

  • In a photo taken Friday, Oct. 30, 2015, a plane departing from Newark Liberty International Airport lifts behind a stack of containers at the Port Newark Container Terminal in Newark, N.J. The nation's second-busiest port is undergoing a remodeling process to expand and provide an effective way of moving 40-ton containers arriving via ships. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

    NYC-area ports stare down sizeable challenge of modernizing

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — From ultra-thin laptops to drones to smartphones, the shelves of big-box retailers overflow with gadgets to help us communicate and conduct business at greater and greater speeds.

  • This Nov. 3, 2008, file photo, shows one of Pacific Gas and Electric's Diablo Canyon Power Plant's nuclear reactors in Avila Beach on California's central coast. Without new operating licenses, the plant can't run past 2025. Renewing a nuclear power license is a lengthy proposition, and so even with years to go it's fast becoming a late hour. (AP Photo/Michael A. Mariant, File)

    Nuclear crossroad: California reactors face uncertain future

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Six years ago, the company that owns California’s last operating nuclear power plant announced it would seek an extended lifespan for its aging reactors. Pacific Gas and Electric Co. envisioned Diablo Canyon as a linchpin in the state’s green energy future, with its low-carbon electricity illuminating homes to nearly midcentury.

  • Trees are cut along a construction site of a new highway in Moscow region in this Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015 photo. As the climate warms, moisture levels are changing with wet areas becoming wetter and dry areas drier. Russia is the fastest warming part of the world, according to a report from the country’s weather monitoring agency. The steady rise in temperatures puts Siberia- known for its long winters and lush forests- at risk to natural disasters, such forest fires. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

    Energy-rich Russia pays little attention to climate change

    MOSCOW (AP) — When forest fires roared through Siberia this summer, so vast that the smoke blocked vast Lake Baikal from satellite view, Russian officials blamed the blazes on arsonists and disorganized fire crews. Environmentalists say there was another culprit: global warming.

  • This is a still for the Spanish Lottery TV advertising campaign made available Friday Nov. 27, 2015. The animated Spanish ad for the Christmas lottery features Justino, a security guard at a mannequin factory. He works alone on the late night shift, but amuses his colleagues by leaving the mannequins in funny poses. The three-and-a-half minute film ends with the tagline “There’s no bigger prize than sharing.’’(Leo BurnettSpanish Lottery via AP)

    In the land of Scrooge, a soft spot for Christmas ads

    LONDON (AP) — Forget Black Friday. People in Britain know the Christmas season has arrived when the big budget holiday ads start to appear.

  • File-This July 20, 2015, file photo shows Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig looking on from the dugout during a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in Atlanta.  Puig suffered a swollen eye and facial bruises during a fight with a bouncer. Miami police spokesman Major Delrish Moss says the injuries happened Wednesday night as the Cuban player was leaving the Blue Martini bar at bouncers' request following an argument with his sister. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

    Police: Puig gets swollen eye during encounter with bouncer

    MIAMI (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig sustained a swollen eye and facial bruises during a fight with a bouncer.

  • In this Aug, 12, 2005 file photo, a sign, required by law, warns of a pesticide application of methyl bromide on a field near Watsonville, Calif. Nine months after a vacationing family was nearly killed by exposure to methyl bromide on the island of St. John, authorities have come to at least one troubling conclusion: The use of the banned pesticide was not an isolated event in U.S. Caribbean territories. (AP Photo/Rita Beamish, File)

    Use of banned pesticide not isolated event in US territories

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Nine months after a vacationing family nearly died from exposure to methyl bromide on the island of St. John, authorities have come to at least one troubling conclusion: The use of the banned pesticide was not an isolated event in U.S. Caribbean territories.

  • Shoppers rush through the entrance to the Academy Sports+Outdoors at 5:00 a.m. in the Chimney Rock Shopping Center on Friday, Nov. 27, 2015, in Odessa, Texas. Early numbers aren’t out yet on how many shoppers headed to stores on Thanksgiving, but it’s expected that more than three times the number of people will venture out to shop on the day after the holiday known as Black Friday. (Jacob Ford/Odessa American via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

    Super Bowl of shopping is more like a scrimmage

    NEW YORK (AP) — The annual ritual of Black Friday, as we know it, is over.

  • New Mexico to share in federal energy revenues

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Oil and gas development and mineral production on federal and tribal lands in New Mexico have netted nearly a half-billion dollars in revenues for the state.