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After wolves rebound across US West, future up to voters

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — The saucer-sized footprints in the mud around the bloody, disemboweled bison carcass were unmistakable: wolves. ...

Trump officials tout progress on border wall before election

HOUSTON (AP) — Top Trump administration officials visited Texas five days before Election Day to announce they have nearly completed 400 miles of U.S.-Mexico...

Trump officials end gray wolf protections across most of US

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — Trump administration officials on Thursday stripped Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in most of the U.S., ending longstanding...

Young gray wolf from California spotted in Oregon

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A young member of California’s only known gray wolf pack has left the state and ventured into Oregon, wildlife officials...

Rams LB Leonard Floyd primed for reunion with Bears

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — The Chicago Bears drafted Leonard Floyd with the ninth overall pick four years ago, envisioning him as a pass-rushing superstar...

Trump environmental rollback spurs mining near Okefenokee

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A mining company said Tuesday that it plans to dig for minerals without a federal permit at the edge of...

Alaska Senate candidate hopes to ride Democratic wave

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Al Gross commands a fishing boat as a narrator describes him prospecting for gold and killing a grizzly bear in...

Florida agency: Flying squirrels illegally shipped to Asia

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Flying squirrels were being trapped in Florida, driven to Chicago and shipped to South Korea, Florida wildlife officials said Monday...

‘Big pile’ of eels dumped in NYC park; impact not yet known

NEW YORK (AP) — Andrew Orkin was taking a break from his evening jog to sit by Prospect Park Lake when he turned around...

AP Exchange: Nevada home to world’s 3rd largest Joshua tree

RENO, Nev. (AP) — In a land of twisted limbs and giant Dr. Seuss-like branches reaching toward the sky, it stood out among the...

Montana judge blocks actions by Trump’s former land boss

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A month after ousting the Trump administration’s public lands boss for being in the post unlawfully, a Montana judge on...

German utility restores water supply to Tesla after stoppage

BERLIN (AP) — A German utility said Friday it is restoring water supply to the construction site of a Tesla factory near Berlin, a...

Mitt Romney calls for US commission to deal with wildfires

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah announced legislation Thursday to establish a national commission focused on diminishing future wildfire...

Trump makes water demand of farms priority for new office

President Donald Trump on Tuesday created what he called a “subcabinet” for federal water issues, with a mandate that includes water-use changes sought by...

Team investigating deadly Calif. fire seizes PG&E equipment

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Fire investigators looking into what caused a wildfire that killed four people in far Northern California have taken possession...

Warming trend means California’s lethal fire season not over

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Cool weather and light drizzle in some places provided relief for firefighters working to increase containment of numerous wildfires across...

Protests against new labor law turn violent across Indonesia

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Protests in many Indonesian cities turned violent Thursday as thousands of enraged students and workers criticized a new law they...

US officials: Climate change not a threat to rare wolverine

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. wildlife officials are withdrawing proposed protections for the snow-loving wolverine after determining the rare and elusive predator is not...

California governor calls for protecting 30% of state land

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order Wednesday to protect nearly a third of California’s land and coastal waters in...

Elusive eastern black rail threatened by rising sea levels

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declared the Eastern black rail a threatened species on Wednesday, but stopped short of the stronger protections some...

Feisty Tasmanian devils roaming Australian mainland again

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Tasmanian devils, the carnivorous marsupials whose feisty, frenzied eating habits won the animals cartoon fame, have returned to mainland Australia...

Japan seeks to boost catch limits of prized bluefin tuna

MITO, Japan (AP) — Japan has proposed raising its catch quotas for Pacific bluefin tuna, a fish so highly prized for sushi and sashimi...

Activists, scientists, authors among ‘genius grant’ fellows

CHICAGO (AP) — An activist speaking out about inadequate waste and water sanitation in rural America, an author of young adult and children's literature...

St. Louis couple indicted for waving guns at protesters

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A grand jury on Tuesday indicted the St. Louis couple who displayed guns while hundreds of racial injustice protesters marched...

Trump administration faulted over breaks for oil companies

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A U.S. government watchdog agency faulted the Trump administration Tuesday for its handling of a COVID-19 relief effort that awarded...

Judge throws out EPA decision on California salt ponds

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge on Monday blocked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from allowing the dredging and filling of salt ponds...

Governor asks court to block actions by Trump’s land boss

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The governor of Montana on Monday asked a judge to block three sweeping land use plans that would open most...

Suit seeks to force listing of bistate grouse on NV-CA line

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Citing the government’s repeated reversals and refusals to protect a cousin of the greater sage grouse the last two decades,...

Winds intensifying as firefighters battle fire in California

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Winds grew stronger Thursday in California's wine country, threatening to escalate a massive wildfire that has burned for days and...

$215M in BP oil spill money to restore Louisiana marshes

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana will get nearly $215 million in BP oil spill money for two projects planned to restore more than...

Zimbabwe elephants died from bacterial disease, say experts

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Parks authorities in Zimbabwe said Monday that the recent deaths of elephants have been caused by a bacterial disease that...

New rule may strip pollution protections from popular lakes

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Nearly 50 years ago, a power company received permission from North Carolina to build a reservoir by damming a creek...

Deadly microbe water warning lifted for all but 1 Texas city

LAKE JACKSON, Texas (AP) — Texas officials on Saturday lifted a warning for all but one Houston-area community to stop using tap water because...

Judge removes Trump public lands boss for serving unlawfully

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge ruled Friday that President Donald Trump's leading steward of public lands has been serving unlawfully, blocking him...

Judge: Eric Trump must give NY deposition before election

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump’s son Eric has until Oct. 7 to speak to New York investigators probing his family’s business practices,...

California accepts petition to protect western Joshua tree

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The western Joshua tree will be considered for protection under the California Endangered Species Act because of threats from climate...

Australian rescuers save 25 of 270 stranded whales so far

HOBART, Australia (AP) — Around one third of an estimated 270 pilot whales that became stranded on Australia’s island state of Tasmania have died,...

330 elephants in Botswana may have died from toxic algae

GABORONE, Botswana (AP) — The sudden deaths of some 330 elephants in northwestern Botswana earlier this year may have occurred because they drank water...

Austrian minister to Trump: No, we do not live in forests

BERLIN (AP) — The Austrian government has spoken up to correct U.S. President Donald Trump's claim that people in its country live in "forest...

Lawyers: Trump son won’t testify in NY probe before election

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump’s son Eric is willing to comply with a subpoena to testify in a New York investigation into...

Lightning storm, easterly wind: How the wildfires got so bad

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — It began as a stunning light show on a mid-August weekend — lightning bolts crackling in the skies over Northern...

US agency denies petition to strip protections from songbird

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has denied a petition that sought to end federal protections for the western yellow-billed...

Eric Reid still hasn’t received an offer or workout invite

Despite setting two defensive franchise records for the Carolina Panthers last season, Eric Reid remains unsigned, like his close friend: Colin Kaepernick. ...

Water shortages in US West likelier than previously thought

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — There's a chance water levels in the two largest man-made reservoirs in the United States could dip to critically...

Trump spurns science on climate: ‘Don’t think science knows’

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — With the smell of California wildfires in the air, President Donald Trump on Monday ignored the scientific consensus that climate...

Easing fires not as simple as climate change vs. forest work

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Deadly West Coast wildfires are dividing President Donald Trump and the states' Democratic leaders over how to prevent blazes from...

The Latest: Biden vows to ‘restore dignity for everyone’

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. presidential campaign (all times local): ...

Winds a worry as death toll reaches 35 from West Coast fires

BEAVERCREEK, Ore. (AP) — Nearly all the dozens of people reported missing after a devastating blaze in southern Oregon have been accounted for, authorities...

Media access to wildfires, disasters varies widely by state

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Journalists have captured searing, intimate images of active and dangerous wildfires burning in California, due in large part to a...

Australian leader threatens to fire ministers over koalas

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian state leader on Friday shut down a revolt in her coalition government over a policy to protect koala...

Climate change largely missing from campaign as fires rage

WASHINGTON (AP) — Historic fires are raging across the western United States ahead of what scientists say is the typical peak of wildfire season....

Climate change largely missing from campaign as fires rage

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Historic fires are raging across the western United States ahead of what scientists say is the typical peak of wildfire...

Latest: 500,000 people in Oregon forced to flee wildfires

The Latest on wildfires in the U.S. West (all times local): ...

California wildfires growing bigger, moving faster than ever

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — When it comes to California wildfires, it now takes days, not decades, to produce what had been seen as a...

Tennessee officials searching for tiger spotted by deputy

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities were searching Thursday morning for a tiger in East Tennessee. ...

Australia officials probe if dead shark in net killed surfer

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Authorities will investigate whether a dead tiger shark caught in a net off an Australian beach killed a surfer, an...

Zimbabwe group tries to stop Chinese coal mine in game park

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — An environmental group in Zimbabwe has applied to the country’s High Court to stop a Chinese firm from mining coal...

As California burns, the winds arrive and the lights go out

SHAVER LAKE, Calif. (AP) — New wildfires ravaged bone-dry California during a scorching Labor Day weekend that saw a dramatic airlift of more than...

Colleges combating coronavirus turn to stinky savior: sewage

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Days after he crossed the country to start college, Ryan Schmutz received a text message from Utah State University:...

US Forest Service police dog survives second stabbing attack

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A highly decorated U.S. Forest Service police dog suffered nine stab wounds during a marijuana raid in Northern California. But...

Governors want more say in habitat rule for at-risk wildlife

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Governors from 22 Western states and Pacific territories want a bigger say in how the Trump administration defines habitat for...

US wildlife agency seeks to carve out areas from protections

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Trump administration proposal released Friday would allow the government to deny habitat protections for endangered animals and plants in...

Laura’s coastal cost assessed with drones, satellite images

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Hurricane Laura was hardly done ripping across Louisiana before scientists started combing through satellite imagery and drone footage and...

Commerce secretary sued in plan to move whales for research

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — An animals rights group is suing in federal court to stop a Connecticut aquarium from acquiring five more beluga whales...

Indictment accuses 12 of illegally trading shark fins, drugs

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Federal authorities said Thursday that they have charged 12 people and seized nearly $8 million in cash, jewels and precious...

Jackie O’s island getaway sold to land preservation groups

AQUINNAH, Mass. (AP) —...

Judge says owner of San Francisco Bay Area island broke law

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) —...

Zimbabwe investigating deaths of 22 elephants, more expected

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) —...

770-pound crocodile caught at Outback tourist destination

DARWIN, Australia (AP) —...

Probe into waste spilled into Paris river from cement plant

PARIS (AP) — Paris...

Bacterial infection may have killed 11 elephants in Zimbabwe

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) —...

Tug responding to Mauritius oil spill sinks; 3 sailors dead

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The...

Trump administration finalizes coal plant pollution rollback

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) —...

US wildlife officials aim to remove wolf protections in 2020

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP)...

The Latest: South Korea sees 248 new cases as virus spikes

SEOUL, South Korea —...

Zimbabwe investigates mysterious deaths of 11 elephants

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) —...

‘A time to pick up:’ Hurricane-hurt Louisiana begins cleanup

CAMERON PARISH, La. (AP)...

Laura victims may go weeks without power; US deaths reach 14

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP)...

Evacuations lifted near California fires, some go home

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) —...

Los Angeles utility says gas plant leaks methane

LOS ANGELES (AP) —...

Testing traps to control lovely but destructive lionfish

NEW ORLEANS (AP) —...

Environmental groups sue to block Alaska’s Arctic drilling

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) —...

2 lawsuits challenge Trump’s drilling plan in Alaska refuge

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) —...

Montana governor presses to remove Trump’s public lands boss

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) —...

Florida Keys to release modified mosquitoes to fight illness

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP)...

Spain: Migrant dies after group tries to cross Melilla fence

MADRID (AP) — Spanish...

California takes step to protect leatherback sea turtles

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) —...

Public lands chief hangs on despite nomination getting nixed

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) —...

Public lands chief hangs on despite nomination getting nixed

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) —...

US approves oil, gas leasing plan for Alaska wildlife refuge

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) —...

Trump to withdraw Pendley’s nomination as public lands chief

SEATTLE (AP) — President...

US allows killing sea lions eating at-risk Northwest salmon

SEATTLE (AP) — U.S....

US West faces reckoning over water but avoids cuts for now

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP)...

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