wildlife

Breaching dams to save Northwest orcas is contentious issue

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Calls to breach four hydroelectric dams in Washington state have grown louder in recent months as the plight of critically endangered Northwest orcas has captured global attention. Some argue the best way to get more salmon to the starving whales is to tear down four dams on...
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Grizzly attacks hunter in mountains north of Yellowstone

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A grizzly bear attacked an elk hunter who surprised the sow and her cub north of Yellowstone National Park, with the bear sinking her teeth into his arm and clawing his eye before another hunter drove her off, the victim recounted Monday. The mauling of Bob Legasa, 57, in the...
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As sea ice melts, some say walruses need better protection

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Given a choice between giving birth on land or sea ice, Pacific walrus mothers most often choose ice. Likewise, they prefer sea ice for molting, mating, nursing and resting between dives for food. Trouble is, as the century progresses, there's going to be far less ice...
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Correction: Melania Trump story

CAIRO (AP) — In a story Oct. 6 about Melania Trump, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Joshua Meservey works for the Heritage Institute. Meservey works for the Heritage Foundation. A corrected version of the story is below: Melania Trump puts on happier face during Africa tour It took...
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Birder Shocked Spotting Rare Mandarin Duck In Central Park

This duck made a very surprising visit to Central Park in New York City. That’s because Mandarin ducks are mostly found in East Asia, although there are small groups in California and North Carolina. So when a birding photographer spotted its striking, crimson, hunter and copper colors, he was...
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California judge mulls new trial in $289M Roundup award

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A San Francisco judge said Wednesday she is considering tossing out the lion's share of the $289 million judgment against agribusiness giant Monsanto and ordering a new trial over whether the company's weed-killer caused a groundskeeper's cancer. San Francisco Superior Court...
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Bears Rescued From Zoo Kennels Move To Wildlife Sanctuaries

PETA rescued "Ben the Bear" from a North Carolina roadside zoo, where they say he was kept in a small, chain-linked fence kennel with a concrete floor, and brought him to a wildlife sanctuary in Northern California.
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Little-known UK site Bellingcat hunts online for scoops

LONDON (AP) — A little-known website that fingered two Russians with military intelligence backgrounds in the poisoning of an ex-spy derived its name from an old fable about mice discussing how best to deal with a hungry cat. The mice decide that hanging a bell around its neck — "belling the cat...
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US bans new mining claims on public land near Yellowstone

EMIGRANT, Mont. (AP) — U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke approved a 20-year ban on new mining claims in the towering mountains north of Yellowstone National Park on Monday, after two proposed gold mines raised concerns that an area drawing tourists from the around the globe could be spoiled. As...
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13-year-old shark bite victim released from hospital

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A 13-year-old boy who was attacked by a shark as he dived for lobster off the Southern California coast is out of the hospital. KGTV-TV says Keane Webre-Hayes was released Thursday from Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego. He suffered a bite Saturday that tore his back, shoulder...
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