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2 bears burned in California wildfire spotted in the wild
GOLETA, Calif. (AP) -- Officials tracking two bears that were badly burned in the largest wildfire in California history say the animals are settling back into their home in the wild after receiving unusual treatment for their injured paws....

What does a bear do in the Alaska woods? Disperse seeds
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Does a bear leave scat in the woods? The answer is obvious but the effects on an ecosystem may not be....

Spacewalking astronauts finish months of robot arm repair
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- Spacewalking astronauts wrapped up months of repair work Friday on the International Space Station 's big robot arm....





4 small earthquakes recorded in northwestern Oklahoma
WAYNOKA, Okla. (AP) -- The U.S. Geological Survey reports four small earthquakes in northwestern Oklahoma, the strongest with a preliminary magnitude of 3.8....

Satellite launch from California is delayed
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) -- A SpaceX satellite launch from California that could create a spectacular aerial display has been delayed....

Borneo's orangutan population plunged by 100,000 since 1999
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- The most comprehensive study of Borneo's orangutans estimates their numbers have plummeted by more than 100,000 since 1999, as the palm oil and paper industries shrink their jungle habitat and fatal conflicts with people increase....

Idaho can keep data on animals tracked illegally amid appeal
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Idaho officials don't have to destroy information right away that came from tracking collars placed on wolves and elk by a helicopter crew that landed illegally in a wilderness area where engines are prohibited....

Greening Mardi Gras: Recycling effort targets parade trash
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Mardi Gras produces days of merriment, indulgence, a few hangovers - and a lot of garbage. Once the parades have passed and the beads have been thrown, the cleanup begins....

Offshore drilling foes, denied microphone, hold rallies
HAMILTON, N.J. (AP) -- With giant inflatable whales, signs that read "Drilling Is Killing" and chants of "Where's our meeting?" opponents of President Donald Trump's plan to open most of the nation's coastline to oil and natural gas drilling have staged boisterous rallies before public meetings held by the federal government on the topic....

Jeep in hot water over ad with SUV romping in wild waters
RENO, Nev. (AP) -- The head of one of the nation's largest fish conservation groups says Fiat Chrysler's Super Bowl ads "glorified" the destruction of aquatic habitat in an apparent attempt to appeal to off-road thrill-seekers....