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NJ offshore wind to connect at 2 former power plants onshore

Apr. 13, 2021 15:38 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY. N.J. (AP) — A large offshore wind energy project planned off the coast of New Jersey will connect onshore to two former power plants, and cables will run under two of the state's most popular beaches, officials said Tuesday. At a virtual public hearing on...

$1,200 prize offered in Wyoming for turning in moss balls

Apr. 13, 2021 13:48 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — People in Wyoming who turn in aquarium moss balls for disposal so they don't spread an invasive species will be eligible to win $1,200. Wyoming officials have been alarmed by the recent discovery of zebra mussels in moss balls sold in pet stores. ...

Biologists use huge nets in Mississippi River to remove carp

Apr. 13, 2021 10:30 AM EDT

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — The Department of Natural Resources in both Wisconsin and Minnesota are working with federal officials to try a new method to capture and remove invasive carp from the Mississippi River. Biologists are using huge nets to section off parts of the...

Woman gets probation for unlawful sale of pangolin scales

Apr. 13, 2021 09:46 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A woman who illegally imported pangolin scales and sold them to an undercover officer from her Southeast Portland store was sentenced Monday to three years of federal probation. Agnes Yu, 53, who has owned Wing Ming Herbs with her husband for about...

Officials seek new tools to combat invasive giant hornets

Apr. 13, 2021 08:40 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington State Department of Agriculture is moving forward with new rules that would give them more tools to combat the spread of invasive Asian giant hornets. The pests, first detected in the U.S. in Washington state in late 2019, pose a threat to...

Officials: Florida panther struck and killed by vehicle

Apr. 13, 2021 04:52 AM EDT

IMMOKALEE, Fla. (AP) — An endangered Florida panther has died after being struck by a vehicle. It’s the eighth panther death attributed to fatal collisions, out of 13 total deaths this year, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. ...

WHO urges pause in market sale of captured live wild animals

Apr. 13, 2021 04:48 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The United Nations' health agency on Tuesday urged countries to suspend the sale of live animals captured from the wild in food markets as an emergency measure, saying wild animals are a leading source of emerging infectious diseases like the coronavirus. ...

Rare whales spotted off Boston; caution urged

Apr. 13, 2021 01:46 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A group of rare whales has been spotted east of Boston, prompting the federal government to urge caution among boaters. The whales are North Atlantic right whales, which number only about 360 in the world. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric...

Man arrested in California after 16 dogs found in his SUV

Apr. 13, 2021 00:24 AM EDT

BRIDAL VEIL FALLS, Calif. (AP) — A man was arrested in Northern California after 16 dogs were found inside his SUV, some of them dead, authorities said. A report about a suspicious vehicle on Friday sent El Dorado County sheriff's deputies to Bridal Veil Falls, a rural...

San Diego Zoo employee bitten by venomous snake

Apr. 12, 2021 21:38 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A San Diego Zoo employee was hospitalized Monday after being bitten by a venomous snake, officials said. The incident occurred as the wildlife care specialist was caring for the African bush viper in a non-public area, the zoo said. ...