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Mexican navy sets net hooks in bid to help vaquita porpoise

Jul. 05, 2022 18:48 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican navy said Tuesday it has begun a controversial plan to drop concrete blocks onto the bottom of the Gulf of California to snag illegal nets that drown critically endangered vaquita marina porpoises. As few as eight of the tiny, elusive porpoises...

Western states could settle feud over beleaguered Rio Grande

Jul. 05, 2022 18:02 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The fight between Texas and New Mexico over the management of one of the longest rivers in North America could be nearing an end as a date to resume the trial has been put off pending negotiations aimed at settling the years-long case before the U.S. Supreme Court. ...

Great Salt Lake hits new historic low for 2nd time in a year

Jul. 05, 2022 17:58 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Great Salt Lake has hit a new historic low for the second time in less than a year as the ongoing megadrought worsened by climate change continues to shrink the largest natural lake west of the Mississippi. Utah Department of Natural Resources said Monday...

Californians to vote on 7 ballot measures this November

Jul. 05, 2022 17:54 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California voters will weigh in on seven ballot measures this fall, the fewest to appear on a statewide general election ballot since 2014. Thursday was the deadline to qualify measures for the November ballot. Secretary of State Shirley Weber confirmed...

Rabbit rescue president charged with animal cruelty

Jul. 05, 2022 17:47 PM EDT

SAVAGE, Minn. (AP) — Prosecutors have charged the president of a Savage-based rabbit rescue nonprofit with animal cruelty and torture after police discovered nearly 50 dead rabbits in a barn. The Star Tribune reported Tuesday that police arrived at the barn on June 27 to...

Judge throws out Trump-era rollbacks on endangered species

Jul. 05, 2022 17:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday threw out a host of actions by the Trump administration to roll back protections for endangered or threatened species, a year after the Biden administration said it was moving to strengthen such species protections. U.S. District Judge...

Warming world creates hazard for Alpine glaciers

Jul. 05, 2022 17:16 PM EDT

Italy was enduring a prolonged heat wave before a massive piece of Alpine glacier broke off and killed hikers on Sunday and experts say climate change will make those hot, destabilizing conditions more common. Seven hikers died and several others are unaccounted for after large...

Government protects rare mussel after decadelong campaign

Jul. 05, 2022 14:56 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The government said it will protect a rare freshwater mussel and the 36 miles (58 kilometers) of streams where it lives in eastern Alabama after a more than decadelong campaign by environmentalists to protect the animal from the threat of extinction. A...

Fatality: Girl, 17, fell off pontoon boot, hit by propeller

Jul. 05, 2022 14:55 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A 17-year-old girl died after falling from the front of a pontoon boat and being hit by the propeller on the Fourth of July, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said Tuesday. The boat’s operator was arrested on charges of DWI, vehicular...

North Carolina town helps emergency vehicles reach beach

Jul. 05, 2022 12:43 PM EDT

OAK ISLAND, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina coastal town has acted to help rescue workers gain easier access to the beach, a move that addresses a potential issue in reaching the shore in an emergency. Officials in Oak Island say the town has 65 public beach access locations, but...