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A fisherman plays with his daughter as he works in Alter do Chao, district of Santarem, Para state, Brazil, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020. This once pristine place is discovering that the perils of becoming a can’t-miss destination extend beyond hordes of weekend warriors sapping the unspoiled place of its charm. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

Amazon land grabbers assail ecotourism paradise in Brazil

Sep. 20, 2020 10:01 AM EDT

ALTER DO CHAO, Brazil (AP) — Brazil’s Alter do Chao, a sleepy village that blends rainforest and beaches, bet on tourism and scored big. Visitors flocked here to eat Amazonian river fish while gazing out over the water, and to take day trips offering the chance to meet Indigenous people and see pink...

FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2011, file photo bison from Yellowstone National Park are herded down the Yellowstone River valley toward Cutler Meadow in the Gallatin National Forest, in Mont. Yellowstone National Park officials said in a 2018 briefing paper that they were ordered by then, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to manage the park's bison

Documents detail push to manage Yellowstone bison as cattle

Sep. 19, 2020 12:36 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — In May 2018, Yellowstone National Park’s superintendent was ordered by then-Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to manage the park’s bison “more actively like cattle on a ranch,” according to a park briefing statement. About a month later, Yellowstone...

Shedd hosts turtle hatchlings set for DuPage County release

Sep. 19, 2020 9:12 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — More than 20 endangered Blanding's turtle hatchlings have a new temporary home at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. The 24 hatchlings are part of a partnership between the aquarium and the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County. The forest preserve district's head-start program aims to...

Officials: Florida panther struck and killed by vehicle

Sep. 19, 2020 3:00 AM EDT

IMMOKALEE, Fla. (AP) — An endangered Florida panther has died after being struck by a vehicle. It's the 15th panther death attributed to fatal collisions, out of 18 total deaths this year, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The remains of the 3-year-old male panther were...

Wisconsin groundwater study completed, but analysis is not

Sep. 19, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Researchers have completed the fourth and final round of private well sampling to determine sources of fecal contamination in wells that were previously flagged for issues as part of an ongoing groundwater study in southwestern Wisconsin. The findings released Wednesday found 76...

In this Sept. 12, 2020, photo provided by the Center For Biological Diversity, is the scene where thousands of rare desert wildflowers have been dug up at Rhyolite Ridge, about 200 miles southeast of Reno, Nev. Federal officials are investigating the destruction of a significant portion of the remaining population of an extremely rare desert wildflower that's being considered for endangered species protection and could jeopardize plans to build a lithium mine in Nevada, the Associated Press has learned.  (Patrick Donnelly/Center For Biological Diversity via AP)

Massive damage of rare plants probed at Nevada mine site

Sep. 18, 2020 3:32 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — State and federal authorities are investigating the mysterious loss of a significant swath of a rare desert wildflower that’s being considered for federal protection at a contentious mine site in Nevada with some of the largest untapped lithium deposits in the world. The Australian...

Funds to reward Vermont farmers who reduce phosphorus runoff

Sep. 18, 2020 12:10 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — New federal funding will reward Vermont farmers who further reduce phosphorus runoff from beyond current targets. The $7 million in funding announced Thursday is meant to help Vermont meet clean water targets, officials said. “Vermont’s farmers play a critical in...

Eric Trump, the son of President Donald Trump, speaks at a campaign rally for his father, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Saco, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

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

Sep. 17, 2020 4:56 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump’s son Eric is willing to comply with a subpoena to testify in a New York investigation into the family’s business practice, but only after the Nov. 3 election, the Trumps’ lawyers said in a court filing Thursday. The lawyers argued Eric...

Group OKs $15M for Mississippi coast restoration projects

Sep. 17, 2020 4:23 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi group has approved four projects to restore coastal areas damaged by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Gov. Tate Reeves said Thursday. The projects were approved by the Mississippi Trustee Implementation Group, which has representatives from the...

Missouri woman pleads not guilty to illegally killing elk

Sep. 17, 2020 1:06 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A southeast Missouri woman pleaded not guilty Thursday to illegally killing a protected elk and leaving its carcass in a field. Deborah Flanigan, 50, of Scott County, was charged with a misdemeanor Sept. 10 after an investigation by the Missouri Department of Conservation. The...