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Pup fostering gives genetic boost to wild Mexican wolves

Jun. 18, 2019 6:47 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — It's a carefully planned mission that involves coordination across state lines — from Mexican gray wolf dens hidden deep in the woods of New Mexico and Arizona to breeding facilities at zoos and special conservation centers around the U.S. It's also about timing as wolves in...

Newtown parents score a win in growing fight against hoaxers

Jun. 18, 2019 5:46 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The father of a victim of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre has won a defamation lawsuit against the authors of a book that claimed the shooting never happened — the latest victory for victims' relatives who have been taking a more aggressive stance against conspiracy...

Vermont governor vetoes medical monitoring bill

Jun. 18, 2019 4:57 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Republican Gov. Phil Scott has vetoed a bill that would have given people exposed to toxic substances the right to sue the polluters to cover their medical monitoring costs, citing concerns from businesses about the legislation. In a written veto message Monday, Scott said the...

US air quality is slipping after years of improvement

Jun. 18, 2019 4:45 PM EDT

After decades of improvement, America's air may not be getting any cleaner. Over the last two years the nation had more polluted air days than just a few years earlier, federal data shows. While it remains unclear whether this is the beginning of a trend, health experts say it's troubling to see air quality...

Map shows Arizona free of short-term drought

Jun. 18, 2019 4:08 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona is out of drought for the first time in nearly 10 years. The mosaics of yellow, orange and red that highlight the location and intensity of drought in Arizona disappeared this past week from the U.S. Drought Monitor, a map produced by the National Drought Migration Center at...

Scientist sues sheriff's office after sex allegations

Jun. 18, 2019 2:45 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A scientist who was convicted in Washington state of sexual misconduct involving a high school student but whose case was later thrown out has filed a federal lawsuit. The Seattle Times reported Monday that Gerald Grellet-Tinner claims in his lawsuit against the San Juan County Sheriff's...

Serbian students protest social media leak of key math exam

Jun. 18, 2019 2:34 PM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Hundreds of students protested Tuesday in the Serbian capital of Belgrade, blocking traffic, hurling eggs at police and demanding the resignation of the education minister after he postponed their final math exam following its leak on social media. Serbian 8th graders take exams in...

Alaska climate change forcing some villages to relocate

Jun. 18, 2019 10:23 AM EDT

QUINHAGAK, Alaska (AP) — Accelerating erosion is forcing villages in western Alaska to begin making plans to move, officials said. Erosion caused by climate change threatens village infrastructure and could force the relocation of communities such as Quinhagak, Alaska's Energy Desk reported Monday. A 2012...

Man convicted of killing retired Villanova professor

Jun. 18, 2019 5:54 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jurors in Philadelphia have convicted a handyman of stabbing a retired Villanova University astronomy professor to death. A judge on Monday sentenced 48-year-old Jose Diaz to the mandatory term of life in prison without parole. The jury deliberated 30 minutes before finding Diaz guilty...

EPA awards $600K Brownfield grant for northern Nevada

Jun. 18, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

LOVELOCK, Nev. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved $600,000 in grants in northern Nevada to assess and clean up former mine sites and other potentially contaminated properties. The Brownfields Grant recently was awarded to the Western Nevada Development District, which applied for...