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Brazil's Amazon states seek $500 million from Norway

Dec. 11, 2019 5:57 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The states of Brazil's Amazon region held talks Wednesday with Norway about possibly receiving some $500 million in funding for sustainable rainforest projects, if a deal to provide the funds at a federal level falls through. The $500 million had been earmarked for Brazil's Amazon...

Farmers bump up harvest of problem elk north of Seattle

Dec. 11, 2019 5:44 PM EST

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — Landowners in northwest Washington are harvesting elk at a faster pace than last year to reduce damage to farmland, according to a state Fish and Wildlife official. The Capital Press reports that since July 1, landowners or their hand-picked hunters have shot 22 elk, compared to...

Nearly $226M to restore open Gulf after 2010 BP oil spill

Dec. 11, 2019 5:31 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Federal agencies have approved nearly $226 million for 18 projects to restore open ocean and marine habitats that were decimated in the Gulf of Mexico by the 2010 BP oil spill. The projects range from $52.6 million to study deep-sea habitats to $290,000 to find ways to keep sea turtles...

Mother, child attacked by rabid raccoon

Dec. 11, 2019 2:09 PM EST

WESTON, Conn. (AP) — A mother and her young child who were attacked by a rabid raccoon at a school bus stop in Connecticut last week are undergoing rabies treatment, an animal control official says. The child was getting out of a vehicle last Thursday when the raccoon “came out of nowhere”...

Father, son plead guilty in black market eagle trafficking

Dec. 11, 2019 12:50 PM EST

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A father and his adult son have pleaded guilty in South Dakota to federal charges in a widespread case that offered a glimpse into the illegal trafficking of eagles and other protected birds. Troy Fairbanks and his son, Majestic Fairbanks, were among 30 people and pawn shops...

Doyon, Hilcorp sign joint Alaska oil, gas exploration deal

Dec. 11, 2019 9:47 AM EST

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska Native Regional Corporation and an energy company will jointly explore the Yukon Flats region for potential oil and gas extraction, officials said. Doyon Limited and Hilcorp Energy Co. officials agreed to a five-year deal that will include exploration of 2,500 square...

Emergency closures in Maine's scallop fishery

Dec. 11, 2019 1:18 AM EST

JONESPORT, Maine (AP) — Maine fishing regulators are implementing emergency closures in the state's scallop harvesting industry for the first time this season. Maine scallop fishing takes place every winter, and the state uses emergency closures to protect the valuable shellfish against overfishing. The...

Western governors form council to target invasive species

Dec. 10, 2019 10:16 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — States need to work together to stop the spread of invasive species, Western governors say. The Western Governors' Association on Friday launched the Western Invasive Species Council and named representatives from 13 states and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Invasive...

Baby white rhino gets name, frolics in mud at San Diego zoo

Dec. 10, 2019 6:32 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A white rhino born last month at San Diego Zoo Safari Park has been named Future for what the calf represents to rhino conservation worldwide, officials said. The baby is bonding with her mother and frolicking in a maternity yard left wet by recent storms. “Future’s new...

2 Virginia men sentenced for illegal hunting in Nebraska

Dec. 10, 2019 5:50 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Two Virginia men will serve one year of probation and pay $20,000 each in fines and restitution for illegally shooting wildlife in Nebraska. Prosecutors announced that 39-year-old Gregg Davis, of Ruckersville, Virginia, and 44-year-old Chadwick Graham, of Charlottesville, Virginia, were...