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Florida wildlife refuge to take 30 former circus elephants

Sep. 24, 2020 5:19 AM EDT

YULEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida wildlife sanctuary is building a new 2,500-acre (1,011-hectare) home for former circus elephants. The White Oak Conservation Center north of Jacksonville is expected to welcome 30 Asian elephants starting next year, the center announced Wednesday. The pachyderms are coming...

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

Judge: Eric Trump must give NY deposition before election

Sep. 23, 2020 6:14 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump’s son Eric has until Oct. 7 to speak to New York investigators probing his family’s business practices, a judge ruled Wednesday, rejecting his lawyers’ contention that his “extreme travel schedule” on the campaign trail warranted a...

Wyoming governor: Let states, not courts, help species

Sep. 23, 2020 4:21 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Proposed changes to the Endangered Species Act would do more to help imperiled species recover rather than keep them under federal protection indefinitely, Wyoming's governor testified before a U.S. Senate committee Wednesday. A bill introduced by Wyoming Republican Sen. John Barrasso...

Groups threaten suit over rare bird's fate in Colorado, Utah

Sep. 23, 2020 3:18 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Two wildlife conservation groups said Wednesday they intend to file a lawsuit contending that several federal agencies are relying on an outdated plan to save a rare bird found only in Colorado and Utah. The Center for Biological Diversity and the Western Watersheds Project argue that...

Broken water pump leads to restrictions at Grand Canyon

Sep. 23, 2020 12:04 AM EDT

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — Visitors to the Grand Canyon's North Rim are being asked to conserve water until a pump deep in the canyon can be fixed. Portable toilets have been set up to replace flushing ones that were available to the public, Grand Canyon National Park officials said Tuesday....

FILE - In this May 19, 2020 file photo people visit Joshua Tree National Park in California. The western Joshua tree will be considered for protection under the California Endangered Species Act because of threats from climate change and habitat destruction, The state's Fish and Game Commission on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, voted 4-0 to accept a petition that provides the yucca plants temporary protected status for one year while the agency conducts a study. After the review, commissioners will determine whether the species should be formally protected under the state law. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, file)

California accepts petition to protect western Joshua tree

Sep. 22, 2020 11:15 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The western Joshua tree will be considered for protection under the California Endangered Species Act because of threats from climate change and habitat destruction, the state Fish and Game Commission decided Tuesday. The panel voted 4-0 to accept a petition that provides the...

In this image made from UNTV video, Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel speaks in a pre-recorded message which was played during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, at U.N. headquarters in New York. The U.N.'s first virtual meeting of world leaders started Tuesday with pre-recorded speeches from some of the planet's biggest powers, kept at home by the coronavirus pandemic that will likely be a dominant theme at their video gathering this year. (UNTV via AP)

They said it: Leaders at the virtual UN, in their own words

Sep. 22, 2020 5:57 PM EDT

Lots of leaders saying lots of things about lots of topics — topics that matter to them, to their regions, to the world. That’s what the speechmaking at the U.N. General Assembly invariably produces each year. And each year, certain enormous topics and certain louder voices dominate. Here, The...

Two Mojave desert tortoises hide from the desert heat under a rock ledge in Red Cliffs Desert Reserve on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, in Utah. Biologists in southern Utah are surveying the damage left by a wildfire that scorched large swaths of land set aside for a rare tortoise habitat in southern Utah. (Joan Meiners/The Spectrum via AP)

Biologists survey wildfire destruction on tortoise habitat

Sep. 22, 2020 5:54 PM EDT

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — After the Turkey Farm Road Fire fried nearly 12,000 acres north of St. George, Utah, in mid-July, including large swaths of the Red Cliffs National Conservation Area that was set aside in 2009 as habitat for the threatened Mojave desert tortoise, biologists worried what they would...

FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2019, file photo, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas talks during a news conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Balderas says the state's natural resources are plentiful but there have been missed opportunities to create prosperity because minority communities haven't been involved. He announced Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, that he's establishing a council to look into bolstering inclusion of communities of color for decisions about environmental protection and access to natural resources. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)

New Mexico council takes on resources, environmental equity

Sep. 22, 2020 4:23 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas on Tuesday announced the creation of a new council dedicated to finding ways to include minority communities in decisions about access to natural resources and environment protections. The Democrat said in an interview the state has...

FILE - In this July 31, 2014, file photo, Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is seen in her chambers in at the Supreme Court in Washington. The Supreme Court says Ginsburg has died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

NYC to name Brooklyn civic building after Justice Ginsburg

Sep. 22, 2020 12:20 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City will celebrate the legacy of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg by naming a building after her in Brooklyn, the borough of her birth, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday. “We want to make sure we honor her in every conceivable way, and especially in the borough that she came...