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Rare California trout species returns to native habitat

Sep. 18, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — For the first time in nearly a century, a rare California trout species will swim in a mountain creek that is its native habitat, marking a major milestone that conservationists hope will lead to a thriving population and removal of its threatened status. About 30 Paiute cutthroat trout...

University of California to dump fossil fuel investments

Sep. 17, 2019 11:17 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The University of California is dumping fossil fuel investments from its nearly $84 billion pension and endowment funds because they are a financial risk, its top financial officers announced Tuesday. "Our job is to make money for the University of California, and we're betting we can do...

Coral gardeners bring back Jamaica's reefs, piece by piece

Sep. 17, 2019 8:35 PM EDT

OCHO RIOS, Jamaica (AP) — Everton Simpson squints at the Caribbean from his motorboat, scanning the dazzling bands of color for hints of what lies beneath. Emerald green indicates sandy bottoms. Sapphire blue lies above seagrass meadows. And deep indigo marks coral reefs. That's where he's headed. He...

Interactive, virtual project under way to explore shipwrecks

Sep. 17, 2019 7:55 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A new project to explore the wreck of the ship dubbed as New England's Titanic is underway. The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has partnered with NOAA's Office of Marine Sanctuaries and Marine Imaging Technologies as a part of a three-year project to explore shipwrecks. The...

AP Photos: Saving Jamaica's coral, an undersea labor of love

Sep. 17, 2019 4:48 PM EDT

OCHO RIOS, Jamaica (AP) — The tropical turquoise waters near the coast of Jamaica are beautiful and inviting, but they disguise the devastation that lurks beneath. After flipping backwards off a small wooden boat and diving toward the ocean floor, the damage comes into full view. The landscape looks like...

Mississippi researchers nurse, study rare injured whale

Sep. 17, 2019 2:48 PM EDT

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — Veterinarians say a rare whale with shark bite wounds found stranded along the Mississippi coast is showing signs of improvement. News outlets report fishermen spotted the melon-headed whale Thursday near Cat Island. Institute for Marine Mammal Studies researchers say the juvenile...

Study finds air pollution reaches placenta during pregnancy

Sep. 17, 2019 11:19 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new study suggests when a pregnant woman breathes in air pollution, it can travel beyond her lungs to the placenta that guards her fetus. Pollution composed of tiny particles from car exhaust, factory smokestacks and other sources is dangerous to everyone's health, and during pregnancy...

Some CBD vapes contain street drug instead of the real thing

Sep. 16, 2019 8:54 PM EDT

Jay Jenkins says he hesitated when a buddy suggested they vape CBD. "It'll relax you," the friend assured. The vapor that Jenkins inhaled didn't relax him. After two puffs, he ended up in a coma. That's because what he was vaping didn't have any CBD, the suddenly popular compound extracted from the cannabis plant...

Water quality sensor hitching ride on Mississippi River boat

Sep. 16, 2019 7:22 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A data-gathering sensor attached to the American Queen steamboat will give scientists and cities a better understanding of water quality along the entire length of the Mississippi River, officials said Monday. U.S. Geological Survey and Army Corps of Engineers officials, a group of...

Agency could keep Three Mile Island nuclear debris in Idaho

Sep. 16, 2019 6:53 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The partially melted reactor core from the worst nuclear accident in U.S. history could remain in Idaho for another 20 years if regulators finalize a license extension sought by the U.S. Energy Department, officials said Monday. The core from Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania partially...