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US agency to consider expanded drilling in Alaska reserve

Nov. 21, 2019 6:20 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Trump administration will consider a new management plan and expanded oil drilling for the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, an Indiana-size area that former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar characterized as an “iconic place on our Earth.” The Bureau of Land...

Activists: Iran conservationists get prison time amid unrest

Nov. 21, 2019 1:11 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Six conservationists working to save the critically endangered Asiatic cheetah have been sentenced to prison on internationally criticized espionage charges in Iran, activists said Thursday, even as protests and unrest continue in parts of the country amid a...

The search is on for a red panda that escaped a French zoo

Nov. 21, 2019 11:25 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — A search is on for a red panda that broke out of a zoo in the Rhone region of southeastern France. Officials at the Saint-Martin-la-Plaine Zoo said the endangered animal was last seen 5 kilometers (3 miles) from the park by a surprised motorist. The park said the panda escaped last Friday by...

Bei Bei arrives at giant panda base in China’s Sichuan

Nov. 21, 2019 12:45 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — After a transcontinental flight on the “Panda Express,” a furry American darling arrived early Thursday in his new Chinese home. The Washington-born giant panda Bei Bei was a beloved figure at the National Zoo, where he spent the first four years of his life. By agreement with...

Jury in Oregon sides with counties in timber revenue lawsuit

Nov. 20, 2019 7:44 PM EST

ALBANY, Ore. (AP) — Fourteen counties that claimed Oregon deprived them of revenue for decades by limiting logging won a $1 billion lawsuit against the state on Wednesday. The four-week trial in Albany was focused on three words — “greatest permanent value” — and what they meant...

2 insect species classified as threatened as glaciers melt

Nov. 20, 2019 7:09 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The continued existence of two species of insects is in doubt because climate change is melting away the glaciers and year-round snowfields they depend on, U.S. wildlife officials said Wednesday. The western glacier stonefly and the meltwater lednian stonefly found in the northern...

The Latest: Oregon counties win timber lawsuit against state

Nov. 20, 2019 5:52 PM EST

ALBANY, Ore. (AP) — The Latest on a lawsuit by counties over Oregon timber revenue (all times local): 2:50 p.m. Jurors in Oregon have found in favor of 14 counties and their $1 billion lawsuit against the state over revenue from logging on state lands. Leah Olson, who works with the Linn County court in...

New images show Oregon’s only wolves in north Cascades

Nov. 20, 2019 5:49 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Experts say trail cameras have captured new images of the only wolves known to live in Oregon’s northern Cascades. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the cameras, which operate as part of a collaboration between Defenders of Wildlife and Cascadia Wild, caught pictures of the...

Horse racing’s major players form safety coalition

Nov. 19, 2019 8:55 PM EST

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A group of horse racing organizations has announced the formation of a coalition to promote enhanced safety protections and work together to develop new reforms in a sport roiled by a series of equine deaths. The Thoroughbred Safety Coalition introduced Tuesday includes Churchill...

Bei Bei, an American-born panda, leaves Washington for China

Nov. 19, 2019 3:38 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A specially equipped Boeing 777 jet took off from Dulles International Airport on Tuesday carrying a true Washington celebrity: Bei Bei, a 4-year-old giant panda. Visitors to Washington’s National Zoo have watched him grow up since Day One. But now he’s headed to China....