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Washington state combats collisions with new wildlife bridge

Dec. 12, 2018 1:14 AM EST

SNOQUALMIE PASS, Wash. (AP) — Before descending the Cascade Mountains on its final stretch to Seattle, Interstate 90 cuts through a mountain pass of old growth forests and wetlands. For countless wildlife species, the busy highway is a border, constraining their movements and posing a fatal risk should...

Draining the swamp, clearing the burrows: DC's war on rats

Dec. 12, 2018 12:51 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Andre Pittman and Gregory Cornes are on a mission to rid Washington of opportunistic vermin. But their target isn't corrupt officials or shady political fixers; it's Rattus Norvegicus, the common Norway Rat. The nation's capital is facing a spiraling rat infestation, fueled by mild...

Trump administration proposes major rollback of water rules

Dec. 12, 2018 12:31 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration proposed withdrawing federal protections for countless waterways and wetlands across the country Tuesday, making good on President Donald Trump's campaign pledge to weaken landmark Obama-era water rules long opposed by some developers, farmers and oil, gas, and...

Scary warming at poles showing up at weird times, places

Dec. 11, 2018 7:40 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists are seeing surprising melting in Earth's polar regions at times they don't expect, like winter, and in places they don't expect, like eastern Antarctica. New studies and reports issued this week at a major Earth sciences conference paint one of the bleakest pictures yet of...

Witness details how he killed lover's husband for insurance

Dec. 11, 2018 6:40 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — With a plot that echoes a well-known Hollywood masterpiece, a trial began Tuesday for a Florida woman accused of helping orchestrate the death of her husband in order to secure a massive insurance payout. Prosecutors contended that Denise Williams planned the December 2000 slaying...

Alaska moose poacher fined $100,000, sentenced to jail

Dec. 11, 2018 6:19 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska man who poached three moose and left most of the meat to rot has been sentenced to nine months in jail and fined more than $100,000. Rusty Counts, 39, of Anchor Point, shot the moose near his community over two weeks in September. He pleaded guilty Nov. 6 to 21...

Catch limits increase for key West Coast groundfish species

Dec. 11, 2018 4:38 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Federal officials said Tuesday they are increasing catch limits for several species of West Coast groundfish that were severely depleted more than a dozen years ago in a crisis that posed a threat to the commercial and sports fishing industries. Limits for yelloweye rockfish will more...

California man accused of killing dog that peed on yard

Dec. 11, 2018 4:20 PM EST

TULARE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities in California say a man accused of using an assault rifle to shoot and kill a Chihuahua that peed on his lawn and car was arrested and faces animal cruelty charges. The Tulare County Sheriff's Office said in a statement Monday that a woman contacted officials Saturday...

The Latest: Storm helps North Carolina, Virginia ski resorts

Dec. 11, 2018 4:02 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on a wintry storm that hit several southern states (all times local): 4 p.m. For businesses that depend on frozen precipitation, this week's wintry storm wasn't all bad. Ski resorts in Virginia and North Carolina are boasting of strong ski conditions after getting smothered...

Big plans in store for Dav Pilkey's 'Dog Man' series

Dec. 11, 2018 8:24 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Dav Pilkey and his publisher have high hopes for the next installments of his best-selling "Dog Man" series. On Tuesday, Scholastic announced a first printing of 5 million copies for "Dog Man: Brawl of the Wild," which comes out Dec. 24. By comparison, Michelle Obama's million-selling...