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Steve Stricker out of Senior PGA with positive COVID-19 test

May. 24, 2022 16:50 PM EDT

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Former Ryder Cup captain Steve Stricker has pulled out of the Senior PGA Championship after testing positive for the coronavirus. Stricker revealed his positive test Tuesday on Twitter, saying he was “super bummed” and that it was “just a small...

Priceless seeds, sprouts key to US West's post-fire future

May. 22, 2022 12:11 PM EDT

A New Mexico facility where researchers work to restore forests devastated by fires faced an almost cruelly ironic threat: The largest wildfire burning in the U.S. was fast approaching. Owen Burney and his team knew they had to save what they could. Atop their list was a priceless...

Seventh graders taking class to water was a stroke of genius

May. 22, 2022 00:11 AM EDT

HILTON HEAD, S.C. (AP) — Taking dozens of seventh graders kayaking along Broad Creek wasn’t a dare. Maybe a challenge for some. And a test of patience for others. But leading swaths of life jacket-clad students — fueled with field trip exuberance and teenage wit — tandem...

Survey: Chesapeake's crab population at lowest since 1990

May. 19, 2022 18:24 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The number of blue crabs in the Chesapeake Bay is estimated to be at the lowest level observed since an annual survey tracking the population began in 1990, officials announced Thursday. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ annual winter dredge...

Biden forest plan stirs dispute over what counts as "old"

May. 19, 2022 13:13 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — President Joe Biden's order to protect the nation’s oldest forests against climate change, wildfires and other problems devastating vast woodlands is raising a simple yet vexing question: When does a forest grow old? Millions of acres are potentially on...

New inquiry into Australian mother convicted of 4 homicides

May. 18, 2022 20:48 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian state attorney general on Wednesday declined to pardon a mother convicted almost 20 years ago of smothering her four children to death and instead ordered a new inquiry into whether there could be a medical explanation for the tragedies. The...

WHO: Omicron makes China's 'zero-COVID' policy unsustainable

May. 17, 2022 20:52 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The head of the World Health Organization said China’s extreme approach to containing the coronavirus is unsustainable because of the highly infectious nature of the omicron variant, but that it’s up to every country to decide what policy to pursue. At a media...

Congress dives into UFOs, but no signs of extraterrestrials

May. 17, 2022 14:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress held its first hearing in half a century Tuesday on unidentified flying objects. And no, there is still no government confirmation of extraterrestrial life. Testifying before a House Intelligence subcommittee, Pentagon officials did not disclose...

Police: Cartels in Oregon are morphing their pot-growing ops

May. 12, 2022 18:42 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Foreign drug cartels that established illegal outdoor marijuana farms in Oregon last year are adapting as pressure on them begins to mount, law enforcement officials said Thursday. New challenges are emerging as a task force created by the Legislature met for the...

Rehabilitated dolphin leaves quarantine at Florida facility

May. 12, 2022 18:36 PM EDT

MARATHON, Fla. (AP) — A rescued juvenile bottlenose dolphin, flown from Texas to the Florida Keys-based Dolphin Research Center seven weeks ago, was moved to the facility’s primary dolphin lagoon Thursday. The transfer marks the male marine mammal's final integration into a...