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Veterinarians, technicians and staff prepare Malena, a 10-year-old endangered Amur tiger, for total hip replacement surgery at Brookfield Zoo, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021 in Brookfield, Ill. According to the CZS, the tiger has arthritis in her left hip and the surgery is believed to be the first time a full joint replacement will be attempted on a tiger in North America.   (Ashlee Rezin Garcia/ /Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Tiger undergoes rare hip replacement surgery at Illinois zoo

Jan. 27, 2021 7:30 PM EST

BROOKFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A 10-year-old Amur tiger with arthritis underwent hip replacement surgery at a zoo outside Chicago on Wednesday, and her surgical team is confident the procedure will add years to her life. Veterinarians at Brookfield Zoo noted that, like humans, animals routinely develop...

Fire consumes land deforested by cattle farmers near Novo Progresso, Para state, Brazil, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020. An order putting the military in charge of fighting deforestation was initially due to end in June, but it was recently extended by President Jair Bolsonaro until November despite widespread criticism that it is making the problem worse. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

Brazil to end military-led program against Amazon logging

Jan. 27, 2021 6:36 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s ongoing military-led operation to curb illegal deforestation and fires in the Amazon rainforest will end April 30, Vice President Hamilton Mourão said at the World Economic Forum on Wednesday. Mourão defended the success of Operation Green Brazil 2, which was...

President Joe Biden signs an executive order on climate change, in the State Dining Room of the White House, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Biden: 'We can't wait any longer' to address climate crisis

Jan. 27, 2021 6:26 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the most ambitious U.S. effort to stave off the worst of climate change, President Joe Biden signed executive orders Wednesday to transform the nation’s heavily fossil-fuel powered economy into a clean-burning one, pausing oil and gas leasing on federal land and targeting...

FILE - In this April 24, 2015, file photo, pumpjacks work in a field near Lovington, N.M. Oil and gas development infused $2.8 billion into New Mexico coffers during the 2020 fiscal year and marked its second-highest total revenue ever reported despite a global price war and plummeting demand amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report released Monday, Dec. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

New Mexico senators, advocates back Biden oil and gas plans

Jan. 27, 2021 5:36 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Local officials and residents in New Mexico’s oil patches are anxious as the Biden administration takes aim at the oil and natural gas industry with a series of new executive orders. But the state’s two U.S. senators are supporting the actions, saying it’s time...

FILE - In this Aug. 8, 2017, file photo, is the current supercomputer named Cheyenne at the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center near Cheyenne, Wyo. A new supercomputer in Wyoming will rank among the world's fastest and help study phenomena including climate change, severe weather, wildfires and solar flares. Houston-based Hewlett Packard Enterprise won in bidding to provide the $35-$40 million machine for a supercomputing center in Cheyenne, the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo., announced Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Mead Gruver, File)

New supercomputer in Wyoming to rank among world's fastest

Jan. 27, 2021 4:03 PM EST

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A new supercomputer in Wyoming will rank among the world's fastest and help study phenomena including climate change, severe weather, wildfires and solar flares. Houston-based Hewlett Packard Enterprise won a bid to provide the $35 million to $40 million machine for a supercomputing...

Preservation group puts entire city on most-endangered list

Jan. 27, 2021 3:53 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Providence Preservation Society has for 25 years released a list of most-endangered historic structures and sites in the city. The 2021 list has a surprise — the entire city. The reason is that global issues threaten Rhode Island's capital. “We are a river city in...

Judge: Corps must decide next move on Dakota Access pipeline

Jan. 27, 2021 3:17 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers must outline its plans for the Dakota Access oil pipeline after an appeals court confirmed the line is operating without a key permit, a federal judge said Wednesday. U.S. District Judge James Boasberg has set a status hearing for Feb. 10 to discuss...

Transportation Secretary nominee Pete Buttigieg smiles during a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, in Washington. (Stefani Reynolds/Pool via AP)

Biden pick for transportation, Buttigieg, advances in Senate

Jan. 27, 2021 2:48 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate panel on Wednesday easily advanced President Joe Biden’s nomination of Pete Buttigieg to be transportation secretary, setting up a final confirmation vote for a key role in Biden’s push to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure and confront climate change. The...

This 2001 photo provided by Dr. Greg Skomal shows a shortfin mako shark off the coast of Massachusetts. In a study published on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, researchers found the abundance of oceanic sharks and rays has dropped more than 70% between 1970 and 2018. (Greg Skomal via AP)

Empty seas: Oceanic shark populations dropped 71% since 1970

Jan. 27, 2021 12:54 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — When marine biologist Stuart Sandin talks about sharks, it sounds like he’s describing Jedis of the ocean. “They are terrific predators, fast swimmers and they have amazing senses — they can detect any disturbance in the ocean from great distance,” such as...

GM, Navistar team up to build hydrogen powered heavy trucks

Jan. 27, 2021 9:00 AM EST

DETROIT (AP) — In about three years, Navistar plans to start selling low-emission hydrogen-powered heavy trucks under a partnership with General Motors and a small distribution company called OneH2. The venture announced Wednesday is an early commercial deployment of the technology in U.S. long-haul...