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Tribes, environmentalists battle copper mine in Arizona

May. 19, 2019 11:31 AM EDT

SONOITA, Ariz. (AP) — Scenic State Highway 83 gently curves through southeastern Arizona's wine country, past waves of blond grass dotted with orange-tipped ocotillo plants before the dark Santa Rita Mountains loom into view. The Milepost 44 pullout offers a panorama of the range in the Coronado National...

Animal shelter suspends adoptions, intakes after infections

May. 18, 2019 3:51 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia animal shelter is temporarily suspending adoptions and most intakes following upper respiratory infections in a number of dogs, some leading to death. The Animal Care and Control Team of Philadelphia says new dogs surrendered by their owners will not be accepted for two...

APNewsBreak: Alaska hunter finds friend dead after 6 days

May. 17, 2019 10:02 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A man found his missing friend dead during a bear hunting trip on Alaska's Kodiak Island, but said Friday he and another hunting friend initially thought the man had stormed off in frustration as he had done in the past. Aleksandr Neverov told The Associated Press he found the body...

More ships slow down off California to avoid killing whales

May. 17, 2019 8:28 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A growing number of shipping companies are slowing down as they approach San Francisco and other California ports so they are less likely to injure or kill whales. Marine experts say four of the 10 gray whales found dead near San Francisco this year were killed by ships, the San...

The Latest: Man finds bear hunter dead but no sign of trauma

May. 17, 2019 6:58 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on man found dead during Alaska bear hunting trip (all times local): 2:50 p.m. A man who found his missing friend dead during a bear hunting trip on Alaska's Kodiak Island says he and another hunting friend thought the man had stormed off in frustration as he had done in...

New African lion exhibit opens in New Orleans

May. 17, 2019 2:40 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A new lion exhibit is opening at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans. During a recent tour, the African lions were seen lounging in the shade of an enormous rock surrounded by open grass and tree limbs. The scene is reminiscent of the African Savannah and is part of the new exhibit opening...

Teen finds prehistoric mastodon jaw in southern Iowa

May. 17, 2019 2:22 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A teen searching for arrowheads in southern Iowa found something much bigger: the prehistoric jawbone of a mastodon. The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports that the 30-inch bone belonged to a juvenile mastodon, an elephant-like animal believed to have roamed Iowa some 34,000 years ago....

Grumpy Cat, who entertained millions online, dies at age 7

May. 17, 2019 11:05 AM EDT

MORRISTOWN, Ariz. (AP) — Grumpy Cat, whose sourpuss expression entertained millions on the internet and spawned hundreds of memes, national television commercials and even a movie, died at age 7. Her owners posted on social media that she experienced complications from a urinary tract infection. "She...

Leaping Lizards: Florida wildlife officials catch big lizard

May. 17, 2019 10:00 AM EDT

KEY LARGO, Fla. (AP) — Wildlife officials have finally captured a large invasive Asian water monitor that had been running loose in the Florida Keys for more than a year. Florida Fish and Wildlife officials posted pictures on Facebook with this caption: "Elusive lizard captured!" The lizard was more than 5...

Court being asked to stop dolphin hunts in Japanese village

May. 16, 2019 11:34 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A court in central Japan began hearing arguments Friday over whether dolphin hunting violates animal cruelty laws. The plaintiffs are asking the district court in Wakayama prefecture to stop the permits from being issued. Prefectural Gov. Yoshinobu Nisaka issues the permits for the village of...