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Conservative wins Colombia's presidency in divisive election

Jun. 17, 2018 8:55 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Ivan Duque, the young conservative protege of a powerful former president, was elected Colombia's next leader Sunday after promising to roll back a fragile peace accord that has divided the South American nation. Duque captured almost 54 percent of the vote, putting him 12 points...

Bumblebee blues: Pacific Northwest pollinator in trouble

Jun. 17, 2018 1:20 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Hundreds of citizen scientists have begun buzzing through locations across the Pacific Northwest seeking a better understanding about nearly 30 bumblebee species. Bumblebees, experts say, are important pollinators for both wild and agricultural plants, but some species have disappeared...

North Dakota author details comeback of American buffalo

Jun. 17, 2018 11:16 AM EDT

North Dakota author Francie Berg's last book about the American buffalo was a guide for adventurers eager to get out on back roads to see the historic sites where the great animal once flourished. Then she found she had more to say. The result is "Buffalo Heartbeats Across the Plains," a deeper dive into the...

Congo's Ebola outbreak poses challenges for bush meat

Jun. 17, 2018 5:50 AM EDT

MBANDAKA, Congo (AP) — For 25 years, Patrick Matondo has earned a living buying and selling monkeys, bats and other animals popularly known as bush meat along the Congo River. Standing on the riverbank in Mbandaka, a city affected by the deadly new outbreak of the Ebola virus, the father of five said that...

Human finger found in alligator snapping turtle's body

Jun. 16, 2018 11:11 AM EDT

SLIDELL, La. (AP) — A Louisiana sheriff's office is investigating the discovery of a human finger inside the body of an alligator snapping turtle. The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office said in a news release that a man called deputies on Monday after finding the finger inside a large turtle he was...

7-meter-long python swallows Indonesian woman

Jun. 16, 2018 7:56 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A 7-meter-long (23-foot-long) python has swallowed a woman in central Indonesia, a village official said Saturday. The victim, 54-year-old Wa Tiba, went missing while checking her vegetable garden near her village on Muna island in Southeast Sulawesi province on Thursday evening,...

In South Africa, plans for a refuge for pangolins in peril

Jun. 16, 2018 6:11 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Monitored by a conservationist, a young pangolin slurped ants with a long tongue near a veterinary hospital that became a temporary home after the animal was found near the body of its mother, killed by a jolt from an electric fence. The six-month-old scaly anteater foraged on a...

Research shows diet shift of beluga whales in Alaska inlet

Jun. 15, 2018 7:22 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Beluga whales in Alaska's Cook Inlet may have changed their diet over five decades from saltwater prey to fish and crustaceans influenced by freshwater, according to a study by University of Alaska Fairbanks researchers. An analysis of isotopes in beluga bone and teeth showed...

Senator calls for investigation into possible fish fraud

Jun. 15, 2018 3:26 PM EDT

U.S. Sen. Edward Markey is asking federal agencies to investigate where a leading sustainable seafood distributor actually gets its fish, after an Associated Press investigation found Brooklyn-based Sea To Table was selling tuna labeled as coming from docks where it wasn't landed and with the names of boats that...

Trump's move to redefine water rule threatens wetlands banks

Jun. 15, 2018 12:49 PM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A private firm is making big money selling promises about some gator-infested Florida swampland. The Panther Island Mitigation Bank isn't another land boondoggle, but part of a federal system designed to restore wetlands across the United States. Panther Island's owners preserved...