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This March 2020 photo provided by researcher Daniel J. Field shows him holding a life-size 3D print of the Asteriornis maastrichtensis

'Wonderchicken' fossil reveals ancestor of today's birds

Mar. 18, 2020 12:07 PM EDT

New York (AP) — A tiny fossil skull nicknamed “Wonderchicken” is giving scientists a rare glimpse at early ancestors of today's birds. It may be the oldest known fossil from this group. With a face like those of today's chicken-like birds and a back portion like that of living duck-like...

FILE - In this May 9, 2008, file photo, male sage grouses fight for the attention of females southwest of Rawlins, Wyo. A federal judge has cancelled more than $125 million worth of oil and gas leases that were sold on public lands inhabited by the declining bird species greater sage grouse. The ruling Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, said the Trump administration illegally curtailed public comment on the sales. (Jerret Raffety/The Rawlins Daily Times via AP, File)

US judge cancels oil and gas leases on some sage grouse land

Feb. 28, 2020 6:45 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A federal judge has cancelled more than $125 million in oil and gas leases on public lands that are home to the declining bird species greater sage grouse, in a ruling that said the Trump administration illegally curtailed public comment. The ruling doesn't prevent the administration...

This undated image provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows a western yellow-billed cuckoo. The agency on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020 recommended designating hundreds of square miles in seven western states as critical habitat for the threatened species. (Mark Dettling/Point Blue/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via AP)

US identifies habitat critical for survival of rare songbird

Feb. 27, 2020 6:17 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. wildlife managers proposed Thursday to set aside a vast area across seven Western states as habitat critical to the survival of a rare songbird that migrates each year from Central and South America to its breeding grounds in Mexico and the U.S. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife...

FILE - This April 22, 2015, file photo shows a male sage grouse in the early morning hours outside Baggs, Wyo. U.S. Interior Department officials are seeking to bolster their case for easing restrictions on energy development, mining and grazing in Western states inhabited by the declining bird species, with a new set of environmental studies published Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. A federal judge in Idaho blocked the Trump administration plans in 2019 over concerns that they could harm greater the ground-dwelling bird. (Dan Cepeda/The Casper Star-Tribune via AP, File)

US pushes changes to Western land plans that judge blocked

Feb. 23, 2020 9:41 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. Interior Department officials are seeking to bolster their case for easing restrictions on energy development, mining and grazing in Western states inhabited by a declining bird species. A federal judge in Idaho blocked the Trump administration plans last year over concerns...

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'Sonic' speeds to $57M debut; 'Parasite' sees big Oscar bump

Feb. 19, 2020 8:26 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The redesigned “Sonic the Hedgehog” showed plenty of teeth at the box office, speeding to a $57 million debut, according to studio estimates Sunday, while “Parasite” saw one of the largest post-Oscars bumps in years following its best picture win. Paramount...

In this April 27, 2017 photo, a pack of peacocks mill about at an intersection in the Coconut Grove neighborhood of Miami. A pack of peacocks that has wreaked havoc on the Miami neighborhood will soon be relocated after city commissioners sided with residents and agreed to have the birds taken away. (Al Diaz/Miami Herald via AP)

After residents cry fowl: Miami to relocate pack of peacocks

Feb. 14, 2020 1:41 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — A pack of peacocks that has wreaked havoc on a Miami neighborhood will be relocated after city commissioners voted Thursday night to side with residents and agreed to have the birds taken away. It was a big win for many residents who have complained that the birds have taken control of a...

In this July 23, 2002, file photo, a common tern flies over roosting laughing gulls on the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel island in Suffolk, Va. Virginia officials announced plans Friday, Feb. 1, 2020. to create new habitat for about 25,000 seabirds after their nesting grounds were paved for the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel expansion project, a case that highlighted weakened protections for birds under President Donald Trump.   (John H. Sheally II/The Virginian-Pilot via AP, File)

After federal rollback, Virginia offers new bird protections

Feb. 14, 2020 1:28 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia officials announced plans Friday to create new habitat for about 25,000 seabirds after their nesting grounds were paved for a state tunnel expansion project — a case that highlighted weakened protections for birds across the U.S. under President Donald Trump. Democratic...

Tiger Woods tees off on the third hole during the first round of the Genesis Invitational golf tournament at Riviera Country Club, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ryan Kang)

Kuchar shoots 64 to lead Riviera; Tiger wastes strong start

Feb. 13, 2020 8:52 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tiger Woods began with an unknowing tribute to Kobe Bryant by making an eagle putt that optical cameras measured at 24 feet, 8 inches. He ended his opening round with a reminder that getting around Riviera unscathed is no small task. That's what made Matt Kuchar's day all the more...

This Dec. 30, 2019, photo taken by a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent and released by the U.S. Attorney's Office shows one of seven parrots allegedly smuggled into the United States at Derby Line, Vt. Jafet Rodriguez, of Pennsylvania, was arrested and is due in federal court Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, in Burlington, Vt., to face charges he smuggled seven parrots into the United States by carrying them across the Quebec-Vermont border at Derby Line. (U.S. Attorney's Office via AP)

Man charged with smuggling parrots into the United States

Feb. 13, 2020 3:01 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man has been charged with smuggling seven parrots into the United States by carrying them across the Quebec-Vermont border. A federal court affidavit alleges that Jafet Rodriguez picked up the birds from a car parked in Canada outside the Haskell Free Library and Opera...

Pelicans fly over and sit on man made rock revetment on Queen Bess Island in Barataria Bay, La., Monday, Feb. 3, 2020. The island provides a crucial nesting ground for pelicans and other seabirds and is being restored to nearly its former size after decades of coastal erosion and the devastating blow of an offshore oil spill 10 years ago. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

BP oil spill cash rebuilds eroded Louisiana pelican island

Feb. 4, 2020 3:55 AM EST

QUEEN BESS ISLAND, La. (AP) — A Louisiana island that provides a crucial nesting ground for pelicans and other seabirds is being restored to nearly its former size after decades of coastal erosion and a devastating offshore oil spill 10 years ago. Gov. John Bel Edwards visited the island Monday, unveiling...