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FILE - In this April 10, 2008, file photo, three right whale tails surface in Cape Cod Bay near Provincetown, Mass. A judge’s April 9, 2020, ruling that the federal government didn’t take adequate steps to protect endangered whales will likely result in another months-long court battle. Right whales number only about 400 in the midst of a population decline. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File)

Right whales: Lawsuit on protections could last for months

Apr. 25, 2020 1:07 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A judge's ruling that the federal government didn't take adequate steps to protect endangered whales will probably result in another monthslong court battle, parties to the lawsuit said. Environmental groups sued the U.S. government with a claim that regulators’ failure to...

Chicago's horse-drawn carriages to end next year

Apr. 24, 2020 11:29 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago City Council voted Friday to end horse-drawn carriage rides in the city after Dec. 31. Alderman Brendan Reilly, whose ward includes the city’s central business district, said he has tried to persuade carriage operators to “treat their animals in a humane...

FILE - In this March 28, 2018 file photo, a North Atlantic right whale feeds on the surface of Cape Cod bay off the coast of Plymouth, Mass. A judge ruled on Thursday, April 9, 2020, that the federal government had failed to adequately protect endangered whales from lobster fishing activities. Environmental groups had sued the U.S. government with a claim regulators' failure to prevent the North Atlantic right whale from harm was a violation of the Endangered Species Act. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

Judge: Failure to help whales skirts Endangered Species Act

Apr. 10, 2020 11:04 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A judge has ruled the federal government failed to adequately protect endangered whales from lobster fishing activities, sending the industry and regulators scrambling to figure out what the future holds for one of America's most lucrative marine industries. Environmental groups sued...