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Fans in Italy root for clever brown bear to elude captivity

Jul. 17, 2019 3:17 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — A brown bear in Italy has eluded capture for a third day, following its escape from an electrified enclosure in a forested Alpine region. Appeals mounted urging authorities not to shoot it. It's not clear how the bear got past an electrified fence, then scaled a nearly 4-meter (13-foot) high...

New Mexico leases ranch land to Epstein company

Jul. 16, 2019 9:09 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico state land regulators are reviewing property leases to a company controlled by financier Jeffrey Epstein in light of federal charges that he sexually abused underage girls. State Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard on Tuesday delivered lease documents to state...

Hurricane Barry's rain and floods hammer Gulf environment

Jul. 14, 2019 9:58 AM EDT

Hurricane Barry could affect the environment of the Gulf coast and Lower Mississippi Valley in numerous ways, from accelerating runoff of farmland nutrients to toppling trees and damaging wildlife habitat and fisheries, scientists say. But the extent of the damage — and whether it will be at least...

EPA restores broad use of pesticide opposed by beekeepers

Jul. 12, 2019 4:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency will allow farmers to resume broad use of a pesticide over objections from beekeepers, citing private chemical industry studies that the agency says show the product does only lower-level harm to bees and wildlife. Friday's EPA announcement —...

Trump escapes blame for ethanol policy hurting corn farmers

Jul. 12, 2019 12:44 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Midwest farmers and their Republican elected officials rarely miss a chance to shower President Donald Trump with praise when he takes actions they believe help agriculture, but they're now parsing their words over the administration's policies dealing with ethanol. While they have...

State OKs killing of wolf pack members preying on cattle

Jul. 10, 2019 12:31 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife on Wednesday authorized killing some members of a wolf pack that are preying on cattle in the northeastern corner of the state. Agency director Kelly Susewind said the state will kill part of the OPT pack, for the second year in a row, in...

UN: Climate change undercutting work to end poverty, hunger

Jul. 10, 2019 2:07 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Hunger is growing and the world is not on track to end extreme poverty by 2030 and meet other U.N. goals, mainly because progress is being undermined by the impact of climate change and increasing inequality, a U.N. report said Tuesday. The report on progress toward achieving the 17...

Experts warn of 'dead zone' in Chesapeake Bay from pollution

Jul. 6, 2019 9:25 PM EDT

CONOWINGO, Md. (AP) — When the Conowingo Dam opened to fanfare nearly a century ago, the massive wall of concrete and steel began its job of harnessing water power in northern Maryland. It also quietly provided a side benefit: trapping sediment and silt before it could flow miles downstream and pollute the...

Dutch farm floats possibilities of urban dairy production

Jun. 29, 2019 1:45 PM EDT

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — Peter van Wingerden's dairy farm smells just like any other farm — the rich aroma of cow manure and grass hangs in the air around the unusual stable housing the cattle. The farm itself is far from traditional. Moored in a small harbor in Rotterdam's busy port, the farm...

US releases review on removing vegetation to stop wildfires

Jun. 24, 2019 7:19 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Federal officials have released their review on removing or changing vegetation over a huge swath of the U.S. West to stop wildfires on land used for cattle ranching, recreation and habitat for imperiled sage grouse. The work would occur on strips of land up to 165 yards (150 meters)...