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Arkansas lawmakers advance tax-cut bills and try to stave off shutdown of hunting, fishing agency

Jun. 17, 2024 17:49 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers on Monday advanced income and property tax cuts and a compromise proposal to avoid a shutdown of the state's hunting and fishing programs. Lawmakers moved quickly on the main agenda items for the special session Republican Gov. Sarah...

Think cicadas are weird? Check out superfans, who eat the bugs, use them in art and even striptease

Jun. 17, 2024 16:56 PM EDT

FOREST PARK, Illinois (AP) — Mayumi Barrack sees a pair of mating periodical cicadas getting together, whips out her phone, says, “Hi guys!" and takes their picture. “I'm not really a bug person, but as I look more and more I feel they are adorable,” Barrack explained, noting...

Editorial Roundup: Iowa

Jun. 17, 2024 13:38 PM EDT

Des Moines Register. June 16, 2024. Editorial: Disastrous figures show the poverty of Iowa’s water quality approach No accident, no matter how awful, can compete with the relentless day-to-day flood of nitrate pollution from countless sources throughout Iowa. ...

Landmark EU nature restoration plan gets the green light despite months of protests by farmers

Jun. 17, 2024 11:57 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union countries on Monday gave final approval to a major and long-awaited plan to better protect nature in the 27-nation bloc, a divisive issue after months of protests by farmers who argued that EU environmental and climate laws were driving them toward bankruptcy. ...

Sea turtles are under threat from trawlers in the Adriatic. A center offers them a sanctuary

Jun. 17, 2024 09:13 AM EDT

MARINA DI RAVENNA, Italy (AP) — On a crisp morning off the coast of Marina di Ravenna, the Adriatic Sea glistens under the sun as marine biologist Linda Albonetti stands in a gently bobbing boat. Reaching into a plastic tub, she hefts out a sizeable loggerhead turtle and eases it over the side. ...

Chinese premier promises more pandas and urges Australia to put aside differences

Jun. 16, 2024 07:06 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Chinese Premier Li Qiang on Sunday promised a new pair of giant pandas to a zoo and urged Australia to set aside its differences with Beijing at the outset of the first visit to the country by China's second-highest ranking leader in seven years. ...

Dogs' digs at the Garden: Westminster show returning to Madison Square Garden next year

Jun. 14, 2024 17:22 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Madison Square Garden is going back to the dogs. The Westminster Kennel Club announced this week that its storied dog show is returning next year to the Manhattan arena for the first time since 2020. That year's show was held weeks before COVID-19 was declared a...

Move over grizzlies and wolves: Yellowstone visitors hope to catch a glimpse of rare white buffalo

Jun. 14, 2024 17:09 PM EDT

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — Standing at the edge of a bluff overlooking the Lamar River in Yellowstone National Park, TJ Ammond stared through binoculars at hundreds of buffalo dotting the verdant valley below. Tan-colored calves frolicked near their mothers while...

Bird flu is highly lethal to some animals, but not to others. Scientists want to know why

Jun. 14, 2024 16:57 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — In the last two years, bird flu has been blamed for the deaths of millions of wild and domestic birds worldwide. It's killed legions of seals and sea lions, wiped out mink farms, and dispatched cats, dogs, skunks, foxes and even a polar bear. But it seems to have...

New coral disease forecast tool shows high risks of summer outbreaks in Hawaii

Jun. 14, 2024 15:58 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Coral researchers in Hawaii recently developed a new early warning system that forecasts how likely it is for two common diseases to afflict those vital marine animals in the Pacific, and it already shows a strong chance of outbreaks across the Hawaiian archipelago this summer. ...