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Mexico to close infamous island penal colony

Feb. 18, 2019 4:04 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico will close its infamous Isla Marias prison, the last island penal colony in a hemisphere once dotted with remote island jails like the one depicted in the movie "Papillon." President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Monday that Mexico will relocate about 400 of the 600 remaining...

Florida police hold rattlesnake in the back of a patrol car

Feb. 18, 2019 2:26 PM EST

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A rattlesnake in Florida ended up in the back of a police car. The snake was being carried by a homeless man walking around Jacksonville Beach on Monday morning. Sgt. Larry Smith told local news stations the snake was 6 to 8 feet (2 to 2.5 meters) long. When police stopped...

7 right whale calves spotted in Florida's Atlantic waters

Feb. 17, 2019 10:26 AM EST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Seven rare right whale calves have been spotted so far this winter off Florida's Atlantic coast. Researchers say each new calf spotted this year is an encouraging sign for the critically endangered whales. No newborns were spotted during the last calving season, and just five...

Police recover rare Goeldi's monkey, stolen from Florida zoo

Feb. 13, 2019 11:32 AM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Kali, the 12-year-old rare Goeldi's monkey reported stolen from the Palm Beach Zoo, has been found safe and sound. West Palm Beach police said Wednesday morning on Twitter that "Kali is home!" and they'll provide more details soon. Detectives brought the Goeldi's monkey back to...

Florida updates sea turtle nesting totals for 2018

Feb. 12, 2019 6:28 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Wildlife officials say sea turtles consistently nested on Florida beaches in 2018, despite lingering algae blooms that killed marine life and tropical storms that washed out habitat. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Fish and Wildlife Research Institute posted...

Police search for tiny monkey stolen from Palm Beach Zoo

Feb. 12, 2019 2:51 PM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Police in Florida need help finding a little monkey that was stolen from the Palm Beach Zoo. Zoo spokeswoman Naki Carter announced Tuesday that 12-year-old Kali, a rare Goeldi's monkey, was taken from her enclosure on Monday. A zookeeper discovered the monkey missing during...

Critics protest proposed drilling in Alaska's Arctic refuge

Feb. 11, 2019 10:12 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Protesters in Alaska urged federal officials to keep oil rigs out of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge despite a federal law requiring lease sales in the wilderness area. At a Bureau of Land Management environmental review hearing in Anchorage, Laura Herman urged that no drilling...

Bad Deal? Suit fears shore towns closing beach access points

Feb. 10, 2019 8:19 AM EST

DEAL, N.J. (AP) — It was hard to tell what had Matt Schwartz more stoked: the waves rolling in, or the relatively balmy 64-degree February weather as he wrapped up a day of surfing. But something else was bothering him: the possibility that he won't be able to surf here for much longer. The spot where...

New Hampshire court upholds women's topless conviction

Feb. 8, 2019 6:38 PM EST

New Hampshire's highest court upheld Friday the conviction of three women who were arrested for going topless on a beach, finding their constitutional rights were not violated. In a 3-2 ruling, the court decided that Laconia's ordinance does not discriminate on the basis of gender or violate the women's right to...

2 big payouts may endanger New Jersey's post-Sandy dune work

Feb. 8, 2019 3:45 PM EST

POINT PLEASANT BEACH, N.J. (AP) — After Superstorm Sandy pummeled the New Jersey coast, then-Gov. Chris Christie set out to build protective sand dunes along most of the state's 127-mile (204-kilometer) shoreline. Despite lawsuits from homeowners throughout the shore seeking to block the project, the state...