Latest Deserts News

Correction: Blowout-Texas Oil Boom story

Oct. 12, 2018 3:16 PM EDT

MIDLAND, Texas (AP) — In a story distributed by The Associated Press on Oct. 11 about the oil and gas production boom in West Texas, The Texas Tribune and the Center for Public Integrity erroneously reported that student enrollment for the Ector County Independent School District had doubled in the past...

Biosphere 2 legacy lives on more than quarter century later

Oct. 12, 2018 9:52 AM EDT

ORACLE, Ariz. (AP) — They lived for two years and 20 minutes under the glass of a miniature Earth, complete with an ocean, rain forest, desert, grasslands and mangroves. Their air and water were recycled, and they grew the sweet potatoes, rice and other food they needed to survive. About 1,500 people were...

Israeli frankincense farmer cashes in on rare honey

Oct. 10, 2018 11:45 AM EDT

ALMOG, West Bank (AP) — An Israeli farmer has cashed in by making exotic honey from a rare tree that produces frankincense — the resin once worth its weight in gold and venerated in the Bible. But the farm's location in a far-flung West Bank settlement has left a bitter taste in at least one...

Israeli frankincense farmer cashes in on rare honey

Oct. 10, 2018 9:38 AM EDT

ALMOG, West Bank (AP) — An Israeli farmer has cashed in by making exotic honey from a rare tree that produces frankincense — the resin once worth its weight in gold and venerated in the Bible. But the farm's location in a far-flung West Bank settlement has left a bitter taste in at least one...

Rihanna unleashes the savage beast in latest lingerie line

Sep. 13, 2018 6:46 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Rihanna unleashed the wild beast in a lush tropical land that turned to arid desert with women of all shapes, sizes and colors writhing, cackling, frolicking and stalking like animals in lace, fishnet and satin that shined in jewel tones for her second season of Savage x Fenty. Her exotic...

Border Patrol: 128 immigrants found abandoned in Arizona

Aug. 21, 2018 5:35 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Border Patrol authorities say 128 immigrants believed abandoned by smugglers in a remote desert area at the Arizona border with Mexico are facing deportation. Agents at the Ajo Station patrolling near a border fence say the group included children — some as young as 4 —...

Study: Climate change possible cause of bird species decline

Aug. 19, 2018 6:08 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Climate change could be to blame for the collapse of bird populations in the desert along the Nevada-California border, scientists said. The number of bird species has fallen by an average of 43 percent over the past century at survey sites across an area larger than New York state,...