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Conservationists free baby bird tangled in balloon ribbon

Jun. 21, 2018 9:53 AM EDT

BERKELEY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Conservationists in New Jersey have freed a baby bird that was entangled in a balloon ribbon. Members of Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey found the young osprey on Island Beach State Park with a red ribbon wrapped around its leg. The nest, which is about 35 feet (11...

Feds: Smuggler pleads guilty to shipping protected turtles

Jun. 21, 2018 9:04 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Prosecutors say the 'ringleader of an international syndicate of wildlife smugglers" has pleaded guilty, again, to smuggling turtles. The U.S. Attorney's Office said in a news release that 38-year-old Steven Verren Baker of Holly Hill entered the plea Tuesday in Charleston....

Senate blocks Trump plan to cut $15B in unused spending

Jun. 20, 2018 4:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a rebuke to President Donald Trump, the Republican-controlled Senate on Wednesday blocked a White House plan to cut almost $15 billion in unused government money slated for children's health insurance and other programs. Two Republicans — Susan Collins of Maine and Richard Burr...

Forest Service proposes changes to sage grouse protections

Jun. 20, 2018 2:51 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service proposed changes Wednesday to sage grouse protections in six Western states that call for eliminating special designations for crucial habitat as well as keeping areas open for mining. The agency also said restrictions on water development for livestock will be...

Fixing a massive NYC plumbing leak, 55 stories underground

Jun. 20, 2018 9:45 AM EDT

NEWBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — New York City is in the midst of a plumbing repair job of monumental proportions. Hard-hat workers are toiling deep underground, 55 stories beneath the Hudson River, to eliminate gushing leaks in an aging tunnel that carries half the city's water supply over 85 miles from Catskill...

Teenager finds bear breaking into his home for loaf of bread

Jun. 20, 2018 7:49 AM EDT

TORRINGTON, Conn. (AP) — An 18-year-old Connecticut man who was investigating a loud noise in his kitchen says he came face-to-face with a bear. Carlos Novicky says he found the bear in his Torrington, home on Tuesday after it pushed through a screen window to get a loaf of bread from the counter. Novicky...

Idaho family sues US after child sprayed by cyanide trap

Jun. 19, 2018 8:08 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho couple has sued the U.S. government, saying their teenage son still suffers headaches after a predator-killing trap that federal workers mistakenly placed near their home doused him with cyanide. Mark and Theresa Mansfield of Pocatello filed the lawsuit Monday in U.S. District...

Bog turtle becomes New Jersey's state reptile

Jun. 19, 2018 8:57 AM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey has an official state reptile. The governor on Monday signed legislation designating the title to the bog turtle. Two years ago, Riverside Elementary School science teacher Mark Eastburn told his students that New Jersey didn't have a state reptile. So, they decided to...

Supreme Court to hear appeal from Alaska hovercraft owner

Jun. 18, 2018 4:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alaska resident John Sturgeon is getting a second crack at the Supreme Court in his fight to get his hovercraft back on the Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve. The justices agreed Monday to review a federal appeals court ruling that sided with the National Park Service and against...

Records: Trump Tower failed to follow fish protection rules

Jun. 18, 2018 3:19 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago is one of the largest users of water from the Chicago River, but records show it has never followed state rules governing the protection of the river's fish. State records indicate that the skyscraper siphons nearly 20 million gallons (76...