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Thai exec guilty in poaching case, cleared of panther charge

Mar. 19, 2019 3:47 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai construction tycoon was convicted Tuesday on charges related to a high-profile poaching case last year but was found not guilty of possessing the carcass of an endangered black panther seen in photos that had sparked a public outcry. The Thong Pha Phum Provincial Court sentenced...

Border activists who left water for migrants are fined

Mar. 4, 2019 11:06 PM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The U.S. Attorney's Office for Arizona says four border activists have agreed to pay $280 each under a plea agreement that dismisses criminal charges against them. A office spokesman says the agreement covers volunteers with the humanitarian group No More Deaths: Caitlin Persis...

Rare sea creature washes ashore in Southern California

Mar. 1, 2019 5:13 PM EST

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — A 7-foot (215-centimeter) sea creature that washed ashore in Southern California has been identified as a hoodwinker sunfish, a recently identified rare species thought to live in the Southern Hemisphere. The University of California, Santa Barbara, said an intern spotted the...

Rare owls thrive in ghost town near Los Angeles airport

Feb. 17, 2019 5:36 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Researchers have discovered a group of rare owls thriving in a nature preserve near Los Angeles International Airport, according to a newspaper report Sunday. The 10 burrowing owls are the most seen at LAX Dunes Preserve in 40 years, the Los Angeles Times reported. Among the raptors are...

World's oldest known wild bird hatches chick on Midway Atoll

Feb. 12, 2019 4:41 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — The oldest known wild bird in the world has become a mother again at the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, U.S. wildlife officials said. The Laysan albatross named Wisdom hatched a chick earlier this month at the remote atoll northwest of Hawaii, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported...

Butterfly Center asks judge to stop Texas border wall

Feb. 12, 2019 12:20 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — The nonprofit National Butterfly Center has asked a federal judge to stop border wall activity on its property as the Trump administration gears up to build new walls and fencing in South Texas and may soon win funding for more. In a motion filed late Monday, center director Marianna Trevino...

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...

The Latest: Critics protest drilling in Arctic refuge

Feb. 11, 2019 7:17 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on public testimony regarding proposed oil lease sales in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (all times local): 3:15 p.m. Critics of proposed oil lease sales in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge urged federal officials to consider the long-term environmental...

US prepares to start building portion of Texas border wall

Feb. 4, 2019 4:11 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — The U.S. government is preparing to begin construction of more border walls and fencing in South Texas' Rio Grande Valley, likely on federally owned land set aside as wildlife refuge property. Heavy construction equipment was expected to arrive starting Monday, U.S. Customs and Border...

Ranchers whose case sparked standoff get grazing rights back

Jan. 29, 2019 6:37 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The two Oregon ranchers whose conviction for intentionally setting fires on public land sparked a weeks-long standoff with anti-federal government protesters at a remote wildlife refuge have had their grazing rights restored. Former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, in one of his last...