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Burning kites from Gaza damage Israeli farms, wildlife

Jun. 20, 2018 2:24 AM EDT

KIBBUTZ NIR AM, Israel (AP) — After years of rocket attacks and militant infiltrations from Gaza, residents of southern Israel are now coping with a new kind of threat: incendiary kites and balloons that have damaged farmlands and nature reserves. The crude devices launched by Palestinians inside the...

Marking Tabasco's 150th birthday with a tour of Avery Island

Jun. 13, 2018 2:09 PM EDT

AVERY ISLAND, La. (AP) — One of the world's most famous condiments, Tabasco, celebrates its 150th birthday this year. Edmund McIlhenny created the famous pepper sauce in 1868 on Avery Island, Louisiana. The company is still headquartered there, and it is still run by McIlhenny's descendants. But whether or...

Final defendant sentenced for Oregon refuge takeover

Jun. 12, 2018 3:44 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Arizona man has become the final person sentenced for participating in the armed takeover of a wildlife refuge in southeastern Oregon. Blaine Cooper of Humboldt was sentenced Tuesday to time already served in prison. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy nearly two years ago. He was one...

Judge halts 3D model evidence in FBI agent's Oregon shooting

Jun. 12, 2018 12:44 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A judge has ruled that a 3D model can't be used as evidence in the upcoming trial of an FBI agent accused of lying about firing two shots at a key figure in the 2016 takeover of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the model pinpoints where...

APNewsBreak: Official blasts critic of nuclear plant cleanup

Jun. 8, 2018 7:44 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A U.S. official harshly criticized a Colorado health officer who questioned the safety of a former nuclear weapons plant and said he did not trust the federal government's assurances that the site was thoroughly cleaned up before being converted into a wildlife refuge. The dispute is part of...

Federal agency pegs $4M for Arctic refuge infrastructure

Jun. 7, 2018 6:54 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Interior Department announced Thursday it will spend $4 million on construction to support petroleum drilling within the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke in a release announced $50 million in U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service construction projects to...

Activists want to block refuge at former nuke weapons site

May. 31, 2018 7:44 PM EDT

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Environmental activists have filed a preliminary injunction request to keep Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge from opening at the site of a former nuclear weapons facility. The Daily Camera reported Thursday that the refuge is planned for more than 7.8 square miles (20 square...

Baboon escapes crate at Texas airport; officers corner him

May. 21, 2018 8:06 PM EDT

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A baboon on his way to a South Texas wildlife sanctuary escaped his crate and kept officers busy for two hours at San Antonio International Airport. Officers shot the baboon named Dawkins with a tranquilizer dart. The ape got loose Monday afternoon shortly after arriving on an American...