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Tiny bats put kibosh on power line tree-cutting for 2 months

May. 18, 2021 14:03 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Tree-cutting on a key stretch of a $1 billion hydropower project in western Maine is going to stop almost as soon as it started to protect the newly born young of a federally protected bat. The New England Clean Energy Connect has a narrow window...

Monet's gardens reopening, a picture-perfect pandemic tonic

May. 18, 2021 08:46 AM EDT

GIVERNY, France (AP) — Beneath the scudding clouds and amid the luscious blooms, the gardeners tend the flowerbeds that were the pride and joy of impressionist painter Claude Monet, with pink and white striped tulips, diaphanous peonies, sky-blue forget-me-nots and myriad other flowers...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

May. 17, 2021 09:44 AM EDT

(Elyria) Chronicle-Telegram. May 14, 2021. Editorial: A new stage in the pandemic If you still needed a reason to get the coronavirus vaccine, a good one arrived Thursday. Fully vaccinated Americans can safely stop wearing masks...

Cedar Rapids tries to turn city of stumps into tree oasis

May. 16, 2021 09:56 AM EDT

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Until one afternoon last August, Cedar Rapids had always been a lush, leafy island surrounded by a sea of corn and soybeans, with its giant oaks, sycamores and other trees towering over the community’s neighborhoods and providing a shady refuge from Iowa’s...

How this tree can yield better Kentucky bourbon in future

May. 16, 2021 00:28 AM EDT

LORETTO, Ky. (AP) — On a Central Kentucky hillside, over a thousand American white oak stand in neat rows, just barely towering over nearby blades of grass. These trees, currently just seedlings, have sat in this field on the Maker’s Mark Starhill Farm for less than a...

Rare plants to be reviewed amid New Mexico oil and gas fight

May. 12, 2021 14:50 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will take a closer look at two rare plants found only in northwestern New Mexico to see if they warrant protection under the federal Endangered Species Act as environmentalists push to stop oil and gas development in the region. ...

Louisiana boater's body found 9 days after fatal collision

May. 10, 2021 18:10 PM EDT

BUTTE LA ROSE, La. (AP) — The body of an 80-year-old man has been found in a Louisiana river, where he was thrown when two boats collided late last month. The body of Robert Schoeffler of Lafayette was found Saturday in the Little Atchafalaya River near Butte La Rose,...

Huge tree falls in Kansas City, damaging three homes

May. 10, 2021 08:08 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Three homes in Kansas City, Missouri, are facing repairs after a massive tree collapsed onto them. The roots of the tree snapped after a thunderstorm Saturday night, KCTV-TV reported. Part of the sidewalk on Kensington Avenue came up as the tree...

Professor who harnessed power of cactuses is a top inventor

May. 09, 2021 03:24 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — When Norma Alcantar got a call last month from Judy Genshaft, the former University of South Florida president, she wondered what had happened. She was pleasantly surprised to hear that she would be inducted into the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame....

Vegas teen finds deflated balloons so desert tortoises don't

May. 08, 2021 11:40 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Look closely in the desert foothills a few miles northwest of Las Vegas, and you might see shades of color dotting the cloudless landscape of cactus and mounds of dirt with mountains to the west. On a Saturday morning in April, a few miles from the...