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Court upholds California ban on high-capacity magazines

Nov. 30, 2021 19:28 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a ruling by two of its judges and upheld California’s ban on high-capacity magazines Tuesday in a split decision that may be headed for the U.S. Supreme Court. “The statute outlaws no...

Cleanup of Southern California shore from spill nears end

Nov. 30, 2021 18:01 PM EST

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — About three-quarters of the Southern California shoreline being combed for tar following an offshore oil spill have been signed off as cleaned, officials said Tuesday. U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Commander Jeannie Shaye said officials have...

1 dead, 1 missing after boating accident in Louisiana

Nov. 30, 2021 17:58 PM EST

BOGALUSA, La. (AP) — One boater is dead and another missing after an accident on the Pearl River, Louisiana authorities said Tuesday. Search crews found the body of Joseph Newby, 50, of Franklinton, late Monday and were looking for a 47-year-old man and the 14-foot...

DNR: Nine-day gun season deer kill drops 8% from 2020

Nov. 30, 2021 14:50 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Hunters killed thousands fewer deer during Wisconsin's nine-day gun season this year than in 2020, according to preliminary state Department of Natural Resources data released Monday. The DNR offers multiple deer hunting seasons each fall but the...

Southwest Florida man accused of killing black bear, cub

Nov. 30, 2021 14:20 PM EST

SEBRING, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man is accused of fatally shooting a black bear and one of her cubs, officials said. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said in a news release sent Tuesday that the 43-year-old man shot the bears in the Sun ‘n Lake...

Loon counts show more growth in New Hampshire, Vermont

Nov. 30, 2021 13:26 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Annual counts of loons are up slightly in New Hampshire and Vermont, wildlife authorities and advocates said Tuesday. In New Hampshire, the number of territorial loon pairs rose from 321 to 326 this year, according to the Moultonborough-based Loon...

Well-traveled roadrunner is back home after visit to Maine

Nov. 30, 2021 08:50 AM EST

FREEDOM, Maine (AP) — A roadrunner that traveled undetected from Nevada to Maine in a moving van is back in its home state. The wayward bird flew in a pet carrier from Boston to Las Vegas last week. From there, it was delivered to officials with the Nevada Department of...

California to reopen fishing after offshore oil spill

Nov. 29, 2021 22:01 PM EST

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — California will reopen fishing along a stretch of southern coastline after barring the activity for weeks following an offshore oil spill, it was announced Monday. The state's Department of Fish and Wildlife said a ban on the taking of...

Cape Cod sea turtle strandings increase after slow start

Nov. 29, 2021 13:50 PM EST

QUINCY, Mass. (AP) — Sea turtle strandings on Cape Cod are picking up after a slow start to the season, experts at the New England Aquarium said Monday. The aquarium has so far cared for almost 120 of the animals at its Quincy turtle hospital, the vast majority of which...

Portugal creates North Atlantic's largest marine sanctuary

Nov. 29, 2021 13:43 PM EST

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Regional authorities in Portugal's Madeira Islands on Monday expanded a protected marine area to create what they said is the largest fully protected marine reserve in Europe and the North Atlantic. The reserve spans 12 nautical miles around the...