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Ambersnail found in Arizona, Utah to lose endangered status

Jan. 22, 2020 12:02 AM EST

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — An amber-colored snail found in Arizona and Utah could be losing it status as an endangered species. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services wants to remove the Kanab ambersnail from the list of threatened and endangered species, saying it's not a valid subspecies. The...

Petition seeks federal protections for Rio Grande fish

Jan. 22, 2020 12:01 AM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Environmentalists are asking federal wildlife managers to used the Endangered Species Act to protect a fish found only in the Rio Grande in Texas and the Pecos River in New Mexico. WildEarth Guardians filed the petition with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday, saying it...

Gov. Janet Mills delivers her State of the State address at the Capitol in Augusta, Maine, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. The Democratic governor used her first State of the State address on Tuesday to paint a picture of the Pine Tree State as a home of compromise and bipartisanship in an era marked by political gridlock elsewhere. (Natalie Williams/The Bangor Daily News via AP)

Maine gov: State rising above partisanship in rancorous era

Jan. 21, 2020 10:32 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's Democratic governor used her first State of the State address on Tuesday to paint a picture of the Pine Tree State as a home of compromise and bipartisanship in an era marked by political gridlock elsewhere. Gov. Janet Mills themed her address “We are not Washington; we...

GM's Cruise heads down new road with new robotaxi concept

Jan. 21, 2020 10:16 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — General Motors' self-driving car company will attempt to deliver on its long-running promise to provide a more environmentally friendly ride-hailing service in an unorthodox vehicle designed to eliminate the need for human operators to transport people around crowded cities. The...

UN report: 70% of world lives where inequality has grown

Jan. 21, 2020 9:23 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — More than 70% of the world’s people live in countries where inequality has grown since 1990, including China and India, and growing inequalities are benefiting the wealthiest, a U.N. report said Tuesday. But increasing inequality is not a universal trend, the World Social...

US: Endangered fish on upswing in Colorado River basin

Jan. 21, 2020 8:40 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — An endangered fish found in the Colorado River basin is on the upswing, federal officials said Tuesday as they proposed reclassifying the humpback chub as threatened. The fish that gets its name from a fleshy bump behind its head is one of four endangered fish that make their home...

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, center, waves at the conclusion of his state of the state address in the House Chamber, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, at the Statehouse, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Gov. Baker outlines goals in State of Commonwealth address

Jan. 21, 2020 8:40 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker said he wants to dramatically reduce the state's reliance on polluting fuels while expanding housing opportunities and upgrading the state's public transportation system. Baker outlined the goals Tuesday during his State of the Commonwealth address at the Massachusetts...

Virginia Senate panel OKs offshore drilling, fracking bans

Jan. 21, 2020 7:33 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia Senate committee on Tuesday advanced measures that would ban offshore drilling as well as hydraulic fracturing in much of eastern Virginia. Similar versions of both measures have been proposed in previous years but died in what was then a Republican-controlled General...

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham gives her State of the State address during the opening of the New Mexico legislative session in the House chambers at the state Capitol in Santa Fe, N.M. on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Craig Fritz)

New Mexico governor seeks money for early childhood programs

Jan. 21, 2020 7:28 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham urged legislators to legalize recreational marijuana, underwrite tuition-free college for local residents and boost spending on early childhood education amid efforts to improve economic opportunity in a state with the highest rate of poverty in...

In a  Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020 photo, an adult bald eagle flies along the shore of Lake Mead during the annual eagle survey conducted by the National Park Service.  (Ellen Schmidt/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)(Ellen Schmidt/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)

Yearly survey tallies 123 eagles in lakes Mead, Mohave area

Jan. 21, 2020 7:16 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Biologists and volunteers tallied 120 bald eagles and three golden eagles during an annual survey at Lake Mead National Recreation Area on the Colorado River, a National Park Service official said Tuesday. Park spokeswoman Christie Vanover said Tuesday the number was down from January...