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Mexico questions police over disappeared butterfly activist

Jan. 21, 2020 5:48 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Prosecutors in western Mexico have called in 53 local police for questioning in the Jan. 14 disappearance of a long-time promoter and protector of the wintering grounds of the monarch butterfly. The police in the Michaocan towns of Angangueo and Ocampo were called in late Monday after...

This undated photo provided by the Center for Biological Diversity shows a Pascagoula map turtle. Two environmental groups have sued the Trump administration, saying it has failed to protect map turtles found in Mississippi and Louisiana under the Endangered Species Act.   (Grover Brown/Center for Biological Diversity via AP)

Lawsuit filed to protect turtles in Mississippi, Louisiana

Jan. 21, 2020 5:23 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Two environmental groups have sued the Trump administration, saying it has failed to protect map turtles found in Mississippi and Louisiana under the Endangered Species Act. The lawsuit calls for endangered or threatened status for the Pearl River map turtle, which is found in the Pearl...

Corps trims water flowing into lower Missouri River

Jan. 21, 2020 3:55 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The amount of water being released into the Missouri River from Gavins Point Dam will be reduced slightly to protect drinking water supplies even though the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is still working to eliminate water from last year. The Corps said Tuesday it is trimming the amount...

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2020, file photo, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivers his State of the State address at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center, in Albany, N.Y.  Cuomo faces a Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020 deadline to release a budget proposal expected to address a looming $6 billion deficit fueled by soaring Medicaid costs. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File)

Cuomo budget proposal calls for Medicaid savings, pot sales

Jan. 21, 2020 3:48 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled a $178 billion state budget proposal Tuesday that includes a plan to create a team tasked with reining in spending on Medicaid. The Medicaid Redesign Team will be asked to find ways to trim $2.5 billion in spending from the program, Cuomo said....

McConnell, Beshear team up to help expand wildlife refuge

Jan. 21, 2020 11:42 AM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear have teamed up on an effort to expand the new Green River National Wildlife Refuge in western Kentucky. The two leaders on Tuesday announced the approval of federal “Duck Stamp" funding for land...

Vermont woman wins lifetime hunting, fishing license

Jan. 20, 2020 1:20 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont woman is entitled to hunt and fish for free for the rest of her life. Elizabeth Grady, 42, of Underhill, won the 2019 Vermont Lifetime Hunting and Fishing License Lottery, the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department announced. More than 13,000 tickets were purchased for the...

This 2009 photo provided by Sebastian Pfautsch shows a eucalyptus forest that burned during a 2009 wildfire in Victoria, Australia. As of early 2020, fires have consumed some 40,000 square miles of Australia this fire season and scientists say the effects on the nation’s forests could be long-lasting. (Sebastian Pfautsch via AP)

Fires set stage for irreversible forest losses in Australia

Jan. 20, 2020 12:35 AM EST

Australia’s forests are burning at a rate unmatched in modern times and scientists say the landscape is being permanently altered as a warming climate brings profound changes to the island continent. Heat waves and drought have fueled bigger and more frequent fires in parts of Australia, so far this...

President Donald Trump speaks at the American Farm Bureau Federation's convention in Austin, Texas, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Trump thanks farmers for backing him through China trade war

Jan. 19, 2020 10:25 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — President Donald Trump thanked farmers Sunday for supporting him through a trade war with China as he promoted a new North American trade agreement and a separate one with China that he said will massively benefit farmers. “We did it,” Trump said, recalling his campaign...

In this Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, photo, Norm Bishop sits inside his home with a photo and award from his years of working with wolves, outside Bozeman, Mont. Bishop, who was Yellowstone’s resource interpreter, had spent years giving public presentations about the science of wolf reintroduction. He would explain what the experts thought would happen if gray wolves were restored to the Yellowstone ecosystem. (Ryan Berry/Bozeman Daily Chronicle via AP)

Wolves' return to Yellowstone recalled on 25th anniversary

Jan. 19, 2020 11:55 AM EST

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — The day the wolves arrived in Yellowstone National Park was busy. At least that’s how Norm Bishop remembers it. The wolves came in aluminum crates on horse trailers Jan. 12, 1995. Passing through the gates, the Canadian-born carnivores were the first of their kind in the park...

Migration routes are an energy, environmental balancing act

Jan. 19, 2020 11:50 AM EST

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — It’s 35 degrees outside. About nine mule deer shuffle through the bitter waters of Fremont Lake. A buck shakes, sending droplets of water flying. He pauses to look back at the herd trailing behind him and then trudges ahead, taking another step along a 150-mile journey to his...