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In this Monday, Jan. 20, 2020 image, Lizzie Chimiugak, right, gets a hug from her granddaughter Janet Lawrence at her home in Toksook Bay, Alaska. Chimiugak, who turned 90 years old on Monday, is scheduled to be the first person counted in the 2020 U.S. Census on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

At 90, Alaska Native woman is 1st counted in US Census

Jan. 21, 2020 8:34 PM EST

TOKSOOK BAY, Alaska (AP) — Lizzie Chimiugak has lived for 90 years in the windswept western wilds of Alaska, born to a nomadic family who lived in mud homes and followed where the good hunting and fishing led. Her home now is an outpost on the Bering Sea, Toksook Bay, and on Tuesday she became the first...

College works with community to fight food insecurity

Jan. 21, 2020 3:10 PM EST

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) — With one in ten Vermonters facing food insecurity, many local organizations and businesses see opportunities to help. Bennington College has awarded Willy's Variety Store, Shires Housing and Project Against Violent Encounters (PAVE) $5,000 each for their proposals for projects that...

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...

This June 19, 2013 photo shows an assortment of succulents growing in a home near Langley, Wash. Succulents exemplify the kinds of houseplants that need little if any maintenance. Succulents can go for long spells without water and grow slowly so they seldom need pruning or repotting. (Dean Fosdick via AP)

Houseplants become more active as days get longer

Jan. 21, 2020 8:44 AM EST

Houseplants are quick to tell you when they need help. They display discolored leaves, drooping stems, and little or no growth. That usually gives you enough time to make things right. ``Plants send signals simply by the way they look,” said Dawn Pettinelli, an Extension educator at the University of...

FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2018 file photo, ice fisherman Roger Dupuis, of Waltham, Mass., shows off a pair of rainbow smelt he caught on the Kennebec River in Randolph, Maine. Maine's smelts, a small fish beloved by ice fisherman, appear to be continuing a rebound in population after years of decline. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

Smelts, sought by Maine ice fishermen, continue rebound

Jan. 20, 2020 3:33 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's smelts, a small fish beloved by ice fishermen, appear to be continuing a rebound in population after years of decline . Rainbow smelts come to shallow freshwater streams to spawn every spring, which make them a popular target of ice fishermen in the winter. Ice fishing...

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...

South Dakota park and rec revenue declines

Jan. 20, 2020 12:07 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota state parks and recreation areas brought in less revenue in 2019 compared to the prior year. Final numbers from the state Game, Fish and Parks Commission show fewer paid visitors and campers. Revenue dropped 4% overall. Parks division Al Nedved attributes the attendance...

WWII newsletters, newspapers now available online in NC

Jan. 19, 2020 11:20 AM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s online archival military collection now includes installation camp newsletters and newspapers that contain little-known information about life in the state during World War II. The collection is available as part of a two-year digitization project that the State...

In this Wednesday, Jan. 8. 2020 photo, jewelry is positioned next to old family photos as family heirloom jewelry comprise a portion of Michael Cruz's antique collection at his home in Westminster, Md. (Brian Krista/The Baltimore Sun via AP)

Maryland boy, antiques enthusiast could appear on PBS show

Jan. 18, 2020 9:00 AM EST

WESTMINSTER, Md. (AP) — A black rotary phone sits beside the bed. World War II uniforms adorn the wall above where the room’s occupant rests his head at night. Not far from them is a Purple Heart, a Bible with a worn cover, and several black-and-white photos. Neatly organized on a shelf are...

This Jan. 8, 2020 photo provided by Jackie Maisey shows Grey-headed Flying Fox bats prepared for a feeding at the Uralla, Australia, home of Maisey, a volunteer with Northern Tableands Wildlife Carers. The bats are swaddled in flannel wraps similar to those being made by thousands of crafters worldwide who are using their sewing, knitting and crocheting skills to make items for wildlife injured in the Australian brush fires. Some animal rescue groups, however, say monetary donations are needed more. (Jackie Maisey via AP)

Crafting for critters: Australian fires prompt global effort

Jan. 15, 2020 4:18 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Kyla Gill had never so much as touched a sewing machine or picked up a crochet hook two weeks ago. Now, she’s hooked on crafting for critters 10,000 miles (16,000 km) away, to the point of temporarily putting aside her floor refinishing business in Pittsburgh. “I do hard...