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FILE - In this May 19, 1998, file photo, the sun sets on Squam Lake, as seen from Red Hill in Moultonborough, N.H. New Hampshire filed a lawsuit Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, against the agrochemical giant Monsanto over what it says has been widespread PCB pollution in the state. The state said PCBs have fouled about numerous square miles of the Atlantic Ocean and 46 other water bodies including Squam Lake and stretches of the Souhegan River. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)

New Hampshire sues Monsanto over PCB contamination

Oct. 27, 2020 2:50 PM EDT

New Hampshire filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the agrochemical giant Monsanto over what it says has been widespread PCB pollution in the state. The state alleges Monsanto and two companies that used to be part of Monsanto, Solutia Inc. and Pharmacia LLC, are responsible for contamination of public property as...

Panhandle shorebirds thrive in aftermath of Hurricane Sally

Oct. 27, 2020 2:17 PM EDT

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — Hurricane Sally commanded the Gulf of Mexico to rise last month. Storm surge purged entire miles of vegetation along the Panhandle’s coastlines, according to preliminary assessments. Though a grave for destroyed wild plants, the pearly smooth sand left behind has an upside:...

Ukrainian tourist, Egyptian guide lose limbs in shark attack

Oct. 27, 2020 12:52 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A young Ukrainian tourist lost an arm and an Egyptian tour guide a leg in a rare shark attack over the weekend off Egypt's Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh, officials said Tuesday. The attack took place Sunday when two tourists — a mother and her son —and their tour guide were...

FILE - In this March 28, 2018 file photo, a North Atlantic right whale feeds on the surface of Cape Cod bay off the coast of Plymouth, Mass. The Switzerland-based International Union for Conservation of Nature said Thursday, July 9, 2020, it is moving the North Atlantic right whale from

Population of North Atlantic right whales dips again, to 366

Oct. 27, 2020 11:34 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The population of North Atlantic right whales, an endangered species that has been the focus of conservation efforts for decades, has dipped to less than 370, officials said. The whale numbers at only 366, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Monday in an estimate...

Man injured by 'nail trap' in the North Carolina wilderness

Oct. 27, 2020 8:55 AM EDT

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A man has suffered deep puncture wounds to his heel after stepping on a so-called “nail trap” in the North Carolina wilderness. The Asheville Citizen Times reports that the incident occurred Sunday in a remote area of western North Carolina's Pisgah National Forest....

200-pound tortoise is back home after escaping Alabama pen

Oct. 27, 2020 7:32 AM EDT

SARDIS CITY, Ala. (AP) — A 200-pound tortoise named Sparkplug that escaped from a pen in Alabama is back home after a journey across two counties and at least one soybean field. Sparkplug, a 60-year-old African spurred tortoise that lived in an enclosure in Etowah County, pushed its way out of the fenced...

Boaters advised to use caution on Kentucky Lake during study

Oct. 27, 2020 4:24 AM EDT

GOLDEN POND, Ky. (AP) — Boaters are advised to use caution on Kentucky Lake next month as scientists study the movements of silver carp in the waterway. Officials will be using block nets Nov. 2-13 to confine the movement of tagged carp in order to research ways to improve mass removal efforts of the...

Bigelow Laboratory developing test to find toxins in mussels

Oct. 27, 2020 2:15 AM EDT

EAST BOOTHBAY, Maine (AP) — A Maine lab is set to receive about $900,000 in federal funding to research a new method of detecting potentially harmful toxins in mussels. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and National Center for Coastal Ocean Science awarded the money to Bigelow Laboratory...

Sven Spichiger, Washington State Department of Agriculture managing entomologist, walks with a canister of Asian giant hornets vacuumed from a nest in a tree behind him Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, in Blaine, Wash. Scientists in Washington state discovered the first nest earlier in the week of so-called murder hornets in the United States and worked to wipe it out Saturday morning to protect native honeybees. Workers with the state Agriculture Department spent weeks searching, trapping and using dental floss to tie tracking devices to Asian giant hornets, which can deliver painful stings to people and spit venom but are the biggest threat to honeybees that farmers depend on to pollinate crops. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Scientists remove 98 'murder hornets' in Washington state

Oct. 27, 2020 1:56 AM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Workers from the state Department of Agriculture managed to destroy the first nest of so-called murder hornets discovered in the U.S. without suffering any stings or other injuries, the agency said Monday. The nest, located in Whatcom County near the Canadian border, created concern...

Detroit girl shot by father as he tries to stop dog attack

Oct. 26, 2020 5:33 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A 2-year-old Detroit girl was mauled by a dog Monday and accidentally shot by her father who was trying to stop the animal, police said. The girl was rushed to surgery because of bites on her head and face. A “huge” dog charged at the girl when someone opened the front door at...