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In bear-barren state, Iowa officials issue bear safety tips

May. 27, 2022 16:03 PM EDT

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Iowa has hardly any bears, but one keeps popping up in Dubuque and has led state and city officials to advise residents to be on guard for black bear encounters. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the city of Dubuque issued a “bear aware” release...

Judge orders US to decide if wolverines need protection

May. 27, 2022 15:58 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge has given U.S. wildlife officials 18 months to decide if wolverines should be protected under the Endangered Species Act, following years of dispute over how much risk climate change and other threats pose to the rare and elusive predators. ...

Federal government sues Alaska over fishing on refuge river

May. 27, 2022 15:21 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Biden administration is suing Alaska over fishing rights on a river that runs through a national wildlife refuge, saying the state is undermining federal efforts to limit harvests when fish numbers are low to local residents in the area of predominantly Indigenous...

California investigating sick and dying brown pelicans

May. 27, 2022 14:35 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Wildlife authorities are trying to determine why large numbers of California brown pelicans are being found sick and dying. Hundreds of the pelicans, which are a protected species in the state, have been admitted to wildlife rehabilitation facilities in Southern...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

May. 27, 2022 11:56 AM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ Posts misidentify photos of trans...

'We don't have food': African leaders meet as crises grow

May. 27, 2022 11:05 AM EDT

DJIBO, Burkina Faso (AP) — African leaders gathered for a summit Friday in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, to address growing humanitarian needs on the continent, which is also facing increased violent extremism, climate change challenges and a run of military coups. Leaders called for...

Woman accused of leaving 4 dogs to die in hot car in Florida

May. 27, 2022 07:33 AM EDT

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A 25-year-old Missouri woman is accused of leaving four dogs locked in a hot car while she had lunch in a central Florida restaurant, police said. The woman, who was visiting the area from Gainesville, Missouri, was arrested Thursday evening on charges...

Sumatran elephant dies in Indonesia of suspected poisoning

May. 27, 2022 02:48 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A pregnant Sumatran elephant was found dead of suspected poisoning near a palm plantation in Indonesia’s Riau province on the island of Sumatra, officials said Friday. Sumatran elephants are a critically endangered species and fewer than 700 remain on...

Collins blocks NOAA appointment over whale rule objections

May. 27, 2022 01:17 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine Sen. Susan Collins halted a nominee's potential appointment to a federal post over objections to rules designed to protect rare whales. Collins cited new regulations on her state's lobster fishing industry that she described as “onerous.” The rules...

Documents reveal sea burials for 13 USS Indianapolis sailors

May. 27, 2022 01:13 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Navy Seaman 2nd Class George David Payne was just 17 years old when a Japanese submarine torpedoed his ship in the last weeks of World War II, sinking the vessel and killing him along with more than 800 other U.S. sailors. For decades, his family thought he was...