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Endangered woodpecker has mediocre breeding season

Jul. 18, 2018 12:48 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The endangered red-cockaded woodpeckers had a so-so breeding year in Virginia. The Center for Conservation Biology at the College of William and Mary that the state's population fledged 22 woodpeckers. The center said the reproductive rate was lower than the past three years....

Health officials warn of new species of tick found in state

Jul. 18, 2018 12:17 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Public health and agriculture officials are warning New York residents, farms and visitors to take precautions outdoors as a new tick species has been found in the state. The Departments of Health and Agriculture and Markets issued a warning Tuesday for an insect commonly known as the...

Judge asked to keep public away from ex-nuke weapons plant

Jul. 17, 2018 9:14 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A retired professor testified Tuesday he found evidence that billions of particles of plutonium had escaped from a former nuclear weapons plant in Colorado and settled on land that is now a wildlife refuge, raising concerns about whether the site is safe for the public. But an attorney for...

The Latest: Government attorneys say EPA found refuge safe

Jul. 17, 2018 7:28 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The Latest on a legal challenge to the opening of Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge (all times local): 5:30 p.m. A lawyer for the federal government says a study that found plutonium on land that's now a wildlife refuge in Colorado was done long before the U.S. Environmental Protection...

Trustees OK $1.7M for University of Arkansas medical campus

Jul. 17, 2018 4:02 PM EDT

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — University of Arkansas trustees have approved a $1.7 million renovation at the school's medical campus in Fayetteville. Trustees on Monday unanimously approved the renovations to support classrooms and lab space for students in a new occupational therapy program, the Arkansas...

Iceberg looming over Greenland village spotted from space

Jul. 17, 2018 3:29 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — An iceberg that drifted perilously close to a remote Greenland village is so big it can be seen from space. The European Space Agency released an image Tuesday showing the giant iceberg just off the coast of Innaarsuit. Dozens of village residents were evacuated to higher ground last week due...

Iceberg looming over Greenland village is spotted from space

Jul. 17, 2018 2:53 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — An iceberg that has drifted perilously close to a remote Greenland village is so big it can be seen from space. The European Space Agency released an image Tuesday showing the giant iceberg just off the coast of Innaarsuit in northwestern Greenland. Dozens of residents were evacuated to...

Study: Blowhole spray can provide fast data on whale health

Jul. 17, 2018 2:51 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Scientists no longer have to collect poop to get key data on the health of endangered right whales. A new study indicates that under the right conditions, scientist can get real-time hormonal data by collecting the spray from whales' blowholes. Researchers with the Anderson Cabot...

EPA proposal to limit science studies draws opposition

Jul. 17, 2018 1:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic lawmakers joined scores of scientists, health providers, environmental officials and activists Tuesday in denouncing an industry-backed proposal that could limit dramatically the scientific studies the Environmental Protection Agency considers in shaping protections for human...

Bentley returns to Atlanta, happy for change of scenery

Jul. 17, 2018 1:22 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Alex Bentley is happy to be back in familiar surroundings following her surprising trade to Atlanta from Connecticut last week. The former All-Star guard had spent the past five seasons with the Sun after getting traded there from Atlanta following her rookie season. She'll get a chance to...