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Rare California trout species returns to native habitat

Sep. 18, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — For the first time in nearly a century, a rare California trout species will swim in a mountain creek that is its native habitat, marking a major milestone that conservationists hope will lead to a thriving population and removal of its threatened status. About 30 Paiute cutthroat trout...

Groups sue over pollution downstream of Los Alamos lab

Sep. 18, 2019 12:37 AM EDT

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — Environmental groups are suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over storm water contamination downstream of Los Alamos National Laboratory. The groups claim the runoff contains heavy metals, byproducts from decaying radioactive elements and manmade chemicals known as PCBs....

University of California to dump fossil fuel investments

Sep. 17, 2019 11:17 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The University of California is dumping fossil fuel investments from its nearly $84 billion pension and endowment funds because they are a financial risk, its top financial officers announced Tuesday. "Our job is to make money for the University of California, and we're betting we can do...

Coral gardeners bring back Jamaica's reefs, piece by piece

Sep. 17, 2019 8:35 PM EDT

OCHO RIOS, Jamaica (AP) — Everton Simpson squints at the Caribbean from his motorboat, scanning the dazzling bands of color for hints of what lies beneath. Emerald green indicates sandy bottoms. Sapphire blue lies above seagrass meadows. And deep indigo marks coral reefs. That's where he's headed. He...

Interactive, virtual project under way to explore shipwrecks

Sep. 17, 2019 7:55 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A new project to explore the wreck of the ship dubbed as New England's Titanic is underway. The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has partnered with NOAA's Office of Marine Sanctuaries and Marine Imaging Technologies as a part of a three-year project to explore shipwrecks. The...

AP Photos: Saving Jamaica's coral, an undersea labor of love

Sep. 17, 2019 4:48 PM EDT

OCHO RIOS, Jamaica (AP) — The tropical turquoise waters near the coast of Jamaica are beautiful and inviting, but they disguise the devastation that lurks beneath. After flipping backwards off a small wooden boat and diving toward the ocean floor, the damage comes into full view. The landscape looks like...

Mississippi researchers nurse, study rare injured whale

Sep. 17, 2019 2:48 PM EDT

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — Veterinarians say a rare whale with shark bite wounds found stranded along the Mississippi coast is showing signs of improvement. News outlets report fishermen spotted the melon-headed whale Thursday near Cat Island. Institute for Marine Mammal Studies researchers say the juvenile...

University of Kansas ending science, math teaching programs

Sep. 17, 2019 12:56 PM EDT

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The University of Kansas plans to close its Center for STEM Learning and a program designed to attract math and science teachers. Program director Steven Case said Friday that the center and the UKanTeach program will close at the end of the academic year because of budget cuts at the...

University developing faster test for fatal deer disease

Sep. 17, 2019 11:35 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — As Minnesota's archery deer season gets underway, hunters in the state's hot zones for chronic wasting disease still have to wait days to find out if their venison is safe to eat. But the University of Minnesota is aiming to develop a better testing method within two years that could...

Buildings clear at University of St. Thomas following threat

Sep. 17, 2019 11:21 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The University of St. Thomas has given the all clear after several buildings were evacuated on its St. Paul campus following a bomb threat. The university tweeted the four buildings evacuated have been search and cleared, including the John Roach Center, the Anderson Student Center,...