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Washington state waterfront owners asked to take dead whales

Jun. 15, 2019 5:42 PM EDT

PORT HADLOCK, Wash. (AP) — At least one Washington state waterfront landowner has said yes to a request to allow dead gray whales to decompose on their property. So many gray whale carcasses have washed up this year that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries says it has run out of...

Sealaska Heritage announces participation in genetics study

Jun. 15, 2019 3:16 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Sealaska Heritage Institute officials say they are collaborating with a university that is studying how the DNA of indigenous people might have been affected by trauma linked to European colonization. Researchers from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign will be at the...

Audubon intervenes to protect ocean monument for puffins

Jun. 15, 2019 1:14 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The National Audubon Society is getting involved in a lawsuit over the future of a national monument in the ocean off New England because of the area's importance to seabirds, especially colorfully beaked puffins. Fishing groups sued in federal court against creation of Northeast...

State archaeologists' hands-on lesson for visually impaired

Jun. 15, 2019 10:34 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Some state archaeologists are spending three weeks with students at the Louisiana School for the Visually Impaired, including a mock dig for 26 students. Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser said in a news release Wednesday that the program runs through June 28. It also includes pottery making...

Apollo 11 exhibition to land in Cincinnati in September

Jun. 15, 2019 9:48 AM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — The last of five stops for a special exhibition for the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing will be in Cincinnati. Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission will open at the Cincinnati Museum Center on Sept. 28 and run through Feb. 7, 2020. The exhibition features the Columbia...

Purdue to celebrate 50th anniversary of Armstrong's moonwalk

Jun. 15, 2019 9:45 AM EDT

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Purdue University is planning several events commemorating the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing commanded by school alumnus Neil Armstrong. The university says events begin July 18 with a presentation on the landing by Apollo 11 flight director Gene Kranz,...

Zero elephants poached in a year in top Africa wildlife park

Jun. 15, 2019 8:31 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — One of Africa's largest wildlife preserves is marking a year without a single elephant found killed by poachers, which experts call an extraordinary development in an area larger than Switzerland where thousands of the animals have been slaughtered in recent years. The apparent...

Program shows promise of removing pythons from Everglades

Jun. 15, 2019 3:01 AM EDT

FORT PIERCE, Fla. (AP) — Charlie 5 had no plans to move that hot June morning. The 9-foot-long Burmese python was comfortably nestled in a muddy hollow, well-hidden in a thicket of saw grass and alligator flag in Big Cypress National Preserve. His tracking device gave him away. He didn't like it, but he...

2 Yankton students recognized at National Science Olympiad

Jun. 15, 2019 2:05 AM EDT

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) — In their quest for a winning Rube Goldberg-like device, Erin Knight and Sarah Stoddard of Yankton High School found that, in this National Science Olympiad event, simplicity is the best path to success. And that helped them placed seventh nationally in the "Mission Possible" event at...

Trump aims to slash number of federal advisory committees

Jun. 14, 2019 8:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is trying to take an ax to federal advisory committees, ordering that their numbers be slashed. Trump signed an executive order Friday that directs every federal agency to evaluate the need for all of its advisory committees created under the Federal Advisory...