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As sea ice melts, some say walruses need better protection

Oct. 13, 2018 2:40 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Given a choice between giving birth on land or sea ice, Pacific walrus mothers most often choose ice. Likewise, they prefer sea ice for molting, mating, nursing and resting between dives for food. Trouble is, as the century progresses, there's going to be far less ice around. How...

Correction: Melania Trump story

Oct. 12, 2018 4:36 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — In a story Oct. 6 about Melania Trump, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Joshua Meservey works for the Heritage Institute. Meservey works for the Heritage Foundation. A corrected version of the story is below: Melania Trump puts on happier face during Africa tour It took Melania...

Happy campers, and also lots of them, in Maine

Oct. 12, 2018 3:52 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The numbers indicate that Maine's campers are indeed happy. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry's Bureau of Parks and Lands says a record number of visitors have camped in Maine State Parks this year. The agency says 255,553 campers have been recorded...

Correction: Blowout-Texas Oil Boom story

Oct. 12, 2018 3:16 PM EDT

MIDLAND, Texas (AP) — In a story distributed by The Associated Press on Oct. 11 about the oil and gas production boom in West Texas, The Texas Tribune and the Center for Public Integrity erroneously reported that student enrollment for the Ector County Independent School District had doubled in the past...

UK's Prince William warns of criminal threat to wildlife

Oct. 11, 2018 9:23 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain's Prince William has told a two-day international wildlife protection conference that he could not face his children if his generation allows elephants, tigers and other species to become extinct. "It's heartbreaking to think that by the time my children, George, Charlotte and Louis...

Congress approves massive water-projects bill

Oct. 10, 2018 4:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has approved a sprawling bill to improve the nation's ports, dams and harbors, protect against floods, restore shorelines and support other water-related projects. If signed by President Donald Trump, America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 would authorize more than $6 billion...

Homeland Security issues another Texas border wall waiver

Oct. 10, 2018 2:28 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The Department of Homeland Security has issued another waiver of environmental laws to build new border barriers in South Texas, this time for roughly 17 miles (27 kilometers) cutting through the National Butterfly Center and other sensitive areas. DHS posted a waiver Wednesday that lists...

US states agree on plan to manage overtaxed Colorado River

Oct. 9, 2018 7:18 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Seven Southwestern U.S. states that depend on the overtaxed Colorado River have reached landmark agreements on how to manage the waterway amid an unprecedented drought, including a commitment by California to bear part of the burden before it is legally required to do so, officials said...

Homeland Security to waive laws for South Texas border gates

Oct. 9, 2018 6:09 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said Tuesday that it will waive environmental laws so it can build gates between sections of border barriers in South Texas' Rio Grande Valley. The waiver posted online lists 11 locations where the government plans to install gates in existing...

UN report: Technologies can help lives but boost inequality

Oct. 8, 2018 7:47 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — New technologies from artificial intelligence to gene editing hold immense potential to improve people's live — but can also drive greater inequality and social dislocation, according to a U.N. report launched Monday. The World Economic and Social Survey 2018 focused on whether...