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Leaping Lizards: Florida wildlife officials catch big lizard

May. 17, 2019 10:00 AM EDT

KEY LARGO, Fla. (AP) — Wildlife officials have finally captured a large invasive Asian water monitor that had been running loose in the Florida Keys for more than a year. Florida Fish and Wildlife officials posted pictures on Facebook with this caption: "Elusive lizard captured!" The lizard was more than 5...

Wolf's comeback in US triggers debate on protection levels

May. 16, 2019 6:57 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The gray wolf is on track for a remarkable comeback after being almost exterminated in the contiguous United States, but a Trump administration proposal to take the iconic symbol of the wild off the endangered species list has exposed divisions among states. California says it opposes...

2020 hopeful Inslee says $9T climate plan will boost economy

May. 16, 2019 6:08 PM EDT

Democratic presidential candidate Jay Inslee is pitching a $9 trillion-plus climate action plan that he touts as an economic renaissance and scientific necessity, putting the Washington governor at the forefront of White House hopefuls pushing for sweeping action to combat the causes and effects of a warming...

Bird lays eggs on fake turf, displacing soccer teams for now

May. 16, 2019 12:38 PM EDT

TEANECK, N.J. (AP) — A little birdie has displaced soccer players in New Jersey. The Record reports that a killdeer laid its eggs about two weeks ago on a patch of synthetic grass near the south goal in Teaneck's Votee Park. Public works employees have cordoned off the nest with cones and yellow tape. It...

Alligator blocks runway at Air Force base in Florida

May. 16, 2019 8:13 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Staff at a U.S. Air Force base in Florida had to bring in a front-end loader to remove an alligator that was lounging on a runway. The Tampa Bay Times reports that the large reptile was spotted Tuesday morning on a MacDill Air Force Base flight line. The base shared a photo of the...

Texas lawmakers may stiffen penalties for pipeline damage

May. 15, 2019 6:43 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Lawmakers in Texas are considering a bill that would stiffen penalties for damaging or trespassing around oil and gas operations despite opposition from environmental groups who say it would quell peaceful protests and overly criminalize offenses. Environmental activists and oil and...

Federal agency renews Twin Metals mine leases in Minnesota

May. 15, 2019 5:28 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The federal Bureau of Land Management on Wednesday renewed mineral rights leases for a proposed Twin Metals copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota, a project that environmentalists fear would spoil the pristine Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Department of Interior Assistant Secretary...

Tribes seek ban on public hunting of revered grizzly bears

May. 15, 2019 4:36 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Native American leaders pressed lawmakers in Congress Wednesday to adopt permanent protections for grizzly bears, a species widely revered by tribes but that has been proposed for hunting in Wyoming and Idaho. Proposed legislation would block grizzly hunting in the Lower 48 states,...

The Latest: Lawmaker pans tribes' push to protect bears

May. 15, 2019 4:01 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on a proposal to give grizzly bears permanent protections regardless of their population size (all times local): 2:00 p.m. A Republican lawmaker says a push to permanently protect U.S. grizzly bears because they are considered sacred among Native Americans would elevate...

Beilein: Leaving Michigan for Cavs is 'right thing to do'

May. 15, 2019 2:59 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Whether it was the right time to leave Michigan for the Cleveland Cavaliers, John Beilein wasn't sure. One thing he had no doubt about was this: It was the right move to make. Beilein decided it was time to jump to the NBA and see if he can win on basketball's biggest stage after molding...