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Washington state waterfront owners asked to take dead whales

Jun. 15, 2019 2:08 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...

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...

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...

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...

Growers hope standards bring order to hemp industry 'mess'

Jun. 14, 2019 8:15 PM EDT

AURORA, Ore. (AP) — A unit of wheat is called a bushel, and a standard weight of potatoes is called a century. But hemp as a fully legal U.S. agricultural commodity is so new that a unit of hemp seed doesn't yet have a universal name or an agreed-upon quantity. That's one example of the startling lack of...

Major oil companies commit to carbon pricing at Vatican

Jun. 14, 2019 3:48 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Some of the world's major oil producers pledged Friday to support "economically meaningful" carbon pricing regimes after a personal appeal from Pope Francis to avoid "perpetrating a brutal act of injustice" against the poor and future generations. The companies, including ExxonMobil,...

What's in a nickname? NFL has had great ones in its history

Jun. 14, 2019 2:54 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The memorable moments and teams in NFL history can be summarized by a word or phrase such as the "Steel Curtain" or "America's Team." And the NFL has had more than its share of those moments and teams through the years. Even though a list such as this could be virtually endless, here's a...

NOAA: 279 dolphins dead on Gulf Coast, triple usual number

Jun. 14, 2019 2:42 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — At least 279 dolphins have stranded across much of the U.S. Gulf Coast since Feb. 1, triple the usual number, and about 98 percent of them have died, scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Friday. Scientists will investigate whether lingering effects...

Church loses battle in Christian Science trust case

Jun. 14, 2019 1:04 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A Christian Science church in Australia cannot sue trusts created following the 1910 death of Christian Science movement founder Mary Baker Eddy, New Hampshire's highest court ruled Friday. The state Supreme Court ruled that the Second Church of Christ, Scientist in Melbourne lacked...

Emails: Trump official consulted global warming rejecters

Jun. 14, 2019 11:39 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Trump administration national security official has sought help from advisers to a think tank that disavows climate change to challenge widely accepted scientific findings on global warming, according to his emails. The request from William Happer, a member of the National Security...