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In this Sept. 12, 2020, photo provided by the Center For Biological Diversity, is the scene where thousands of rare desert wildflowers have been dug up at Rhyolite Ridge, about 200 miles southeast of Reno, Nev. Federal officials are investigating the destruction of a significant portion of the remaining population of an extremely rare desert wildflower that's being considered for endangered species protection and could jeopardize plans to build a lithium mine in Nevada, the Associated Press has learned.  (Patrick Donnelly/Center For Biological Diversity via AP)

Massive damage of rare plants probed at Nevada mine site

Sep. 20, 2020 11:17 AM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — State and federal authorities are investigating the mysterious loss of a significant swath of a rare desert wildflower that’s being considered for federal protection at a contentious mine site in Nevada with some of the largest untapped lithium deposits in the world. The Australian...

FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2019, file photo, Carolina Panthers strong safety Eric Reid (25) kneels during the national anthem before the team's NFL preseason football game against the New England Patriots in Foxborough, Mass. Despite setting two defensive franchise records for the Panthers last season, Reid remains unsigned like his close friend Colin Kaepernick. Washington coach Ron Rivera, Reid’s former coach in Carolina, gave him a strong endorsement Wednesday, Sept. 16. “I would tell them he’s a heckuva teammate,” Rivera said.

Eric Reid still hasn't received an offer or workout invite

Sep. 16, 2020 8:34 PM EDT

Despite setting two defensive franchise records for the Carolina Panthers last season, Eric Reid remains unsigned, like his close friend: Colin Kaepernick. Reid told The Associated Press on Wednesday he has not received any offers nor been invited for a visit by any team since the Panthers released him in March....

351 sea turtles found dead on coast where 137 sea lions died

Sep. 15, 2020 3:36 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Environmental groups said Friday that a total of 351 loggerhead sea turtles have been found dead so far this year on the same stretch of Baja California coast where authorities found 137 dead, beached sea lions last week. The Mexican Center for Environmental Law and the Center for...

Tabitha, a 168-pound loggerhead turtle, crawls into the ocean in Point Pleasant Beach, N.J. Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, after being released by Sea Turtle Recovery, a volunteer group that rescues sick or injured turtles, nurses them back to health and returns them to the ocean. Tabitha was stranded in the surf in Cape May, on June 27, 2019, where she was near death weakened by pneumonia, severe anemia, and an intestinal blockage. The antenna on her back is a tracking device that should last for about 30 days. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

Once near death, rescued sea turtles sent back to the ocean

Sep. 15, 2020 11:42 AM EDT

POINT PLEASANT BEACH, N.J. (AP) — The last time she felt the ocean waves swirling around her, Tabitha was near death. She was tossed about in the surf in Cape May, weakened by pneumonia, severe anemia, and an intestinal blockage. She also was laden with parasites and covered with 15 pounds (7 kilograms) of...

FILE — In this Sunday, Aug. 16 file photo the Japanese MV Wakashio, a bulk carrier ship that recently ran aground off the southeast coast of Mauritius, can be seen from the coast of Mauritius. The oil spill disaster turned deadly this week when a tugboat leaving the shipwreck collided with a barge and sank, killing at least three sailors, police said Tuesday Sept. 1, 2020. (AP Photo/ Sumeet Mudhoo-L'express Maurice/File)

Japan ship operator to pay $9M over Mauritius oil spill

Sep. 11, 2020 9:03 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Japanese operator of a bulk carrier that struck a coral reef and caused a widespread oil spill off the coast of Mauritius said Friday it will provide 1 billion yen ($9 million) to fund environmental projects and support the local fishing community. Mitsui O.S.K. Lines said the Mauritius...

Wildfire has infiltrated a Brazilian state park known for its population of jaguars;

Wildfires sweep into Brazil park harboring jaguars

Sep. 10, 2020 5:45 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Wildfire has infiltrated a Brazilian state park known for its population of jaguars as firefighters, environmentalists and ranchers in the world’s largest tropical wetlands region struggle to smother record blazes. The fire had surrounded the Encontro das Aguas (Meeting of the...

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New Netflix series features an 11-year-old 'koala whisperer'

Sep. 9, 2020 10:24 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Like a lot of young people, 11-year-old Izzy Bee has a special bond with animals. Unlike a lot of young people, she shares it with one of the planet's most cuddly — koalas. “It’s hard to explain,” she says from her home in Australia. “When I’m with...

Surfers wade in the water waiting for waves off the Southern Gold Coast area of Greenmount Beach, Gold Coast, Friday, Dec. 15, 2017. A shark fatally mauled a man on Tuesday on Australia’s Gold Coast city tourist strip, an official said. (David Clark/AAP via AP)

Australia officials probe if dead shark in net killed surfer

Sep. 9, 2020 12:14 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Authorities will investigate whether a dead tiger shark caught in a net off an Australian beach killed a surfer, an official said Wednesday. Nick Slater, 46, was fatally mauled on Tuesday off popular Greenmount Beach on the Gold Coast tourist strip in a rare attack off a beach...

FILE — In this Sunday Nov. 10, 2019 file photo a herd of elephants make their way through the Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe, in search of water. An environmental group in Zimbabwe has applied to the country's High Court Tuesday Sept. 8, 2020, to stop a Chinese firm from mining coal in the park which hosts one of Africa's largest populations of elephants. (AP Photo/File)

Zimbabwe group tries to stop Chinese coal mine in game park

Sep. 8, 2020 1:16 PM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — An environmental group in Zimbabwe has applied to the country’s High Court to stop a Chinese firm from mining coal in Hwange National Park, which hosts one of Africa’s largest populations of elephants. The Zimbabwe Environmental Lawyers Association argues that the...

Cornerbacks Sidney Jones, Rasul Douglas among Eagles cuts

Sep. 5, 2020 9:07 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Eagles released two of their first three picks in the 2017 draft among their cuts Saturday to reach the 53-man roster limit. Cornerbacks Sidney Jones (second round) and Rasul Douglas (third round) were cut along with defensive end Shareef Miller, a fourth-round...