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FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2017, file photo Oscar the cat, who is not a service animal, sits in his carry on travel bag after arriving at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix. Industry officials believe many that hundreds of thousands of passengers scam the system each year by claiming they need their pet for emotional support. Those people avoid airline pet fees, which Oscar's owners paid. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

New rules could bump emotional-support animals from planes

Jan. 22, 2020 6:18 PM EST

The days of passengers bringing their pets on airplanes as emotional-support animals could be ending. The U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday proposed that only specially trained dogs qualify as service animals, which must be allowed in the cabin at no charge. Airlines could ban emotional-support...

This undated photo provided by the Center for Biological Diversity shows a Pascagoula map turtle. Two environmental groups have sued the Trump administration, saying it has failed to protect map turtles found in Mississippi and Louisiana under the Endangered Species Act.   (Grover Brown/Center for Biological Diversity via AP)

Lawsuit filed to protect turtles in Mississippi, Louisiana

Jan. 21, 2020 5:23 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Two environmental groups have sued the Trump administration, saying it has failed to protect map turtles found in Mississippi and Louisiana under the Endangered Species Act. The lawsuit calls for endangered or threatened status for the Pearl River map turtle, which is found in the Pearl...

FILE - This May 13, 2006 file photo shows a desert tortoise at its new home in the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve east of Leeds, Utah. More than 16,000 public comments have been submitted for a proposal on whether to allow a highway to be built through a protected Mojave desert tortoise habitat in southern Utah. The four-lane road has drawn criticism from conservationists. The Spectrum newspaper reported the road would pass through the Red Cliffs National Conservation Area. Bureau of Land Management officials opened the public comment period in December 2019 and say they will now go through all of the comments before releasing a draft environmental impact statement. (Brain Passey/The Spectrum via AP, File)

Over 16K comment on highway set for desert tortoise habitat

Jan. 9, 2020 2:40 PM EST

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — More than 16,000 public comments have been submitted for a proposal on whether to allow a highway to be built through a protected Mojave desert tortoise habitat in southern Utah, federal officials said. The proposed four-lane road has drawn criticism from conservationists, because...

Eggs from endangered sea turtle stolen from Thai beach

Jan. 6, 2020 9:07 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — A community in southern Thailand has offered a reward for catching whoever stole dozens of unhatched eggs of an endangered turtle species. The Pacific Leatherback turtle eggs were stolen before dawn Sunday from a beach in the southern province of Phang-nga, said Pratom Rassamee, head of the...

File-This June 16, 2016, file photo shows a Kemp's ridley sea turtle hatchling crawling across the beach at Padre Island National Seashore during the 4th public sea turtle hatching release. Federal regulators have vastly scaled back a plan to make more shrimpers include escape hatches for small sea turtles in their nets. A conservation group, the Center for Biological Diversity, calls it

Plan to save sea turtles from shrimp boats scaled way back

Dec. 19, 2019 4:41 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A plan to make more shrimpers include sea turtle escape hatches in their nets has been vastly scaled back , federal regulators announced Thursday, potentially contributing to the deaths of more than 1,000 of the animals each year. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration...

Lion and leopard cubs sit in cages as they are displayed during a police press conference in Kampar, Riau, Indonesia, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019.  Indonesian police said Sunday that they have arrested two men suspected being part of a ring that poaches and trades in endangered animals and seized from them lion and leopard cubs and dozens of turtle, police said Sunday. (AP Photo/Rifka Majjid)

Indonesia nabs 2 suspected smugglers of leopard, lion cubs

Dec. 16, 2019 12:14 AM EST

PEKANBARU, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian police said Sunday that they have arrested two men suspected of being part of a ring that poaches and trades in endangered animals and seized from them several lion and leopard cubs and dozens of turtles. One of the suspects, identified only as Yatno, was arrested...

FILE - In this April 2010 file photo, oil can be seen in the Gulf of Mexico, more than 50 miles southeast of Venice on Louisiana's tip, as a large plume of smoke rises from fires on BP's Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig. Federal agencies have approved $225 million in settlement money from the BP oil spill for 18 projects to restore the open ocean. The projects are described in a 490-page report released Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Nearly $226M to restore open Gulf after 2010 BP oil spill

Dec. 13, 2019 1:56 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Federal agencies have approved nearly $226 million for 18 projects to restore open ocean and marine habitats that were decimated in the Gulf of Mexico by the 2010 BP oil spill. The projects range from $52.6 million to study deep-sea habitats to $290,000 to find ways to keep sea turtles...

FILE - In this April 11, 2004 file photo, a gopher tortoise lumbers across the forest floor at Reed Bingham State Park near Adel, Ga. The Conservation Fund and Open Space Institute announced Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, that they had bought a 16,000-acre (65-square-kilometer) site along the Satilla River east of Woodbine, Ga., which they described as one of the largest unprotected open space parcels along the southeast Atlantic coast. Conservation groups and Georgia officials are aiming to protect 65 of the roughly 122 viable gopher tortoise populations in the state to try to prevent the turtle from a listing under the Endangered Species Act.  (AP Photo/Elliott Minor, File)

Conservation groups make major land buy along Georgia coast

Dec. 8, 2019 10:28 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Conservation groups have purchased a swath of land in Georgia that they describe as one of the largest unprotected open space parcels along the southeast Atlantic coast. The Conservation Fund and Open Space Institute announced Friday that they had bought the 16,000-acre (65-square-kilometer)...