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Cubs SS Russell joining Triple-A Iowa to prepare for return

Apr. 23, 2019 8:14 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Cubs shortstop Addison Russell is joining Triple-A Iowa to prepare for his return from a 40-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy. Russell is expected to play when Iowa begins a nine-game homestand Wednesday night against Nashville. He had stayed in...

Zoo investigates animal handling after tiger attacks worker

Apr. 23, 2019 6:42 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas zoo is investigating its animal-handling protocols after a Sumatran tiger seriously injured a veteran zookeeper, and its director acknowledged Tuesday that human error probably led to the attack. The Topeka Zoo has "100% confidence" that no problem with the tiger's enclosure...

New strategy aims to save sagebrush in Western states

Apr. 23, 2019 2:19 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A new plan to save sagebrush habitats in Western states that support cattle ranching, recreation and 350 wildlife species — including imperiled sage grouse — is a paradigm shift in strategy, federal officials said. The 248-page document released this month emphasizes new...

Russia's stray polar bear taken back to the wild

Apr. 23, 2019 10:59 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A polar bear which was found roaming around a village in eastern Russia, hundreds of miles away from its usual habitat, has been airlifted back home. The exhausted-looking animal apparently traveled on an ice floe from the remote, sparsely populated Chukotka to a village on Kamchatka, about...

SeaWorld publishes decades of orca data to help wild whales

Apr. 22, 2019 6:00 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The endangered killer whales of the Pacific Northwest live very different lives from orcas in captivity. They swim up to 100 miles (161 kilometers) a day in pursuit of salmon, instead of being fed a steady diet of baitfish and multivitamins. Their playful splashing awes and entertains...

Conservation groups ask judge to halt Trump drilling plan

Apr. 22, 2019 5:26 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Four conservation groups have asked a judge to block a Trump administration plan allowing drilling, mining and other activities in seven Western states they say will harm sage grouse. Western Watersheds Project and other groups asked for the injunction in U.S. District Court in Idaho...

Land conservation organization acquires 100,000 acres

Apr. 22, 2019 12:34 PM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A land conservation organization has acquired 100,000 acres (40,469 hectares) on the Kentucky-Tennessee border. News outlets report The Nature Conservancy announced on Monday that the purchased area covers 156 square miles (404 sq. kilometers) across areas of northern Tennessee and...

Wife of Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has brain surgery

Apr. 22, 2019 10:45 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Kelly Stafford, the wife of Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, says she is home after surgery to remove a brain tumor. She says the surgery lasted 12 hours and shared other details Sunday on her Instagram account. Earlier this month, she shared that an MRI showed the tumor after she...

Biologist study finds mercury in predator peregrine falcons

Apr. 21, 2019 11:32 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada wildlife researcher has found that not even the fastest bird on Earth can escape mercury contamination. The toxic element is turning up in feathers of peregrine falcons from coast to coast, including those at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, state Department of Wildlife...

Eaglet welcomed as new addition at Dollywood

Apr. 20, 2019 1:38 PM EDT

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (AP) — Dolly Parton's Dollywood has welcomed a fluffy addition to the amusement park — an eaglet. Media outlets report the eaglet hatched Wednesday. The eaglet is part of the park's Eagle Mountain Sanctuary, a 30,000-square-foot aviary. The park has a live cam labeled "Grant...