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Right whales could drop to levels unseen since 1990

Oct. 22, 2018 2:42 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Scientists say the population of North Atlantic right whales could decline to levels not seen since 1990 in as few as 12 years. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, which manages coastal fisheries, received an update on the status of the whales on Monday. The whales are...

'Shark Tank' backs late 9/11 cleaner's idea, pitched by kids

Oct. 22, 2018 9:35 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The sharks on "Shark Tank" are supporting an invention created by a New York City firefighter who died of cancer after helping clean up the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks. Kevin Young's children on Sunday pitched his Cup Board Pro, a chopping block that features a detachable bowl for...

GOP panel's foreign agent inquiry triggers harsh response

Oct. 19, 2018 10:36 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — An environmental group has denounced a House oversight committee for suggesting the organization's efforts to block construction of a U.S. military base on the southern Japanese island of Okinawa may require it to register as foreign agent. In a bluntly worded letter delivered earlier...

Breaching dams to save Northwest orcas is contentious issue

Oct. 18, 2018 7:04 PM EDT

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Calls to breach four hydroelectric dams in Washington state have grown louder in recent months as the plight of critically endangered Northwest orcas has captured global attention. Some argue the best way to get more salmon to the starving whales is to tear down four dams on the Lower...

Panthers rookie WR working on ball-protection techniques

Oct. 18, 2018 5:47 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Panthers drafted wide receiver D.J. Moore in the first round this past April because of his ability to make plays after the catch. But Moore's gift for turning nothing into something got him into trouble last Sunday after fumbling twice — once following a reception and...

Red tide reaches Florida's Space Coast

Oct. 18, 2018 3:03 PM EDT

MELBOURNE BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A toxic algae bloom has reached Florida's Space Coast. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on Wednesday said red tide had reached parts of Brevard County. The wildlife commission says red tide now spans from Miami-Dade County to halfway up Florida's east...

'Malnourished' animals report prompts Albania zoo closure

Oct. 18, 2018 12:36 PM EDT

MBROSTAR, Albania (AP) — A report claiming lions and other animals were left malnourished at a private zoo in Albania has prompted Albanian authorities to order the zoo's temporary closure. Environment Minister Blendi Klosi ordered the immediate inspection and removal of the animals from the Safari Zoo...

Conservationists ask court to step in as red wolf plan looms

Oct. 17, 2018 5:44 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Conservationists told a federal judge Wednesday that an imminent government plan to shrink the territory of the only red wolves living in the wild would hasten the animal's extinction in violation of federal law. Lawyers for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, however, countered that...

Potentially deadly infection hits California sea lions

Oct. 16, 2018 11:16 PM EDT

SAUSALITO, Calif. (AP) — A rescue center says California sea lions are coming down with a potentially fatal bacterial infection in near-record numbers. The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito says more than 220 sea lions rescued this year have been diagnosed with leptospirosis. It's the second-largest...

Idaho wildlife official resigns after killing baboon family

Oct. 16, 2018 3:29 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A top Idaho wildlife official has resigned amid outrage over a photo of him posing with a baboon family he killed during a hunting trip Africa, ending days of turmoil for a state where big game hunting is popular but critics said the photo was seen as unsportsmanlike by hunting...