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Chimpanzees spotted cracking open tortoises for meat

May. 23, 2019 9:46 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Scientists have observed wild chimpanzees tucking into an unusual snack: tortoises, whose hard shells they crack against tree trunks before scooping out the meat. In a paper published Thursday by the journal Scientific Reports, researchers from Germany say the behavior they spotted dozens of...

UNH beer inspired by 1600s Smuttynose tavern

May. 23, 2019 9:40 AM EDT

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — Feasting on cattle, fish and even seabirds in a begrimed tavern among smoke and sea spray, colonial fisherman drank dark, molasses-rich beer. It was Smuttynose Island in the 1630s. Inside the fishing station of the Isles of Shoals settlement, "sailors, smugglers and picaroons," some...

Botswana lifts ban on elephant hunting, citing conflicts

May. 23, 2019 7:56 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Botswana's government says it has lifted its ban on elephant hunting, a decision that is likely to bring protests from wildlife protection groups. The southern African nation is home to more elephants than any other country, with an estimated 130,000. The government's statement posted...

Researchers collecting ticks to find where they're active

May. 23, 2019 5:50 AM EDT

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — Researchers involved in an Illinois tick research and surveillance program are hoping the public will be generous in passing on to them the little bloodsuckers. The University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine says the Illinois Tick Inventory Collaboration Network received more...

Politics, killings stifle wolf recovery amid hefty price tag

May. 23, 2019 1:23 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Illegal killings and longstanding political resistance have undercut the return of two species of endangered wolves to the wild, frustrating government efforts that already cost more than $80 million but have failed to meet recovery targets. The number of red wolves roaming the forests...

Annual 'Dr. Beach' list names Oahu's Kailua best in America

May. 23, 2019 1:04 AM EDT

KAILUA, Hawaii (AP) — In Kailua, the sand is soft and white, the water is clear and calm, and the view is exactly what you would expect from a beach in the Hawaiian Islands. Those are among the reasons Oahu's Kailua Beach Park has been selected as the best stretch of sand for an annual list of top U.S....

Officials at Hawaii tsunami center say fake alert circulated

May. 23, 2019 12:19 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Officials at a tsunami monitoring center in Hawaii say a fake threat was circulated about an earthquake in Japan and subsequent tidal wave. News outlets reported Tuesday that the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center on Oahu said there is no tsunami threat in the Pacific after a "fabricated...

2 elderly African lions die at San Francisco, San Diego zoos

May. 22, 2019 8:20 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Two beloved, elderly lions have died at zoos in California. The San Francisco Zoo announced Wednesday that a 16-year-old male African lion named Jahari died Monday of old age. African lions live to about 14 in the wild. He was born at the zoo in 2003 and raised by the staff after his...

Suit tossed over death of North Dakota man turned informant

May. 22, 2019 6:34 PM EDT

WAHPETON, N.D. (AP) — A judge has dismissed a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the parents of a North Dakota college student who say their son was killed after being pressured into becoming an informant for drug investigators. The body of 20-year-old Andrew Sadek was recovered from the Red River in June...

Sea dragons captivate visitors at California aquarium

May. 22, 2019 5:28 PM EDT

LA JOLLA, California (AP) — At first glance, it looks like a branch of kelp, but then an eye moves among its leafy appendages, and ridges of tiny, translucent fins start to flutter, sending the creature gliding through the water like something from a fairy tale. A Southern California aquarium has built...