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US acknowledges Northwest dams have devastated the region's Native tribes

Jun. 18, 2024 19:47 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The U.S. government on Tuesday acknowledged, for the first time, the harmful role it has played over the past century in building and operating dams in the Pacific Northwest — dams that devastated Native American tribes by inundating their villages and decimating salmon runs...

More homeowners are needed to join the push to restore Honolulu’s urban watersheds

Jun. 18, 2024 15:14 PM EDT

It’s been a year since eight conservation groups launched an unprecedented, large-scale restoration effort in the islands that tries to apply the Hawaiian concept of ahupuaa ridge-to-reef land management to one of Honolulu’s most heavily developed areas. So far, that $7.8 million...

Gleaming monolith pops up in Nevada desert, the latest in a series of quickly vanishing structures

Jun. 18, 2024 12:56 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The strange monolith looks like it could have come from another world. Jutting out of the rocks in a remote mountain range near Las Vegas, the glimmering rectangular prism's reflective surface imitates the vast desert landscape surrounding the mountain peak where...

Landmark EU nature restoration plan gets the green light despite months of protests by farmers

Jun. 17, 2024 21:01 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union countries on Monday gave final approval to a major and long-awaited plan to better protect nature in the 27-nation bloc, a divisive issue after months of protests by farmers who argued that EU environmental and climate laws were driving them toward bankruptcy. ...

Arkansas lawmakers advance tax-cut bills and try to stave off shutdown of hunting, fishing agency

Jun. 17, 2024 17:49 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers on Monday advanced income and property tax cuts and a compromise proposal to avoid a shutdown of the state's hunting and fishing programs. Lawmakers moved quickly on the main agenda items for the special session Republican Gov. Sarah...

Think cicadas are weird? Check out superfans, who eat the bugs, use them in art and even striptease

Jun. 17, 2024 16:56 PM EDT

FOREST PARK, Illinois (AP) — Mayumi Barrack sees a pair of mating periodical cicadas getting together, whips out her phone, says, “Hi guys!" and takes their picture. “I'm not really a bug person, but as I look more and more I feel they are adorable,” Barrack explained, noting...

Editorial Roundup: Iowa

Jun. 17, 2024 13:38 PM EDT

Des Moines Register. June 16, 2024. Editorial: Disastrous figures show the poverty of Iowa’s water quality approach No accident, no matter how awful, can compete with the relentless day-to-day flood of nitrate pollution from countless sources throughout Iowa. ...

Sea turtles are under threat from trawlers in the Adriatic. A center offers them a sanctuary

Jun. 17, 2024 09:13 AM EDT

MARINA DI RAVENNA, Italy (AP) — On a crisp morning off the coast of Marina di Ravenna, the Adriatic Sea glistens under the sun as marine biologist Linda Albonetti stands in a gently bobbing boat. Reaching into a plastic tub, she hefts out a sizeable loggerhead turtle and eases it over the side. ...

Chinese premier promises more pandas and urges Australia to put aside differences

Jun. 16, 2024 07:06 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Chinese Premier Li Qiang on Sunday promised a new pair of giant pandas to a zoo and urged Australia to set aside its differences with Beijing at the outset of the first visit to the country by China's second-highest ranking leader in seven years. ...

Dogs' digs at the Garden: Westminster show returning to Madison Square Garden next year

Jun. 14, 2024 17:22 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Madison Square Garden is going back to the dogs. The Westminster Kennel Club announced this week that its storied dog show is returning next year to the Manhattan arena for the first time since 2020. That year's show was held weeks before COVID-19 was declared a...