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Lawsuit planned over hunting, fishing at US wildlife refuges

Oct. 28, 2020 4:01 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Trump administration is violating the Endangered Species Act by expanding hunting and fishing by 3,600 square miles (9,300 square kilometers) on the national wildlife refuge system and national fish hatchery system, an environmental group says. The Center for Biological Diversity on...

Government approves Alaska Petroleum Reserve Willow project

Oct. 28, 2020 9:57 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The federal government has approved the Willow oil project in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, allowing construction near a prized conservation area in a largely undeveloped region. U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt signed the government’s record of decision...

Man with 28 DWIs dies weeks after leaving prison

Oct. 28, 2020 7:32 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man with 28 arrests for drunken driving has died weeks after leaving prison for his latest offense. An online obituary says 67-year-old Danny Lee Bettcher, of New York Mills, died last week from what his family said was natural causes. Bettcher was released from the Moose...

FILE - In this July 11, 2002, file photo, Kathleen Ramsay gets the attention of Manchado, a Mexican spotted owl at the Wildlife Center near Espanola, N.M. Environmentalists have reached an agreement with federal land and wildlife managers that will clear the way for forest restoration efforts to resume in the Southwest. A federal court had issued an injunction last year that limited timber activities and restoration projects on national forest lands in New Mexico and Arizona pending the outcome of a legal battle over the threatened Mexican spotted owl. (AP Photo/Neil Jacobs, File)

Agreement ends dispute over threatened Mexican spotted owl

Oct. 27, 2020 6:36 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Environmentalists have reached an agreement with federal land and wildlife managers that will clear the way for forest restoration efforts to resume in the Southwest. A federal court had issued an injunction last year that limited timber activities and restoration projects on...

Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey (22) rushes for a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. The Panthers are eager to get Christian McCaffrey back on the field after he has missed four games with a high ankle sprain. (AP Photo/Mark LoMoglio)

Panthers' McCaffrey back at practice after missing 5 games

Oct. 27, 2020 6:04 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Christian McCaffrey has been designated for return from the team’s injured reserve list, increasing the likelihood Carolina’s 2019 All-Pro running back will play Thursday night against the Atlanta Falcons. McCaffrey arrived at Panthers practice Tuesday with a red jersey...

Backers get needed funds for North Dakota Roosevelt library

Oct. 27, 2020 6:01 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's governor, Microsoft, a Walmart heir, and a Fargo media mogul are among the major financial backers of a proposed presidential library for Theodore Roosevelt in the state's western Badlands where he hunted, ranched and lived a cowboy life before becoming the 26th U.S....

Lamoille River treated for sea lamprey control

Oct. 27, 2020 4:44 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The Lamoille River was being treated on Tuesday with a pesticide to control sea lamprey that prey on native trout, land-locked Atlantic salmon and other species in Lake Champlain, federal wildlife officials said Tuesday. Controlling sea lamprey in the lake has been a more than...

FILE - In this March 28, 2018 file photo, a North Atlantic right whale feeds on the surface of Cape Cod bay off the coast of Plymouth, Mass. The Switzerland-based International Union for Conservation of Nature said Thursday, July 9, 2020, it is moving the North Atlantic right whale from

Population of North Atlantic right whales dips again, to 366

Oct. 27, 2020 11:34 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The population of North Atlantic right whales, an endangered species that has been the focus of conservation efforts for decades, has dipped to less than 370, officials said. The whale numbers at only 366, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Monday in an estimate...

ESPN won't hold college basketball events in Florida bubble

Oct. 26, 2020 7:35 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — ESPN won’t hold college basketball tournaments in a Florida bubble next month. In a statement Monday, ESPN Events said it had “set out to create a protected environment” in Orlando for teams set to compete in events it operates. Those plans changed due to...

Grand Rapids selected for lead pipe replacement grant

Oct. 26, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A western Michigan city has been selected to receive a $5.1 million federal water infrastructure improvement grant to help pay for lead service line replacement. The funding also will support public engagement in Grand Rapids on the risks of lead in drinking water, according to...