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Butterfly sculpture dedicated by Rosalynn Carter in Plains

Aug. 15, 2022 12:19 PM EDT

PLAINS, Ga. (AP) — Former first lady Rosalynn Carter has dedicated a sculpture of monarch butterflies in a garden named for her in Plains, Georgia — part of Carter's continuing advocacy for butterflies and their habitat. Former President Jimmy Carter also attended the dedication...

Oil barriers to rein in spread of dead fish from Oder River

Aug. 15, 2022 12:06 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German officials expressed mounting anger Monday at the slow flow of information from Poland as experts raced to discover what killed tens of thousands of fish in a shared border river and put up barriers used to contain oil spills in a bid to rein in the spread of fish carcasses. ...

Florida gator hunting starts with expanded time, weapons

Aug. 15, 2022 12:00 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Florida's alligator hunting season started Monday with new rules expanding the time and weapons that can be used. The new rules expanded alligator hunting to 24 hours a day, instead of the previous 17 hours a day, primarily at night and early morning, that had...

Red panda found in fig tree after escaping Australian zoo

Aug. 15, 2022 05:23 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A red panda that spent two days on the lam after escaping from an Australian zoo was recaptured Sunday after he was spotted hanging out in a fig tree in a nearby park. Named Ravi, the 7-year-old panda had arrived at Adelaide Zoo last week after he...

Tennessee deputy frees bear trapped inside car

Aug. 15, 2022 04:30 AM EDT

COSBY, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee deputy responded to reports for a bear in a car last week. A Cocke County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to the call on Wednesday. After failed attempts to reach wildlife officials, the deputy shot out a rear passenger window with two 12-gauge...

New Zealand river's personhood status offers hope to Māori

Aug. 15, 2022 00:10 AM EDT

WHANGANUI, New Zealand (AP) — The Whanganui River is surging into the ocean, fattened from days of winter rain and yellowed from the earth and clay that has collapsed into its sides. Logs and debris hurtle past as dusk looms. Sixty-one-year-old Tahi Nepia is calmly paddling his...

New Zealand river's personhood status offers hope to Māori

Aug. 15, 2022 00:05 AM EDT

WHANGANUI, New Zealand (AP) — The Whanganui River is surging into the ocean, fattened from days of winter rain and yellowed from the earth and clay that has collapsed into its sides. Logs and debris hurtle past as dusk looms. Sixty-one-year-old Tahi Nepia is calmly paddling his...

German minister decries ecological catastrophe in Oder River

Aug. 14, 2022 15:32 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Germany's environment minister said the mass die-off of fish in the Oder River is an ecological catastrophe and it isn't clear yet how long it will take the river to recover. Steffi Lemke spoke Sunday at a news conference alongside her Polish counterpart, Anna...

Florida sheriff berates woman on Facebook after dog drowned

Aug. 14, 2022 14:04 PM EDT

TITUSVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida sheriff went on Facebook and berated a animal cruelty suspect as a “despicable excuse for a human being” after she was charged with drowning her Chihuahua. The 32-year-old woman was already in the Brevard County jail on charges she stabbed a...

Norway puts down Freya the walrus that drew Oslo crowds

Aug. 14, 2022 11:42 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Authorities in Norway have euthanized a walrus that had drawn crowds of spectators in the Oslo Fjord after concluding that it posed a risk to humans. The 600-kilogram (1,320-pound) female walrus, known affectionately as Freya, became a popular attraction in Norway in...