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Coral gardeners bring back Jamaica's reefs, piece by piece

Sep. 17, 2019 8:35 PM EDT

OCHO RIOS, Jamaica (AP) — Everton Simpson squints at the Caribbean from his motorboat, scanning the dazzling bands of color for hints of what lies beneath. Emerald green indicates sandy bottoms. Sapphire blue lies above seagrass meadows. And deep indigo marks coral reefs. That's where he's headed. He...

California to increase flows on key river to protect trout

Sep. 17, 2019 7:37 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California officials have ordered increased water flows on the Santa Ynez River in Santa Barbara County to protect endangered steelhead trout. The State Water Resources Control Board says Tuesday that its action follows two decades of legal efforts to address long-term declines in...

Necropsy finds dog was dead before being dragged by car

Sep. 17, 2019 7:04 PM EDT

WILSON, La. (AP) — A driver accused of dragging a leashed dog to death behind a car in Louisiana will not be charged with animal cruelty. News outlets report a necropsy performed by the Louisiana Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory determined the dog was already dead before the dragging occurred Sunday...

3 hunters injured in 2 Montana grizzly attacks

Sep. 17, 2019 6:45 PM EDT

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Three hunters were injured in two separate grizzly bear attacks in the same area of southwestern Montana less than 12 hours apart, wildlife officials said. Investigators were trying Tuesday to determine if the same bear was involved in the surprise encounters in the Gravelly...

Oregon drivers can buy vouchers for wildlife license plate

Sep. 17, 2019 6:10 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon car owners could have the option of a new license plate if an Oregon Wildlife Foundation design is approved. The Statesman Journal reports the foundation began a voucher sale earlier this summer for the plate featuring a mule deer with Mount Hood in the background. Officials say...

Report of ant infestation pushes VA to make changes

Sep. 17, 2019 5:51 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — An official has been put on leave and others reassigned following a report of a cancer patient bitten more than 100 times by ants at a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs living center in Georgia. Dr. Richard Stone, the Veterans Health Administration executive in charge, said in a news...

Connecticut group reunites owners with missing pets

Sep. 17, 2019 5:13 PM EDT

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — If you've never had the unfortunate need for CT Dog Gone Recovery Volunteers' services, there's a decent chance that everything you thought you knew about recovering a lost dog is wrong. You're not supposed to call out to the dog. You're not supposed to publicize sightings of the...

AP Photos: Saving Jamaica's coral, an undersea labor of love

Sep. 17, 2019 4:48 PM EDT

OCHO RIOS, Jamaica (AP) — The tropical turquoise waters near the coast of Jamaica are beautiful and inviting, but they disguise the devastation that lurks beneath. After flipping backwards off a small wooden boat and diving toward the ocean floor, the damage comes into full view. The landscape looks like...

Police appeal fails in fatal shooting of Jackson pit bull

Sep. 17, 2019 4:28 PM EDT

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — An appeals court says a lawsuit can proceed against police in the fatal shooting of a pit bull inside a Jackson home. A Jackson officer walked through the front door without knocking and encountered a dog named Kane. The dog dashed down stairs and growled before it was shot in 2014....

Lawsuit: Suburban Denver police let dog attack sleeping man

Sep. 17, 2019 4:19 PM EDT

LAKEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado man says officers in suburban Denver allowed a police dog to attack him while he slept, nearly killing him and permanently damaging his vocal chords. The Denver Post reported Monday that 25-year-old Spencer Erickson sued Lakewood police, saying officers improperly released...