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Green River stocked with 2,400 endangered mussels

Sep. 15, 2020 3:28 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources has stocked about 2,400 endangered freshwater mussels into the Green River. A statement from the agency said about half were placed into the river within Mammoth Cave National Park earlier this month and the other half were placed...

In this undated photo released by North-Eastern Federal University, a head of an Ice Age cave bear found on Bolshoy Lyakhovsky Island, or Great Lyakhovsky, the largest of the Lyakhovsky Islands belonging to the New Siberian Islands archipelago between the Laptev Sea and the East Siberian Sea in northern Russia. Reindeer herders in a Russian Arctic archipelago have found an immaculately preserved carcass of an Ice Age cave bear revealed by the melting permafrost, which has all its internal organs, teeth and even its nose intact. (North-Eastern Federal University via AP)

Perfectly preserved Ice Age cave bear found in Arctic Russia

Sep. 14, 2020 3:03 PM EDT

Reindeer herders in a Russian Arctic archipelago have found an immaculately preserved carcass of an Ice Age cave bear, researchers said Monday. The find, revealed by the melting permafrost, was discovered on the Lyakhovsky Islands with its teeth and even its nose intact. Previously scientists only had been able...

This photo provided by the U.S. Department of Energy shows a section of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve facility in West Hackberry, La. U.S. Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette said Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, that Hurricane Laura did significant damage at the site, which holds about 30% of the nation's store of emergency crude oil. (U.S. Department of Energy via AP)

Hurricane hit oil storage site, but no shortages expected

Sep. 9, 2020 10:15 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Hurricane Laura caused significant damage at a site holding about 30% of the nation’s store of emergency crude oil, but three other sites still have plenty of petroleum, U.S. Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette said Wednesday. The damaged Strategic Petroleum Reserve site in West...

Earthquake damage threatens stability of Idaho monument

Sep. 8, 2020 12:42 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An earthquake in March is threatening caves at the Craters of the Moon National Monument, officials said. Two National Forest Service cave experts found two structural concerns in the national preserve after a magnitude 6.5 earthquake near Boise rumbled on March 31. Wade Vagias,...

Crews contain lightning-caused wildfire at Wind Cave park

Aug. 30, 2020 2:10 PM EDT

HOT SPRINGS, S.D. (AP) — Crews have contained a wildfire caused by lightning at Wind Cave National Park in western South Dakota. Park officials said the 28-acre (11.3-hectare) Rankin Fire was contained Saturday night after crews finished establishing a line around the fire. The fire burned in the interior...

Environmental groups challenge Ohio gas storage permits

Aug. 21, 2020 12:36 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Environmental groups have asked an Ohio appeals court to revoke drilling permits granted by a state agency for construction of massive underground salt caverns to store natural gas liquids along the Ohio River, according to a lawsuit. The complaint filed Thursday with the 10th District...

Henry Hughes, 6, works with therapist Tiffany Erler, using bubbles to learn to control air flow in Severna Park, Md., on Aug. 6, 2020.  Hughes, 6, attends speech therapy three times a week with Erler. (Paul W. Gillespie/The Baltimore Sun via AP)

Speech pathologists face difficult decisions amid pandemic

Aug. 16, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Four-year-old Lucy Caves wakes up early on the mornings she has speech therapy. There’s no longer any commute from her family’s home in Hanover to the Budding Voices clinic in Severna Park — just the commute from her second-story bedroom to the downstairs living...

Southern Indiana's ice cream trail serves up treats, towns

Aug. 15, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

BEDFORD, Ind. (AP) — Double dips, triple scoops, twirly cones and root beer floats. The Discover Southern Indiana Ice Cream Trail is giving ice cream lovers with a wanderlust spirit a taste of southern Indiana towns that are off the beaten path. Launched July 4, the trail is an invitation to sample ice...

Endangered Indiana bats losing habitat near Indiana airport

Aug. 9, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana bat, a state and federally endangered species, spends the winter hibernating in caves. But, over time, one of its favorite springtime hangouts has increasingly become well, less bat friendly. That home? The area around the Indianapolis International Airport. As Indianapolis...

DA won't prosecute New Mexico park ranger in fatal shooting

Aug. 8, 2020 5:03 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The attorney for the family of a Colorado man fatally shot by a U.S. National Park Service ranger in New Mexico said she was disappointed with a district attorney decision to not pursue criminal charges against the ranger. Civil rights lawyer Shannon Kennedy said Charles...