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This photo taken by a camera trap shows a group of Cross River gorillas in the Mbe Mountains of Nigeria on Monday, June 22, 2020. Conservationists have captured the first images of a group of rare Cross River gorillas with multiple babies in the Mbe mountains of Nigeria, proof that the subspecies once feared to be extinct is reproducing amid protection efforts. (WCS Nigeria via AP)

Rare gorillas in Nigeria captured on camera with babies

Jul. 8, 2020 3:12 AM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Conservationists have captured the first images of a group of rare Cross River gorillas with multiple babies in Nigeria's Mbe mountains, proof that the subspecies once feared to be extinct is reproducing amid protection efforts. Only around 300 Cross River gorillas were known to be...

Helicopter helping fight Payson wildfire crashes, pilot dies

Jul. 7, 2020 8:46 PM EDT

PAYSON, Ariz. (AP) — A helicopter helping to fight a wildfire near Payson crashed under unknown circumstances Tuesday, killing the pilot, authorities said. A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said the pilot was the only person aboard the Bell UH-1H helicopter that went down Tuesday afternoon about...

FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2019 file photo, logs are stacked at a lumber mill surrounded by recently charred and deforested fields near Porto Velho, Rondonia state, Brazil. Dozens of Brazilian corporations are calling for a crackdown on illegal logging in the Amazon rainforest, expressing their concerns in a letter Tuesday, July 7, 2020, to the vice president, who heads the government's council on that region. (AP Photo/Andre Penner, File)

Brazil corporations urge action on illegal logging in Amazon

Jul. 7, 2020 5:26 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Dozens of Brazilian corporations are calling for a crackdown on illegal logging in the Amazon rainforest, expressing their concerns in a letter Tuesday to the vice president, who heads the government's council on that region. The letter to Gen. Hamilton Mourão said the country's...

In N.C. gov's race, Forest runs 1st ad; Cooper has $14M cash

Jul. 7, 2020 3:32 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Recent unrest in North Carolina cities and job losses related to COVID-19 closings are featured prominently in the first general election ad of the governor's race from Republican nominee Dan Forest. The television commercial began airing across the state Tuesday, the day after...

Children wearing face shields as a precaution against the new coronavirus outbreak sit spaced apart in individual tables at the Pereira Agustinho daycare, nursery school and pre-school, after it reopened amid the new coronavirus pandemic in Duque de Caxias, Monday, July 6, 2020. The city of Manaus in the Amazon rainforest and Duque de Caxias in Rio de Janeiro’s metropolitan region, became on Monday the first Brazilian cities to resume in-person classes at private schools since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the nation's private school federation. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

First major Brazilian cities resume classes amid pandemic

Jul. 6, 2020 6:56 PM EDT

DUQUE DE CAXIAS, Brazil (AP) — The Brazilian cities of Manaus in the Amazon rainforest and Duque de Caxias in Rio de Janeiro's metropolitan region on Monday resumed in-person classes at private schools, the first large cities to do so since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Both cities have been hard hit...

In this photo released by India's Uttar Pradesh state government, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath, right, inaugurates a day long tree planting campaign across the state in Lucknow, India, Sunday, July 5, 2020. (Uttar Pradesh state government via AP)

Indians keep their distance in mass tree planting campaign

Jul. 5, 2020 4:52 AM EDT

LUCKNOW, India (AP) — More than 2 million people gathered Sunday at river banks, farmlands and government buildings in northern India while trying to practice social distancing to plant 250 million trees as part of a government plan to tackle climate change. Officials in Uttar Pradesh distributed millions...

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2019, file photo, President Donald Trump participates in a briefing about Hurricane Dorian with North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, left, aboard Air Force One at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in Havelock, N.C. President Trump endorsed Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Forest on Thursday night, July 2, 2020, in a move to unseat Democratic Gov. Cooper. Meanwhile, Cooper expressed support for Trump's competitor, former Vice President Joe Biden. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Trump backs Dan Forest in North Carolina governor's race

Jul. 3, 2020 2:55 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — President Donald Trump has endorsed the Republican who is aiming to deny Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper another term. Trump said via Twitter late Thursday that he was supporting Lt. Gov. Dan Forest to unseat Cooper in the November election. Trump blames Cooper for scuttling the Republican...

Forest Service orders Colorado train to stop fire mitigation

Jul. 3, 2020 12:39 PM EDT

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service shut down an extensive fire mitigation project after raising concerns about the number of trees being cut down and sold to a logging company in southwestern Colorado. The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad completed eight miles (12 kilometers) of the...

Visitor access restricted to northern Idaho fire lookouts

Jul. 2, 2020 1:18 PM EDT

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service says visitors to six active fire lookouts in northern Idaho won’t be able to access the top level of the lookouts due to the coronavirus pandemic. The agency says the restrictions from early July to early September are needed to protect the health...

Forest files lawsuit challenging N.C. governor's orders

Jul. 1, 2020 6:30 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Lt. Gov. Dan Forest has filed his lawsuit challenging Gov. Roy Cooper's decisions to shutter businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic without getting the backing of other elected officials. Forest officially sued the Democratic governor in Wake Superior Court on...