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Volunteers search for missing man who is subject of film

Jul. 8, 2020 6:50 PM EDT

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — Volunteers are searching for a former college music instructor whose brain tumor diagnoses is the subject of an independent film after he went missing from an Iowa care center. The Waterloo Cedar-Falls Courier reports that the search for Mike Jensen had been focused around Ravenwood...

This undated photo shows Zahara Yellow zinnias in New Paltz, N.Y. Zinnias are one of many members of the Daisy Family, many of which can brighten up a garden with their sunny faces. (Lee Reich via AP)

Daisies bring a sunny look to the garden

Jul. 7, 2020 10:37 AM EDT

Give a child a box of crayons and a piece of paper, and ask for a flower, and you very likely will get a picture of a daisy. Daisies also hold attraction for poets. Geoffrey Chaucer, English poet of the 14th century, wrote "...of all the floures in the mede, Thanne love I most thise floures white and rede, Swiche...

Maine bird lovers will go on with annual loon count

Jul. 6, 2020 2:30 AM EDT

SEBAGO, Maine (AP) — The Maine Audubon Society is going ahead with its annual count of common loons this year. Loons have recovered slowly in population in Maine over the last four decades. The Audubon Society said its 37th annual count is scheduled to take place on the morning of July 18. Hundreds of...

Fish with a warden sessions offered through September

Jul. 6, 2020 2:00 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is offering anglers a chance to fish with a game warden in order to get fishing tips or questions answered about the sport. The department is holding “Fish with a Warden” sessions through September across the state. "We know...

Solar power continues growth in Minnesota

Jul. 6, 2020 1:02 AM EDT

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Thomas Rekstein no longer minds looking at the electric bill for his Great River Insurance business on North Riverfront Drive. “My electric bill used to be $4,500 annually, now it’s down to $1,200 a year.” Rekstein, who had 38 solar panels installed on the roof...

In this undated photo, Gus Smith arrived in Jackson, Wyo., in Jan. 2020, from Minnesota's Superior National Forest, and is now working as Grand Teton National Park's chief of science and resource management. He  replaced Sue Consolo-Murphy, who retired. (Ryan Dorgan/Jackson Hole News & Guide via AP)/

New Grand Teton science chief followed unconventional path

Jul. 4, 2020 8:10 AM EDT

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Gus Smith was walking his German shorthair not far from his Moose home one Saturday in late May when euphoria flew by in a flock. Fellow birders would best appreciate his experience. Out on foot near the Chapel of Transfiguration, Smith suddenly found himself engulfed by black rosy...

Naga girl Neichutuonuo Yhome, 23, right, passes chilies plucked from her garden to her younger sister Mene in Kohima, capital of the northeastern Indian state of Nagaland, Monday, June 29, 2020. The sisters decided to grow their own vegetables in the early stages of the lockdown. Their patchwork garden now has half a dozen variety of vegetables, and bean vines crawling up a bamboo trellis. (AP Photo/Yirmiyan Arthur)

AP PHOTOS: India's lockdown spurs new gardeners in Nagaland

Jul. 1, 2020 11:51 PM EDT

KOHIMA, India (AP) — Two healthy pots of coriander and two of spinach are enough to provide a sense of achievement for Theyiesinuo Keditsu, a young English professor and mother of four. Keditsu, who claims she has the “thumb of death,” planted the seeds and was amazed at how they grew. The...

This undated photo taken near New Market, Va., illustrates how plants are becoming more stressed by unpredictable weather extremes. The climate in 2025 will be different even from that of 2020 so take that into account when doing your landscape planning. Choose plant varieties that can adapt to unusual growing conditions. (Dean Fosdick via AP)

Climate change keeps changing the game for home gardeners

Jun. 30, 2020 11:01 AM EDT

Every year now, gardeners should be rethinking what they grow and where because of climate change, experts say. The growing season has become longer, delivering bigger harvests but requiring more weeding and controls. Plants are under stress because of rising temperatures, less frequent but more intense...

Black fathers giving 'The Talk' to children earlier

Jun. 29, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — With Black families, the timing for “The Talk” traditionally comes later, with getting a driver’s license. But Marcus Gause found himself sitting down with his 12-year-old son earlier this month. “He said, ‘Daddy, why are you...

Hoosiers' embrace of ‘victory gardens’ grows during pandemic

Jun. 28, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — In the midst of World War II, Americans came together to grow fruits and vegetables in their backyards, forming a network of victory gardens that at one point provided as much as 40% of the country’s vegetables. Today, thousands of Americans are turning to victory gardens again,...