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Middle Tennessee girl drowns in kayaking accident on river

Jun. 2, 2020 12:02 PM EDT

SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee wildlife officials say a 15-year-old girl drowned while kayaking with her parents on the Duck River in Bedford County. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency said the family from Manchester was kayaking on the river below Normandy Dam on Sunday when the girl's vessel...

House panel to look at bill limiting private sewer oversight

Jun. 2, 2020 11:35 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A bill that would block Tennessee’s Department of Environment and Conservation from regulating how some types of sewage treatment systems are designed and built is scheduled for a hearing in the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee on Tuesday. Decentralized...

Maryland reports thousands of algae-related fish deaths

Jun. 2, 2020 10:24 AM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland Department of Environment is reporting that thousands of fish have died in some of the state's waterways. The Capital Gazette reported Monday that the large fish kills are related to this year’s particularly intense bloom of algae. Department spokesman Jay...

W. Virginia gov. recommends 12 projects for federal funds

Jun. 2, 2020 9:16 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has recommended 12 development projects located on or nearby abandoned mine lands to get over $27 million in federal funds. The projects recommended Thursday include constructions for an ATV resort, a wildlife education center and water treatment...

6 elephants killed by poachers in single day in Ethiopia

Jun. 2, 2020 6:25 AM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — At least six elephants were killed in a single day by poachers in Ethiopia last week, wildlife officials said, the largest such slaughter in memory in the East African nation. “The elephants were killed while they ventured out of the Mago National Park to drink...

In this April 2014 photo provided by the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre at the University of Saskatchewan, a researcher holds a ferret at their facility in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. In 2020, the lab is working with 300 ferrets developing a COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine candidate and testing other vaccine candidates and therapeutics. (VIDO-InterVac at the University of Saskatchewan via AP)

Monkeys, ferrets offer needed clues in COVID-19 vaccine race

Jun. 2, 2020 5:30 AM EDT

The global race for a COVID-19 vaccine boils down to some critical questions: How much must the shots rev up someone’s immune system to really work? And could revving it the wrong way cause harm? Even as companies recruit tens of thousands of people for larger vaccine studies this summer, behind the...

Officials: Florida panther struck and killed by vehicle

Jun. 2, 2020 2:33 AM EDT

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — An endangered Florida panther has died after being struck by a vehicle. It's the 12th panther death attributed to fatal collisions, out of 14 total deaths this year, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The remains of the 14-month-old uncollared female...

Enviros want salmon listed on Maine endangered list

Jun. 2, 2020 2:15 AM EDT

MACHIAS, Maine (AP) — A coalition of Maine conservation groups is calling on the state to add the Atlantic salmon to its list of endangered species. Maine's rivers were once full of the salmon, but their population was decimated by overfishing, damming and environmental factors. They return only to a few...

900-acre brush fire in Cave Creek now 67% contained

Jun. 1, 2020 5:06 PM EDT

CAVE CREEK, Ariz. (AP) — A brush fire in the town of Cave Creek that grew to 1.4 square miles (3.6 kilometers) now is 67% contained and evacuation orders will be lifted Tuesday, authorities said Monday. Arizona State Forestry officials said the fire believed to be human-caused was reported last Saturday...

FILE - In this May 28, 2013, file photo, a hiker walks on a rock formation known as The Wave in the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument in Arizona. A walk-in lottery for the popular Arizona hike could move online. Half of the 20 permits for one of the most exclusive and dramatic hiking spots in the southwestern United States remain unavailable during the coronavirus pandemic. The virus hasn't forced the closure of the Wave in the Vermillion Cliffs National Monument along the Arizona-Utah border. But it has suspended a daily, in-person lottery for 10 permits because the agency that oversees it can't ensure social distancing. (AP Photo/Brian Witte, File)

Walk-in lottery for popular Arizona hike could move online

Jun. 1, 2020 4:05 PM EDT

VERMILLION CLIFFS NATIONAL MONUMENT, Ariz. (AP) — Half of the 20 permits for one of the most exclusive and dramatic hiking spots in the southwestern United States remain unavailable during the coronavirus pandemic. The virus hasn't forced the closure of the Wave — a wide, sloping basin of searing...