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Federal agencies reverse Trump limits on habitat protection

Jun. 23, 2022 14:58 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The Biden administration on Thursday withdrew a rule adopted under former President Donald Trump that limited which lands and waters could be designated as places where imperiled animals and plants could receive federal protection. A definition of...

Dog show 101: What's what at the Westminster Kennel Club

Jun. 20, 2022 20:16 PM EDT

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Thousands of dogs started competing Monday toward the best in show prize at the illustrious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. To the casual viewer, the annual exhibition of dressed-up handlers leading well-mannered dogs around a ring might seem like a somewhat stilted walk...

Judge: Va. facility can sell some dogs, must stop breeding

Jun. 19, 2022 14:57 PM EDT

LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — A federal judge is allowing a company that runs a central Virginia research dog-breeding facility to resume selling some dogs for biomedical research purposes, but he ordered Envigo RMS to cease breeding new puppies. U.S. District Judge Norman Moon’s...

Group blasts Chimp Haven fight deaths; wild chimps also kill

Jun. 18, 2022 11:49 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An animal rights group has filed a federal complaint against the national sanctuary for federally owned chimpanzees once used for experiments. A federal citation and Chimp Haven’s own reports about an escape and about deaths caused by fights among chimpanzees...

Researchers warn of threats to Bethany Beach Firefly

Jun. 18, 2022 09:04 AM EDT

BETHANY BEACH, Del. (AP) — The twinkles of light that meander about on locations like Bethany Beach could be snuffed out permanently, state and federal researchers warn, if the rare firefly is not further protected. The diminutive but bright Bethany Beach Firefly measures only 9.0...

Court rejects Trump-era EPA finding that weed killer safe

Jun. 17, 2022 19:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday rejected a Trump administration finding that the active ingredient in the weed killer Roundup does not pose a serious health risk and is “not likely” to cause cancer in humans. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the...

California won't immediately list Joshua tree as threatened

Jun. 16, 2022 17:43 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California won't be listing the iconic western Joshua tree as a threatened species for now after the four-member Fish and Game Commission couldn't reach agreement Thursday on how best to protect the plant from climate change. After deadlocking on whether...

Seller of monkey to Chris Brown sentenced to probation

Jun. 09, 2022 14:47 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The owner of an exotic animal breeding business in Florida has been sentenced to five years' probation for illegally selling a capuchin monkey to singer Chris Brown. A federal indictment doesn't name Brown, only identifying the buyer as a celebrity in...

Massive water, wind and solar project in Idaho advances

Jun. 07, 2022 13:31 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — U.S. officials have initiated a licensing process for a water, wind and solar energy project in southwestern Idaho that could power nearly 300,000 homes. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Monday said it’s starting consultation with the U.S. Fish and...

'Tiger King' star Doc Antle charged with money laundering

Jun. 06, 2022 16:45 PM EDT

“Tiger King” star Bhagavan “Doc” Antle has been charged with laundering more than half a million dollars, money federal prosecutors said Monday that he believed to be the proceeds of an operation to smuggle people across the Mexican border into the United States. Charges...