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Washington state builds bridge to keep wildlife off highway

Dec. 12, 2018 6:17 PM EST

SNOQUALMIE PASS, Wash. (AP) — Before descending the Cascade Mountains on its final stretch to Seattle, Interstate 90 cuts through a mountain pass of old growth forests and wetlands. For countless wildlife species, the busy highway is a border, constraining their movements and posing a fatal risk should...

Bears place cornerback Callahan on IR with broken left foot

Dec. 12, 2018 2:53 PM EST

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears have placed cornerback Bryce Callahan on injured reserve because of a broken left foot. Coach Matt Nagy says Callahan will need surgery. He was hurt in Chicago's 15-6 victory over the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday night. A fourth-year pro, Callahan has 45 tackles,...

Congress OKs bill to allow killing sea lions to help salmon

Dec. 12, 2018 2:26 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Congress has agreed to make it easier to kill sea lions threatening fragile runs of salmon in the Northwest. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports that a bill approved by the House Tuesday changes the Marine Mammal Protection Act to lift some of the restrictions on killing sea lions to...

Metaphorical Washington 'swamp' overrun by actual vermin

Dec. 12, 2018 12:34 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Andre Pittman and Gregory Cornes are on a mission to rid Washington of opportunistic vermin. But their target isn't corrupt officials or shady political fixers; it's Rattus Norvegicus, the common Norway Rat. The nation's capital is facing a spiraling rat infestation, fueled by mild...

Brother's dogs kill North Carolina woman, injure 2 grandkids

Dec. 12, 2018 9:35 AM EST

MARIETTA, N.C. (AP) — Authorities say a North Carolina grandmother was killed and two grandchildren injured when they were attacked by four Rottweilers owned by the woman's brother. Citing a Tuesday statement from the Robeson County Sheriff's Office, news outlets report that 73-year-old Esta Currier died...

Cold-stunned turtles flown from New England to Florida Keys

Dec. 12, 2018 5:20 AM EST

MARATHON, Fla. (AP) — Officials say 32 cold-stunned Kemp's ridley sea turtles rescued off New England's coast have arrived in the Florida Keys to warm up at the Turtle Hospital. A volunteer group of general aviation pilots, under the banner of "Turtles Fly Too," transported the reptiles on Tuesday....

Trump administration proposes major rollback of water rules

Dec. 12, 2018 12:31 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration proposed withdrawing federal protections for countless waterways and wetlands across the country Tuesday, making good on President Donald Trump's campaign pledge to weaken landmark Obama-era water rules long opposed by some developers, farmers and oil, gas, and...

Scary warming at poles showing up at weird times, places

Dec. 11, 2018 7:40 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists are seeing surprising melting in Earth's polar regions at times they don't expect, like winter, and in places they don't expect, like eastern Antarctica. New studies and reports issued this week at a major Earth sciences conference paint one of the bleakest pictures yet of...

Witness details how he killed lover's husband for insurance

Dec. 11, 2018 6:40 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — With a plot that echoes a well-known Hollywood masterpiece, a trial began Tuesday for a Florida woman accused of helping orchestrate the death of her husband in order to secure a massive insurance payout. Prosecutors contended that Denise Williams planned the December 2000 slaying...

Alaska moose poacher fined $100,000, sentenced to jail

Dec. 11, 2018 6:19 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska man who poached three moose and left most of the meat to rot has been sentenced to nine months in jail and fined more than $100,000. Rusty Counts, 39, of Anchor Point, shot the moose near his community over two weeks in September. He pleaded guilty Nov. 6 to 21...