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Army Corps takes heat in wake of Missouri River flooding

Apr. 17, 2019 3:50 PM EDT

GLENWOOD, Iowa (AP) — The federal agency that manages dams along the Missouri River received stern criticism from several U.S. senators Wednesday during a hearing held in Iowa to examine the massive spring flooding this year that caused more than $3 billion in damage in the Midwest. The flooding and...

The Latest: Getting aid to flood victims is priority

Apr. 17, 2019 1:03 PM EDT

GLENWOOD, Iowa (AP) — The Latest on a U.S. Senate hearing being held in Iowa in the wake of massive flooding in the region (all times local): 12:02 p.m. Getting disaster aid approved and making sure it gets to the people affected by this spring's flooding is a priority for area senators. The bureaucratic...

China seizes 2,700 ivory tusks in massive smuggling case

Apr. 15, 2019 10:36 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China has seized more than 2,700 ivory tusks in what customs authorities are calling the country's biggest smuggling case in years. China's Customs Administration announced Monday that it confiscated nearly 7.5 tons (6,803 kilograms) of ivory on March 30. The illicit goods came from an...

Bridge inspection halted by nest of falcons

Apr. 15, 2019 8:08 AM EDT

HANNIBAL, Mo. (AP) — The inspection of a Mississippi River bridge in northeast Missouri is on hold for a few months after the discovery of the nest of a bird listed by the state as endangered. Inspection of the Mark Twain Memorial Bridge at Hannibal was scheduled to begin April 8 until a peregrine falcon...

Endangered whale experiencing mini-baby boom off New England

Apr. 13, 2019 12:55 PM EDT

An endangered species of whale is experiencing a mini-baby boom in New England waters, researchers on Cape Cod have said. The North Atlantic right whale is one of the rarest species of whale on the planet, numbering only about 411. But the Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown, Massachusetts, said Friday its...

Kenyans march against global trade in endangered species

Apr. 13, 2019 10:11 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Hundreds of Kenyans have marched in the streets of the capital to call for the ban of international wildlife markets that specialize in endangered species. The march comes ahead of a global meeting on international trade in endangered species next month in Sri Lanka. Kenya's cabinet...

Senate confirms ex-lobbyist David Bernhardt to lead Interior

Apr. 11, 2019 3:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Thursday confirmed acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt to lead the department on a permanent basis, despite complaints by Democrats that the former oil and gas lobbyist has used his federal position to benefit former industry clients. Senators voted 56-41 to approve...

Police detain 5 for critically endangered eel smuggling

Apr. 11, 2019 11:01 AM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Police in North Macedonia say they have detained five men, including two Chinese citizens and a customs official, on suspicion of smuggling a critically endangered species of eel. Police said Thursday that four of the suspects allegedly purchased 60 kilograms (132 pounds) of...

These 'eggs' are spying on whooping cranes to boost survival

Apr. 10, 2019 1:29 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Scientists are using fake eggs to spy on whooping cranes in hopes of learning why some chicks die in the egg, while others hatch. Data gathered by the spy eggs could help biologists in Louisiana and Canada preserve the endangered long-legged birds, which have made a tenuous rebound after...

San Diego Zoo says farewell to last 2 giant pandas

Apr. 8, 2019 11:52 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Zoo is saying goodbye to two big, furry superstars. The zoo on Saturday began a three-week farewell celebration for its last two giant pandas. Bai Yun, a 27-year-old female, and her 6-year-old son, Xiao Liwu, will be sent to China this spring. A male, Gao Gao, returned to...