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Oldest southern sea otter in captivity dies in California

Apr. 22, 2019 8:54 PM EDT

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Charlie, the oldest southern sea otter held by any zoo or aquarium, has died in California. The Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach says Charlie died Monday at the age of 22. Male southern sea otters typically only live 10 to 14 years in the wild. Charlie celebrated his birthday...

Tesla CEO plans to hand the car keys to robots next year

Apr. 22, 2019 8:18 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Tesla CEO Elon Musk expects to start converting the company's electric cars into fully self-driving vehicles next year as part of an audacious plan to create a network of robotic taxis to compete against Uber and other ride-hailing services. The vision sketched out Monday during an...

Mayor wants to ban new glass skyscrapers to cut emissions

Apr. 22, 2019 7:10 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio plans to introduce a bill banning new construction of glass skyscrapers as part of his efforts to reduce citywide greenhouse emissions by 30%. In announcing his Green New Deal on Monday, the democratic mayor said all-glass facade skyscrapers are...

SeaWorld publishes decades of orca data to help wild whales

Apr. 22, 2019 6:00 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The endangered killer whales of the Pacific Northwest live very different lives from orcas in captivity. They swim up to 100 miles (161 kilometers) a day in pursuit of salmon, instead of being fed a steady diet of baitfish and multivitamins. Their playful splashing awes and entertains...

Conservation groups ask judge to halt Trump drilling plan

Apr. 22, 2019 5:26 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Four conservation groups have asked a judge to block a Trump administration plan allowing drilling, mining and other activities in seven Western states they say will harm sage grouse. Western Watersheds Project and other groups asked for the injunction in U.S. District Court in Idaho...

The Latest: Tesla to introduce new ride-hailing service

Apr. 22, 2019 5:25 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on Tesla's plans for fully-autonomous vehicles (all times local): ___ 1:50 p.m. Tesla says it will introduce a ride-hailing service with no humans driving the vehicles. CEO Elon Musk and others detailed the company's plans to have self-driving vehicles operational by next...

Israeli teen who fell to death in Yosemite was taking photo

Apr. 22, 2019 4:17 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An Israeli teenager who fell to his death last year at an iconic waterfall in California's Yosemite National Park was trying to mimic a popular social media photograph when he fell, authorities said. Park officials said Tomer Frankfurter of Jerusalem, 18, was near the top of Nevada...

Back to Earth: Washington set to allow 'human composting'

Apr. 22, 2019 3:36 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington appears set to become the first state to allow a burial alternative known as "natural organic reduction" — an accelerated decomposition process that turns bodies into soil within weeks. The bill legalizing the process, sometimes referred to as "human composting," has...

Cyprus lake, mineshaft searched for bodies after 2 found

Apr. 22, 2019 2:56 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Police investigators in Cyprus searched a flooded mineshaft and a lake Monday in their investigation of the killings of two women and the disappearance of the 6-year-old daughter of one of the victims. The bodies of two women were found in the abandoned mineshaft six days apart. The...

Wegmans to go plastic-bag free in New York before state ban

Apr. 22, 2019 2:37 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Wegmans will eliminate single-use plastic grocery bags at its New York state stores by year's end — just before a state ban on the packing takes effect, the grocery store chain announced Monday. The Rochester, New York-based grocery chain also said it will work to reduce the...