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Oregon bans trapping of rare, cat-like Humboldt marten

Sep. 16, 2019 4:18 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A cat-like creature in Oregon's coastal forests that's so rare it was once thought to be extinct can no longer be hunted, trapped or collected as roadkill under new rules that could go into effect as soon as next week, officials said Monday. The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission...

Typhoon kills 3 in South Korea before moving to North Korea

Sep. 7, 2019 10:55 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — One of the most powerful typhoons to ever hit South Korea swept along the country's coast on Saturday, toppling trees, grounding planes and causing at least three deaths before moving on to North Korea. Typhoon Lingling knocked out power to more than 161,000 homes across South...

Governor to take Tree of Life mezuzah to Holocaust memorials

Sep. 7, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — When Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf visits Holocaust memorials in Lithuania and Poland, he will carry the mezuzah that was on the office door of Rabbi Jeffrey Myers when a gunman burst into Pittsburgh's Tree of Life synagogue last year and killed 11 people. Wolf said Friday that he...

Dorian grazes Carolina coast, aims for Outer Banks

Sep. 5, 2019 11:10 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Hurricane Dorian sideswiped the Carolinas with shrieking winds, tornadoes and sideways rain Thursday as it closed in for a possible direct hit on the dangerously exposed Outer Banks. At least four deaths in the Southeast were blamed on the storm. Twisters spun off by Dorian peeled...

No criminal charges in death of baby who choked on pine cone

Aug. 26, 2019 1:15 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Authorities in North Carolina will not file criminal charges in the death of a 10-month-old boy who choked on a pine cone at day care and died. WRAL-TV reports the Wake County District Attorney's Office says the child's death was a tragic accident. Areon Ellington's grandmother Helena...

Tree planted in honor of Elaine massacre victims cut down

Aug. 26, 2019 8:00 AM EDT

ELAINE, Ark. (AP) — Officials are investigating after someone cut down a willow tree that was planted to honor the victims of the 1919 Elaine massacre in eastern Arkansas. The Elaine Legacy Center says the tree was chopped down at its base last week and a memorial tag was stolen. Memphis, Tennessee,...

Coffee growers help reforest Mozambique's Mount Gorongosa

Aug. 24, 2019 5:35 AM EDT

MOUNT GORONGOSA, Mozambique (AP) — A wiry woman, Querida Barequinha intently sorts through the coffee beans laid out on racks to dry in the sun, plucking out any that are cracked or misshapen. "I like growing coffee because it earns cash that goes right into my pocket," she said, with a darting smile. "I...

Massive juniper tree-cutting project aims to aid sage grouse

Aug. 21, 2019 4:41 PM EDT

MURPHY, Idaho (AP) — The largest-ever project in the U.S. to remove thousands of juniper trees to help imperiled sage grouse has started in Idaho. Junipers provide perches for raptors that attack and kill sage grouse. Junipers also force out sagebrush and other plants that produce bugs that sage grouse...

Paul Simon plants a tree at Hawaii forest preserve on Maui

Aug. 19, 2019 4:34 PM EDT

KULA, Hawaii (AP) — Musician Paul Simon joined environmentalists trying to reinvigorate a Hawaii forest on Maui and planted a tree during a ceremony, a report said. The singer-songwriter visited Auwahi Forest Restoration Project with volunteers who are trying to revive plant life in the area, The Honolulu...

Florida's iconic palm trees threatened by invasive disease

Aug. 19, 2019 9:57 AM EDT

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's iconic palm trees are under attack from a fatal disease that turns them to dried crisps in months, with no chance for recovery once they become ill. Spread by a rice-sized, plant-hopping insect, lethal bronzing has gone from a small infestation on Florida's Gulf Coast to a...