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Biologists' fears confirmed on the lower Colorado River

Jul. 06, 2022 15:56 PM EDT

Denver, Colo. (AP) — For National Park Service fisheries biologist Jeff Arnold, it was a moment he'd been dreading. Bare-legged in sandals, he was pulling in a net in a shallow backwater of the lower Colorado River last week, when he spotted three young fish that didn't belong there. “Give me a...

Rousteing gives one-off Gaultier couture display in Paris

Jul. 06, 2022 15:20 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — An enfant terrible appeared in a new guise on Wednesday as designer Olivier Rousteing of Balmain took a one-off shot at a couture collection for the house of Jean Paul Gaultier. Such was the excitement surrounding the event that roads were blocked and security...

Officials warn of tiny jellyfish that pack a strong string

Jul. 06, 2022 15:07 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Environmental officials in Rhode Island are warning residents about tiny jellyfish that pack a powerful sting. The state Department of Environmental Management say clinging jellyfish have recently been found in Potter Pond in South Kingstown and Ninigret...

Ciao! American Kennel Club adds a breed, the bracco Italiano

Jul. 06, 2022 09:16 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. dog lovers, say “benvenuto” to the bracco Italiano. The ancient Italian bird-hunting dog is the 200th member of the American Kennel Club's roster of recognized breeds, the organization announced Wednesday. That means the handsome, powerful but amiable...

Mexican navy sets net hooks in bid to help vaquita porpoise

Jul. 05, 2022 18:48 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican navy said Tuesday it has begun a controversial plan to drop concrete blocks onto the bottom of the Gulf of California to snag illegal nets that drown critically endangered vaquita marina porpoises. As few as eight of the tiny, elusive porpoises...

Judge OKs transfer plan for beagles from troubled facility

Jul. 05, 2022 18:29 PM EDT

CUMBERLAND, Va. (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday approved a plan that calls for transferring about 4,000 dogs currently housed at a troubled Virginia breeding facility to shelters where they can be adopted, according to court records. The development came in a civil enforcement...

Judge throws out Trump-era rollbacks on endangered species

Jul. 05, 2022 17:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday threw out a host of actions by the Trump administration to roll back protections for endangered or threatened species, a year after the Biden administration said it was moving to strengthen such species protections. U.S. District Judge...

Government protects rare mussel after decadelong campaign

Jul. 05, 2022 14:56 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The government said it will protect a rare freshwater mussel and the 36 miles (58 kilometers) of streams where it lives in eastern Alabama after a more than decadelong campaign by environmentalists to protect the animal from the threat of extinction. A...

Mako shark fishing shut down to try to rebuild species

Jul. 05, 2022 12:09 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The federal government is shutting down fishing of a popular species of shark to try to give the animals a chance to recover from population decline. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shut down shortfin mako fishing on Tuesday. The big fish have long...

High number of seal deaths linked to bird flu, feds say

Jul. 05, 2022 11:19 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — An unusual number of seals are becoming stranded and dying off Maine this summer, and avian influenza is to blame, the federal government said Tuesday. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has confirmed that samples from four Maine seals tested positive for the...