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Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador waves a starting flag during a ceremony in Lazaro Cardenas, Quintana Roo state, Mexico, Monday, June 1, 2020. Amid a pandemic and the remnants of a tropical storm, President Lopez Obrador kicked off Mexico's return to a

Mexican president defies leftist label in virus response

Jun. 2, 2020 12:04 AM EDT

When Andrés Manuel López Obrador won Mexico’s presidency after years of agitating for change, many expected a transformative leader who would take the country to the left even as much of Latin America moved right. Instead, López Obrador is leading like a conservative in many ways —...

Bid to halt Nevada oil drilling in sage grouse habitat

Jun. 1, 2020 2:12 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Conservationists say the Trump administration’s approval of exploratory drilling for oil in sage grouse habitat on federal land in eastern Nevada violates its own protection guidelines and ignores concerns raised by scientists about potential harm to the bird imperiled across much...

More than 16,000 acres around Gulf of Maine to be protected

Jun. 1, 2020 11:34 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — An outdoor group will use $1 million in federal funds to conserve more than 16,000 acres around the Gulf of Maine. Appalachian Mountain Club will receive the money from the North American Wetlands Conservation Act and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, officials said. The conservation...

Alaska regulators fine Hilcorp $30K for oil meter violations

Jun. 1, 2020 9:51 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska regulators have fined Hilcorp Energy Co. $30,000 for meter-related violations at an oil and gas field on the Kenai Peninsula, citing the company’s history of violations as a factor for the penalty. The Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission said in a May 14 order...

New England Cottontail: Reintroduction not self-sustaining

Jun. 1, 2020 4:00 AM EDT

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — University of New Hampshire researchers tracking the reintroduction of the endangered New England Cottontail in the state have found that the rabbit's survival and reproduction have been successful, but reintroduction itself is not yet self-sustaining. Wildlife biologists released 42...

FILE - This Jan. 30, 2020, file photo, shows members of the Mexican gray wolf recovery team preparing to load a wolf into a helicopter in Reserve, N.M., so it can be released after being processed during an annual survey. One Mexican gray wolf died after being caught in a trap in April and another was found dead in the wild, bringing the total to more than a dozen of the endangered predators that have died so far this year in New Mexico and Arizona. Environmentalists say a combination of lethal management by U.S. wildlife officials and private trapping is making it difficult to recover the species. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)

Advocates question investigations used to target wolves

May. 31, 2020 12:34 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — An environmental group is raising questions about investigations into livestock kills by Mexican gray wolves in the southwestern U.S. The Western Watersheds Project has documented oddities, errors or conflicting details in more than two-thirds of the 117 investigations it reviewed from...

Videos of eagle family getting more views during pandemic

May. 31, 2020 8:11 AM EDT

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Outside Kirby Wynn’s home in Glenwood Springs, a bald eagle battles a pair of ravens mid-flight for the prized and still dripping-wet trout clutched in the majestic raptor’s talons. Shaking off the scavengers, the eagle glides into its nest resting atop the dead...

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Volunteer to help with crowds at Wyoming grizzly sightings

May. 30, 2020 8:11 AM EDT

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Near mile marker 11 on Togwotee Pass, Tiffany Huynh wanted to know what all the commotion was about. Two grizzly bears, someone informed her, were snoozing. A look came over her. Fists started pumping in the air. “Yessssss,” an exhilarated Huynh hissed....

Dry then wet: Everglades birds are in for weak season

May. 30, 2020 3:01 AM EDT

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Before a surveillance flight to count wading birds around water conservation areas south of Palm Beach, ecologist Mark Cook was hoping to see signs that recent rains in South Florida had replenished the parched marshes, helping to revive shallow pools packed with fish the birds rely...

A sign is shown on the front of farm equipment near Merrill, Ore., Friday, May 29, 2020. Farmers upset about water issues planned a convoy in southwest Oregon. (Holly Dillemuth/Herald and News via AP)

Southern Oregon farmers rally against meager water season

May. 29, 2020 6:23 PM EDT

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) — Farmers were driving tractors and other agriculture equipment from Merrill to Midland in southern Oregon Friday to express frustration about a meager water season facing irrigators this year. Hundreds were expected to attend the “Shut Down and Fed Up” tractor rally...