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Review: No better alternatives to power lines near Jamestown

Dec. 2, 2020 9:31 AM EST

JAMESTOWN, Va. (AP) — A new draft review by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has found that a power company had no better alternative to stringing high-voltage lines across a historic stretch of Virginia's James River. The power lines cross a part of the river that's near where Britain established its...

FILE - This Aug. 1, 2011 file photo, shows whitebark pine that have succumbed to mountain pine beetles through the Gros Ventre area east of Jackson Hole, Wyo. U.S. officials say climate change, beetles and a deadly fungus are imperiling the long-term survival of the high-elevation tree found in the western U.S. (Rick Egan/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP, File)

US: Mountain pine tree that feeds grizzlies is threatened

Dec. 1, 2020 6:43 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Climate change, voracious beetles and disease are imperiling the long-term survival of a high-elevation pine tree that’s a key source of food for some grizzly bears and found across the West, U.S. officials said Tuesday. A Fish and Wildlife Service proposal scheduled to be...

FILE - In this July 30, 2014, photo is Margerie Glacier, one of many glaciers that make up Alaska's Glacier Bay National Park. U.S. officials on Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, released details on proposed land conservation purchases for the coming year amid bipartisan objection to restrictions on how the government's money can be spent. (AP Photo/Kathy Matheson, File)

Land conservation plan stirs fight over Trump restrictions

Nov. 20, 2020 6:34 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Proposed land conservation purchases in dozens of states would preserve more natural areas within tourist destinations, U.S. officials announced Friday, as lawmakers from both parties pushed back on Trump administration restrictions on how the money can be spent. The $125 million in...

'Tiger King' star Jeff Lowe accused of inhumane treatment

Nov. 19, 2020 7:44 PM EST

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — Netflix’s “Tiger King” star Jeff Lowe has been accused of recurring inhumane treatment and improper handling of endangered species of animals, according to a civil complaint filed Thursday. The U.S. Justice Department filed the complaint in federal district court...

Colorado energy agency sorry after email mocks oil companies

Nov. 19, 2020 7:08 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has apologized after employees inadvertently sent an email that ridiculed some companies the state agency regulates. The email was sent Sunday as the agency was testing a new e-filing system. It was sent to hundreds of oil and gas workers...

An Atlantic sturgeon washed up at the Virginia Beach, Va., oceanfront near 20th Street on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020. Atlantic sturgeon are protected under the Endangered Species Act. The species used to have vast populations along the Atlantic coast before it was decimated by a caviar rush in the late 1800s. (Stacy Parker/The Virginian-Pilot via AP)

Prehistoric Atlantic sturgeon washes up in Virginia Beach

Nov. 18, 2020 11:18 AM EST

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — A rare and prehistoric fish has washed up on Virginia Beach's oceanfront. The Virginian-Pilot reports that the nearly five-foot long Atlantic sturgeon was found Saturday near 20th Street. The slow-moving, armor-plated species sometimes falls victim to ship strikes. And the...

FILE - Arch Canyon within Bears Ears National Monument is shown on May 8, 2017, in Utah. With Joe Biden's capture of the White House comes the likelihood that Utah's two big national monuments will be restored to their original boundaries, reopening yet another front in the West's public lands wars. (Francisco Kjolseth/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

Trump's monument reduction could be reversed under Biden

Nov. 15, 2020 8:01 AM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — With Joe Biden’s capture of the White House comes the likelihood that Utah’s two big national monuments will be restored to their original boundaries, reopening yet another front in the West’s public lands wars. Just as President Donald Trump invoked the...

FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2020 file photo, Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., speaks during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington.  Udall is retiring from the Senate, but has emerged as a leading contender to be Interior secretary under President-elect Joe Biden. If chosen, the Democrat would follow in the footsteps of his father, Stewart Udall, a former congressman who led Interior under two Democratic presidents in the 1960s.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, Pool)

Biden gives boost to retiring senator's climate change plan

Nov. 13, 2020 2:26 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A plan championed by retiring Sen. Tom Udall to harness the nation’s lands and ocean waters to fight climate change is getting a boost from President-elect Joe Biden, who has made slowing global warming a priority for his incoming administration. A New Mexico Democrat, Udall is the...

FILE - This June 30, 2017 remote camera image released by the U.S. Forest Service shows a female gray wolf and her mate with a pup born in 2017 in the wilds of Lassen National Forest in Northern California. Trump administration officials on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, stripped Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in most of the U.S., ending longstanding federal safeguards and putting states in charge of overseeing the predators. (U.S. Forest Service via AP, File)

Groups fight to keep gray wolf protections for most of US

Nov. 9, 2020 3:34 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife advocates and environmental groups have announced that they are challenging the removal of federal protections for gray wolves across most of the U.S. Two coalitions of groups filed formal notices over the past several days that they plan to sue the U.S. Interior Department...

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose, front, interacts with staff members as they follow the election from Ohio's election command center Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

President Donald Trump takes bellwether Ohio again

Nov. 4, 2020 1:22 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican President Donald Trump has again won Ohio, a traditional bellwether for the nation. Democrat Joe Biden mounted a vigorous challenge to Trump for the state’s 18 electoral votes, but fell short. Meanwhile, the state's U.S. House incumbents again swept to victory in...