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A salvage crane shrouded in fog rises above a barge in a creek near the Tennessee River at the scene of a fatal marina fire at Scottsboro, Ala., on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. Crews already have removed at least two boats that burned at Jackson County Park Marina, and authorities say it could take several days to recover all 35 of the boats that burned in the blaze. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)

Coroner: 4 of 8 boat dock fire victims were children

Jan. 28, 2020 5:44 PM EST

SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (AP) — Roughly two dozen people lived on Dock B at Jackson County Park Marina, and none was rich or famous. They were middle-class adults and children, not yachters, folks who liked having a Tennessee River bywater for their backyard. A fire that engulfed the wooden dock and destroyed...

New Hampshire wants more authority over private dams

Jan. 28, 2020 4:42 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — After being forced to turn to the courts to get a hydropower dam fixed last year, New Hampshire is looking for more authority to take action when a crumbling structure is privately owned. A bill heard Tuesday in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee allow dam safety...

Pennsylvania governor has $2.2M to help Democrats win seats

Jan. 28, 2020 4:35 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf is renewing his push for his top priorities that have stalled in Pennsylvania's Republican-controlled Legislature, and the Democrat will have at least a couple million dollars to spend in this year's legislative elections to try to improve his chances. Wolf's campaign...

Survey: Alaska's Cook Inlet beluga whales continue decline

Jan. 28, 2020 4:35 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The population of endangered beluga whales in Alaska's Cook Inlet continues to decline, federal marine mammal authorities announced Tuesday. A biennial survey conducted by the fisheries arm of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration estimated the population of the white...

South Dakota governor renews push for 'riot boosting' laws

Jan. 28, 2020 4:20 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Republican Gov. Kristi Noem on Tuesday renewed her pitch for lawmakers to try again to pass laws against “riot boosting," despite opposition from Native American tribes who say Noem's proposal unfairly targets expected protests of the Keystone XL pipeline. Noem sent...

This 2019 photo provided by Vermont Institute of Natural Science shows a baby barred owl that was brought to the Center for Wild Bird Rehabilitation at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science's in Quechee, Vt., after the tree his nest cavity was in was cut down. The owl was one of 77 barred owls that was treated at the nonprofit in 2019. . (Grae O’Toole/Vermont Institute of Natural Science via AP)

Bird rehabilitation center treated record numbers last year

Jan. 28, 2020 3:18 PM EST

QUECHEE, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont bird rehabilitation center treated a record number of wild birds last year, staff with the institute said. The Vermont Institute of Natural Science in Quechee reported that staffers treated a record total of 705 wild birds in 2019 at the institute's Center for Wild Bird...

FILE - In this Jan. 14, 1995, file photo, a wolf leaps across a road into the wilds of Central Idaho. State wildlife officials are requesting authorization to spend $408,000 to count wolves that will become part of an annual expense going forward. Idaho Department of Fish and Game Director Ed Schriever told the Legislature's budget-setting committee Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, that knowing whether wolf numbers are increasing or decreasing is needed to make management decisions. (AP Photo/Douglas Pizac, File)

Idaho agency wants to spend $408,000 a year to count wolves

Jan. 28, 2020 2:51 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho's top wildlife official on Tuesday requested authorization from state lawmakers to spend $408,000 to count wolves. Idaho Department of Fish and Game Director Ed Schriever told the Legislature's budget-setting committee that the expense would become part of the agency's annual...

Road at waterfront park closed to vehicles due to erosion

Jan. 28, 2020 2:28 PM EST

JAMESTOWN, R.I. (AP) — A loop road that goes around a lighthouse at a Rhode Island state park has become so dangerously eroded that is it being closed to vehicular traffic, state environmental officials announced Tuesday. The road surrounding the lighthouse at Beavertail State Park in Jamestown will be...

What's next for the Keystone XL pipeline in South Dakota

Jan. 28, 2020 2:14 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Plans for construction of the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline inched forward last week with several approvals at both the federal and state levels, but opponents in South Dakota say they haven’t given up on preventing, or at least slowing, the pipeline’s construction. Plans...

Sorority to welcome students with intellectual disabilities

Jan. 28, 2020 11:18 AM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri State University sorority has announced plans to offer full membership to students with intellectual disabilities. The Springfield News-Leader reports that Xi Omicron Iota will be the first sorority to extend full membership to students enrolled in Bear POWER, an...