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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....

In this picture taken on Thursday, May 21, 2020, Italian Lazio region's environmental agency biologist Salvatore De Bonis shows how they perform tests on sea water during an interview with The Associated Press on a Coast Guard boat off Fiumicino, near Rome. Preliminary results from a survey of seawater quality during Italy’s coronavirus lockdown indicate a sharp reduction in pollution from human and livestock waste in the seas off Rome. Authorities stressed it was too soon to give the lockdown sole credit for the change. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)

Italy's seas speak: No tourists or boats mean cleaner water

May. 30, 2020 3:30 AM EDT

FIUMICINO, Italy (AP) — Pollution from human and agriculture waste spilling into the seas off Rome has decreased 30% during Italy's coronavirus lockdown, preliminary results from a nationwide survey of seawater quality indicate. Authorities stressed it was too soon to give the lockdown sole credit for the...

Wildlife conservationist from Philly ‘grew up in the hood’

May. 30, 2020 3:06 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — ‘It’s important you know I grew up in the ’hood,’ says this wildlife conservationist from Philly by Stephanie Farr, Updated: May 20, 2020- 9:00 AM ___ Meet Corina Newsome, a Philly native and wildlife conservationist who’s known online as the Hood...

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...

In this June 11, 2019, photo, three wild horses come to face with Raymond, right, the only mule in the herd, on a sand dune at mile marker 16 on Swan Beach in Corolla, N.C. Raymond, who lived with the wild horses until he retired last year to the farm, has Spanish mustang ancestry from his mother, said Meg Puckett, manager of the Corolla wild horse herd. The Corolla Wild Horse Fund is taking DNA samples from about 100 horses roaming the Currituck beaches and a farm in Grandy, where many horses retire. (Sarah Holm/The Virginian-Pilot via AP)

North Carolina organization to honor arrival of wild horses

May. 30, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

CURRITUCK, N.C. (AP) — Spanish explorers landed in Currituck County 500 years ago looking for gold, a good port and maybe a place to settle. When they found nothing that worked for them, they sailed for other lands. In the process, however, they left behind some small, sturdy horses that were able to...

Master of cargo ship charged over Australia container spill

May. 29, 2020 8:32 PM EDT

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — The ship master of a Singapore-registered vessel that spilled some of its cargo off the Australian east coast has been charged with damage of the marine environment and pollution. The APL England was en route to Melbourne from China when rough seas caused 50 shipping containers...

Editorial Roundup: New England

May. 29, 2020 6:37 PM EDT

Editorials from around New England: CONNECTICUT Objections welcome, but not time for rebellion The Stamford Advocate May 27 As Connecticut residents have held their breaths for months — some behind masks, some not — it was inevitable that many would eventually exhale bitter frustration. Some acts of...

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...

File - In this Aug. 21, 2014, file photo, William McRaven addresses the Texas Board of Regents, in Austin, Texas. The retired U.S. Navy admiral and former chancellor of the University of Texas system delivered an online address to MIT's graduating class on Friday, May 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

War hero McRaven tells MIT grads they're the 'real heroes'

May. 29, 2020 6:16 PM EDT

William McRaven, the retired U.S. Navy admiral who directed the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, told members of MIT's graduating class Friday that they are the “real heroes” who will save the world from pandemics, war, climate change, poverty and racism. McRaven, who delivered his address online...

FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2010, file photo, then-Secretary of Natural Resources-designate Doug Domenech speaks during a news conference in Richmond, Va. A senior Trump administration official misused his office for private gain by capitalizing on his government connections to help get a family member hired at the Environmental Protection Agency, investigators said. The Interior Department's Inspector General found that Assistant Interior Secretary Douglas Domenech reached out to a senior EPA official in person and later by email in 2017 to advocate for the unnamed relative when that person was seeking a job at the agency.  (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Probe: Top US official misused office to get son-in-law job

May. 29, 2020 5:23 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A senior Trump administration official misused his office for private gain by capitalizing on his government connections to help get his son-in-law hired at the Environmental Protection Agency, investigators said in a report obtained by The Associated Press. The Interior Department's...