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Endangered Indiana bats losing habitat near Indiana airport

Aug. 9, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana bat, a state and federally endangered species, spends the winter hibernating in caves. But, over time, one of its favorite springtime hangouts has increasingly become well, less bat friendly. That home? The area around the Indianapolis International Airport. As Indianapolis...

State requires fast reports from employers on COVID-19 cases

Aug. 8, 2020 10:09 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico environmental regulators have ordered employers to promptly report coronavirus cases to the state. An emergency rule issued by the Environmental Department requires employers to report positive COIVD-19 cases to the department within four hours of being notified of the...

In this photo provided by Grégoire Rouxel fuel is in the ocean leaking from a ship, rear right, that ran aground, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, in Mauritius. The Indian Ocean island of Mauritius has declared a

Mauritius scrambles to counter oil spill from grounded ship

Aug. 8, 2020 9:04 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Anxious residents of the Indian Ocean island nation of Mauritius stuffed fabric sacks with sugar cane leaves Saturday to create makeshift oil spill barriers as tons of fuel leaking from a grounded ship put endangered wildlife in further peril. The government has declared an...

FILE - In this April 29 2020, file photo, a resident from the Alexandra township gets tested for COVID-19 , in Johannesburg, South Africa. Africa’s confirmed coronavirus cases have surpassed 1 million, but global health experts tell The Associated Press the true toll is several times higher.  (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)

The Latest: Brazil surpasses 100,000 deaths from COVID-19

Aug. 8, 2020 6:26 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Brazil has surpassed a grim milestone — 100,000 deaths from COVID-19. And five months after the first reported case, the country is showing no signs of crushing the disease. The nation of 210 million people has been reporting an average of more than 1,000 daily deaths from the pandemic...

Black bear tracks pizza scent, destroys car in Juneau

Aug. 8, 2020 5:23 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A black bear has destroyed a Juneau Pizza employee's car looking for food in a residential neighborhood, raising concerns from wildlife experts that the animal will have future encounters with people. “I think it was the delicious smell of the pizza that drove the bear to the...

DA won't prosecute New Mexico park ranger in fatal shooting

Aug. 8, 2020 5:03 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The attorney for the family of a Colorado man fatally shot by a U.S. National Park Service ranger in New Mexico said she was disappointed with a district attorney decision to not pursue criminal charges against the ranger. Civil rights lawyer Shannon Kennedy said Charles...

7 people cited for illegal entry of the Crater Lake caldera

Aug. 8, 2020 4:50 PM EDT

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) — Seven people were cited for illegally entering the Crater Lake caldera, creating a hazardous situation and putting park staff at risk, officials said Saturday. KOMO-TV reports Crater Lake National Park staff received a report Friday afternoon of multiple visitors in the caldera...

Pam Kissell, a food service worker at the Bellows Falls Union High School, in Westminster, Vt., wraps meals to be handed out to students as part of the Windham Northeast Supervisory Union summer meals program on Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. (Kristopher Radder/The Brattleboro Reformer via AP)

Virus exposure at NH church; Vermont announces relief funds

Aug. 8, 2020 4:48 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A look at coronavirus news from around New England: ___ MAINE Masks and social distancing will be required when Maine holds its first murder trial since the coronavirus pandemic crippled much of the U.S. legal system this spring. Carine Reeves, of New York City, is scheduled to go on trial...

A bison rubs against a bush at a wildlife sanctuary in Milovice, Czech Republic, Friday, July 17, 2020. Wild horses, bison and other big-hoofed animals once roamed freely in much of Europe. Now they are transforming a former military base outside the Czech capital in an ambitious project to improve biodiversity. Where occupying Soviet troops once held exercises, massive bovines called tauros and other heavy beasts now munch on the invasive plants that took over the base years ago. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Bison, wild horses bring biodiversity to ex-army base

Aug. 8, 2020 4:03 PM EDT

MILOVICE, Czech Republic (AP) — Wild horses, bison and other big-hoofed animals once roamed freely in much of Europe. Now they are transforming a former military base outside the Czech capital in an ambitious project to improve biodiversity. Where occupying Soviet troops once held exercises, massive...

Western Michigan city OKs device to turn waste into a fuel

Aug. 8, 2020 2:46 PM EDT

HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — A western Michigan city is moving ahead with a nearly $34 million project to equip its wastewater treatment plant with a egg-shaped device that will break down waste and turn it into a fuel. The Holland City Council voted Wednesday to approve a contract calling for construction of an...