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Japanese authorities urge caution after wild bears attack several people in the northeast

May. 19, 2024 06:50 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese authorities have warned residents to be aware of wild bears in the country's northeast after several people were attacked, including police officers. A bear about 1 meter (3 feet) in size was captured in Fukushima prefecture Sunday by officials in charge of...

New endangered listing for rare lizard could slow oil and gas drilling in New Mexico and West Texas

May. 17, 2024 17:58 PM EDT

Federal wildlife officials declared a rare lizard in southeastern New Mexico and West Texas an endangered species Friday, citing future energy development, sand mining and climate change as the biggest threats to its survival in one of the world’s most lucrative oil and natural gas basins. ...

Tick season has arrived. Protect yourself with these tips

May. 17, 2024 17:52 PM EDT

FORT COLLINS, Colorado (AP) — Tick season is starting across the U.S., and experts are warning the bloodsuckers may be as plentiful as ever. Another mild winter and other favorable factors likely means the 2024 tick population will be equal to last year or larger, some researchers...

The last pandas at any US zoo are expected to leave Atlanta for China this fall

May. 17, 2024 12:38 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The last U.S. zoo with pandas in its care expects to say goodbye to the four giant bears this fall. Zoo Atlanta is making preparations to return panda parents Lun Lun and Yang Yang to China along with their American-born twins Ya Lun and Xi Lun, zoo officials said...

California's water tunnel to cost $20 billion. State officials say the benefits are worth it

May. 16, 2024 20:23 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom's administration said Thursday it will now cost more than $20 billion to build a giant tunnel aimed at catching more water when it rains and storing it to better prepare for longer droughts caused by climate change. State...

Boat operator who fatally struck a 15-year-old girl in Florida has been identified, officials say

May. 15, 2024 16:27 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Investigators have identified the man who was operating the boat that fatally struck a 15-year-old girl off a South Florida beach and then left the area, but no criminal charges have been filed, according to a report released Wednesday. The 78-year-old man owns the...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

May. 15, 2024 12:59 PM EDT

South Florida Sun Sentinel. May 11, 2024. Editorial: Censored by the Bar It is an offense against the people of Florida for Gov. Ron DeSantis’ appointments to have turned the state Supreme Court into a predictable fountain of right-wing opinions. The latest is its...

When the first warm-blooded dinosaurs roamed Earth

May. 15, 2024 11:12 AM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Scientists once thought of dinosaurs as sluggish, cold-blooded creatures. Then research suggested that some could control their body temperature, but when and how that shift came about remained a mystery. Now, a new study estimates that the first warm-blooded...

Miniature poodle named Sage wins Westminster Kennel Club dog show

May. 15, 2024 01:21 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — For a last hurrah, it was a Sage decision. A miniature poodle named Sage won the top prize Tuesday night at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, in what veteran handler Kaz Hosaka said would be his final time at the United States' most prestigious canine event....

Spain warns boats of possible orca run-ins near the Strait of Gibraltar this summer

May. 14, 2024 20:57 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — After another ramming of a boat by an orca in the Strait of Gibraltar, Spanish authorities recommended small vessels stick to the coastline in that region to avoid often-scary interactions with killer whales during the summer. In the latest incident, two...