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Rescued Kemp’s ridley sea turtles receive care at Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga, Tenn., on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020.  Thirty endangered sea turtles rescued from the beaches of Cape Cod are now safe in New Orleans after their Thanksgiving travel plans went awry.  They were being taken to a Louisiana rehabilitation center when bad weather and damage to a propeller grounded their plane in Chattanooga.  Wildlife experts scrambled to find overnight homes for the turtles. They were then driven to New Orleans on Thanksgiving.   (Thom Benson/Tennessee Aquarium via AP)

Rough rescue: Storms, broken plane force layover for turtles

Nov. 28, 2020 12:10 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — They might have gotten there faster by walking, but at any rate, these endangered turtles had a lot to be thankful for on Thanksgiving. Bad weather, a damaged propeller and an unscheduled stop in Tennessee complicated the rescue of 30 critically endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtles...

Georgia Aquarium's largest female whale shark dies

Nov. 27, 2020 10:17 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The largest female whale shark at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta has died. Trixie, who had been at the aquarium since 2006, died Friday, the aquarium said in a statement on its Facebook page. “She was having difficulty navigating the habitat earlier in the day and then her health...

Posters on precautions against the coronavirus are displayed at a subway station in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. The signs on posters read

Correction: Virus Outbreak-The Latest story

Nov. 27, 2020 7:31 PM EST
In a story Nov. 25, 2020, about a new U.S. estimate of missed coronavirus infections, The Associated Press erroneously reported an earlier calculation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Previously, the CDC estimated nine of every 10 cases were being missed, not one of every 10.

Plan released to reduce massive wildfires in US West

Nov. 27, 2020 5:46 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — U.S. officials on Friday released an overarching plan for removing or changing vegetation over a huge swath of the U.S. West to stop devastating wildfires on land used for cattle ranching, recreation and habitat for imperiled sage grouse. The plan released by the U.S. Bureau of Land...

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Cher in Pakistan for resettlement of 'loneliest elephant'

Nov. 27, 2020 12:33 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Iconic singer and actress Cher is in Pakistan to celebrate the departure of Kaavan, dubbed the “world’s loneliest elephant,” who will soon leave a Pakistani zoo for better conditions after years of lobbying by animal rights groups and activists. Because of security...

FILE - This June 5, 2009, file photo shows a Redtail hawk feeding a snake to one of her young ones nested at the Rocky Mountain Wildlife Refuge in Commerce City, Colo. The Trump administration moved forward Friday, Nov. 27, 2020, on gutting a longstanding federal protection for the nation's birds, over objections from former federal officials and many scientists that billions more birds will likely perish as a result. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, File)

Trump administration moves ahead on gutting bird protections

Nov. 27, 2020 12:23 PM EST

The Trump administration moved forward Friday on gutting a longstanding federal protection for the nation's birds, over objections from former federal officials and many scientists that billions more birds will likely perish as a result. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service published its take on the proposed...

This undated photo provided by the 'Senckenberg Institute' shows a 'Danish Mayfly'. The Danish Mayfly has been selected by a German entomological society as the Insect of the Year for 2021, but won’t have long to celebrate its 15 minutes of fame. The insect, whose scientific name is Ephemera danica, only has a few days to fly, mate and lay new eggs. (Wolfgang Kleinsteuber via AP)

Brief buzz: Danish Mayfly named 2021 insect of the year

Nov. 27, 2020 10:27 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The Danish Mayfly was selected Friday by an international group of entomologists and others as the Insect of the Year for 2021, but it won't have long to celebrate its 15 minutes of fame. The insect, whose scientific name is Ephemera danica, only has a few days to fly, mate and lay new eggs....

Minnesota tribes file to halt pipeline approval due to virus

Nov. 27, 2020 9:35 AM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn (AP) — Two Native American tribes in northern Minnesota are asking state regulators to stop the imminent construction of Enbridge Energy's Line 3 crude oil pipeline replacement, saying it would increase the risk of coronavirus infections spreading. The Red Lake and White Earth Bands of...

Candle wax in Oslo fjord puzzles Norwegian authorities

Nov. 27, 2020 7:41 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Norwegian officials are asking the public for helping cleaning up and mapping “large amounts” of paraffin wax found at the entrance to the Oslo Fjord, a narrow inlet south of Norway’s capital. Officials have not identified the source of the grains of white...

FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2020, file photo people watch as the motorcade for Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden arrives for a campaign rally at Dallas High School in Dallas, Pa. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Biden's win hides a dire warning for Democrats in rural U.S.

Nov. 27, 2020 7:37 AM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democrats once dominated Koochiching County in the blue-collar Iron Range of northern Minnesota. But in this month's presidential election, President Donald Trump won it with 60% of the vote. That's not because voters there are suddenly shifting to the right, said Tom Bakk, who...