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Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro wears a mask amid the COVID-19 pandemic at the start of a ceremony where his nation's flag is projected in Brasilia, Brazil, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

The Latest: Grandmother of Brazil’s first lady dies

Aug. 12, 2020 10:21 AM EDT

BRASILIA, Brasil — The grandmother of Brazil’s first lady died Wednesday after more than a month fighting COVID-19 in a public hospital on the outskirts of Brasilia. Maria Aparecida Firmo Ferreira, 80, was the grandmother of Michelle Bolsonaro, who is married to Brazil’s President Jair...

Multnomah Falls reopens to the public with coronavirus rules

Aug. 12, 2020 8:31 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon’s tallest waterfall and one of the state’s most popular attractions has reopened to the public with new guidelines in place amid the coronavirus pandemic. Multnomah Falls opened in the Columbia River Gorge Tuesday, the U.S. Forest Service announced. New social...

An eco-corridor for the endangered Golden Lion Tamarin crosses over an interstate highway in Silva Jardim, Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. Once recently planted trees grow on the bridge, it will allow the primates to safely cross the busy highway that bisects one of the last Atlantic coast rainforest reserves. (AP Photo/Mario Lobao)

Endangered Brazilian monkeys get a bridge to themselves

Aug. 7, 2020 7:44 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The overpass juts from a forest over a four-lane highway in a rural area outside Rio de Janeiro. It's meant for a very special sort of pedestrian: golden lion tamarins, small orange primates that for decades have been at risk of extinction. The little primate, whose name derives from...

FILE - Gov. Roy Cooper listens to a question during a briefing at the Emergency Operations Center in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, July 14, 2020, amid the coronavirus pandemic. Cooper will discuss the pandemic, education and his re-election bid in an interview with The Associated Press on Thursday, Aug. 6. (Ethan Hyman/The News & Observer via AP, File)

Gov. Cooper: Trump's coronavirus strategy 'nonexistent'

Aug. 6, 2020 3:13 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said Thursday that President Donald Trump’s administration still lacks a sufficient strategy to tackle the coronavirus pandemic, sharpening his criticism of the president as the Democratic governor seeks reelection in the key battleground state. ...

Appeals panel rejects suit over abandoned mine shaft death

Aug. 4, 2020 5:18 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A federal appeals panel has upheld the dismissal of a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of a woman who died when the car she was riding in drove off a Forest Service road and into an abandoned mine shaft in the Rocky Mountain foothills of Colorado. Sarah Ball, 18, was a passenger in...

Fires in Brazil's Amazon up 28% in July, worrying experts

Aug. 1, 2020 6:07 PM EDT

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Fires in the Brazilian Amazon increased 28% in July from a year ago, a state agency reported Saturday. The National Institute for Space Research, which is responsible for monitoring Brazil, said it recorded 6,803 fires in the Amazon rainforest last month, compared to 5,318 in the...

FILE - In this May 17, 2019 file photo, Brazil's rainforest activist Chief Raoni Metuktire attends a march for climate in Brussels. The 90-year-old leader who has become a symbol of the fight for Indigenous rights and preservation of the Amazon rainforest has been hospitalized, his institute and a relative confirmed Saturday, July 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco, File)

Indigenous leader Raoni recovers from illness in Brazil

Jul. 25, 2020 3:43 PM EDT

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Chief Raoni Metuktire, an Indigenous leader who has become a symbol of the fight for Indigenous rights and preservation of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil, has recovered from an illness after being hospitalized for 10 days, a doctor said Saturday. Raoni had been taken to a private...

FILE - In this April 17, 2008, file photo a threatened Chiricahua leopard frog comes out from hiding in a special tank at a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service office in Albuquerque, N.M. A U.S. Forest Service volunteer recently photographed the rare frog in an earthen stock tank near the town of Camp Verde in central Arizona, the agency said Thursday, July 23, 2020. The aquatic frogs were thought to be only in eastern Arizona, western New Mexico and northern Mexico but historically were more widespread. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)

Rare leopard frog found beyond its known range in Southwest

Jul. 24, 2020 12:54 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A rare frog has been found beyond its known range in the Southwest. A U.S. Forest Service volunteer recently photographed a Chiricahua leopard frog in an earthen stock tank near the town of Camp Verde in central Arizona, the agency said Thursday. Biologists later confirmed that at...

Police officers stand in front of a driveway in a forest area near Oppenau, Germany, Friday, July 17, 2020. A man who disarmed four officers at gunpoint in southwestern Germany before fleeing into the Black Forest has been arrested after a five-day manhunt. Police, including special forces and a sniffer dog, moved in after two witnesses reported seeing a man who fitted the profile of suspect Yves Rausch on Friday afternoon. (Benedikt Spether/dpa via AP)

Germany: More details emerge of forest fugitive's flight

Jul. 22, 2020 8:24 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A man accused of disarming four police officers at gunpoint and hiding in Germany's Black Forest for more than five days says he took no food when he fled, largely switched off his cellphone and spent his time in ditches and holes, authorities said Wednesday. The 31-year-old suspect, Yves...

Police officers stand in front of a driveway in a forest area near Oppenau, Germany, Friday, July 17, 2020. A man who disarmed four officers at gunpoint in southwestern Germany before fleeing into the Black Forest has been arrested after a five-day manhunt. Police, including special forces and a sniffer dog, moved in after two witnesses reported seeing a man who fitted the profile of suspect Yves Rausch on Friday afternoon. (Benedikt Spether/dpa via AP)

Germany: Black Forest fugitive had no support during manhunt

Jul. 18, 2020 7:40 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A man arrested following a five-day manhunt in Germany's Black Forest that started when he disarmed four officers at gunpoint appears to have had no support from anyone else during his time in hiding, police said Saturday. The 31-year-old suspect, Yves Rausch, was captured on Friday after...