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Besieged Puerto Rico governor goes quiet amid protests

Jul. 19, 2019 9:15 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — In the Spanish colonial fortress that serves as his official residence, Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló is under siege. Motorcyclists, celebrities, horse enthusiasts and hundreds of thousands of ordinary Puerto Ricans have swarmed outside La Fortaleza (The Fort) in Old...

Chicago's elusive gator settles into new home in Florida

Jul. 19, 2019 6:23 PM EDT

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) — An alligator that eluded capture for days in a Chicago lagoon is settling in its new home in Florida. The St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park said in a Facebook post Friday that it welcomed the reptile known as Chance the Snapper with a banner, pizza and Chicago's...

Pocket-sized shark squirts glowing clouds from pockets

Jul. 19, 2019 5:42 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A pocket-sized pocket shark found in the Gulf of Mexico has turned out to be a new species. And the mysterious pouches that it's named for, up near its front fins? Scientists say they squirt little glowing clouds into the ocean. Researchers from around the Gulf and in New York have named...

A bad year for right whales: 2 more found dead off Canada

Jul. 19, 2019 5:27 PM EDT

The Canadian government says two more rare North Atlantic right whales have been found dead in the country's waters, worsening a disastrous year for the marine mammals. Fisheries and Oceans Canada says the causes of the animals' deaths aren't yet known. Officials say a necropsy will take place for one of the...

Rare albino alligator dies at South Carolina Aquarium

Jul. 19, 2019 5:17 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — An extremely rare albino alligator that lived at the South Carolina Aquarium has died. The aquarium posted on its Facebook page that the 22-year-old alligator named Alabaster had passed away Friday morning. He had lived at the aquarium in Charleston since 2009. South Carolina...

Pittsburgh marks its 4th alligator sighting since May

Jul. 19, 2019 5:09 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A baby alligator was found far from the tropics in the parking lot of a grocery store outside Pittsburgh on Friday morning, the fourth alligator discovered near the city since May. An employee found the 2-foot-long (60-centimeter-long) creature near a garbage can at the Giant Eagle...

Pilot whales strand on Iceland beach in group of 50 or more

Jul. 19, 2019 4:03 PM EDT

REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — Tourists and a pilot on a helicopter sightseeing tour of Iceland have found dozens of dead whales on a remote beach in Iceland. David Schwarzhans, a pilot for Reykjavík Helicopters, said he and his passengers counted 50 long-finned pilot whales washed up on the Snaefellsnes...

Plan to slow Western wildfires would clear strips of land

Jul. 19, 2019 2:51 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Trump administration is proposing an ambitious plan to slow Western wildfires by bulldozing, mowing or revegetating large swaths of land along 11,000 miles (17,700 kilometers) of terrain in the West. The plan that was announced this summer and presented at public open houses,...

Ex-LSU lineman shot by dog returns to daily life

Jul. 19, 2019 8:54 AM EDT

MONROE, La. (AP) — A former Louisiana State University lineman says he's adjusting to life with a titanium leg after being shot by a dog while duck hunting in Mississippi. Matt Branch tells the Clarion Ledger he was shot by the black Labrador named Tito last winter while hunting with friends near Eagle...

It's an orangutan! Endangered species born at Audubon Zoo

Jul. 18, 2019 6:12 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — It's an orangutan! The Audubon Zoo has announced the birth of a critically endangered Sumatran orangutan to longtime inhabitant Feliz and Jambi , a male brought from Germany last fall. The species has been drastically reduced by hunting and by destruction of the forests where they live....