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Mediterranean pen shell listed as critically endangered

Dec. 13, 2019 11:58 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A fan mussel found only in the Mediterranean was officially added to the list of critically endangered species, after scientists recorded a dramatic decline in its population numbers caused by a newly discovered pathogen. The International Union for Conservation of Nature said in a...

Report faults Census Bureau for hiring sex offender in NC

Dec. 12, 2019 7:44 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. Census Bureau didn't follow its guidelines when it hired a registered sex offender in North Carolina last year, raising questions about the agency's judgment, according to an Inspector General's report made public Thursday. Even though the man disclosed his prior arrest, and...

Black bears in Florida to remain off limits to hunters

Dec. 12, 2019 5:34 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The once-threatened black bear will continue to be off limits to Florida hunters, as part of a 10-year management plan approved Wednesday by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The bears used to number only in the low hundreds and were declared a threatened...

California report on horse deaths at Santa Anita delayed

Dec. 12, 2019 1:19 PM EST

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. (AP) — The California Horse Racing Board's report on the high rate of horse deaths at Santa Anita earlier this year is being delayed. Rick Baedeker, the board's executive director, said the report is now scheduled to be released on Jan. 15. It was originally set to be issued this...

Detroit tops list of hard-to-count cities ahead of census

Dec. 12, 2019 3:10 AM EST

DETROIT (AP) — When the U.S. Census Bureau starts counting people next year in Detroit, obstacles are bound to arise: The city has tens of thousands of vacant houses, sparse internet access and high poverty — factors that will make it the toughest community to tally. Other Rust Belt towns that have...

More Americans are dying at home rather than in hospitals

Dec. 11, 2019 7:44 PM EST

For the first time since the early 1900s, more Americans are dying at home rather than in hospitals, a trend that reflects more hospice care and progress toward the kind of end that most people say they want. Deaths in nursing homes also have declined, according to Wednesday's report in the New England Journal of...

Researchers warn Census about accuracy concerns with method

Dec. 11, 2019 12:47 PM EST

A new technique to protect the privacy of participants in the 2020 Census could foster distrust between the Census Bureau and researchers if it results in too many inaccuracies, demographers warned officials Wednesday. The demographers, who study population changes, delivered the message to bureau officials at a...

Census Bureau head says IT concerns are being remedied

Dec. 9, 2019 2:13 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Information technology problems at the U.S. Census Bureau have been fixed or are in the process of being remedied, despite recent reports raising concerns about the bureau’s preparedness for the 2020 Census, the agency’s director said Monday. Census Bureau director Steven...

North Dakota county may become US's 1st to bar new refugees

Dec. 8, 2019 1:30 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Reuben Panchol was forced to leave war-torn Sudan decades ago as a child, embarking on an odyssey that eventually brought him to the American Midwest and left him eternally grateful to the country that took him in. “I am an American citizen, a North Dakotan,” said...

6 apply for Missouri's nonpartisan redistricting post

Dec. 5, 2019 2:11 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — About half a dozen people have applied for an influential new job in Missouri to draw state legislative districts under a nationally unique mandate to achieve “partisan fairness” and “competitiveness" in elections. Missouri's “nonpartisan state...