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Florida river gets curves back in 22-year, $980m restoration

Jul. 30, 2021 11:01 AM EDT

SEBRING, Fla. (AP) — The 22-year project to restore Florida's Kissimmee River from a straight manmade channel to its natural meandering state has marked a major milestone. Officials involved in the nearly $1 billion Kissimmee River Restoration Project said at an event...

3 treated for rabies after raccoon attack in north Alabama

Jul. 30, 2021 10:39 AM EDT

CULLMAN, Ala. (AP) — Three people were treated for exposure to rabies after a raccoon attacked a person on a walking trail earlier this week near a subdivision, state health officials said Friday. The animal went after a person in Cullman earlier this week while...

Deer in Anacortes test positive for viral infection

Jul. 30, 2021 07:59 AM EDT

ANACORTES, Wash. (AP) — At least one deer in northeast Anacortes has died as a result of a viral infection, according to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife. Robert Waddell, the district wildlife biologist for Skagit and Whatcom counties, said testing of tissue...

Tourists fined $500 for touching Hawaiian monk seals

Jul. 30, 2021 01:38 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A woman from Louisiana who was honeymooning in Hawaii has been fined $500 after a social media video showed her touching an endangered Hawaiian monk seal, U.S. authorities said. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration launched an...

Coalition seeks relisting of gray wolves in US West

Jul. 29, 2021 19:00 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Wildlife advocates on Thursday petitioned federal officials to restore federal protections for gray wolves throughout the U.S. West after Idaho and Montana passed laws intended to drastically cut their numbers. Western Watersheds Project, WildEarth...

1 dead, 1 injured in Florida's 2-day lobster miniseason

Jul. 28, 2021 14:36 PM EDT

ISLAMORADA, Fla. (AP) — One diver died and another man was injured in separate incidents as Florida's lobster miniseason opened Wednesday, authorities said. The Monroe County Sheriff's Office tweeted that the diver died early Wednesday while preparing to harvest spiny...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Jul. 28, 2021 09:02 AM EDT

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. July 26, 2021. Editorial: A fresh start for the State System of higher ed Change can be hard and it can be scary. But, it also can be promising. Because with change comes opportunity. That’s the spirit...

US vows to improve protections for wild horse adoptions

Jul. 27, 2021 20:33 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — U.S. officials who are trying to adopt out wild horses captured on public land say they are tightening protections to guard against the illegal resale of the animals for slaughter, but advocates say the government needs to do more, including ending incentive payments for...

Warming rivers in US West killing fish, imperiling industry

Jul. 27, 2021 17:23 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Baby salmon are dying by the thousands in one California river, and an entire run of endangered salmon could be wiped out in another. Fishermen who make their living off adult salmon, once they enter the Pacific Ocean, are sounding the alarm as blistering heat waves and...

9 dolphins stranded on Cape Cod, most survive to be released

Jul. 27, 2021 10:57 AM EDT

PROVINCETOWN, Mass. (AP) — Nine dolphins were stranded on beaches on Cape Cod on Monday but most survived and either swam away or were released back into the water by a local wildlife group. A mother and her calf were stranded in Brewster and seven dolphins became...