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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...

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...

Helena says Tenmile Creek more contaminated than EPA found

Jul. 29, 2021 19:00 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Water samples taken by Helena City staff in Tenmile Creek following a mine waste spill earlier this month show severely higher levels of metals and arsenic than those reported by the Environmental Protection Agency, the Helena Independent Record reported. ...

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...

Homes lose water as wells run dry in drought-ravaged basin

Jul. 29, 2021 15:53 PM EDT

MALIN, Ore. (AP) — Judy and Jim Shanks know the exact date their home’s well went dry — June 24. Since then, their life has been an endless cycle of imposing on relatives for showers and laundry, hauling water to feed a small herd of cattle and desperately waiting...

Connecticut fire crews sent to Minnesota, latest deployment

Jul. 29, 2021 13:22 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Thirteen members of the Connecticut Interstate Fire Crew have been deployed to Minnesota to help fight wildfires, the latest dispatch of personnel and resources from Connecticut to battle blazes in western states. So far this year, 33 people from...

Forgotten oil and gas wells linger, leaking toxic chemicals

Jul. 29, 2021 11:59 AM EDT

CRANE, Texas (AP) — Rusted pipes litter the sandy fields of Ashley Williams Watt’s cattle ranch in windswept West Texas. The corroded skeletons are all that remain of hundreds of abandoned oil wells that were drilled long before her family owned the land. The wells, unable to produce any...

Body recovered from 112 feet of water in Maine quarry

Jul. 29, 2021 08:26 AM EDT

ROCKPORT, Maine (AP) — The state medical examiner's office will determine the cause of death of a man whose body was recovered in 112 feet (34 meters) of water in a quarry, but police said there's nothing to suspect foul play. The body of Joshua D. Clapp, 38, of...

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...

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...