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32-year-old seal named Peter euthanized at Virginia aquarium

Sep. 26, 2018 5:12 AM EDT

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — A 32-year-old seal named Peter who lived at the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center has died. The Virginian-Pilot reports Peter's health had been in rapid decline, and he was euthanized Monday. The Atlantic harbor seal lived longer than most do in the wild, which is...

El Malpais soil tests positive for fungus lethal to bats

Sep. 26, 2018 1:15 AM EDT

EL MALPAIS NATIONAL MONUMENT, N.M. (AP) — Test results indicate the presence of a fungus that has been linked to a disease lethal to bats in cave soil at El Malpais National Monument. Officials at the monument said Tuesday tests done by an Arizona laboratory turned up low levels of the fungus that causes...

Spaceport in New Mexico seeks additional state subsidies

Sep. 26, 2018 1:14 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's spaceport for vertical rocket and runway launches is asking for a 72 percent increase in funding from the state's general fund for the coming fiscal year. Spaceport America CEO Dan Hicks was scheduled Wednesday to brief state lawmakers about operations and finances for...

Governments to discuss tackling tuberculosis at UN summit

Sep. 25, 2018 9:54 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Governments from around the world will gather Wednesday to discuss the persistent scourge of tuberculosis, which last year claimed more lives than any other communicable disease. About 1.3 million people worldwide died of TB in 2017. A further 300,000 people with both HIV and TB died...

Big changes about small fish are in store for fishermen

Sep. 25, 2018 7:31 PM EDT

Fisheries managers are adopting a host of potentially major changes for Atlantic herring, an economically important fish that serves as a key part of the ocean ecosystem in New England. Atlantic herring is a small, schooling fish that is the target of an industry that collects more than 100 million pounds (45...

The Latest: Big changes for small fish for fishermen

Sep. 25, 2018 6:41 PM EDT

The Latest on new limits imposed on herring fishery (all times local): 6:30 p.m. Big changes are in store for herring fishermen in New England. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says a recent assessment shows the small fish used as bait by lobster and tuna fishermen is in decline. The New...

Wyoming, Idaho weigh options after grizzly hunt ruling

Sep. 25, 2018 5:42 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — State officials frustrated by a judge's decision to prohibit grizzly bear hunting in the Yellowstone region and put the animals back on the threatened species list will likely appeal but that's not their only option to contest the decision. They could lean on Congress to exempt the...

Judge restores energy lease on Montana land sacred to tribes

Sep. 25, 2018 3:44 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A judge reinstated an oil and gas lease on land in northwestern Montana considered sacred to some tribes in the U.S. and Canada — a ruling that could test the depths of the Trump administration's support for the energy industry. President Barack Obama's Interior Department...

NASA's Mars Opportunity rover seen, but still not heard

Sep. 25, 2018 3:26 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's Mars rover, Opportunity, has been seen, but still not heard. A spacecraft around Mars has sent back a photo of Opportunity, which has been silent ever since a massive dust storm engulfed the red planet in late spring. The rover appears in the photo as a pale dot. The Mars...

Automakers seek flexibility at hearing on mileage standards

Sep. 25, 2018 3:04 PM EDT

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Automakers sought flexibility while environmental groups blasted the Trump administration's proposal to roll back fuel economy standards at a public hearing on the plan in the industry's backyard. At the hearing Tuesday in Dearborn, Michigan, home to Ford Motor Co. and just miles...