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Sea dragons captivate visitors at California aquarium

May. 22, 2019 5:28 PM EDT

LA JOLLA, California (AP) — At first glance, it looks like a branch of kelp, but then an eye moves among its leafy appendages, and ridges of tiny, translucent fins start to flutter, sending the creature gliding through the water like something from a fairy tale. A Southern California aquarium has built...

Budget deals start coming together ahead of special session

May. 22, 2019 3:48 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Deals were coming together Wednesday as Gov. Tim Walz and top legislative leaders prepared for a special session to finish work on the state's next two-year budget. The Democratic governor, GOP Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka and Democratic House Speaker Melissa Hortman had...

Ohio power company fulfills Louisiana wetlands agreement

May. 22, 2019 1:14 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — An Ohio-based multinational power company has completed an agreement to pay for potential pollution by reforesting wetlands for a national wildlife refuge in Louisiana. American Electric Power, The Conservation Fund and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Wednesday that the final...

Bankruptcy judge to approve sale of Reading Eagle

May. 22, 2019 12:51 PM EDT

READING, Pa. (AP) — A federal bankruptcy judge said Wednesday he intends to approve the sale of the Reading Eagle to a large newspaper chain known for taking over struggling papers and then making deep newsroom cuts. MediaNews Group, better known as Digital First Media, offered $5 million for the assets of...

Conservation Congress rejects CWD bounties idea

May. 22, 2019 12:10 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Conservation Congress has rejected the idea of paying bounties for deer carcasses infected with chronic wasting disease. The congress gauged support for the idea through an online survey and at its spring hearings in April. Nearly 60 percent of respondents supported the...

Officials kill mountain lion found near downtown Helena

May. 22, 2019 12:00 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana wildlife officials have killed a mountain lion that was found off a busy street near downtown Helena. Helena interim Police Chief Steve Hagen says a NorthWestern Energy employee spotted the young male cat Wednesday morning in bushes near the company's offices on Last Chance...

German government OKs plan to shoot protected wolves

May. 22, 2019 10:14 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The German government wants to relax rules against shooting wolves if the animals kill sheep or other livestock. Wolves are an endangered species in Germany and they had largely been protected from being hunted, to the annoyance of farmers who claim they are causing widespread damage to...

Attempt to breed Hawaiian crows at nature reserve fails

May. 22, 2019 10:11 AM EDT

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — The first breeding attempt by a pair of Hawaiian crows in the wild in nearly 20 years appears to have failed, officials said. Officials at the Puu Makaala Natural Area Reserve did not find offspring at a nest the birds built, The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Tuesday. Researchers at...

Groups oppose plan to kill ravens to save grouse in Oregon

May. 22, 2019 9:57 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Environmental advocates in Oregon have criticized a state plan to kill more than 1,000 ravens to help save the greater sage grouse, officials said. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife applied for permits in 2018 to kill up to 500 ravens per year over a three-year period to...

2 rare mammals, Chacoan peccaries, born in Prague zoo

May. 22, 2019 8:48 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — Prague's zoo says two Chacoan peccaries have been born there for the first time, a vital step in efforts to save an endangered species that was once considered extinct. The Chacoan peccary is a wild pig-like mammal whose existence was described in 1930 based on fossils that dated to the...