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Couple lost in woods survived on muddy water, fern fronds

February 24, 2020

INVERNESS, Calif. (AP) — A couple who went missing in the woods of Northern California for a week survived by drinking from a muddy puddle and eating fern fronds, said rescuers who had given up hopes of finding them alive.Carol Kiparsky, 77, and Ian...

Scientists gather to study risk from microplastic pollution

By GILLIAN FLACCUS | February 24, 2020

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Tiny bits of broken-down plastic smaller than a fraction of a grain of rice are turning up everywhere in oceans, from the water to the guts of fish and the poop of sea otters and giant killer whales.Yet little is known about the...

Arizona off-roading family, dog saved from raging flood

February 24, 2020

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona family and their dog narrowly avoided being swept away after their mini sports utility vehicle got stuck in rushing floodwaters.Dramatic video broadcast by media outlets from the Saturday night rescue shows the family of five...

Trump’s India visit prioritizes pageantry over policy

By JILL COLVIN and JONATHAN LEMIRE | February 24, 2020

AHMEDABAD, INDIA (AP) — Prioritizing pageantry over policy, President Donald Trump basked in India's welcoming embrace on a day that featured a mega-rally with cheering crowds, a mutual admiration show with his counterpart and a sunset tour of the famed...

Illegal net snares humpback in endangered porpoise refuge

By PETER ORSI | February 24, 2020

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Rescuers in Mexico were partially able to free a humpback whale that became entangled in a fishing net illegally set inside a refuge for the critically endangered vaquita porpoise in the upper Gulf of California, a conservationist...

Helicopter sharpshooters to kill Grand Teton nonnative goats

By MEAD GRUVER | February 21, 2020

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A disputed effort to help native bighorn sheep in Grand Teton National Park was scheduled to start Friday with a helicopter buzzing over rugged peaks with sharpshooters aboard tasked with killing nonnative mountain goats.Park officials...

Bear that wandered yards near Los Angeles moved to forest

February 21, 2020

MONROVIA, Calif. (AP) — A big, old bear wandered a Los Angeles foothill suburb Friday, drawing curious onlookers and news media before wildlife authorities removed it.The bear sluggishly ambled along streets and into backyards in Monrovia, which sits...

Groups want cows corralled to protect jumping mouse habitat

By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN | February 21, 2020

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Environmentalists have accused U.S. land managers of failing to keep livestock and wild horses out of streams and other wetlands in Arizona's White Mountains, resulting in damage to habitat required by a rare mouse species found...

California sues Trump administration to block water rules

By ADAM BEAM | February 20, 2020

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California sued the Trump administration on Thursday to block new rules that would let farmers take more water from the state's largest river systems, arguing it would push endangered populations of delta smelt, chinook salmon...

New colobus monkey makes debut at St. Louis Zoo

By JIM SALTER | February 20, 2020

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Zoo has a new resident, and boy is he cute.The zoo announced Thursday that Teak, a black and white colobus monkey, was born on Feb. 3. Colobus monkeys are born white with a pink face. By age 6 months, the little monkey...

Egypt’s once-reviled street dogs get chance at a better life

By ISABEL DEBRE | February 19, 2020

CAIRO (AP) — Karim Hegazi spends his days in a Cairo clinic taking care of animals long considered a menace in Egypt.Stray dogs roam in almost every Cairo neighborhood — lurking in construction sites, scavenging through trash and howling nightly atop...

Trump delivers on pledge for wealthy California farmers

By ELLEN KNICKMEYER and ADAM BEAM | February 18, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hoisting the spoils of victories in California’s hard-fought water wars, President Donald Trump is directing more of the state’s precious water to wealthy farmers and other agriculture interests when he visits their Republican...