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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...

Microsoft announces $1.1 billion investment in Mexico

February 20, 2020

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Microsoft announced a five-year, $1.1 billion investment plan in Mexico on Thursday to develop training programs and increase the availability of cloud computing services.Company executives said the money will be used to establish...

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...

Takes a village: Bear ‘foster mom’ raises cub saved by dog

February 13, 2020

BRISTOL, Va. (AP) — An orphaned black bear cub has been placed with a substitute mother this week after being saved by a dog and brought to safety.The rescue effort unfolded after the dog turned up at its owner's home in Washington County with a cub...

Asian carp roundup in Kentucky opens new front in battle

By TRAVIS LOLLER and JOHN FLESHER | February 12, 2020

GOLDEN POND, Ky. (AP) — Like a slow-motion, underwater cattle drive, wildlife officials in a half-dozen aluminum boats used pulses of electricity and sound on a recent gray morning to herd schools of Asian carp toward 1,000-foot-long (305 meters) nets.The...

Push to scale back US environmental law draws ire at hearing

By JAMES ANDERSON | February 11, 2020

DENVER (AP) — The Trump administration on Tuesday hosted the first of two hearings on its proposal to speed energy and other projects by rolling back a landmark environmental law. Opponents from Western states argued the long-term benefits of keeping...

Oil from federal lands tops 1B barrels as Trump eases rules

By MATTHEW BROWN | February 11, 2020

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Oil production from U.S.- managed lands and waters topped a record 1 billion barrels last year, federal officials said Tuesday, as technological advances helped drive development in new areas and the Trump administration eases...

UK’s Johnson backs high speed railway despite opposition

By JILL LAWLESS | February 11, 2020

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Conservative government on Tuesday approved an overdue, over-budget plan for a high-speed rail line linking London with central and northern England, despite opposition from environmentalists and lawmakers in his own party.Prime...

Gunmen on motorcycles attack police post in northern Benin

By VIRGILE AHISSOU | February 10, 2020

COTONOU, Benin (AP) — Men armed with rifles and machetes attacked a police station in Benin ne ar the border with troubled Burkina Faso, raising fears that Islamic extremist violence could be encroaching even further south, officials said.One policeman...

Brazil indigenous protest new gov’t moves on their lands

By MAURICIO SAVARESE | February 5, 2020

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's far-right government drew protests from indigenous groups Wednesday, first by naming a former evangelical missionary to head a department responsible for protecting uncontacted and recently contacted tribes and then proposing...