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After long journey, bear spared by governor returns home

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A bear whose life was spared two years ago by New Hampshire's governor has returned to her home turf near Dartmouth College after traveling thousands of miles since her relocation last June. The state's Fish and Game Department had decided to euthanize the female black bear and three of her young…

Man pleads guilty to taking lemur from California zoo

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a man has agreed to plead guilty to stealing a ring-tailed lemur from a Southern California zoo. The U.S. attorney's office says in a news release that 19-year-old Aquinas Kasbar of Newport Beach agreed to plead guilty to one misdemeanor count of unlawfully taking an endangered species.…

'Hippie' island off Seattle sees shift in low vaccine rate

VASHON ISLAND, Wash. (AP) — Sarah Day is a school nurse with "street cred" when it comes to the polarizing issue of vaccines on an idyllic island in Washington state known for its rural beauty, counterculture lifestyle and low immunization rates. Since she began communal living on Vashon Island more than 20 years ago, the…

2020 hopeful Bennet proposes $1 trillion climate change fund

DENVER (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bennet said Monday he wants to commit $1 trillion for underwriting research and projects to address climate change, set aside about one-third of U.S. lands and ocean territory for conservation and reach net-zero U.S. emissions by midcentury. His campaign's climate plan also would require utilities to offer consumers…

AP FACT CHECK: Trump cries 'treason' over campaign scrutiny

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is using "treason" rather lightly as he assails unidentified U.S. officials for investigating operatives of his campaign in 2016. There's no allegation or even suggestion that they committed this punishable-by-death crime, if any crime at all. Trump's hyperbolic characterization echoed at the end of a week of unsupported assertions…

Alaska's fledgling commercial seaweed industry grows

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's fledgling commercial seaweed industry is growing, with producers excited about this year's harvest. There were no commercial seaweed farmers in Alaska five years ago, though there have long been subsistence seaweed harvests along Alaska coasts. Now, there are 16 aquatic farming operations permitted to culture species of seaweed in the…

Ex-rebel hospitalized in Colombia day after polemical arrest

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A former Colombian rebel leader was hospitalized with signs of "altered consciousness" on Saturday, a day after being freed from jail and then rearrested in a highly-politicized drug case that has strained relations with the U.S. Authorities at Colombia's National Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences did not provide further…

Teen finds prehistoric mastodon jaw in southern Iowa

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A teen searching for arrowheads in southern Iowa found something much bigger: the prehistoric jawbone of a mastodon. The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports that the 30-inch bone belonged to a juvenile mastodon, an elephant-like animal believed to have roamed Iowa some 34,000 years ago. Officials with the University of Iowa…

2020 hopeful Inslee says $9T climate plan will boost economy

Democratic presidential candidate Jay Inslee is pitching a $9 trillion-plus climate action plan that he touts as an economic renaissance and scientific necessity, putting the Washington governor at the forefront of White House hopefuls pushing for sweeping action to combat the causes and effects of a warming planet. Inslee compares his "Evergreen Economy" plan, which…

Flooding makes big 'dead zone' off Louisiana coast likely

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The year's widespread flooding has made it likely that a big, oxygen-starved "dead zone" off Louisiana's coast will form this summer, the head of the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science said Thursday. Preliminary computer model runs "indicate a large to very large year," for the area where there's too little…