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Botswana lifts ban on elephant hunting, to some anger

Cara Anna, Associated Press  |  Posted May 23rd - 5:57am

Botswana has lifted its ban on elephant hunting in a country with the world's highest number of the animals, a decision that has brought anger from some wildlife protection groups and warnings of a blow to lucrative tourism.

Annual 'Dr. Beach' list names Oahu's Kailua best in America

Caleb Jones, Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 11:04pm

In Kailua, the sand is soft and white, the water is clear and calm, and the view is exactly what you would expect from a beach in the Hawaiian Islands.

Politics, killings stifle wolf recovery amid hefty price tag

Jonathan Drew, Susan Montoya Bryan and Matthew Brown, Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 10:08pm

Illegal killings and longstanding political resistance have undercut the return of two species of endangered wolves to the wild, frustrating government efforts that already cost more than $80 million but have failed to meet recovery targets.

2 elderly African lions die at San Francisco, San Diego zoos

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 6:24pm

Two beloved, elderly lions have died at zoos in California.

Israeli scientists brew beer with revived ancient yeasts

Ilan Ben Zion, Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 8:14am

Israeli researchers raised a glass Wednesday to celebrate a long-brewing project of making beer and mead using yeasts extracted from ancient clay vessels —some over 5,000 years old.

2 rare mammals, Chacoan peccaries, born in Prague zoo

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 6:49am

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.

Utah attorney general signs on to beta test new AI tech that detects concealed weapons

Liesl Nielsen, KSL.com  |  Posted May 22nd - 6:01am

Utah’s attorney general has signed his office up to beta test a new tech that uses artificial intelligence to detect concealed weapons.

Seeking energy independence, Palestinians open solar plant

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 3:00am

Palestinian officials say they have inaugurated their first solar panel plant as part of a plan to reduce their dependence on Israeli power sources.

Sea dragons captivate visitors at California aquarium

Julie Watson, Associated Press  |  Posted May 21st - 11:13pm

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.

Research on children's health risks in doubt over EPA funds

Ellen Knickmeyer, Associated Press  |  Posted May 21st - 4:13pm

Long-running research projects credited with pivotal discoveries about the harm that pesticides, air pollution and other hazards pose to children are in jeopardy or shutting down because the Environmental Protection Agency will not commit to their continued funding, researchers say.

Colorado won't halt drilling as it refocuses rules on safety

Dan Elliott, Associated Press  |  Posted May 21st - 3:34pm

Colorado officials said Tuesday that they had no plans to stop energy companies from drilling for oil and gas while regulators overhaul state rules to make health, safety and the environment their top priority.

Huawei could be the first big casualty of China's clash with America

Sherisse Pham, CNN  |  Posted May 21st - 2:31pm

In little over 30 years, Huawei has gone from scrappy startup to China's most successful global consumer brand. Now it could become the first big casualty of an escalating fight with America over trade and the future of technology.

Washington is 1st state to allow composting of human bodies

Gene Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted May 21st - 1:24pm

Ashes to ashes, guts to dirt.

Construction workers find dinosaur fossils in Denver suburb

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 11:44am

Construction workers have unearthed fossils in a Denver suburb that experts say could be from a rare horned dinosaur.

Ohio power company fulfills Louisiana wetlands agreement

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 11:15am

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.

2 bullets strike bus after students taken to Chicago museum

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 8:58am

Police say stray gunfire struck a suburban school bus after it dropped students at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.

Hawaii county officials close bay to assist coral spawning

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 8:14am

A Hawaii county has closed a bay to prevent disruption of coral spawning that scientists predicted would occur over two days, officials said.

Nashville Civil War fort gets 'slave route' designation

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 7:34am

A fort built by African Americans during the Civil War in Nashville has received an international designation for its significance to the history of slavery.

BLM seeks vandals who defaced famous archaeological site

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 21st - 5:38pm

The Bureau of Land Management is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of vandals who spray-painted graffiti at an important southern Utah archaeological site.