Wildlife

In this Saturday, May 6, 2017 photo provided by the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge smoke rises from a wildfire east of Fargo, Ga. Firefighters were battling Sunday to prevent the fire from spreading, authorities said. (Ben Palm/Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge via AP)
May 08, 2017 - 12:00 pm
FOLKSTON, Ga. (AP) — Officials extended a mandatory evacuation to other communities on Monday as a wildfire near the Georgia-Florida line threatened small communities on the edge of the Okefenokee Swamp. Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge supervisory ranger Susan Heisey said in a statement the...
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FILE - This July 16, 2004, file photo, shows a gray wolf at the Wildlife Science Center in Forest Lake, Minn. Gray wolves in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan could find themselves in the cross-hairs of hunters once again. A ruling is expected soon from the same federal appeals court that stripped the wolf of its protection in Wyoming in March 2017. (AP Photo/Dawn Villella, File)
May 07, 2017 - 9:10 am
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gray wolves in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan could again find themselves in hunters' crosshairs — possibly as soon as this fall if federal protections are removed for the predators. A ruling is expected soon from an appeals court that recently lifted protections for wolves in...
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Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) skates onto the ice for warmups before Game 5 in the second-round of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs, Saturday, May 6, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
May 06, 2017 - 7:30 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sidney Crosby returned to the Pittsburgh Penguins' lineup for Game 5 against the Washington Capitals after missing the previous game with a concussion. Crosby is in the lineup five days after being concussed on a cross-check to the head by Matt Niskanen in Game 3. Coach Mike...
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Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby, right, skates past assistant coach Rick Tocchet during NHL practice, Friday, May 5, 2017, at the team's practice facility in Cranberry, Pa. It was Crosby's first time back on the ice since he suffered a concussion in Game 3 of Pittsburgh's playoff series against Washington. It's still uncertain whether he will be available for Game 5 on Saturday night in Washington. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
May 06, 2017 - 2:15 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sidney Crosby passed his concussion test, and it will be determined at game time Saturday night if the Penguins captain can play in Game 5 against the Washington Capitals. Coach Mike Sullivan said Crosby had a few good days. Winger Conor Sheary also passed his baseline test and...
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Pittsburgh Penguins Sidney Crosby, center, skates during NHL practice, Friday, May 5, 2017, at the team's practice facility in Cranberry, Pa. It was Crosby's first time back on the ice since he suffered a concussion in Game 3 of Pittsburgh's playoff series against Washington. It's still uncertain whether he will be available for Game 5 on Saturday night in Washington. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
May 05, 2017 - 2:54 pm
CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa. (AP) — Sidney Crosby returned to work Friday, practicing with his Pittsburgh Penguins teammates barely four days removed from a frightening hit that left the him with a concussion, and his status for the rest of the playoffs uncertain. While the two-time MVP declined to get...
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In this photo provided by the National Park Service a National Park Service staffer sets up an acoustic recording station on Going-to-the-Sun Road to capture the impact of traffic on acoustic conditions in Glacier National Park, Mont. The call of the wild is getting harder to hear. Peaceful natural sounds, bird songs, rushing rivers and rustling grass, are being drowned out by human-made noise in nearly two-thirds of America’s protected parks, forests and wilderness areas, a new study finds. (National Park Service via AP)
May 04, 2017 - 2:41 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The call of the wild is getting harder to hear. Peaceful, natural sounds— bird songs, rushing rivers and rustling grass — are sometimes being drowned out by noise from people in many of America's protected parks and wilderness areas, a new study finds. Scientists measured sound...
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FILE-In this June 27, 2016 file photo, water full of algae laps along the Seweall's Point shore on the St. Lucie River, Fla. Despite hundreds of millions of tax dollars spent to reduce pollution in Florida's 153-mile-long Indian River Lagoon, an Associated Press analysis of water quality data from 2000-2015 found stark increases in pollutants that cause harmful algal blooms. (Richard Graulich/The Palm Beach Post via AP, File)
May 04, 2017 - 11:04 am
ON THE INDIAN RIVER LAGOON, Fla. (AP) — The most biologically diverse waterway in America is seriously ill. The Indian River Lagoon is repeatedly being choked with oxygen-robbing algae, its surface increasingly dotted with thousands of dead fish, manatees, birds and other creatures. The culprits:...
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Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby (87) takes a hit from Washington Capitals' Matt Niskanen during the first period of Game 3 in an NHL Stanley Cup Eastern Conference semifinal hockey game against the Washington Capitals in Pittsburgh, Monday, May 1, 2017. Crosby left the game and did not return. The Capitals won in overtime 3-2. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
May 02, 2017 - 9:27 pm
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The scene brought back jarring memories. Sidney Crosby woozily making his way off the ice after taking a brutal hit from a member of the Washington Capitals. His brain foggy. His immediate future uncertain. The sight of their captain slowly heading to the dressing room on Monday...
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Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby (87) takes a hit from Washington Capitals' Matt Niskanen during the first period of Game 3 in an NHL Stanley Cup Eastern Conference semifinal hockey game against the Washington Capitals in Pittsburgh, Monday, May 1, 2017. Crosby left the game and did not return. The Capitals won in overtime 3-2. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
May 02, 2017 - 5:40 pm
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The scene brought back jarring memories. Sidney Crosby woozily making his way off the ice after taking a brutal hit from a member of the Washington Capitals. His brain foggy. His immediate future uncertain. The sight of their captain slowly heading to the dressing room on Monday...
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May 02, 2017 - 1:29 pm
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A federal agency targeted by President Donald Trump for budget cuts next has only about half the money needed to build a new Yellowstone River dam and bypass channel meant to save an endangered fish, but it plans to begin construction, anyway. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers...
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