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  • Endangered butterfly lives on Lewis-McChord firing range

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (AP) — An undeveloped stretch of native prairie in south Puget Sound offers one of the few habitats in the world where a two-inch colorful checkered …


  • Industry takes aim at AP ethanol investigation

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A new Associated Press investigation, which found that ethanol hasn’t lived up to some of the government’s clean-energy promises, is drawing a fierce response from the ethanol …


  • Official: 19 firefighters die battling Ariz. fire

    YARNELL, Ariz. (AP) — A fast-moving wildfire killed 19 firefighters Sunday afternoon after the blaze raced through an Arizona community, a state forestry official told The Associated Press. Forestry spokesman …


  • Outdoor retail exec picked for Interior

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Wednesday nominated outdoor business executive Sally Jewell to lead the Interior Department. Obama said Jewell, president and chief executive at REI, has earned …


  • Feds: Warming imperils wolverines

    BILLINGS, Mont. — The tenacious wolverine, a snow-loving carnivore sometimes called the “mountain devil,” is being added to the list of species threatened by climate change — a dubious distinction …


  • Conservationists team up with ranchers, loggers

    FRIANT, Calif. (AP) — Two cowboys on horses pushed cattle across an expanse of golden hills overgrown with tall grasses and oak trees, up an unpaved road toward another pasture. …


  • Huge DNA code of the Christmas tree being revealed

    NEW YORK (AP) — To millions of people, the Christmas tree is a cheerful sight. To scientists who decipher the DNA codes of plants and animals, it’s a monster. We’re …


  • Grizzly managers look toward bear hunts in Rockies

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Trophy grizzly bear hunts are under consideration for the Northern Rockies in the surest sign yet that more than 30 years of federal protection for the …


  • Grizzly managers look toward hunts in Rockies

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — With bear-human conflicts on the rise, wildlife managers in the Northern Rockies are laying the groundwork for trophy hunts for grizzlies in anticipation of the government …


  • Idaho falconers channel history, hunt with raptors

    KUNA, Idaho (AP) — Gary Moon releases “Laser,” his young prairie falcon, as the sun’s first rays set southern Idaho’s desert horizon ablaze. The two-pound female, a tiny radio transmitter …


  • US, Mexico sign rules on sharing Colorado River

    CORONADO, Calif. (AP) — The United States and Mexico on Tuesday signed a pact for new rules on sharing water from the Colorado River, capping a five-year effort on how …


  • DA: Grand jury to consider Texas chopper shooting

    McALLEN, Texas (AP) — A grand jury will consider the case of two Guatemalan immigrants killed when a Texas state trooper in a helicopter opened fire to stop a tarp-covered …


  • Trooper fired from helicopter to disable pickup

    LA JOYA, Texas (AP) — A Texas state trooper who fired on a pickup truck from a helicopter during a deadly chase through the desert was trying to disable the …


  • Wis. wolf hunt begins; groups file intent to sue

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s first organized wolf hunt got under way Monday even as animal welfare advocates demanded federal officials return Great Lake wolves to the endangered species list. …


  • Soldiers claim illness after guarding KBR in Iraq

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A war contractor knew a critical southern Iraq oilfield plant was riddled with a well-known toxin but ignored the risk to soldiers while hurrying the project …


  • Deal reached for huge desalination plant in Calif.

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego County Water Authority announced a tentative agreement Thursday to buy the entire output of what will be the Western hemisphere’s largest seawater desalination …


  • ‘Rancher’ has pros, cons for Fischer’s Senate run

    VALENTINE, Neb. (AP) — With roughly 35 million head of cattle grazing on nearly half the state’s land, ranching retains an iconic status in Nebraska. So it’s no surprise that …


  • Federal government ending Wyoming wolf protections

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The federal government will end its protections for wolves in Wyoming, where the species was introduced two decades ago to revive it from near extinction in …

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