Researchers try to save huge US salamander
10 Jul. 20143:00 AM ET
CORYDON, Ind. (AP) — With a long, slimy body and beady eyes, North America's largest salamander wouldn't top any cutest animal lists. The hellbender's alien appearance and mysterious ways have earned the big amphibian a bad reputation and unflattering nicknames ranging from snot otter to devil dog.
Mexico Mayan site gets double heritage status
9 Jul. 20143:49 PM ET
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The southern Mexico Mayan ruins of Calakmul have become the country's first site to receive the "mixed" World Heritage designation from the United Nations.
Scientists turn to public to help pay for research
9 Jul. 20141:36 PM ET
NEW YORK (AP) — In over three decades of studying ferns, Duke University professor Kathleen Pryer has received her share of grant money. But for her newest project, she's getting help from a retired nurse in Canada and a 17-year-old in Arkansas.
WHO: Basic hygiene can help prevent MERS spread
10 Jul. 20143:22 AM ET
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A World Health Organization official on Thursday urged millions of Muslims making the pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, to exercise basic hygiene as mass gatherings pose risks of spreading the Middle East respiratory syndrome.
Texas city using treated wastewater for drinking
9 Jul. 20144:59 PM ET
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — As much of Texas grapples with lingering drought, a second city in the Lone Star State has begun reusing treated wastewater in a state-approved recycling process to bolster drinking supplies.
Water levels at Nevada's Lake Mead drop to new low
8 Jul. 20147:53 PM ET
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Drought in the southwestern U.S will deplete the vast Lake Mead on the Colorado River this week to levels not seen since Hoover Dam was completed and the reservoir was filled in the 1930s, federal water managers said Tuesday.
Bay Area governments make big electric-vehicle buy
8 Jul. 201410:00 PM ET
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A group of San Francisco Bay Area cities, counties and water agencies has joined forces for what is being billed as one of the largest single government purchases of all-electric vehicles in the country.
GOP lawmakers try to ease new curbs on ivory sales
9 Jul. 20143:41 PM ET
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans in the House want to hold up new federal rules intended to crack down on ivory sales because it is becoming more difficult for owners of musical instruments, antiques and guns made with ivory to trade in such items.
2 whales die along Puerto Rico's southwest coast
9 Jul. 201412:57 PM ET
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Government officials in Puerto Rico are investigating the deaths of two of three pilot whales that stranded themselves in the island's southwest region.
Interior secretary pledges $43M for conservation
8 Jul. 20147:19 PM ET
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced Tuesday that more than $43 million will be distributed from a federal fund for recreation and conservation projects nationwide, kicking off a weeklong campaign around the nation to support the fund's permanent renewal as Congress resumes.