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What does a bear do in the Alaska woods? Disperse seeds


ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Does a bear leave scat in the woods? The answer is obvious but the effects on an ecosystem may not be....

Spacewalking astronauts finish months of robot arm repair


CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- Spacewalking astronauts wrapped up months of repair work Friday on the International Space Station 's big robot arm....

4 small earthquakes recorded in northwestern Oklahoma


WAYNOKA, Okla. (AP) -- The U.S. Geological Survey reports four small earthquakes in northwestern Oklahoma, the strongest with a preliminary magnitude of 3.8....

Borneo's orangutan population plunged by 100,000 since 1999


JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- The most comprehensive study of Borneo's orangutans estimates their numbers have plummeted by more than 100,000 since 1999, as the palm oil and paper industries shrink their jungle habitat and fatal conflicts with people increase....

Idaho can keep data on animals tracked illegally amid appeal


BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Idaho officials don't have to destroy information right away that came from tracking collars placed on wolves and elk by a helicopter crew that landed illegally in a wilderness area where engines are prohibited....

Greening Mardi Gras: Recycling effort targets parade trash


NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Mardi Gras produces days of merriment, indulgence, a few hangovers - and a lot of garbage. Once the parades have passed and the beads have been thrown, the cleanup begins....

Offshore drilling foes, denied microphone, hold rallies


HAMILTON, N.J. (AP) -- With giant inflatable whales, signs that read "Drilling Is Killing" and chants of "Where's our meeting?" opponents of President Donald Trump's plan to open most of the nation's coastline to oil and natural gas drilling have staged boisterous rallies before public meetings held by the federal government on the topic....

Jeep in hot water over ad with SUV romping in wild waters


RENO, Nev. (AP) -- The head of one of the nation's largest fish conservation groups says Fiat Chrysler's Super Bowl ads "glorified" the destruction of aquatic habitat in an apparent attempt to appeal to off-road thrill-seekers....

Russian cargo ship docks at International Space Station


MOSCOW (AP) -- An unmanned Russian cargo ship has docked successfully at the International Space Station, delivering a fresh batch of supplies for the crew....

Trump fights releasing details on national monument decision


BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- The U.S. government says it does not have to release documents involving legal arguments for President Donald Trump's decision to shrink national monuments because they are protected presidential communications....