• California condor takes flight in wild after near extinction

    BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) — In a remote, rugged valley overlooking the Pacific Ocean, researchers closely monitor an endangered icon: the California condor.

  • Giant antennas in New Mexico search for cosmic discoveries

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Astronomers are using an array of giant dish antennas in the New Mexico desert for a yearslong project aimed at producing the sharpest radio view ever made of a wide swath of the sky as they search for new cosmic discoveries.

  • Science teaching guidelines trigger criticism in New Mexico

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Environmentalists and educators raised new objections Tuesday to proposed changes to teaching standards for science in New Mexico that substitute references to rising global temperatures and climate change with statements about climate “fluctuations.”

  • Correction: Tracking Sea Turtles story

    HONOLULU (AP) — In a story Sept. 17 about sea turtles, The Associated Press reported erroneously the type of animal that sea turtles are. They are reptiles, not mammals.

  • Graceful menace: States take aim at non-native swans

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — With its snow-white plumage and elegant posture, mute swans are exalted in European ballets and fairy tales as symbols of love and beauty. But to many wildlife biologists, they are aggressive and destructive invaders in U.S. habitats and must be wiped out.

  • To fight wildlife crime, experts say ‘follow the money’

    BANGKOK (AP) — In most cases, the conviction of a Thai man trafficking rhino horns through a bizarre scheme that involved hiring prostitutes to pose as trophy hunters would have marked the end of the story.

  • NASA’s Cassini spacecraft burns up in skies over Saturn

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA’s Cassini spacecraft disintegrated in the skies above Saturn early Friday in a final, fateful blaze of cosmic glory, following a remarkable journey of 20 years.

  • Stargazers eye the nation’s first dark sky reserve in Idaho

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Tourists heading to central Idaho will be in the dark if local officials get their way.

  • Typhoon Doksuri batters central Vietnam with winds, rains

    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Typhoon Doksuri slammed into central Vietnam on Friday, killing four people and injuring 10 others as heavy rains and strong winds ripped off roofs and knocked over many electricity poles.

  • Correction: Galapagos-Extinct Turtle story

    QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — In a story Sept. 13 about efforts to restore an extinct tortoise species in the Galapagos Islands, The Associated Press misidentified the name of the island where some tortoises still have genetic traces of the Chelonoidis elephantopus. It is Isabela Island, not Isabel Island.