• FILE-In this Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015 file photo, birch trees show signs of beaver activity on woodland proposed for a national park in Penobscot County, Maine. Proponents of the national park proposal say they see growing support, and they're aiming for an aggressive timetable for making it a reality. A congressional field hearing this week on a proposal to create a national monument shows how the lines have been drawn. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, file)

    Idea for Burt’s Bees land to become park becoming partisan

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A congressional field hearing in the coming week on a proposal to create a national monument in northern Maine underscores how partisan lines have been drawn as Republican lawmakers try to rein in the expansion of public lands by Democratic President Barack Obama.

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  • Crews set for Atlantic Cup on eastern seaboard

    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Nine crews are ready to start the Atlantic Cup, which at 1,048 nautical miles is the longest offshore race in the Western Atlantic.

  • In this April 10, 2008 file photo, a right whale peers up from the water in Cape Cod Bay near Provincetown, Mass. A mobile phone app designed to help mariners steer clear of endangered whales is growing in popularity, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says it's helping keep the giant animals alive. The "Whale Alert" app provides a real-time display of the ocean and the position of the mariner's ship, along with information about where whales have been heard or seen recently. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File)

    Whale-finding phone app grows in use, steering mariners away

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — With summer whale watching season fast approaching, conservation advocates and government agencies who want to protect whales say a mobile app designed to help mariners steer clear of the animals is helping keep them alive.

  • This May 2012 photo provided by Saltmarsh Habitat and Avian Research Program shows saltmarsh sparrows in their coastal habitat. Scientists say the population of the birds, which live in coastal areas from Maine to Virginia, is declining. (Kate Ruskin/Saltmarsh Habitat and Avian Research Program via AP)

    East Coast’s saltmarsh sparrow disappearing, scientists say

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The saltmarsh sparrow is disappearing from its home on the East Coast and could be headed for extinction in as little as 50 years, say scientists whose work could help protect the little birds.