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Nat'l monument proposals in vogue as Obama prepares exit
The race is on to win U.S. President Barack Obama's attention as he puts some final touches on his environmental legacy.
 
Utah: A coalition of five Indian tribes is leading an effort to designate 1.9 million acres in the southeast corner of the state as the Bears Ears National Monument.
 
A court in Mexico has freed a longtime anti-logging activist whose arrest was criticized by human rights groups.
 
Millions of Americans will spend the weekend hot under the collar as soaring East Coast temperatures and stifling humidity slapped excessive weather warnings on New York and Philadelphia.
 
A rare pygmy elephant with 'saber-tooth' tusks is discovered in Borneo
A rare pygmy elephant with tusks growing downwards instead of up to give it a look like a saber-toothed tiger has been found in Malaysia, a wildlife official told AFP on Friday.
 
Four-hundred-year-old Greenland shark identified as oldest living animal on the planet
In the cold waters of the Arctic, a denizen of the deep lurked for centuries. Now scientists calculate that this female Greenland shark was the Earth's oldest living animal with a backbone.
 
The world's top 10 longest-living creatures
More than a dozen animals live longer than we do. A new study estimates that at least one Greenland shark lived about 392 years, making it the longest-living animal with a backbone.
 
Outfoxing extinction
This July 1, 2005 file photo shows an island fox. Not long ago, these foxes native to the Channel Islands off the California coast teetered on the edge of extinction.
 
Ancient ice reveals clues about Earth's past climate
Inside a huge walk-in freezer in suburban Denver, a college student in a thick parka shoots a jolt of electricity through a 90-centimeter-long column of ice extracted from Antarctica.
 
Laos' thirst for Mekong River dams imperils vital fisheries
Dismissing its neighbors' pleas, impoverished Laos is rapidly building a Mekong River dam that threatens fisheries crucial to millions of Southeast Asia's poorest people.
 
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