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Climate scientist Richard Somerville, a member, Science and Security Board, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, unveils the new Doomsday Clock in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. The clock advanced two minutes, an indication of how near the Earth is to destruction (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Atomic scientists: We’re getting even closer to doomsday

- Associated Press

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists says Earth is now closer to human-caused doomsday than it has been in more than 30 years because of global warming and nuclear weaponry. But other experts say that’s way too gloomy.

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An intimate relationship: Artist makes a family of raptors

- Associated Press

Julie Collier admits that her lifestyle may seem extreme to some people. She gets up around 1 a.m. to draw for a few hours, then spends her mornings caring for 16 owls, hawks and other birds of prey that share her home.

Tillotson comes full circle at Griz Portrait Studio

- Associated Press

If you've had a special moment in the past 12 or 13 years in Vicksburg - a birthday, high school graduation or maybe a wedding - chances are good that Chris Tillotson has been a part of them.

ADVANCE FOR SUNDAY, JAN. 25 AND THEREAFTER - This Jan. 21, 2015 photo shows Susan Alexander, a regional economist with the US Forest Service, from left, with Catherine Mater, president of Mater Ltd., Brian Kleinhenz, natural resources forester with Sealaska Corporation and Don Reimer, president and founder of D.R. Systems Northwest, as they answer questions at a panel discussion during the Tongass Advisory Committee conference in Juneau, Alaska. At the fifth meeting of the committee, a panel of experts was gathered to discuss young-growth timber availability. (AP Photo/Juneau Empire, Melissa Griffiths)

For Tongass' future, panelists talk timber

- Associated Press

To skeptics of a transition from old-growth to second-growth timber in the Tongass, some panelists recommend changing the framework of the question.

New Hampshire considers ban on drones for hunting

Associated Press

While several states have already outlawed the use of drones in hunting, New Hampshire may go further and ban so-called "smart rifles" and live-action game cameras as well.

This undated image released by Nat Geo Wild shows roaming deer on Misfit Island, a sanctuary for wildlife in Henderson, Ky., featured in "Bandit Patrol," a four-part, one-hour reality series about wildlife rescue and rehabilitation in Western Kentucky. (AP Photo/Nat Geo Wild, EJ Horstman)

Henderson couple to be featured on wildlife rescue series

- Associated Press

Linda Williams and Max Soaper usually turn into bed early - really early. The couple run the nonprofit Misfit Island, a wildlife rescue and rehabilitation center located on 500 acres of property off Zion Road, across from Henderson County High School.

Southeast Missouri couple helps animals rehab

Associated Press

At first glance, John and Carolyn Watkins' home in the rural southeast Missouri town of Sedgewickville doesn't stand out. It's only when you see the peacocks, African guineas, wild turkey, geese, chickens, a donkey, sheep and goat in the backyard that the place comes alive.

Pelican Lake, known for diving ducks, gets TLC

- Associated Press

Donald Soderlund heard about Pelican Lake in the early '60s from his Twin Cities barber, who spoke of waterfowl hunts on a vast lake that produced an array of species - widgeon, redheads, canvasbacks, scaup and other diving ducks among them.

Federal permit approved on SunZia transmission line

- Associated Press

A proposed $2 billion transmission line that would carry electricity generated by renewable resources in New Mexico and Arizona to markets across the West is one step closer to being in service after clearing its final federal hurdle.

ND Legislature mulling bills from mansions to annual session

- Associated Press

North Dakota's 64th legislative session is well underway and lawmakers are set to consider measures that range from holding sessions annually to monitoring pipelines that carry oilfield wastewater. Here's a glimpse of what's expected to come up this week:

Dozens of volunteers brave winter weather to count eagles

- Associated Press

It was about 10 degrees outside, a few minutes before sunrise, when 63-year-old Tom Zissu pulled his 2005 Toyota Camry into a dormant amusement park along Lake Quassapaug Saturday. A biting wind made it feel much colder.