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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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President Barack Obama is proposing to designate the vast majority of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as a wilderness area, including its potentially oil-rich coastal plain, drawing an angry response from top state elected officials who see it as a land grab by the federal government. (Associated Press)

Obama's wilderness designation plan for Alaska refuge draws lawmakers' ire

- Associated Press

President Barack Obama is proposing to designate the vast majority of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as a wilderness area, including its potentially oil-rich coastal plain, drawing an angry response from top state elected officials who see it as a land grab by the federal government.

28,000 comments submitted on Whatcom oil dock marked 'spam'

Associated Press

About 28,000 public comments submitted by environmentalists about a controversial oil-shipping dock in Whatcom County went missing after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' email system marked them as "malicious spam."

FILE - In this May 21, 2013 file photo, a protester attends a rally after a House committee hearing on "fracking" legislation at the state Capitol in Springfield, Ill. The oil and gas drilling technique is off to a feeble start across Illinois as slumping oil prices and the rigors of Illinois' new regulations have energy interests cautiously waiting on the sidelines. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

Illinois 'fracking' off to slow start amid oil-price slump

- Associated Press

The oil and gas drilling technique known as "fracking," once trumpeted as a job-creating boon for southern Illinois, is off to a feeble start in the state as slumping oil prices and the rigors of Illinois' new regulations have energy interests cautiously waiting on the sidelines.

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.

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.

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.

Ohio zoo plans new breeding facility for captive cheetahs

- Associated Press

A female cheetah peers with amber eyes from behind a low hilltop, her ropy tail flickering back and forth in the high grass. Nearby, her four cubs boldly scan the terrain, their still-shaggy downy fur - a camouflage adaptation against predators - bristling as they assess for threats.

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.