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  1. Scientists say sandy clumps on Sunset Beach contained BP oil from 2010 spill

    Environment

    Five years after the Deepwater Horizon disaster off the coast of Louisiana dumped between 3 million and 5 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, scientists now say they have proof that a little bit of it wound up on a Pinellas County beach.

  2. Health officials alert swimmers to high levels of bacteria at beach in Hudson

    Water

    HUDSON

    Bacteria levels high at Strickland Beach

  3. Uh-oh: One of the world's worst invasive species just showed up in Florida

    Wildlife

    The New Guinea flatworm is kind of a pest. In fact, it's considered one of the world's most invasive species. When it shows up uninvited to a region where it lacks natural predators, it makes itself at home — at the cost of native species forced to compete with it. And now, the flatworm has made its way to …

    The highly invasive New Guinea flatworm, known to devour snails, has been spotted in Florida. [Pierre Gros | The Washington Post]
  4. Wildlife officials approve weeklong bear hunt in Florida

    Wildlife

    SARASOTA — Though wildlife commissioners had already signaled that bear hunting was returning to Florida, hundreds of people showed up Wednesday to get their final say before the board flouted public opinion and approved the measure.

    Avery Cobbs (in back in center), 48, from Orlando, is dressed in a bear suit with a bullseye on his chest as he works on his presentation before his turn to speak before the Florida's wildlife commissioners plan to vote on bringing back bear huntin. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]
  5. Fish and Wildlife Commission considers fate of panther

    Wildlife

    Florida's favorite feline may be handled differently in the future.

    The Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission proposed focusing on controlling panther populations and coexistence.
  6. No clear reason for open season on Florida black bear

    Wildlife

    Until three years ago, the Florida black bear was a legally protected species in Florida, not to mention one of the state's most prominent symbols for wildlife conservation.

    A bear runs after being released in the Ocala National Forest by state wildlife officials who trapped the bear and her cubs after one got its head stuck in a jar it pulled from a trash bin.
  7. Pope urges revolution to save Earth, fix 'perverse' economy

    World

    VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis called Thursday for a bold cultural revolution to correct what he calls the "structurally perverse" economic system of the rich exploiting the poor that is turning Earth into an "immense pile of filth."

    Pope Francis waves as he leaves at the end of his weekly general audience, in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on  Wednesday. [Associated Press]
  8. Tampa doesn't get state money for major water initiative

    Water

    TAMPA — Next year's state budget will not include $2.5 million City Hall sought for a water initiative that Mayor Bob Buckhorn has hoped would be a legacy project.

    Tampa was hoping to get state money for a $3 million pilot project to study ways it could turn reclaimed water that it now discharges into Tampa Bay into drinking water.
  9. To boost state park funds, DEP considers allowing hunting

    Environment

    To generate more money for the state, Florida's popular state parks could see more than just timber harvesting and cattle-grazing added to the bird-watching, camping, canoeing, kayaking and hiking activities allowed now.

    How about hunting?

    DEP Secretary Jon Steverson wants the park system to pay for itself.
  10. EPA says it intends to regulate emissions by US airliners

    Environment

    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration proposed Wednesday to regulate aircraft emissions in much the same way as power plants, saying they are a threat to human health because they contain pollutants that help cause global warming.

    Obama administration proposed Wednesday to regulate aircraft emissions under The Clean Air Act, the Environmental Protection Agency.