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  1. Coast Guard plane brings 193 rare sea turtles from Cape Cod to Florida


    ORLANDO — A Coast Guard plane touched down in Orlando at dusk Tuesday, hauling a cargo of the world's rarest sea turtles, rescued by volunteers from the lethally chilly waters and beaches of Cape Cod Bay.

    In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Bette Zirkelbach checks a Kemp's ridley sea turtle's heart rate, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, at the Florida Keys-based Turtle Hospital in Marathon. The hospital received 30 cold-stunned Kemp's ridley turtles to care for after they were rescued suffering from hypothermia on a Cape Cod Bay, Mass., beach. The species is endangered, according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries. [AP Photo/Florida Keys News Bureau, Andy Newman]
  2. Flooding closes Odessa preserves


    TAMPA – Flooding has closed two Hillsborough County preserves in Odessa.

  3. Sugarcane Mosaic virus returns as threat to lawns


    MIAMI — A plant disease linked to sugarcane that had largely vanished 40 years ago has suddenly reappeared, becoming the first virus in the state to attack South Florida's manicured lawns.

  4. Everglades alligators wasting away while Congress controls their fate


    They are the symbol of the Everglades, the animal that for decades most tourists have anticipated seeing during a visit to the national park.

    An adult alligator acts as a ferry, swimming through the Everglades with a hatchling on its back.
  5. Plan advances to protect Boyd Hill Nature Preserve


    ST. PETERSBURG — A big chunk of habitat for rare plants and animals within Boyd Hill Nature Preserve took a step toward permanent preservation status on Tuesday.

    A swallowtail lands on pentas in the butterfly garden at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve in St. Petersburg.
  6. Fracking to be permitted in George Washington National Forest


    NORFOLK, Va. — Over the objection of environmental groups and Virginia's governor, a federal management plan released Tuesday will allow a form of natural gas drilling known as fracking to occur in parts of the largest national forest on the East Coast.

  7. USF gets $20 million to study 1979 Ixtoc oil spill as guide to Deepwater Horizon contamination


    A consortium of science organizations led by the University of South Florida's College of Marine Science is getting a $20.2 million grant to continue leading studies of the impact of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster — in part by studying the impact of another Gulf of Mexico oil spill that happened in 1979.

    The Mexican runaway oil well, 51-miles offshore in Campeche Sound, Mexico on August 27, 1979, continues out of control and on fire, spewing off huge quantities of natural gas. Engineers say they reduce the flow of crude oil from 30,000 to 10,000 barrels a day but claim they probably won’t be able to cap it before late September or early October. [Associated Press]
  8. Injured panther first patient at new Lowry Park Zoo animal hospital


    TAMPA — A Florida panther suffering from shotgun wounds is the first patient in a new veterinary hospital for Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo.

  9. 19th Florida panther killed by car, tying all-time record


    On a Collier County road on Thursday, biologists found a female Florida panther that had been run over by a car or truck. The death of that 3- or 4-year-old panther marks the 19th roadkill death of one of Florida's official state animals this year.

    Cliff Coleman photographed a Florida panther on the Black Boar Ranch, a hunting preserve he manages which located just south of the newly created wildlife passage called the Lone Ranger Track, east of LaBelle. [Photo by Cliff Coleman]
  10. How the U.S.-China climate deal could affect you


    Chinese leader Xi Jinping and President Barack Obama struck a surprise deal Wednesday to limit greenhouse gases that will likely intensify clean energy action around the world — and propel environmental changes in the United States.