Plants

This June 17, 2019 photo shows a Monterey cypress tree that was toppled in Ellen Browning Scripps Park last week in La Jolla, Calif. According to local legend, the tree inspired the "The Lorax" by Theodor "Dr. Seuss" Geisel, who lived nearby and worked in an office with a sweeping view of the coastline. (K.C. Alfred/The San Diego Union-Tribune via AP)
June 18, 2019 - 3:08 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A century-old tree with a long trunk and bushy branches that some believe was the inspiration for fictional Truffula trees in Dr. Seuss' "The Lorax" has fallen in a coastal San Diego park. Officials are investigating why the wind-swept Monterey cypress toppled in Ellen Browning...
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June 18, 2019 - 11:57 am
MOSCOW (AP) — An Asian black bear in Russia has been captured on video enjoying a backrub against a tree — before trying to eat a surveillance camera. The video, posted recently by the Land of the Leopard national park in Russia's Far East, showed the bear approaching a tree, then rearing up to...
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In this Thursday, May 23, 2019, photo, an official of the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources hugs Marium, a baby dugong separated from her mother, near Libong island, Trang province, southern Thailand. The baby dugong that has developed an attachment to humans after getting lost in the ocean off southern Thailand is being nurtured by marine experts in hopes that it can one day fend for itself.(Sirachai Arunrugstichai via AP)
June 14, 2019 - 9:10 am
BANGKOK (AP) — A baby dugong, a large ocean mammal, that has developed an attachment to humans after being separated from its mother and getting lost off southern Thailand is being nurtured by marine experts in hopes that it can one day fend for itself. The estimated 5-month-old female dugong named...
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In this March 15, 2019 photo, Brian Jetter poses for a portrait in La Jolla, Calif. In 2018 at 40, he was suddenly battling pneumonia and sepsis, and a slew of tests had failed to find the cause. But a high-tech genetic test was used to search his blood for bits of non-human genetic material from viruses, fungi and the like. It detected unusual bacteria that probably got into the Connecticut man's lungs when he choked and accidentally inhaled bits of a burger weeks earlier. (AP Photo/Marilynn Marchione)
June 12, 2019 - 5:03 pm
Brian Jetter was on life support, a healthy 40-year-old suddenly battling pneumonia and sepsis, and a slew of tests had failed to find the cause. Mystery illnesses like this kill thousands of people each year when germs can't be identified fast enough to reveal the right treatment. Now genetic...
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this Thursday, June 6, 2019, photo shows a plastic palm tree that is one of the artistic symbols of Warsaw, Poland. The popular tree’s leaves had turned gray and were drooping by the installation’s authors to mark U.N. World Environment Day on Wednesday, and to draw attention to the threat that civilization poses to the environment. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
June 07, 2019 - 9:38 am
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A giant plastic palm tree that has become an artistic symbol of Warsaw has "died" as part of a stunt to draw attention to climate change. Residents were surprised to see this week that the popular tree's leaves had turned gray and were drooping, causing a buzz on social media...
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This photo taken on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 and provided by the Phoenix Zoo shows a big-eyed baby pygmy owl, one of four hatched at the zoo three weeks ago under a special breeding program. The cactus ferruginous pygmy owls are being raised by two pairs of adult owls. Three pairs of the tiny owls laid 11 eggs among them, but only four hatched. The owls weigh just 3 ounces as adults and nest in the cavities of the saguaro cactus. Its population has declined in recent decades and the species is now believed to number fewer than 100 in the state. (The Phoenix Zoo via AP)
June 06, 2019 - 8:05 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Conservation specialists at the Phoenix Zoo say they are flying high over the arrival of four big-eyed baby pygmy owls. The cactus ferruginous pygmy owls hatched three weeks ago and are being raised by two pairs of adult owls. Three pairs of the tiny owls laid 11 eggs among them, but...
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FILE - This July 2016 photo provided by the North Dakota Department of Agriculture shows industrial hemp growing in a field in North Dakota's Benson County. In Arizona, farmers will soon begin planting commercial hemp under a 2018 state law that just took effect once the state issues required licenses. (North Dakota Department of Agriculture via AP,File)
June 06, 2019 - 3:46 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona farmers will soon begin planting hemp as its byproduct - CBD oil - is exploding in popularity, with some supporters saying it could overtake a traditional crop in the state because there's more money in the cannabis plant than cotton. The emerging market for hemp, which...
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In this Friday, May 24, 2019 photo a vendor bags psilocybin mushrooms at a cannabis marketplace in Los Angeles. Oakland City Council will vote Tuesday, June 4, 2019, to decriminalize the possession and use of entheogenic, or psychoactive, plants and fungi. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
June 05, 2019 - 1:56 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Oakland on Tuesday became the second U.S. city to decriminalize magic mushrooms after a string of people shared how psychedelics helped them overcome depression, drug addiction and post-traumatic stress disorder. The City Council voted unanimously to decriminalize the adult use...
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June 05, 2019 - 2:19 am
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on Oakland voting to decriminalize magic mushrooms (all times local): 11:20 p.m. Oakland has become the second U.S. city to decriminalize magic mushrooms after speakers testified that psychedelics had helped them overcome depression, drug addiction and post-traumatic...
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The casket for Elizabeth "Lizzy" Shelley, a 5-year-old girl who police say was taken from her home and killed by her uncle, is carried following services Tuesday, June 4, 2019, in Logan, Utah. Her uncle, Alex Whipple, is charged with killing her after his sister let him spend the night at the family's home, prosecutors said. Elizabeth "Lizzy" Shelley disappeared May 25 and was found dead less than a block from her home after a five-day search. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
June 04, 2019 - 6:23 pm
LOGAN, Utah (AP) — A 5-year-old girl who authorities have said was killed by her uncle was remembered Tuesday as a kind and patient child who loved walking barefoot through tall grass. Elizabeth "Lizzy" Shelley was buried in a small white coffin decorated with rainbow-colored butterflies and the...
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