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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Manatees started eating lettuce being offered to them by wildlife officers this week, in the first success of an unprecedented effort to prevent another season of starvation. The effort to feed them began in November near the Florida Power & Light plant in the Indian River Lagoon. But it took place without any known success until Thursday, when a group of manatees ...

LOS ANGELES — Nearly two months after extreme drought conditions forced the state to eliminate water allocations along the massive State Water Project, regulators have announced a modest increase in deliveries because of a recent series of drenching storms. December’s surprising but welcome surge of record-breaking rain and snow — including more than 17 feet of powder at Donner Pass — provided ...

A historic increase in Everglades funding was announced Wednesday by the Biden administration, with a plan to spend an unprecedented $1.1 billion to restore South Florida’s famous wilderness. “The Administration is making the largest single investment in the Everglades in U.S. history,” the White House said in a statement Wednesday. “The iconic American landscape provides drinking water supply ...

Never content to rest on its laurels, Orlando — theme park capital of the world — rolls out new splashy shows, pirate secrets and epic adventures for thrill seekers of all ages for 2022. And if that’s not enough, a new immersive hotel experience will launch visitors onto a starcruiser and one of the world’s most famous pigs will fling open the gates to her own theme park. WALT DISNEY WORLD ...

MINNEAPOLIS — Jeremy Dickson knows well the sound of a phone not ringing. The owner of Canoe Canada Outfitters in Atikokan, Ontario, Dickson until two years ago oversaw a business that flew 1,500 anglers into outpost cabins and outfitted as many as 3,000 paddlers into Ontario's 1.2 million-acre Quetico Provincial Park, which lies adjacent to Minnesota's similarly sized Boundary Waters Canoe ...

Shortly after entering orbit around Jupiter in 2016, the spacecraft Juno captured images of huge cyclones whirling in geometric patterns at the planet's poles, an unexpected finding that dazzled scientists. Jupiter's poles cannot be clearly seen from Earth. The existence of the cyclones were discovered when Juno became the first probe to go into polar orbit around the gaseous giant. A new ...

LOS ANGELES — The allure of offshore diving proved fatal over the weekend when a Long Beach man died during an excursion to the Elly oil platform off the coast of Huntington Beach. Theodore Watler, 64, became separated from a dive group who had hired a commercial vessel to take them out to the aging Elly platform Sunday morning. The area is one of the most beloved dive sites in Southern ...

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Ships laden with critical supplies will leave New Zealand for Tonga on Tuesday, as the toll of the volcanic eruption to the island nation remains unclear. A formal request for help from Tonga is yet to come as communications remain disrupted, but Wellington announced it would move ahead with sending aid via the ships, which will take three days to reach the ...