LAS VEGAS (AP) - Scientists studying the collapse of bird populations in the desert along the Nevada-California border say climate change could be to blame. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports a new study by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley says the number of bird species has fallen by an average of 43 percent over the past century at survey sites across an area. The study shows almost a third of species are less common and widespread now than they once were throughout the region.
(AP) - An AP analysis finds a clear connection between warmer temperatures in the U.S. West and more land burned by wildfires. Since the 1980s, the amount of land burned in the U.S. has more than doubled. Data show warmer years also are when fires burn most. Scientists say this is man-made climate change in action, pointing to the dynamics of fire. Fire needs ignition, oxygen and fuel. Warmer, drier weather is turbocharging the fuel for fires.
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) - A judge has dismissed a felony voluntary manslaughter charge against a California man who says he helped his ailing wife hang herself _ reducing the possible punishment for his role in her death. The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reported Saturday that 65-year-old David Clement still faces a charge of aiding suicide, a felony that carries up to three years in prison. The manslaughter charge could have carried an 11-year sentence.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Glitz has won out over guns at the North American box office this weekend as the gilded romance "Crazy Rich Asians" took No. 1 over Mark Wahlberg's action-packed "Mile 22." Studios on Sunday say that "Crazy Rich Asians" took in an estimated $25.2 million from 3,384 locations over the weekend. The film starring Constance Wu has banked $34 million since opening Wednesday, far surpassing early industry expectations.
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