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Major League Baseball banning players from Venezuelan Winter League during offseason

Major League Baseball is cutting ties with the Venezuelan Winter League — at least for now.

The Venezuelan league won’t be an option for U.S. major leaguers and minor leaguers in the coming offseason. The MLB cited the Trump administration’s recent policies regarding Venezuela.

The league said in a statement to Fox News: “MLB has been in contact with the relevant government agencies regarding the Executive Order issued by President Trump on Venezuela. MLB will fully adhere to the policies implemented by our government. With respect to the Venezuelan Winter League, MLB will suspend its involvement in that league until it receives direction from the relevant agencies that participation by affiliated players is consistent with the Executive Order.”

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Baseball fans showing their support of Venezuelan players as the Miami Marlins hosted the Cleveland Indians at Marlins Park in Miami this past April. (Al Diaz/Miami Herald/TNS via Getty Images, File)

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Wilmer Reina, a statistical analyst with Las Aguilas de Zulia, told The Wall Street Journal the ban would have a “brutal impact on the league and the quality of the game.”

“Many of the players in the minor leagues need the money that they make in Venezuela, and they need to play to develop themselves and to arrive in optimal condition to spring training,” he said.

And fans are not happy either. “The sanctions are not going to topple the government. It’s just we the people that suffer,” said José Martinez, a 39-year-old accountant who has been a lifetime fan of the Leones de Caracas, the Journal reported. “Every kid here dreams of reaching the major leagues. A prohibition on Venezuela means we’re finished.”

MLB’s 30 teams featured 68 Venezuelan players on their opening-day rosters this season, the news outlet reported; more than 400 Venezuelans have played in MLB, more than any foreign country besides the Dominican Republic.

The ban has been a long time coming, as The Journal reported that MLB’s teams have shut down their academies in Venezuela and rarely have sent scouts there recently.

The U.N. estimated at least 4 million Venezuelans have left their country because of hyperinflation and severe shortages of food and medicine.

Trump and Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro both confirmed this week that there have been “secret” discussions between the two nations for months now even as the U.S. ramped up economic sanctions against the socialist regime.

Maduro said Tuesday that talks had long been underway between high officials in his government and the U.S. administration, while Trump said his government is talking to “various representatives” of the Venezuelan government.

Maduro said he’s prepared to meet with Trump to normalize relations between the two countries, though he made the same offer before.

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The U.S. has stated that it no longer sees Maduro as a legitimate ruler of the country and instead endorsed opposition leader Juan Guaidó as the rightful leader of the country. Still. despite the support from Western countries, Maduro has continued to hold power.

Fox Business Network’s Blake Burman contributed to this report.

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2 Green Berets killed in combat in Afghanistan identified

The military released the names of the two Green Berets who were killed Wednesday during combat supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel in Afghanistan.

Master Sgt. Luis F. Deleon-Figueroa, 31, and Master Sgt. Jose J. Gonzalez, 35, died as a result of small arms fire in northern Faryab Province, the U.S. Army’s Special Operations Command told Fox News.

Both were members of 7th Special Forces Group, based at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.

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Master Sgt. Luis F. Deleon-Figueroa, 31, pictured, and Master Sgt. Jose J. Gonzalez, 35, died as a result of small arms fire in northern Faryab Province. Both were members of 7th Special Forces Group, which is based at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.

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Deleon-Figueroa was from Chicopee, Mass., and served in the Army for more than 13 years. He became a Green Beret in 2014 and was deployed twice to Afghanistan and twice to South America.

Gonzalez, a native of La Puente, Calif., joined 7th Group in 2014. He was posthumously promoted to Master Sergeant. His family requested that no photo or additional information be released.

“It was an honor having them serve within the ranks of 7th SFG (A). They were a part of our Family, and will not be forgotten,” said Col. John W. Sannes, 7th SFG (A) commander in a statement to Fox News.

“Our Priority is to now provide the best possible care to the Families of our fallen warriors” added Sannes. “We ask that you keep their Families and teammates in your thoughts and prayers.”

The deaths came as U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad resumed negotiations with the Taliban aimed at ending America’s longest war. There have been eight previous rounds of negotiations over the past year, and key issues include the withdrawal of American troops, a cease-fire, intra-Afghan talks, and Taliban guarantees that Afghanistan will not once again become a launch pad for global terror attacks.

There are still about 14,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan, and persistent attacks by both the Taliban and the Islamic State group affiliate continue to plague the country. The U.S. and NATO ended combat operations in Afghanistan in 2014, but troops remain to train and advise Afghan forces and to conduct counterterror operations against insurgents.

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The two deaths bring the number of American military fatalities in Afghanistan this year to 14, exceeding the 2018 total.

More than 2,400 U.S. service personnel have died in Afghanistan since the U.S.-led invasion in 2001 to topple the Taliban, whose government had harbored Al Qaeda leader Usama bin Laden.

Fox News’ Jennifer Griffin, Lucas Tomlinson and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Man, 49, arrested after body of Dallas woman, 22, found in burning SUV

A 49-year-old Texas man has been arrested and charged with capital murder in the death of a woman whose body was found in her burning SUV, according to Dallas police.

Glen Richter was arrested and booked early Thursday into the Dallas County jail in the death of 22-year-old Sara Hudson, who worked in Dallas after graduating recently from the University of Arkansas, as Fox 4 reported.

Investigators said firefighters responded Monday evening to a report of a vehicle fire, and Hudson’s body was found inside after the flames were extinguished.

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Authorities say Glen Richter was arrested and booked in Dallas for the death of 22-year-old Sara Hudson. (Dallas County Jail / Facebook)

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Her family said she was intending to meet with friends to celebrate her birthday.

“I can still hear her laughter and her smile. I mean, she was just joyful, joyful. She celebrated life with all she had,” said Angela Aragon, her aunt, to the news outlet.

Police have not revealed a motive in the killing.

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A police affidavit said Hudson is seen on surveillance video exiting her SUV before Richter approaches and forces her back inside.

Online jail records don’t indicate whether Richter has an attorney to answer the charges.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Geraldo Rivera, Dan Bongino react to US cities in crisis: ‘Liberalism is a cancer’

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“Liberal cities in crisis” was the topic Tuesday night as Fox News’ Sean Hannity spoke with political pundits Geraldo Rivera and Dan Bongino.

This summer Fox News embarked on a project to chronicle the toll that progressive policies have taken on four West Coast cities: Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Portland, Ore.

Most of the cities have thrown hundreds of millions of dollars at the problem of homelessness — only to watch it grow worse.

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Bongino said decades of monopolistic Democratic rule is a large part of the problem.

“The reality of liberalism … liberalism is a cancer, it’s a forest fire, it destroys everything it touches,” he said.

“Liberalism is a cancer, it’s a forest fire, it destroys everything it touches.”

— Dan Bongino

In May, San Francisco officials braced themselves when a preliminary homeless count was released. They expected the numbers to rise and they were right. Initial data showed the figure had jumped 17 percent from 2017. The double-digit growth was bad enough but then it got a whole lot worse.

When the final report was released a couple of months later, it showed the increase would have been 30 percent if the city had stuck to the same definition of homelessness as it had in the past. This year, San Francisco city officials opted to use the federal definition instead of the one they wrote themselves.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s definition of homelessness includes people who are living on the streets, in cars or in shelters. San Francisco’s own definition widens the category to people without a permanent address who are in prison, rehab or hospitalized. If the city used the same measurement it had in years past, the numbers would show an increase from 7,400 to 9,784 — or 30 percent — in 2019.

Though homeless encampments are popping up on freeways and underpasses, the largest concentration of L.A.’s unsheltered population calls Skid Row home. The downtown neighborhood, memorialized in the film “The Little Shop of Horrors” as the last resort for winos and junkies has long been a dumping ground for hospitals, prisons and other cities and states looking to offload their homeless.

Today, the roughly 50-block district just east of downtown is a dystopian panorama of human misery, where vacant-eyed residents shuffle in and out of their makeshift shelters, navigating around broken wheelchairs, discarded syringes, garbage and human waste. The unsanitary conditions have turned it into a veritable petri dish of disease that’s ripe for rodent infestation.

Rivera said New York City was saved from total dysfunction by five straight terms of Republican rule via former mayors Rudy Giuliani and Michael Bloomberg.

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He agreed that Democrats aren’t good for cities.

“They don’t know what to do,” he said about their leadership skills, adding: “They are reelected by rote, by reflex.”

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Gen. Jack Keane: US deal with Taliban on ending Afghan war could happen next week

Retired military general and Fox News analyst Jack Keane told “The Story” an approaching deal between the United States and the Taliban to end nearly 18 years of fighting — America’s longest war — could happen next week.

Some 14,000 U.S. troops remain in Afghanistan, and their withdrawal “by the end of 2020,” as Keane said, is a central part of the U.S.-Taliban talks.

Keane noted that the U.S., for its part, seeks Taliban guarantees that Afghanistan, which hosted Al Qaeda and its leader Usama bin Laden before the 9/11 attacks, will not be used as a launchpad for global terror assaults.

Keane said he predicts that the threat of Al Qaeda will have American armed forces keep between 8,000 to 9,000 troops in Afghanistan.

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He added: “For 18 years, we have prevented another attack on the United States.”

The expensive price tag of the war, Keane explained, is money well spent, and it was worth it keeping Americans safe on the home front.

Intra-Afghan talks on the country’s political future are expected to follow an agreement, though the Taliban has refused so far to negotiate with the Afghan government, dismissing it as a U.S. puppet. The insurgent group now controls roughly half of Afghanistan and is at its strongest since its 2001 defeat by a U.S.-led invasion.

In Washington, President Trump told reporters he believes the Taliban insurgents are eager to stop fighting and that they could “very easily” prevent Afghanistan from being a breeding ground for terrorism. The U.S. will, nonetheless, keep a close eye on Taliban influence, he said, even as it thins its troop presence.

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Damaged Dubai City wedding hall is seen after an explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019. A suicide-bomb blast ripped through a wedding party on a busy Saturday night. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

“That’s what we have to watch. And we’ll always have intelligence, and we’ll always have somebody there,” Trump said.

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The new talks in Qatar, where the insurgent group has a political office, come after a horrific suicide bombing at a wedding in Kabul over the weekend. The blast, claimed by the IS affiliate that has emerged as a brutal threat in recent years, led outraged Afghans to question whether a U.S.-Taliban deal would mean peace for long-suffering civilians.

Afghanistan was the world’s deadliest conflict in 2018, and the United Nations has said more civilians died last year than in the past decade. Afghan officials have said Saturday’s bombing killed more than 63. More than 32,000 civilians have been killed in the past 10 years.

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After mock Trump assassination photos at liberal fundraiser, Scalise asks when the left will denounce its violence

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House Minority Whip Steve Scalise asked what it would take for liberals to denounce violence against conservatives after a Democratic state senator from Illinois came under fire last weekend over pictures showing his supporters at a fundraising event taking part in a mock assassination of President Trump.

Photos posted by a woman who witnessed the mock assassination Friday night showed supporters of Sen. Martin Sandoval, who represents Illinois’ 11th District — including parts of Chicago — acting out in front of guests, according to WCIA.

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“I am glad he took ownership, and said he was wrong,” Scalise said.

A 2017 attack left Scalise gravely wounded on a Virginia baseball field.

The attack by James Hodgkinson, who supported Sen. Bernie Sanders, specifically targeted the Republican House members as they practiced for the Congressional Baseball Game.

Scalise did take issue that the Democratic leadership at the top isn’t denouncing liberal violence.

“You don’t see any of them denouncing it. … You don’t see the left condemning it.”

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He said Trump should be left alone to do his job, such as rebuilding the middle class.

He is fighting for the forgotten Americans, the Louisiana Republican said, who want to see problems solved, and people fighting for them, Scalise said.

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Sen. Tim Scott: Democratic presidential candidates trying to dupe African-American voters

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Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., defended President Trump and his policies as Democrats take to his home state to court the black vote.

On “The Story,” he said that Trump’s record on employment and criminal justice reform has made liberals unsure how to beat him.

“It’s an opportunity to dupe… You talk about empty promises because there is nothing left.”

South Carolina is the first primary state with a sizable black population.

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Black voters have driven the outcome of the past two competitive Democratic nominating fights. But Barack Obama in 2008 and Hillary Clinton in 2016 built their early delegate leads largely on the strength of older black voters in Southern states with significant African-American populations.

The party’s passionate left wing now is pressing for an all-in battle, arguing that candidates’ plans to combat racism are just as important as their proposals to provide health insurance to every American. But others question whether race should be the centerpiece of the campaign to replace Trump. Several presidential candidates, meanwhile, argue it is possible to criticize Trump for his racist tactics and also advance proposals on health care, education, the minimum wage and more.

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Scott said it’s unfair to separate Americans by race as to what gets out the vote, noting that all Americans want the same thing.

“They want to see the next generation do better than the last generation.”

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Iranian supertanker US tried to seize moves toward unknown destination

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Amid a growing confrontation between Iran and the West a year after President Trump pulled Washington out of Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers, an Iranian supertanker the U.S. has suspected to be tied to a sanctioned organization has lifted its anchor and started moving away from Gibraltar, marine traffic monitoring data showed late Sunday.

The trail left by GPS data on Marinetraffic.com, a vessel-tracking service, showed the Iran-flagged Adrian Darya 1, previously known as Grace 1, moving shortly before midnight. The tanker slowly moved southeast toward a narrow stretch of international waters separating Morocco and the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula.

The vessel hauling $130 million worth of light crude oil had been detained for a month in the British overseas territory for allegedly attempting to breach European Union sanctions on Syria. Gibraltar rejected an eleventh-hour attempt by the United States to reseize the oil tanker on Sunday, arguing that EU regulations were less strict than U.S. sanctions on Iran.

The vessel’s next destination was not immediately known.

An on-duty officer at the Port Authority of Gibraltar declined to comment to The Associated Press on the ship’s moves and deferred questions to the government. The Gibraltar government press office did not immediately respond to AP messages seeking comment.

Iran’s ambassador to Britain, Hamid Baeidinejad, had announced earlier on Twitter that the ship was expected to leave Sunday night.

Shortly after the tanker’s detention in early July near Gibraltar, Iran seized the British-flagged oil tanker Stena Impero, which the Islamic Republic has continued to hold.

Gibraltar’s government said Sunday it was allowing the Iranian tanker’s release because “the EU sanctions regime against Iran – which is applicable in Gibraltar – is much narrower than that applicable in the US.”

In a last-ditch effort to stop the release, the U.S. unsealed a warrant Friday to seize the vessel and its cargo of 2.1 million barrels of light crude oil, citing violations of U.S. sanctions as well as money laundering and terrorism statutes.

U.S. officials told reporters that the oil aboard the ship was worth some $130 million and that it was destined for a designated terror organization.

The unsealed court documents argued that Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps was the ship’s true owner through a network of front companies.

Authorities in Gibraltar said Sunday that, unlike in the U.S., Iran’s Revolutionary Guard was not designated a terrorist organization under EU, U.K. or Gibraltar law.

Iran has not disclosed the Adrian Darya 1′s intended destination and has denied it was ever headed for Syria.

The chief minister of Gibraltar, Fabian Picardo, said he had been assured in writing by the Iranian government that the tanker wouldn’t unload its cargo in Syria.

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The Astralship shipping agency in Gibraltar, which has been hired to handle paperwork and arrange logistics for the Adrian Darya 1, had told The Associated Press that a new crew of Indian and Ukrainian nationals had been expected to replace the sailors on board.

Messages seeking comment from the Iranian Embassy in London were not immediately returned.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Texas woman pleads guilty to making up illnesses of son who had 323 medical visits

A Texas woman accused of exposing her son to unneeded medical tests and procedures — including taking him to hospitals more than 320 times — has pleaded guilty to recklessly causing injury to a child, according to a report.

Kaylene Bowen-Wright pleaded guilty this past Thursday in Dallas County court, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported

Sentencing for the 35-year-old, who faces up to 20 years in prison, is set for October.

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Kaylene Bowen-Wright pleaded guilty Thursday in Dallas County court. Sentencing for the 35-year-old, who faces up to 20 years in prison, is set for October. (File)

Child Protective Services removed the boy from her care in 2017 after it was alerted by a Dallas hospital that medical staff determined he didn’t have cancer or many of the symptoms Bowen reported.

In its petition for removal, the newspaper reported, CPS said the boy had been to hospitals and pediatric centers in Dallas and Houston at least 323 times in all, and he had 13 major surgeries between 2009 and 2016.

The boy’s father, Ryan Crawford, told the newspaper Friday: “I am happy that she decided to do the right thing. Eventually the lies had to stop.”

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Crawford was made the sole managing conservator of the now 10-year-old.

“Medical abuse is underreported every day,” the father added. “Now it’s time to move forward, and make sure no child has to suffer the abuse my son endured.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Sites of major US weapons tests now see wildlife flourishing

The sites where the United States manufactured and tested some of the most lethal weapons known to humankind are now peaceful havens for wildlife.

They now protect black bears and black-footed ferrets, coral reefs and brushy steppes, rare birds and imperiled salmon.

An astonishing array of animals and habitats has flourished on six obsolete weapons complexes — mostly for nuclear or chemical arms — because the sites banned the public and other intrusions for decades, The Associated Press reported.

The government had converted the sites into refuges under U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service management.

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This June 1971 photo shows the facility and cement pad at ground zero on Amchitka Island, Alaska, where a 1-megaton nuclear blast was detonated about 4,000 feet underground in 1969. (AP Photo, File)

Amchitka Island, part of Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, was the site of three U.S. underground nuclear tests in the 1960s and early 1970s. An unknown volume of radioactive material remained in caverns blasted out by the detonations. Part of the island, closed to the public, has been designated a wilderness area.

Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge, Indiana, formerly was known as Jefferson Proving Ground. The Army had test-fired more than 24 million artillery rounds over half a century there. The firing range remained littered with an estimated 154,000 pounds of shell fragments made of depleted uranium. The refuge was designated a globally important bird area by an avian conservation coalition, with part of the site open to the public.

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A sign at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation warning of possible hazards in the soil there along the Columbia River near Richland, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Nine reactors produced plutonium for U.S. nuclear weapons at the site since known as Hanford Reach National Monument in Washington state. Amid the urgency of World War II and the Cold War, Hanford left behind vast quantities of contaminated soil and water. Its shrubby grassland and Columbia River habitat supported mink and otters, threatened salmon and many other species.

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Johnston Island, part of Johnston Atoll is 825 miles southwest of Honolulu. (AP Photo/Ronen Zilberman, File)

Johnston Island, part of the Johnston Atoll National Wildlife Refuge in the central Pacific, was a launching pad for U.S. atmospheric nuclear tests in the 1960s. In 1962, two launches failed, scattering radioactive debris on the 1-square-mile island. The refuge has been home to abundant seals and corals since then.

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Hikers heading down a trail in the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge in Broomfield, Colo., in November 2018. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

The U.S. Energy Department manufactured plutonium triggers for nuclear warheads at the site later known as Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge, northwest of Denver. It had a long history of leaks, fires and environmental violations. Its rare tallgrass prairie has been home to hundreds of species, including an endangered jumping mouse.

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Critics have said Rocky Mountain Arsenal in Colorado showed the shortcomings of a cleanup designed to be good enough for a wildlife refuge but not for people to live there. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, in the northeast Denver suburbs, was a site where the Army had manufactured chemical weapons and private companies made pesticides. Bald eagles nested at the site, and wildlife officials have reintroduced bison and endangered ferrets.

The military closed the sites to keep people safe from the dangerous work that went on there, not to save the environment, said David Havlick, a professor at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs who has studied military-to-wildlife conversions.

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Many of the conversions came after the first and second world wars. It was an inexpensive way to expand the national refuge system, especially in urban areas with scarce open space, said Mark Madison, the Fish and Wildlife Service’s historian.

When the Cold War thawed in the 1980s, more surplus military lands were earmarked for refuges. Some were among the most dangerously polluted sites in the nation but held swaths of hard-to-find habitat.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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