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3 newborn lion cubs a rare joyous sight in war-scarred Gaza

Aug. 13, 2022 15:00 PM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Three day-old lion cubs were on display Saturday in a cardboard box at a Gaza City zoo, a rare joyous sight for children and adults alike, just days after Israeli aircraft pounded the territory and Gaza militants fired hundreds of rockets at Israel. ...

What killed tons of fish in European river? Mystery deepens

Aug. 13, 2022 13:03 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Laboratory tests following a mass die-off of fish in the Oder River detected high levels of salinity but no mercury poisoning its waters, Poland’s environment minister said Saturday as the mystery continued as to what killed tons of fish in Central Europe. ...

Some ships push back at rules requiring slowdown for whales

Aug. 13, 2022 12:54 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Federal regulators who want to enforce new vessel speed rules to help protect rare whales can expect some pushback from ship operators. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced the new proposed rules, which are designed to protect the...

Oregon triples bag limit for invasive green crabs

Aug. 13, 2022 10:17 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — New state regulations now allow recreational crabbers to catch triple the number of invasive green crabs from Oregon’s bays and inlets. The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission increased the bag limit of European green crab from 10 to 35 per day. It’s part of...

Service dog helps ease Frederick veteran’s anxiety

Aug. 13, 2022 09:02 AM EDT

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — Joe Nieves, 40, sank into the couch of his living room. His service dog, Jem, a 3-year-old Labrador-golden retriever mix, hopped up next to him and rested her head on his thigh. He started petting her, running his hands over her ears. “I mean, look at her....

Sea turtles hold strong this summer but danger beckons

Aug. 13, 2022 03:12 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) — As the sun rises on sea turtle nests across the Space Coast, biologists see new rays of hope. Many feared for the future of Florida’s three most prominent types of endangered sea turtles — greens, loggers and leatherbacks — but this year evidence...

Florida woman's dog lost in SC crash found weeks later

Aug. 13, 2022 01:01 AM EDT

RICHBURG, S.C. (AP) — On July 17, a tiny dog from Florida named “Goofuss” ran from a car that had been involved in a crash on Interstate 77 in rural Chester County in South Carolina. There were tears. There were searches. There were Facebook posts. And there were good people...

Albuquerque zoo sees first gorilla birth in almost 20 years

Aug. 12, 2022 18:15 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Albuquerque BioPark Zoo is celebrating the first birth of a gorilla in nearly 20 years. Zoo officials say a baby western lowland gorilla was born Wednesday to mother Samantha and father Kojo. Bob Lee, the zoo’s associate director. says...

Respected snake researcher dies from rattlesnake bite

Aug. 12, 2022 17:01 PM EDT

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — A respected snake researcher who had been making significant discoveries about the species since childhood has died after being bitten by a timber rattler. William H. “Marty” Martin died Aug. 3 after being bitten the day before by a captive snake on the...

European drought dries up rivers, kills fish, shrivels crops

Aug. 12, 2022 14:56 PM EDT

LUX, France (AP) — Once, a river ran through it. Now, white dust and thousands of dead fish cover the wide trench that winds amid rows of trees in France’s Burgundy region in what was the Tille River in the village of Lux. From dry and cracked reservoirs in Spain to falling water...