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NOAA Fisheries biologists record singing by rare right whale

Jun. 19, 2019 1:44 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration say they have recorded singing by a rare right whale for the first time. Researchers used moored acoustic recorders to capture patterned calls made by male North Pacific right whales. Researchers detected four...

Alabama man denies feeding meth to 'attack squirrel'

Jun. 19, 2019 1:26 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama man wanted on drug and weapons charges has posted a video denying he fed methamphetamine to a so-called "attack squirrel" that he considers a pet. Mickey Paulk posted the video on his Facebook page Tuesday night as authorities continued searching for him. It shows him...

Whales from Chinese sea park starting retirement in Iceland

Jun. 19, 2019 1:22 PM EDT

REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — Conservationists and logistics experts in Iceland have celebrated the arrival of two beluga whales that previously lived at a sea park in China. The whales, named Little Gray and Little White after the colors of their skin, were on a plane from Shanghai that touched down at...

Dallas Zoo giraffe named after Cowboys' Jason Witten dies

Jun. 19, 2019 12:50 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Officials say a 1-year-old giraffe at the Dallas Zoo that was named after Cowboys tight end Jason Witten died during a medical exam. Zoo officials tweeted that Witten the giraffe stopped breathing Monday during a medical exam to prepare him for transfer to a zoo in Canada for a breeding...

The Swarm: Billions of skeeter lookalikes plague New Orleans

Jun. 19, 2019 11:14 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Billions of mosquito lookalikes are showing up in the New Orleans area, blanketing car windshields, littering the ground with bodies and even scaring some folks. They're aquatic midges, often called "blind mosquitoes." They don't bite and they're good for the environment, but they sure...

Polar bear spotted in Russian city, far from normal habitat

Jun. 19, 2019 6:54 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — An emaciated polar bear has been sighted in a Russian industrial city in Siberia, far south of its normal hunting grounds. Emergency officials in the city of Norilsk in a statement on Tuesday warned local residents about a bear that has been spotted in one city district. Anatoly Nikolaichuk,...

New study to examine feeding habits of Cape Cod great whites

Jun. 19, 2019 6:10 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Researchers on Cape Cod are launching a new study focused on the hunting and feeding habits of the region's great white sharks following last year's two attacks on humans, including the state's first fatal one in more than 80 years. The hope is that the work, which starts in the coming days,...

3 cougar sightings reported by residents in Oregon county

Jun. 18, 2019 11:59 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Residents have reported seeing cougars within city boundaries in an Oregon county. The Oregonian/OregonLive reported Tuesday that the animals were reported three times this month in communities in Hood River County. The county sheriff's office and Hood River Police Department received...

Wayne Newton tells Vegas jury he fired shot as burglars fled

Jun. 18, 2019 10:19 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Longtime Las Vegas entertainer Wayne Newton told a Nevada jury on Tuesday that he fired a gunshot to scare away two burglars that he and his wife and their teenage daughter encountered during a second burglary in 10 days at their home a year ago. "My wife was in hysterics and crying,"...

Man caught at JFK smuggling 34 finches in hair curlers

Jun. 18, 2019 8:28 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal authorities say a 39-year-old Connecticut man has been caught trying to smuggle nearly three dozen live finches through John F. Kennedy Airport in order to sell them for singing competitions. Francis Gurahoo was arrested Sunday after arriving on a flight from Georgetown, Guyana....