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New 'Whale Trail' traces mammal's influence on Massachusetts

Apr. 21, 2018 4:45 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Done Boston's Freedom Trail? Now you can tackle a new adventure: the Massachusetts Whale Trail. The state Office of Travel and Tourism says a map debuting Monday will include locations along the coastline and inland with noteworthy connections to the majestic marine mammals. Officials say...

Man rescued from tree after he got stuck while rescuing cat

Apr. 20, 2018 3:33 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Firefighters in Virginia have rescued a man who got stuck in a tree while trying to retrieve a cat. The Virginian-Pilot reported Friday that the man was trying to rescue a feline perched on a limb in Norfolk. The man climbed past the ladder he had used and ultimately went about 50 feet...

Investigators look for suspect who spray-painted tortoise

Apr. 20, 2018 1:32 PM EDT

MONTVERDE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities in Florida are trying to determine who is responsible for spray-painting a tortoise and putting concrete on its legs. The Orlando Sentinel reported Thursday that two people spotted the gopher tortoise in the middle of a road south of Montverde. Along with being completely...

2 Alaska fishermen charged with killing Steller sea lions

Apr. 19, 2018 8:19 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Federal prosecutors have charged an Alaska salmon boat captain and a crew member with killing 15 endangered Steller sea lions nearly three years ago. Thirty-one-year-old Jon Nichols of Cordova, skipper of the Iron Hide, and 21-year-old deckhand Teddy Turgeon of Wasilla also are...

Officials eye ways to protect squirrels near Idaho dam

Apr. 19, 2018 2:52 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Officials are eyeing ways to protect a threatened squirrel species amid plans to expand a dam in western Idaho. The Idaho Water Resource Board has approved spending up to $30,000 to study mitigation options involving the effects of the Lost Valley Dam expansion project on the northern...

Injured Massachusetts police dog released from hospital

Apr. 19, 2018 10:05 AM EDT

YARMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — The police dog shot when his handler was killed while serving an arrest warrant in Massachusetts has been released from a veterinary hospital. Yarmouth police say Nero was released Wednesday, the same day as Yarmouth K-9 Officer Sean Gannon's funeral. Police say the Belgian malinois...

Houston's big seventh inning dooms Mariners, 7-1

Apr. 19, 2018 1:58 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Houston manager A.J. Hinch warns that "rough patches" on offense don't stick around the Astros too long. After scoring just six runs total in its past three games, Houston put away the Mariners with a six-run seventh inning, leading to a 7-1 victory Wednesday night. Astros starting pitcher...

California tortoise with cracked shell gets $4,000 repair

Apr. 19, 2018 1:20 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A wayward tortoise that cracked its shell after falling off a 10-foot wall in California is recovering after vets used screws, zip ties and denture material to repair it. San Diego County Animal Services Director Dan DeSousa says the male 90-pound African spurred tortoise probably was a...

Oregon officials kill 2 wolves in effort to save cattle

Apr. 18, 2018 6:45 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon wildlife officials shot and killed two wolves from a helicopter Wednesday in an attempt to reduce killings of cattle by the predators. The killings have reignited a debate between the state, ranchers and environmentalists about how to manage wolves, which were hunted down for 100...

House panel moves to curb food stamps, renew farm subsidies

Apr. 18, 2018 6:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bitterly-divided House panel Wednesday approved new work and job training requirements for food stamps as part of a five-year renewal of federal farm and nutrition policy. The GOP-run Agriculture Committee approved the measure strictly along party lines after a contentious, five-hour...