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Russian arrested smuggling drugged orangutan in Indonesia

Mar. 24, 2019 5:23 AM EDT

DENPASAR, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian authorities have arrested a Russian tourist who was attempting to smuggle a drugged orangutan out of the resort island of Bali, a conservation official said Sunday. Andrei Zhestkov, 27, was arrested late Friday at Bali's international airport after customs officers...

Deputies rescue 2 wailing bear cubs trapped in flooded den

Mar. 23, 2019 5:22 PM EDT

ASHLAND, Wis. (AP) — Two Wisconsin sheriff's deputies rescued a pair of bear cubs trapped in a flooded culvert that had served as their den. The Ashland Daily Press reports that Ashland County deputies Zach Pierce and Dylan Wegner discovered the baby bruins Friday near the Bad River Indian Reservation in...

1-year-old boy fatally mauled by 2 dogs in Fresno

Mar. 22, 2019 6:41 PM EDT

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A 1-year-old boy who wandered out of his grandparents' house in Fresno was fatally mauled in their front yard by two roaming dogs. Lt. Mark Hudson said other children in the house alerted the boy's grandmother to the attack on Friday. He said she ran outside and tried to get the...

A rare albino penguin makes its debut at zoo in Poland

Mar. 22, 2019 4:26 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — An extremely rare albino penguin has made its debut at Gdansk Zoo in northern Poland. The albino penguin hatched in mid-December and has been under veterinary care. In the wild, such an unusual-looking penguin would be rejected by other penguins and would have little chance of...

Lebanese politician Joumblatt mourns canine 'comrade'

Mar. 22, 2019 1:43 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — One of Lebanon's leading politicians, Walid Joumblatt, is mourning the death of his long time dog, Oscar. Joumblatt on Friday announced the death of Oscar, seen by his side more often than not, in a tweet: "Good bye best friend, good bye most valuable comrade. Good bye my beloved Oscar."...

Correction: Verlander Upton Dogs story

Mar. 22, 2019 12:40 PM EDT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — In a story March 20 about (topic), The Associated Press reported erroneously that Verlander and Upton got their dogs from the Houston ASPCA. It should be the Houston SPCA. A corrected version of the story is below: Verlander, Upton unite service dogs with ailing veterans Justin...

Iditarod competitor whose dogs quit says they got spooked

Mar. 22, 2019 11:37 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Iditarod musher who was hours ahead in the Alaska wilderness race when his dogs refused to keep running dismissed critics who say he ran them too hard and chalked it up to a bad memory that spooked them. The team stopped last week after Frenchman Nicolas Petit yelled at a dog...

Residents fret about chemical plant fire, despite assurances

Mar. 21, 2019 11:02 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Kristin Crump and her two kids put damp cloths over their mouths on Thursday for the short walk from their suburban Houston front door to their car, defying an order to remain inside because of dangerous fumes coming from burned-out petrochemical tanks a couple of miles away. For the second...

The Latest: Classes canceled at more schools near tank fires

Mar. 21, 2019 10:58 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on a fire that had been burning at a Texas petrochemical storage facility (all times local): 10 p.m. Two more Houston-area school districts near a burning petrochemical tank farm have called off classes. The Galena Park and Sheldon school districts joined the Deer Park and La...

Mexico launches plan to mark vaquita porpoise reserve

Mar. 21, 2019 9:02 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican government said Thursday it will use buoys to mark the reserve of the world's most endangered marine mammal, in a bid to save the last remaining 10 or so vaquita marina porpoises. The Environment Department promised to provide social programs and jobs for fishing communities...