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Dead birds posing as cat food confiscated at Dulles airport

Feb. 11, 2020 5:23 AM EST

CHANTILLY, Va. (AP) — A package of tiny dead birds passed off as pet food was confiscated by Customs agents at a Virginia airport. U.S. Customs and Border Protection says the package came in to Dulles International Airport on a flight from Beijing on Jan. 27. Agents discovered the bag of dead birds in the...

Sick Hawaiian monk seal has infection spread by feral cats

Feb. 5, 2020 2:38 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — A sick Hawaiian monk seal under the care of wildlife scientists is suffering from a parasitic infection often spread via feral cat feces, officials said. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials determined that the seal suffering from toxoplasmosis, the Honolulu...

FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2017, file photo, elk make their way to the feed line on the National Elk Refuge north of Jackson, Wyo. Environmental groups have filed a new lawsuit against the feeding of elk on a Wyoming wildlife refuge, saying the U.S. government should act sooner to curtail the practice. Hunters and guides support the feeding as a way to keep elk numbers up but worries about a wildlife disease similar to mad cow disease in humans increasingly call the practice into question. (Ryan Dorgan/Jackson Hole News & Guide via AP, File)

New lawsuit over Wyoming elk feeding seeks sooner phase-out

Feb. 3, 2020 8:14 PM EST

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Environmental groups have filed a new lawsuit against the feeding of elk on a Wyoming wildlife refuge, saying the U.S. government should act sooner to curtail the practice. Workers at the National Elk Refuge in Jackson Hole put out alfalfa pellets during most winters to supplement...

1,400 pounds of shark fins seized at Miami port

Feb. 3, 2020 1:36 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Wildlife inspectors seized 1,400 pounds (635 kilograms) of shark fins at a Miami port, officials said on Monday. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said the shipment of dried fins arrived in 18 boxes and was believed to have originated in South America, and likely bound for Asia. Officials...

In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, a worker moves a bed during renovations at the Xiaotangshan Hospital in Beijing, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020. The hospital, which was used to quarantine patients during the SARS epidemic, is being renovated for possible use during China's current virus outbreak. (Peng Ziyang/Xinhua via AP)

How well new China virus spreads is focus of control efforts

Jan. 30, 2020 1:55 PM EST

Scientists are starting to fill in some key gaps in what's known about the new virus from China. New research suggests it spreads a little easier than regular flu but not as well as some other respiratory diseases like whooping cough or tuberculosis. Health officials are focusing on person-to-person spread as...

Endangered Maui birds to be moved in effort to save species

Jan. 28, 2020 5:43 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Scientists will decide whether to establish a captive breeding program on the U.S. mainland in an attempt to prevent the extinction of a bird species only found on Maui, officials said. A decision about the plan to save the endangered kiwikiu is expected at a meeting of project partners...

In this Jan. 9, 2020, photo provided by the Anti-Poaching Special Squad, the exterior of a store suspected of selling trafficked wildlife is seen in Guangde city in central China's Anhui Province. The outbreak of a new virus linked to a wildlife market in central China is prompting renewed calls for enforcement of laws against the trade in and consumption of exotic species. (Anti-Poaching Special Squad via AP)

China temporarily bans wildlife trade in wake of outbreak

Jan. 26, 2020 7:51 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities temporarily banned the trade of wild animals Sunday following a viral outbreak in Wuhan, saying they will “severely investigate and punish” violators. Local authorities will “strengthen inspections and severely investigate and punish those who are...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, file photo, a staff member moves bio-waste containers past the entrance of the Wuhan Medical Treatment Center in Wuhan, China, where some people infected with a new virus are being treated. The new virus comes from a large family of coronaviruses, some causing nothing worse than a cold. Others named SARS and MERS have killed hundreds in separate outbreaks. (AP Photo/Dake Kang, File)

Too soon to tell if new virus as dangerous as SARS cousin

Jan. 24, 2020 11:14 PM EST

The new virus from China has the world on edge because it’s a close cousin to viruses that killed hundreds in separate outbreaks. While it’s too early to tell if this latest threat will prove as deadly, health authorities are drawing on lessons from that grim past. WHAT’S THE LINK The new...

Tigers PA announcer Jay Allen dies after cancer fight

Jan. 24, 2020 6:19 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers said Jay Allen, the team's public address announcer, has died. “Everyone admired Jay’s faith, determination and positive mindset during his fight with cancer,” the team said in a statement Friday. “His vocal passion for the Tigers and sports...

FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2020, file photo an employee works to prevent a new coronavirus at Suseo Station in Seoul, South Korea. On Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, The Associated Press reported on the false claim that the coronavirus outbreak spreading from China is nothing new and that patents were created around it years ago. The patents being shared online are not related to the new respiratory virus that has sickened hundreds of people in China and caused concern around the world. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Jan. 24, 2020 4:55 PM EST

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the real facts: ___ CLAIM: The virus outbreak spreading from China is nothing new; patents were...