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Boy asks for homer, Rizzo hits slam as Cubs beat Padres 6-5

Jul. 19, 2019 9:58 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Before Friday's game against San Diego, 9-year-old Matteo Lambert of Vienna, Virginia, met Anthony Rizzo in the Chicago Cubs' dugout and gave him a note asking for a "moonshot" on behalf of group running a 5K in Grant Park this weekend to raise money for kids with cancer. Rizzo followed with...

Reds place 2 more catchers on the injured list

Jul. 18, 2019 5:23 PM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds are down to their fourth and fifth catchers after placing two more on the injured list on Thursday. Curt Casali went on the 10-day injured list with a right knee sprain that manager David Bell said could keep him out for as long as a month. Casali is expected to spend...

Georgia beachgoers help pilot whales from stranding on shore

Jul. 17, 2019 3:57 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A summer afternoon at the beach quickly became a scramble to save a pod of disoriented pilot whales, as vacationers on a popular Georgia island joined lifeguards and state wildlife crews in the water to stop dozens of the large marine mammals from beaching themselves. Officials were...

Scientists find new way to kill disease-carrying mosquitoes

Jul. 17, 2019 2:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Scientists say they nearly eliminated disease-carrying mosquitoes on two islands in China using a new technique. The downside: It may not be practical for larger areas and may cost a lot of money. In the experiment, researchers targeted Asian tiger mosquitoes, invasive white-striped bugs...

California asks US to end plan to drop rat poison on islands

Jul. 10, 2019 7:06 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Federal wildlife officials were urged Wednesday to withdraw a proposal to drop 1.5 tons of rat poison on remote islands off the coast of California to kill a mice infestation until they address questions on the impact to wildlife. The California Coastal Commission heard public comment...

Thousands of endangered animals seized in customs operation

Jul. 10, 2019 12:57 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Police and customs officials have carried out the most widespread anti-wildlife-trafficking operation ever in a joint global operation that's led to the seizure of thousands of endangered animals and the arrest of nearly 600 suspects. The World Customs Organization and Interpol said Wednesday...

Chinese official: Pig fever outbreak 'complicated and grim'

Jul. 4, 2019 2:46 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The death toll from a disease outbreak in China's pig herds that has pushed up global pork prices has risen to 1.2 million animals, but its spread has "significantly slowed," a deputy agriculture minister said Thursday. Authorities are stepping up efforts to contain African swine fever but...

Report: 174 dolphins died from red tide bloom off Florida

Jun. 28, 2019 2:15 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Scores of dolphins have died along Florida's southwest coast due to the red tide bloom in the past year, federal researchers said. Figures released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration showed 174 dolphins were stranded in a mass die-off between last July and last...

Raccoon in Dartmouth tests positive for rabies

Jun. 27, 2019 3:30 PM EDT

DARTMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — A raccoon captured in Massachusetts has tested positive for rabies. Dartmouth Animal Control posted on social media on Wednesday that the raccoon that was seen in the Idlewood area of town was taken to a state laboratory where it was tested. Officials say two baby raccoons were...

Building named to honor ice bucket challenge inspiration

Jun. 27, 2019 12:30 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Boston College says its new indoor baseball and softball training facility will be named after the alumnus who helped popularize the ice bucket challenge. The college unveiled plans Wednesday for the Pete Frates (FRAY'-tees) Center during a ceremony attended by Frates and his family. The...