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Bears' Hall suspended for violation of NFL substance policy

Aug. 20, 2018 4:51 PM EDT

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Chicago Bears cornerback Deiondre' Hall has been suspended for the season opener at Green Bay for a violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy. Hall can continue practicing in the preseason and play in the final two preseason games, but will not be allowed to practice during the...

Police: Florida man, 88, burns raccoon over eating mangoes

Aug. 18, 2018 4:00 PM EDT

PALM BAY, Fla. (AP) — An 88-year-old Florida man was arrested after police said he burned a trapped raccoon alive because the animal had eaten his mangoes. Ezra James told WKMG-TV in a story Saturday that he threw gasoline on the raccoon and lit a match. In addition to the mangoes, James says he was afraid...

2nd rabid skunk in 3 weeks found in Allentown

Aug. 18, 2018 10:05 AM EDT

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a second skunk in three weeks has tested positive for rabies in the eastern Pennsylvania city of Allentown, and like the earlier case the animal came into contact with at least one dog. Officials say the skunk was picked up Wednesday about a half-mile southeast of...

'Most ancient' solid cheese found in dug up Egyptian jar

Aug. 17, 2018 12:57 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — For thousands of years beneath Egypt's desert sands a solidified whitish substance sat in a broken jar. Scientists now say it's "probably the most ancient archaeological solid residue of cheese ever found." Archaeologists came across the finding while cleaning the sands around a 19th dynasty...

NFL players, coaches protecting skin on every given sun day

Aug. 17, 2018 5:02 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The toughest opponent for many NFL players and coaches during the blazing hot days of training camp sits far above the football field. The sun's powerful ultraviolet rays are a leading cause of skin cancer, and shade is rare at most practice sites. So, slathered-on sunscreen, big bucket...

Cause of seal deaths likely won't be known for weeks

Aug. 16, 2018 11:30 AM EDT

SACO, Maine (AP) — The cause of a rash of seal deaths in Maine and New Hampshire likely won't be known for at least a couple of weeks as sample collections and tests are still needed. Southern Maine beaches have been beset with dead harbor seals in recent days, with dozens washing up stranded or having...

Cause of seal die-offs still unknown as more wash ashore

Aug. 15, 2018 12:53 PM EDT

SACO, Maine (AP) — Rehabilitation facilities are reaching full capacity in Maine as investigators are still trying to determine what's causing dead or stranded seals to wash ashore. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration tells the Portland Press Herald 84 harbor seals were found dead or...

Danes to fence German border to stop boars with swine fever

Aug. 15, 2018 10:48 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Denmark is to erect a 70-kilometer (43.4-mile) fence along the German border to keep out wild boars, in the hope of preventing the spread of African swine fever, which can jeopardize the country's valuable pork industry. Denmark's Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday it...

Man rescued from mud with parrot perched on his shoulders

Aug. 13, 2018 2:47 PM EDT

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Firefighters had to rescue a southwestern Illinois man from deep mud after he became stuck while trying to reach his pet parrot. Belleville firefighters were called Sunday afternoon to the city's Bicentennial Park after a visitor heard the man calling for help. Fire Chief Tom Pour...

Ohio zoo celebrates Elephant Day with pregnancy announcement

Aug. 11, 2018 1:09 PM EDT

POWELL, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is celebrating World Elephant Day by announcing that one of its Asian elephant moms is expecting. Zoo officials said Saturday that 31-year-old Phoebe is expecting her fourth calf and her third in Columbus, where she came to live in 2002. Officials say she's...