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Products made of threatened African wildlife sold at US expo

Jan. 18, 2019 8:55 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Photos and video taken by animal welfare activists at a recent trophy hunting convention show an array of products crafted from the body parts of threatened big-game animals, including boots, chaps, belts and furniture labeled as elephant leather. Vendors at the Safari Club International...

Scientists ID another possible threat to orcas: pink salmon

Jan. 18, 2019 6:06 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Over the years, scientists have identified dams, pollution and vessel noise as causes of the troubling decline of the Pacific Northwest's resident killer whales. Now, they may have found a new and more surprising culprit: pink salmon. Four salmon researchers were perusing data on the website...

Cat rescued after sliding down dam's spillway

Jan. 18, 2019 3:30 PM EST

HUNTINGTON, Ind. (AP) — A wayward cat is safe after it was rescued from a dam in Indiana. The Huntington County Sheriff's Department writes on Facebook that a fisherman spotted the feline stranded on the spillway at the J. Edward Roush Lake dam. Officers could not reach the animal, so Army Corps of...

Researchers come face to face with huge great white shark

Jan. 18, 2019 2:46 PM EST

HALEIWA, Hawaii (AP) — Two shark researchers who came face to face with what could be one of the largest great whites ever recorded are using their encounter as an opportunity to push for legislation that would protect sharks in Hawaii. Ocean Ramsey, a shark researcher and conservationist, told The...

Ailing federal worker says she'll get back lapsed insurance

Jan. 18, 2019 2:43 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An ailing U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service worker in Oregon who was running out of a treatment to keep her alive and could not reach her employer during the government shutdown said Friday that she will get back her federally paid insurance coverage that lapsed months ago. Jasmine Tool...

Woman who hunts deer at age 101 kills 2 with a single shot

Jan. 18, 2019 2:21 PM EST

MORGANTOWN, Miss. (AP) — A 101-year-old hunter in Mississippi is still at it, and even dropped two deer with one shot. Veteran hunter Bertha Vickers made the twofer during her first successful hunt at age 101, the Clarion Ledger reported . Getting two in one a few days after her Jan. 9 birthday was a...

2 purloined penguins returned to UK zoo; both are fine

Jan. 18, 2019 11:31 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Nottinghamshire Police in England have located and returned two purloined penguins missing from a local zoo since November. Police said Friday that a 23-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of burglary and theft in the case. Police say the Humboldt penguins were found Wednesday in a...

Sergeant shoots attacking dog, officer hit by ricochet

Jan. 18, 2019 12:18 AM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Police say an officer was struck by a ricochet bullet after a police sergeant opened fire on an attacking dog in Philadelphia. The police officer, sergeant and a probation officer were at a home in north Philadelphia Thursday evening to serve a warrant when the dog got loose....

North Carolina man accused of beating puppy with shovel

Jan. 17, 2019 5:48 PM EST

ASHEBORO, N.C. (AP) — Authorities in North Carolina have arrested a man who they say beat a puppy to death with a shovel. The Randolph County Sheriff's Office said in a news release that a citizen called to say they witnessed the incident on Jan. 9. After an investigation, deputies arrested 49-year-old...

Divers swim with giant great white shark off Oahu's coast

Jan. 17, 2019 3:26 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Divers monitoring a rotting whale carcass off the shores of Oahu this week found themselves face-to-face with a massive great white shark, prompting state officials to warn recreational divers and snorkelers to stay out of the water near the dead sperm whale amid reports some people have...