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US agency seeks 'hosts' for rotting whales amid die-off

Jun. 21, 2019 4:10 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — So many gray whales are dying off the U.S. West Coast that scientists and volunteers dealing with the putrid carcasses have an urgent request for coastal residents: Lend us your private beaches so these ocean giants can rot in peace. The number of dead whales washing ashore in...

Millions of pigs culled as swine fever spreads through Asia

Jun. 21, 2019 12:53 AM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Millions of pigs have been culled in China and Vietnam as a U.N. food agency urges Asian governments to make containing virulent African swine fever their top priority. With an announcement by the U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization that infections have spread to Laos, some...

Asian nations scramble to contain pig disease outbreaks

Jun. 20, 2019 6:06 AM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Asian nations are scrambling to contain the spread of the highly contagious African swine fever with Vietnam culling 2.5 million pigs and China reporting more than a million dead in an unprecedentedly huge epidemic some governments fear has gone out of control. Smaller outbreaks have...

Dallas Zoo giraffe named after Cowboys' Jason Witten dies

Jun. 19, 2019 12:50 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Officials say a 1-year-old giraffe at the Dallas Zoo that was named after Cowboys tight end Jason Witten died during a medical exam. Zoo officials tweeted that Witten the giraffe stopped breathing Monday during a medical exam to prepare him for transfer to a zoo in Canada for a breeding...

Racehorse takes lead, dies at Laurel Park; Maryland's 12th

Jun. 18, 2019 8:12 AM EDT

LAUREL, Md. (AP) — A 5-year-old horse died of a suspected heart attack during a race at Laurel Park, the 12th racehorse to die in Maryland this year. The Baltimore Sun reports the mare named Follow the Petals collapsed on Sunday immediately after she had taken the lead in her race. The jockey was unharmed....

Seoul: NKorea ignores calls for joint African swine efforts

Jun. 5, 2019 3:31 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea said Wednesday North Korea has so far ignored its calls for joint efforts to stem the spread of highly contagious African swine fever following an outbreak near North Korea's border with China. South Korea's agricultural ministry said that blood tests of pigs from some...

Brazil suspends beef exports to China due to 'mad cow' case

Jun. 3, 2019 7:07 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil is suspending beef exports to China after confirming a case of "mad cow disease," describing it as an isolated instance with no evidence of any widespread outbreak. A spokesperson for Brazil's agriculture ministry said Monday the suspension of exports was implemented...

30 dead deer found at Utah landfill starved, died of disease

May. 31, 2019 2:48 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah officials have determined that more than 30 deer found near a landfill in northeastern Utah died from starvation, diseases and other causes. The Division of Wildlife Resources said Friday said officials found plastic bags and latex gloves in some of the deers' remains but say the...

Seoul: North Korea confirms African swine fever outbreak

May. 31, 2019 5:09 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea said Friday that it is scrambling to prevent the spread of the highly contagious African swine fever on its pig industry after North Korea confirmed an outbreak at a farm near its border with China. South Korea's agriculture ministry said North Korea reported to the...

Ex-Jaguars linebacker arrested on domestic violence charge

May. 29, 2019 7:30 PM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Former Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Blair Brown has been arrested on a domestic violence charge. Brown turned himself in Wednesday, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, and was expected to remain in the Duval County Jail until his first appearance before a judge...