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Live animals, meat, ivory, wood seized in trafficking stings

Jun. 20, 2018 9:58 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Thousands of live animals along with tons of meat, ivory, pangolin scales and timber were seized in a monthlong global crackdown on the illegal wildlife trade that Interpol said exposed the international reach of traffickers. The live animals recovered in the stings included turtles in...

Cubs put closer Morrow on DL; Darvish throws simulated game

Jun. 20, 2018 7:12 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs will have to get by without closer Brandon Morrow for a little while. The Cubs placed the right-hander on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday because of lower back tightness, leaving a short-handed bullpen without its most important piece. While Morrow went on the DL, Yu...

Congo's Ebola outbreak poses challenges for bush meat

Jun. 17, 2018 5:50 AM EDT

MBANDAKA, Congo (AP) — For 25 years, Patrick Matondo has earned a living buying and selling monkeys, bats and other animals popularly known as bush meat along the Congo River. Standing on the riverbank in Mbandaka, a city affected by the deadly new outbreak of the Ebola virus, the father of five said that...

Raccoon killed by dog tests positive for rabies

Jun. 11, 2018 5:19 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Officials say a raccoon killed by a dog in western Pennsylvania has tested positive for rabies. The Allegheny County health department says the raccoon was killed by a dog in Plum. The dead animal was brought to a county facility last weekend and tested positive for rabies. The dog was...

Farm owner faces animal cruelty charges over dead horses

Jun. 9, 2018 4:08 PM EDT

SALISBURY, Md. (AP) — The owner of a farm on Maryland's Eastern Shore has been indicted on animal cruelty charges after dozens of dead and sick horses were found on her property. Seventy-four-year-old Barbara Pilchard of Hebron made in initial appearance Friday in Circuit Court in Salisbury on 16 felony...

N. Carolina pizza cook accused of adding poison in cheese

Jun. 7, 2018 12:42 PM EDT

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina pizza restaurant worker has been jailed on charges of putting rat poison into the cheese. News outlets report that a manager spotted the contaminated topping before it was served to customers at Primo Pizza in Fayetteville. Police announced Wednesday that...

Horse racing playing catch-up on jockey concussion protocol

Jun. 6, 2018 9:09 AM EDT

Mike Smith knows the feeling. A headache. Maybe some dizziness. As a younger jockey he got concussions, felt better and went back to riding. "I've had several," Smith said. "It's just like you hit your head playing any sport." Smith is currently in the international spotlight as he goes for the Triple Crown on...

Idaho teacher accused of feeding puppy to turtle is charged

Jun. 1, 2018 7:14 PM EDT

PRESTON, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho teacher accused of feeding a sick puppy to a snapping turtle in front of several students has been charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty. Preston Junior High School science teacher Robert Crosland was charged Friday. He faces up to six months in jail and a $5,000 fine if...

New Zealand to kill 150,000 cows to end bacterial disease

May. 28, 2018 8:22 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand plans to slaughter about 150,000 cows as it tries to eradicate a strain of disease-causing bacteria from the national herd. Politicians and industry leaders announced the ambitious plan on Monday. They say it will cost hundreds of millions of dollars, and, if...

Ebola vaccinations begin in Congo's northwest town of Bikoro

May. 28, 2018 4:57 PM EDT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Officials began vaccinating health workers and others on Monday in Bikoro, where Congo's current Ebola outbreak was first declared at the beginning of May. Congo's Health Minister Oly Ilunga traveled to oversee the Ebola vaccinations of at least 10 people in Bikoro, where at least...