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In this April 2014 photo provided by the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre at the University of Saskatchewan, a researcher holds a ferret at their facility in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. In 2020, the lab is working with 300 ferrets developing a COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine candidate and testing other vaccine candidates and therapeutics. (VIDO-InterVac at the University of Saskatchewan via AP)

Monkeys, ferrets offer needed clues in COVID-19 vaccine race

Jun. 2, 2020 5:30 AM EDT

The global race for a COVID-19 vaccine boils down to some critical questions: How much must the shots rev up someone’s immune system to really work? And could revving it the wrong way cause harm? Even as companies recruit tens of thousands of people for larger vaccine studies this summer, behind the...

This image taken from a May 19, 2020, video provided by Direct Action Everywhere, shows workers in Grundy County, Iowa, walking among carcasses and using bolt guns to kill pigs that remain alive after they had been exposed to heat in an effort to euthanize the animals. Meatpacking plants that had to close due to coronavirus outbreaks have been running for weeks, but production backlogs are forcing farmers to euthanize thousands of hogs that can't be processed, drawing complaints from animal welfare advocates. (Direct Action Everywhere via AP)

Slaughterhouses reopen but farmers still euthanizing pigs

May. 29, 2020 4:16 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Meatpacking plants that had to briefly close due to coronavirus outbreaks have been back up and running for weeks, but production backlogs are forcing farmers to euthanize thousands of hogs that can't be processed, drawing complaints from animal welfare advocates. In Iowa, where...

A juvenile black bear roams through Fort Myers, Fla., Tuesday morning, May 26, 2020. The bear was eventually trapped by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers and will be relocated. (Andrew West/The News-Press via AP)

Glazed or jelly? Doughnuts lure city-roaming bear into trap

May. 27, 2020 1:40 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Glazed or jelly? A black bear roaming around a Florida city proved no match for the doughnuts that lured the animal into a humane trap. The Fort Myers News-Press reports that the juvenile 250-pound (113- kilogram) bear spent a good chunk of Tuesday morning meandering around the...

This photo provided by Tara Reade, shows Tara Reade out with friends in Washington, in 1992 or 1993, during the time she worked for then- Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del. (Tara Reade via AP)

Biden accuser's life marred by abuse and financial hardship

May. 22, 2020 1:14 PM EDT

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (AP) — One thing is clear in the complicated, sometimes contradictory and often chaotic story of Tara Reade: Her life has not been easy. Her earliest childhood memory was of being abused by her father, she told her former husband, a man she would later leave after saying he abused...

FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020 file photo, a view of the AstraZeneca logo, on a building, in South San Francisco, Calif. Drug maker AstraZeneca secured its first agreements Thursday, May 21, 2020 for 400 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, bolstered by an investment from the U.S. vaccine agency. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

UK to start huge vaccine test; China reports promising hints

May. 22, 2020 11:38 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British researchers testing an experimental vaccine against the new coronavirus are moving into advanced studies and aim to immunize more than 10,000 people to determine if the shot works. Friday’s announcement came as Chinese scientists who are developing a similar vaccine reported...

In this March 27, 2020, photo, Little Kitty, a 14-year-old American shorthair, curls up on a chair at home in New Delhi. Little Kitty lived in nine cities, in five countries on three continents. (AP Photo/Emily Schmall)

VIRUS DIARY: Lockdown, loneliness and a difficult goodbye

May. 14, 2020 10:53 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — On the last night of her life, my cat watched fireworks and flaming paper lanterns illuminate the dark New Delhi skies. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asked India’s 1.3 billion people, living under the world’s largest lockdown, to turn lights off and place earthen lamps...

In this Monday, May 4, 2020 photo, a wild turkey crosses a field in Freeport, Maine. States around the country are encouraging hunters to hunt turkeys this spring despite social distancing rules. The hunt will look different than usual because of concerns about the virus. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Not giving it up cold turkey: Bird hunters just winging it

May. 9, 2020 8:13 AM EDT

FALMOUTH, Maine (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic has canceled dozens of spring traditions, from college basketball's Final Four to Easter Sunday services, but there's one rite that's going on largely unfettered — turkey hunting. Every state except Alaska, which is the only state with no turkeys,...

Kentucky police find dead dogs and cats in shelter's freezer

May. 4, 2020 7:35 AM EDT

WEBBVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Police seized 90 dogs from a no-kill animal shelter in Kentucky due to its allegedly poor conditions, and charged its owner after dead cats and dogs were found in the facility’s freezer. The dogs were taken Saturday because of “poor living conditions” at the...

FILE - In this April 10, 2008, file photo, three right whale tails surface in Cape Cod Bay near Provincetown, Mass. A judge’s April 9, 2020, ruling that the federal government didn’t take adequate steps to protect endangered whales will likely result in another months-long court battle. Right whales number only about 400 in the midst of a population decline. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File)

Right whales: Lawsuit on protections could last for months

Apr. 25, 2020 1:07 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A judge's ruling that the federal government didn't take adequate steps to protect endangered whales will probably result in another monthslong court battle, parties to the lawsuit said. Environmental groups sued the U.S. government with a claim that regulators’ failure to...

Chicago's horse-drawn carriages to end next year

Apr. 24, 2020 11:29 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago City Council voted Friday to end horse-drawn carriage rides in the city after Dec. 31. Alderman Brendan Reilly, whose ward includes the city’s central business district, said he has tried to persuade carriage operators to “treat their animals in a humane...