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FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2019, file photo, Abel Cedillo rides Mongolian Groom in the Breeders' Cup Classic horse race at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. A report on the death of Mongolian Groom in the Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita says veterinarians missed opportunities to remove the gelding from the $6 million race because of time constraints or deficiencies in the process used to evaluate horses. In the 20-page report issued Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, Dr. Larry Bramlage identified six suggested improvements aimed at refining safety and evaluation protocols for future events. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

Report: Vets missed chances involving Breeders' Cup fatality

Jan. 15, 2020 6:07 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A report on the death of Mongolian Groom in the Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita says veterinarians missed opportunities to remove the gelding from the $6 million race because of time constraints or deficiencies in the process used to evaluate horses. In the 20-page report issued...

Third horse rescued in Kentucky where 20 others were killed

Jan. 13, 2020 8:55 PM EST

PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (AP) — A third horse has been rescued from a strip mine site in Kentucky where 20 horses were found fatally shot. The filly was captured by Dumas Rescue on Saturday and taken to the Kentucky Humane Society, news outlets reported. The horse is believed to be the daughter of the pregnant...

In this Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019 photo, newly acquired miniature horses run in their paddock at Nexus Equine in Edmond, Okla. In partnership with a pilot program run by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Nexus Equine works to rescue horses and re-home them, providing care and training before the horses are adopted out. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Oklahoma program offers rescue for horses, other equine

Jan. 12, 2020 9:49 AM EST

EDMOND, Okla. (AP) — When Ken Friend learned a job transfer meant moving his family to California from the small farm they’d been living on in rural Oklahoma, he knew he’d have to find new homes for his animals. In addition to the four dogs Friend had adopted over the 14 years he and his wife...

Oregon introduces 6 new permits, fee increases to hike, fish

Jan. 1, 2020 11:26 AM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon public land officials have announced visiting and recreational activity costs are expected to increase while new permit systems limit access to large regions of backcountry. The new fees and permits to hike, boat, fish and visit lands target low-paying groups to combat...

Judge: 'Filthy' zoo must give up animals; Zoo appeals

Dec. 31, 2019 3:36 PM EST

CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) — A western Maryland zoo where five endangered animals died was ordered by a judge to send its remaining big cats to a sanctuary. Tri-State Zoological Park in Cumberland has seen two tigers, a lion and a lemur die within a three-year span. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals...

In this Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019 photo, students dissect a synthetic frog from Syndaver Labs at J.W. Mitchell High School in New Port Richey, Fla. The school is the first in the world to try out the new technology. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Fake frogs in school dissections eliminate gross-out-factor

Dec. 31, 2019 10:51 AM EST

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. (AP) — It's a rite of passage in schools across the U.S.: frog dissection. Sometimes it happens in middle school, sometimes in high school. Feelings about the lesson are generally summed up in one word: gross. The frogs are slimy and greenish-grey, and they stink because they're...

Kentucky: 2 horses rescued from area where 20 others killed

Dec. 30, 2019 5:23 PM EST

PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (AP) — A pregnant mare and her yearling colt have been rescued from a strip mine site in Kentucky where 20 horses were found fatally shot recently. The two horses were collected by Dumas Rescue on Friday and taken to the Kentucky Humane Society, news outlets reported. The colt was doing...

FIEL - In this image made from video taken on Dec. 22, 2019, and provided by Oakbank Balhannah CFS, a koala drinks water from a bottle given by a firefighter in Cudlee Creek, South Australia. Thousands of koalas are feared to have died in a wildfire-ravaged area north of Sydney, further diminishing Australia's iconic marsupial, while the fire danger accelerated Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019 in the country’s east as temperatures soared. (Oakbank Balhannah CFS via AP, File)

Thousands of koalas feared dead in Australia wildfires

Dec. 28, 2019 5:54 AM EST

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Thousands of koalas are feared to have died in a wildfire-ravaged area north of Sydney, further diminishing Australia's iconic marsupial, while the fire danger increased in the country’s east on Saturday as temperatures soared. The mid-northern coast of New South Wales was...

FILE - In this Monday, May 2, 2016 file photo, Two alligators lounge on the end of the 16th green during the final round of the PGA Zurich Classic golf tournament at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La. A federal judge in California has temporarily blocked a California law banning the import and sale of alligator and crocodile products and has scheduled an April hearing on Louisiana's lawsuit against the law. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said Friday, Dec. 27, 2019 that it's a first step toward protecting the state alligator industry. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Judge blocks California's alligator ban after Louisiana sues

Dec. 27, 2019 6:41 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge has temporarily blocked a California law banning the import and sale of alligator and crocodile products. U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller also scheduled an April 24 hearing on Louisiana's request for a longer-lasting order called a preliminary injunction. ...

Federal court ruling expected to affect salmon conservation

Dec. 26, 2019 4:30 PM EST

LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — A federal court ruling could affect salmon recovery and conservation efforts on the Columbia-Snake River System in Washington. A Dec. 20 ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals mandating a salmon protection plan was related to warm river temperatures caused by dams on the...