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Police: Woman held captive slips note to veterinary employee

May. 27, 2018 12:44 PM EDT

DELAND, Fla. (AP) — Florida authorities say a woman who was beaten and held captive for two days at gunpoint by her boyfriend escaped when she convinced him bring their dog to an animal hospital - and then slipped a note to a staff member. The Daytona Beach News-Journal quotes the Volusia County Sheriff's...

80 messenger pigeons die in house fire

May. 27, 2018 10:21 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Eighty messenger pigeons that were bred in a Phoenix home's backyard have died in a fire. Firefighters responded early Saturday morning to the blaze that started in the back of one home and spread to a nearby home. A Phoenix fire department spokesperson said 80 homing pigeons died due to...

AP PHOTOS: German wranglers corral wild stallions

May. 27, 2018 4:10 AM EDT

DUELMEN, Germany (AP) — A reserve about 40 kilometers (25 miles) north of Germany's industrial heartland is home to a herd of wild horses, which are left to their own devices all year — except when wranglers come in late May to catch the young stallions. The Merfelder Bruch reserve at Duelmen in...

Hungry birds: Food a concern for brown pelicans

May. 27, 2018 3:05 AM EDT

ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — The Wildlife Center of the North Coast has already cared for several starving young California brown pelicans this spring. Brown pelicans, which migrate north in the spring from nesting colonies off Southern California and Mexico, spent several decades on the federal endangered species...

Monument honors famous WWI war dog Stubby

May. 26, 2018 9:58 PM EDT

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) — A new monument in Connecticut honors service animals with a statue of one of the nation's most famous war dogs. The sculpture, "Stubby Salutes," was unveiled Saturday in Veterans Memorial Park in Middletown. Stubby was a Boston-terrier mix that traveled to Europe with a Connecticut...

Baby panda born in Malaysia zoo makes public debut

May. 26, 2018 1:48 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A baby panda born in a Malaysian zoo five months ago made her public debut Saturday. The female, which has not yet been named, is the second offspring of giant pandas Liang Liang and Xing Xing, both of which are on a 10-year loan to Malaysia since 2014. The first cub, a female...

Canadian investor backs away from Alaska mine project

May. 25, 2018 7:52 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A Canadian company that was courted as a potential partner in a proposed copper-and-gold mine near one of the world's largest salmon fisheries in Alaska has backed away from the project. Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd., which is seeking to develop the Pebble Mine project in southwest...

UC Berkeley wants help naming 3 fluffy peregrine chicks

May. 25, 2018 6:43 PM EDT

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Fluffy, Cottonball and Marshmallow or Bruce, Clark and Diana? University of California, Berkeley officials are asking for help naming three fluffy peregrine falcon chicks that hatched last month in the iconic Campanile bell tower on campus. The adult birds return each year to nest...

Visitors to zoo witness gorilla birth in exhibit

May. 25, 2018 6:14 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Visitors at a Pittsburgh zoo got a surprise when they witnessed a gorilla giving birth in the exhibit area. Moka, the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium's 22-year-old Western lowland gorilla, gave birth to her third baby Friday morning. The zoo says Moka is very attentive and has been...

Wolf-like animal shot in central Montana, DNA tests underway

May. 25, 2018 5:52 PM EDT

DENTON, Mont. (AP) — A central Montana rancher shot a wolf-like animal after it was spotted in a pasture with livestock, but a closer look prompted state wildlife officials to take DNA samples to determine what type of animal it was. Fish, Wildlife and Parks regional spokesman Bruce Auchly said the...