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Arkansas shelter: Dogs injured after break-in for dogfight

Oct. 21, 2018 4:24 PM EDT

HELENA-WEST HELENA, Ark. (AP) — An eastern Arkansas animal shelter says people have broken in to use dogs there for dogfighting for the second time in two weeks, leaving five animals injured. In a Facebook post, the Humane Society of the Delta said a worker discovered the injured dogs Sunday morning at the...

Snake names honor Darwin, fire god, Louisiana professor

Oct. 20, 2018 5:38 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana professor is in heady company, honored by having one of three newly identified species of snakes from the Galapagos Islands named after him. "They named one after Charles Darwin — that's a no-brainer — and one after the Greek god of fire, and one after me, of...

Family, friends remembering Cape Cod shark attack victim

Oct. 20, 2018 10:26 AM EDT

WELLFLEET, Mass. (AP) — A remembrance is being held on the Cape Cod beach where a young man became Massachusetts' first shark attack fatality since 1936. Family and friends of 26-year-old Arthur Medici planned a celebration of life for Saturday morning on Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet. Medici, of...

Trump wants to cut red tape, hasten water projects in West

Oct. 19, 2018 9:40 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday ordered the government to speed up environmental reviews and streamline regulations that he says are hindering work on major water projects in California and other Western states. Trump signed a memorandum aimed at helping the Central Valley Project and the...

Police: Man beats ex-wife, drowns Chihuahua in backyard pool

Oct. 19, 2018 10:33 AM EDT

PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. (AP) — Police say a Florida man drowned a disabled Chihuahua while fighting with his ex-wife by tossing the dog into a backyard swimming pool. Pembroke Pines police say 40-year-old Juan Manuel Gonzalez also grabbed the woman by the face and cut her lip Thursday night. Police say...

Dozens of rescued beagles begin finding new homes

Oct. 19, 2018 10:06 AM EDT

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Dozens of beagles rescued from a home in rural Pennsylvania are finding new owners and new homes. The Lehigh County Humane Society received thousands of inquiries and began accepting adoption applications Thursday. The dogs were rescued this month from a home outside Allentown where a...

New Zealand surfer bitten on arm by shark, taken to hospital

Oct. 19, 2018 4:48 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A New Zealand surfer was attacked by a shark Friday and airlifted to a hospital after suffering moderate injuries. The man was surfing at 6 p.m. at Baylys Beach about 100 kilometers (60 miles) northwest of Auckland when the attack happened, according to police. The man, who...

Breaching dams to save Northwest orcas is contentious issue

Oct. 18, 2018 7:04 PM EDT

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Calls to breach four hydroelectric dams in Washington state have grown louder in recent months as the plight of critically endangered Northwest orcas has captured global attention. Some argue the best way to get more salmon to the starving whales is to tear down four dams on the Lower...

At least 240 animals rescued from 'deplorable' home

Oct. 18, 2018 5:31 PM EDT

PENNSBURG, Pa. (AP) — At least 240 animals, including more than 100 snakes, several alligators, five tortoises, two skunks, at least a dozen ferrets and some guinea pigs, have been rescued from a Pennsylvania home. Robin Royer, a code enforcement officer for Upper Hanover Township, tells the Allentown...

Federal court: Salmon must have protection from warm water

Oct. 18, 2018 2:07 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal court has ruled that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency must come up with a plan to protect salmon from warm water temperatures, which can be fatal for the fish species. ' Oregon Public Broadcasting reports Thursday that record-high water temperatures in rivers across...