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Devastating toxic algae bloom plagues Florida's Gulf Coast

Aug. 13, 2018 5:47 PM EDT

LONGBOAT KEY, Fla. (AP) — Tons of dead fish. A smell so awful you gag with one inhale. Empty beaches, empty roads, empty restaurants. A toxic algae bloom has overrun Florida's southern Gulf Coast this summer, devastating sea life and driving people from the water. "I've never seen it this bad," said...

Live salmon released for ailing orca but she doesn't eat

Aug. 13, 2018 4:13 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Researchers carrying out unprecedented efforts to save an ailing young killer whale in the U.S. Northwest released live salmon into waters in front of the free-swimming orca but didn't see her take any of the fish. The operation that dropped eight salmon from a boat Sunday is part of an...

Governors: Trump directive could hurt effort to save bird

Aug. 13, 2018 3:30 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Some governors in the U.S. West say a new Trump administration directive threatens to undermine a hard-won compromise aimed at saving a beleaguered bird scattered across their region. The directive, issued in late July, severely limits a type of land swap involving federal property. Critics...

Man rescued from mud with parrot perched on his shoulders

Aug. 13, 2018 2:47 PM EDT

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Firefighters had to rescue a southwestern Illinois man from deep mud after he became stuck while trying to reach his pet parrot. Belleville firefighters were called Sunday afternoon to the city's Bicentennial Park after a visitor heard the man calling for help. Fire Chief Tom Pour...

Secret Service dog bites woman during Pence's Michigan visit

Aug. 13, 2018 1:52 PM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A 33-year-old woman says she was bitten on the leg by a U.S. Secret Service dog during Vice President Mike Pence's visit last week to western Michigan. Melissa Ramirez says she was outside the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in downtown Grand Rapids on Wednesday when she was bitten....

A sticky problem: boom in taste for octopus squeezes market

Aug. 13, 2018 11:36 AM EDT

BUEU, Spain (AP) — Whether it's spiced in the Spanish style or sliced as Japanese sashimi, octopus as a dish is becoming a victim of its own popularity. Prices for the tentacled mollusc have about doubled in the past two years due to a global boom in appetite for these classic dishes. And supplies have...

Firefighter rappels from bridge, rescues stranded dog

Aug. 13, 2018 5:51 AM EDT

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey firefighter rappelled from a bridge to rescue a dog stranded at the base of a waterfall. Paterson firefighters were called to Great Falls on Sunday. Fire Capt. Scott Parkin made his way down to the animal and lured it in with food. Parkin put a net over the dog before it...

2, including Chinese tourist, killed in Kenya hippo attacks

Aug. 12, 2018 8:47 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Chinese tourist was attacked and killed by a hippo while taking pictures on the edge of Lake Naivasha in Kenya's Rift Valley, just hours after a local fisherman was mauled to death in the same area, authorities said Sunday. A second Chinese tourist was injured in the incident...

Dog running on interstate can't resist lure of stuffed teddy

Aug. 12, 2018 5:46 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A dog could not resist being lured away from a busy Massachusetts highway by a teddy bear. The Massachusetts State Police got multiple calls of a dog dashing through traffic on Interstate 291 in Springfield on Sunday morning. MassLive.com reports Trooper Corey Brown responded and...

Orca back to feeding, frolicking after carrying dead calf

Aug. 12, 2018 4:09 PM EDT

FRIDAY HARBOR, Wash. (AP) — Researchers say an endangered killer whale that drew international attention as she carried her dead calf on her head for more than two weeks is finally back to feeding and frolicking with her pod. The Center for Whale Research in Washington state says it watched the orca, known...