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Half of the 147 tigers rescued from Thai temple have died

Sep. 16, 2019 8:45 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — More than half the tigers rescued three years ago from a Buddhist temple in Thailand where they served as a popular tourist attraction have died of disease, wildlife officials said Monday. The tigers were vulnerable to illness because of inbreeding, leading to laryngeal paralysis causing...

SeaWorld CEO resigns after less than a year on the job

Sep. 16, 2019 5:48 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The CEO of SeaWorld Entertainment stepped down Monday, just months into his tenure leading the theme park company. Gustavo "Gus" Antorcha resigned from his job as the top executive at SeaWorld as well as his position on the company's board of directors. "While I may have a difference...

Oregon bans trapping of rare, cat-like Humboldt marten

Sep. 16, 2019 4:18 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A cat-like creature in Oregon's coastal forests that's so rare it was once thought to be extinct can no longer be hunted, trapped or collected as roadkill under new rules that could go into effect as soon as next week, officials said Monday. The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission...

Judge's stern barks at dogfighting defendants prompt appeals

Sep. 16, 2019 1:25 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The judge didn't mince words when it came time to sentence five North Carolina men in an illegal dogfighting operation that involved more than 150 pit bulls. "Either the dogs have to be eliminated from the world or the people who fight the dogs or both, but there needs to be an...

Authorities searching for driver who dragged dog to death

Sep. 16, 2019 12:13 PM EDT

WILSON, La. (AP) — Deputies in a Louisiana parish are looking for a driver who dragged a leashed dog to death behind a car. News outlets report a citizen saw the dog being dragged Sunday afternoon along Louisiana highway 68 in Wilson and called the East Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Office. Sheriff Jeff...

LEADING OFF: Cubs' Rizzo to get MRI, Suárez slugs away

Sep. 16, 2019 3:31 AM EDT

A look at what's happening around the majors today: BIG TEST The Cubs are sending star slugger Anthony Rizzo for an MRI after he sprained his right ankle Sunday, hoping the first baseman can still help with their postseason push. Rizzo was injured fielding a bunt at first base in the third inning during a 16-6...

LEADING OFF: Cubs' Rizzo to get MRI, Suárez slugs away

Sep. 15, 2019 8:07 PM EDT

A look at what's happening around the majors Monday: BIG TEST The Cubs are sending star slugger Anthony Rizzo for an MRI after he sprained his right ankle Sunday, hoping the first baseman can still help with their postseason push. Rizzo was injured fielding a bunt at first base in the third inning during a 16-6...

Summer of Blob: Maine sees more big, stinging jellyfish

Sep. 15, 2019 11:56 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Seaside New England is known for rocky shores, seafood shacks, chance whale sightings and, in recent months, lots of gooey, tentacled blobs. The Gulf of Maine and some of its beaches, ever popular with tourists, have recorded a high number of sightings of a big jellyfish that has the...

California Highway Patrol captures flightless fugitive emu

Sep. 14, 2019 2:14 PM EDT

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — California authorities have captured an emu after the flightless fugitive led officers down a highway. The Fresno Bee reported Friday that the bird was apprehended following a brief pursuit by California Highway Patrol officers. Authorities say officers responded to a report that an...

Fisherman gets 10 days for dragging live shark behind boat

Sep. 14, 2019 10:41 AM EDT

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — A Florida fisherman will spend five weekends in jail after pleading guilty to misdemeanor animal cruelty for dragging a live shark by the tail from a boat. The Bradenton Herald reports that Robert Benac III will also pay a $2,500 fine, perform 250 hours of service at an animal...