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Urgency for vaccine grows as virus ravages China's pigs

Aug. 20, 2019 1:14 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Scientists are working to develop a vaccine to help guard the world's pork supply as a deadly virus ravages Asia's pig herds. Farmers have long contained its spread by quarantining and killing infected animals, but the disease's devastating march into East Asia is intensifying the search for...

Philippines: Still-unknown disease prompts culling of pigs

Aug. 19, 2019 8:06 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine agriculture chief said Monday that an unspecified number of pigs has died or been culled in backyard farms in recent weeks and a crisis team has been established to try to contain the still-unidentified disease causing the swine deaths. Agriculture Secretary...

Giants' Golden Tate III placed in concussion protocol

Aug. 18, 2019 5:57 PM EDT

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate III has been placed in concussion protocol. Tate sustained the concussion Friday night in the Giants' 32-13 preseason victory over the Chicago Bears. It was not known Sunday how long the 10-year veteran will be kept out of practice. It...

San Francisco bison named Brunhilda dies

Aug. 18, 2019 3:05 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An 8-year-old female American bison living in Golden Gate Park's famous paddock has died after suffering severe kidney disease. The San Francisco Zoo and Gardens, which cares for the bison herd, announced Brunhilda's death Friday after a necropsy, according to The San Francisco...

Police departments confront 'epidemic' in officer suicides

Aug. 15, 2019 6:03 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A rash of suicides by police officers has shaken the New York Police Department, leading the commissioner to declare a mental health emergency and highlighting the problem of untreated depression among law enforcement officers nationwide. On Wednesday, Robert Echeverría, 56, became the...

Dutch hospital sealed off but ebola scare proves false alarm

Aug. 7, 2019 6:47 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch emergency services say an ebola scare that led them to seal off part of a hospital in the port city of Rotterdam has turned out to be a false alarm. The Rijnmondveilig agency coordinates emergency responses in the Rotterdam region. It tweeted early Thursday that a...

Person bitten by rabid bat in Breitenbush area

Aug. 7, 2019 9:46 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Public health officials are warning residents to be careful after a person was bitten by a rabid bat in southeast of Salem in the Breitenbush area. The Statesman Journal reports health officials said the person was bitten on Saturday, but declined to say exactly where the incident...

50 wild animals woman kept in North Carolina home euthanized

Aug. 6, 2019 9:39 AM EDT

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina authorities have euthanized more than 50 wild animals, including opossums, raccoons and squirrels, that a woman was keeping inside her suburban home and yard. The News & Observer reports Wildlife Commission officials responded to Kimberly Childress's home on Aug. 1,...

Jaguars sign ex-Vikings RB Thomas, who is suspended 3 games

Aug. 4, 2019 2:00 PM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed former Minnesota Vikings running back Roc Thomas, who is suspended for the first three games of the regular season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. The Jaguars are down two running backs — rookie Ryquell Armstead...

Prairie dog plague outbreak cancels fireworks show

Aug. 2, 2019 2:14 PM EDT

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) — Colorado officials have closed parks and canceled a Major League Soccer game's fireworks display after plague was confirmed in prairie dogs in a Denver suburb. The Tri-County Health Department said Thursday that prairie dog burrows in Commerce City are being sprayed with...