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A bull terrier named ‘Jagger Bonsai von Amadis’ stands with his owner in front of the Higher Administrative Court in Muenster, Germany, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. In a dispute about whether a large miniature bull terrier can still be considered miniature, two of the dogs were brought in to the Higher Administrative Court in Muenster to be examined.  While keeping miniature bull terriers allowed without any special permission, a bull terrier is considered a so-called

No Bull: German court rules dogs not too big to be miniature

Feb. 17, 2020 12:24 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A German court has decided a Duesseldorf dog dispute, ruling Monday that not only size matters in determining whether a dog is officially "miniature." The Muenster regional administrative court decision puts an end to years of battles between two Duesseldorf owners of Miniature Bull Terriers...

FILE - This Dec. 28, 2010 photos shows a group of manatees in a canal where discharge from a nearby Florida Power & Light plant warms the water in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Fewer manatees died in 2019 in Florida compared with the year before. Statewide, manatee deaths decreased to 606 deaths last year, down from 824 in 2018. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

Manatee deaths in Florida drop to 606 in 2019

Feb. 17, 2020 1:44 AM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Fewer manatees died in 2019 in Florida compared with the year before. Statewide, manatee deaths decreased to 606 deaths last year, down from 824 in 2018. Experts say it appears the main cause of the decline in deaths is the reduced effect of red tide algae on manatees....

This image released by Paramount Pictures shows Sonic, voiced by Ben Schwartz, in a scene from

'Sonic' speeds to $57M debut; 'Parasite' sees big Oscar bump

Feb. 16, 2020 1:51 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The redesigned “Sonic the Hedgehog” showed plenty of teeth at the box office, speeding to a $57 million debut, according to studio estimates Sunday, while “Parasite” saw one of the largest post-Oscars bumps in years following its best picture win. Paramount...

This Feb. 15, 2020 photo courtesy of the Center for Great Apes shows an orangutan named Sandra in Wauchula, Fla. Sandra, who was granted legal personhood by a judge in Argentina and later found a new home in Florida, celebrated her 34th birthday on Valentine's Day with a special new primate friend. Patti Ragan, director of the Center for Great Apes says Sandra has “has adjusted beautifully to her life at the sanctuary” and has befriended Jethro, a 31-year-old male orangutan. (The Center for Great Apes via AP)

Orangutan granted 'personhood' turns 34, makes new friend

Feb. 16, 2020 1:00 PM EST

WAUCHULA, Fla. (AP) — A orangutan named Sandra, who was granted legal personhood by a judge in Argentina and later found a new home in Florida, celebrated her 34th birthday on Valentine's Day with a special new primate friend. Patti Ragan, director of the Center for Great Apes in Wauchula, Florida, says...

A dog dressed for carnival participates in the

It's a day for dogs as Brazil ramps up for Carnival

Feb. 16, 2020 12:45 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil is ramping up toward the world's most famous Carnival celebrations and already the dogs have had their day. Dozens of costumed dogs joined their owners in a traditional pre-Carnival parade Sunday along Avenida Atlantica bordering Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana beach. “At...

'In this undated photo released by the Hawaii Department of Agriculture shows adults and nymphs of the Avocado Lace Bug, (Pseudacysta perseae).  The avocado lace bug was first discovered in Pearl City, Oahu, in Dec. 2019 and was subsequently identified on Hawaii Island and Maui, the state Department of Agriculture said. Department officials have not confirmed the presence of the bug on Kauai. The infested Maui plants located Thursday, Feb. 13 2020 in retail outlets, were destroyed or treated, department officials said.(Hawaii Department of Agriculture via AP)

Invasive bug found feeding on avocado plants in Hawaii

Feb. 15, 2020 7:37 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — An invasive bug was discovered feeding on avocado leaves across the state of Hawaii and was most recently found on Maui plants in retail outlets, entomologists said. The avocado lace bug was first discovered in Pearl City, Oahu, in December and was subsequently identified on Hawaii Island...

Mating snakes prompt closure of part of Florida park

Feb. 15, 2020 1:47 PM EST

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — A Florida city shut down a section of a lake Thursday after receiving reports of swarming snakes. Turns out, the slithery creatures were just celebrating Valentine's Day a little early. The Lakeland Parks & Recreation department wrote on its Facebook page that a group of...

Man gets 1 year in case of dog left in cage with tide rising

Feb. 15, 2020 1:31 PM EST

FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man has been sentenced to a year in prison for leaving his girlfriend's young dog in a cage at water's edge in a rising tide. Aaron Davis, 36, wanted revenge against his girlfriend's ex-boyfriend, who had given her the dog, prosecutors have alleged. Jurors in December...

Denver mayor to veto legislation lifting the pit bull ban

Feb. 15, 2020 11:40 AM EST

DENVER (AP) — A ban prohibiting pit bulls in Denver is expected to remain in place after the mayor has announced plans to veto legislation that would have lifted the dog breed restriction. Mayor Michael Hancock announced Friday that he expects to veto a repeal on the ban citing concerns that the ordinance...

A model is styled backstage before appearing in the Anna Sui fashion show during New York's Fashion Week, Monday Feb. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

PHOTO GALLERY: A selection of pictures from the past week

Feb. 15, 2020 7:28 AM EST

Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see. This week's gallery includes Bong Joon Ho reacting as he is presented with the award for best picture for...