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Sharks attack in Bahamas, killing Southern California woman

Jun. 27, 2019 12:56 AM EDT

TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) — A shark attack has killed a Southern California woman vacationing in the Bahamas. Royal Bahamas Police Force Deputy Commissioner Paul Rolle says 21-year-old Jordan Lindsay of Torrance was attacked by three sharks on Wednesday near Rose Island while snorkeling with her family....

Bond set for parents in New Mexico child, animal abuse case

Jun. 26, 2019 6:42 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico couple arrested in an abuse case marked by allegations of child beatings and tortured pets can be released on bond, a magistrate judge ruled Wednesday. Martha and Timothy Crouch made initial court appearances Wednesday, two days after their arrests in Aztec — a...

Coal train derails into Great Dismal Swamp wildlife refuge

Jun. 26, 2019 6:34 PM EDT

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) — A coal train has derailed in the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia, raising concerns about its wildlife and the fragile peat soil that has accumulated there over the course of centuries. Chris Lowie, manager of the federal refuge, said 36 of about 100 cars went...

Federal agency hears testimony on fate of gray wolves

Jun. 26, 2019 1:09 PM EDT

BRAINERD, Minn. (AP) — Federal officials are weighing impassioned testimony from farmers, ranchers, hunters and wildlife advocates at the only public hearing in the country on the government's latest attempt to take gray wolves off the endangered and threatened species list. The proposal would return...

South Carolina man found in pond wasn't killed by alligator

Jun. 26, 2019 9:57 AM EDT

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Authorities in South Carolina say a man found dead in a pond with alligator bites did not die in a gator attack. News outlets are reporting that an autopsy completed Tuesday on 79-year-old John Elias shows he died of natural causes on Saturday before being bitten by the...

Malaysia detains 4 Indians, seizes drugs, 5,255 turtles

Jun. 26, 2019 2:39 AM EDT

SEPANG, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia authorities have arrested four Indians and seized more than 14 kilograms of drugs and over 5,000 turtles from their luggage at the Kuala Lumpur airport. Senior customs official Zulkurnain Mohamed Yusof said Wednesday that agents found a total 5,255 red-ear slider baby...

Florida zoo cited after worker injured by white rhino

Jun. 25, 2019 6:51 PM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida zoo has been fined more than $14,500 after a worker was injured by a 4,000-pound (1,800-kilogram) white rhinoceros earlier this year. The Florida Times-Union reported Tuesday that the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited the...

Sheriff: Mom abused her children, boiled puppies to death

Jun. 25, 2019 4:25 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A woman beat and tortured at least some of her 15 children and forced them to watch as she brutally killed their pets, authorities said in New Mexico, the latest place where the woman and her husband have been the subject of complaints. Martha Crouch and her husband Timothy of...

Woman uses shovel to kill cobra slithering on her patio

Jun. 25, 2019 2:32 PM EDT

FAIRLESS HILLS, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania woman used a shovel to kill a cobra she saw slithering on the patio of her apartment. Kathy Kehoe said the squawking of some blue jays outside her unit caught her attention Monday. When she looked outside, she saw a 4 to 5-foot-long serpent. The 73-year-old Kehoe...

Orangutans, polar bears make a splash as Europe swelters

Jun. 25, 2019 12:25 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Orangutans at a Vienna zoo got buckets of water, lemurs in Rome enjoyed fruit icicles and a polar bear took to a pool in Germany as much of Europe sweltered Tuesday in an early summer heat wave. Authorities warned that temperatures could top 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) in some parts...