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FILE - In this Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 file photo, a Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets player chooses a helmet in the second half of their NCAA college football game against the Pittsburgh Panthers on  in Atlanta. Georgia Tech won 21-10. David Shanahan took an unusual path for an Irish teenager but landed a full scholarship to become a punter for Georgia Tech. (AP Photo/David Tulis, File)

Irish punter moving from dairy farm to Georgia Tech

Jun. 26, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

Townsfolk weren't the only ones curious about what David Shanahan was up to with the funny-looking brown ball. Trading Gaelic footballs for American footballs, Shanahan was booting the pigskin on his uncle’s dairy farm in southwest Ireland. “I had a lot of young calves watching me...

Belmont Stakes hopeful Robin Smullen on Tiz the Law, left, is led around the track by trainer Barclay Tagg during a workout at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y., Friday, June 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Belmont sets pace for Triple Crown, with Tiz the Law favored

Jun. 19, 2020 12:15 PM EDT

It's been 17 years since Jack Knowlton and his Sackatoga Stable pals rode yellow school buses to the Belmont Stakes. It was a rollicking party on wheels for the group that came to watch their colt Funny Cide try to sweep the Triple Crown. It didn't happen that day. Now, the ownership group that buys just one or...

FILE - In this July 21, 2007, file photo, an elderly man belonging to the Changpa, the nomadic herders who rear the Pashmina goats, holds his Himalayan goat as his son cuts its horn that was hurting the animal's eye in Kharnak, some 185 kilometers (116 miles) from Leh, India. A months-long military standoff between India and China in 2020 has taken a dire toll on local communities as tens of thousands of Himalayan goat kids die because they couldn't reach traditional winter grazing lands, officials and residents said. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin, File)

India-China Himalayan standoff deadly for cashmere herds

Jun. 19, 2020 2:16 AM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Antagonisms between Indian and Chinese troops high in the Himalayas are taking a dire toll on traditional goat herds that supply the world’s finest, most expensive cashmere. This week, a deadly brawl between Indian and Chinese soldiers caused the deaths of at least 20 Indian...

In this March 28, 2020, image provided by Gulfstream Park, Tiz the Law, riddren by Manuel Franco, foreground, runs in the Florida Derby horse race at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla. Tiz the Law looks every bit like the best 3-year-old in the world and is the Triple Crown favorite, so it’ll take something spectacular from a watered-down field to prevent him from becoming the first New York-bred horse to win the Belmont in over 130 years and take a powerful stride toward the Kentucky Derby. (Ryan Thompson/Coglianese Photos, Gulfstream Park via AP)

Tiz the Law is class of Belmont field, Triple Crown favorite

Jun. 16, 2020 9:01 PM EDT

While there won’t be school buses of fans hoping to see a New York-bred horse make Belmont history, there is a busload of Triple Crown expectations heading into Saturday's race. Seventeen years ago, Jack Knowlton and the other owners of Funny Cide packed into school buses and headed to Belmont Park in New...

Meatpacking rebounds but high prices and backlogs to persist

Jun. 11, 2020 3:00 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Meat production has rebounded from its low point during the coronavirus pandemic when dozens of plants were closed, but experts say consumer prices are likely to remain high and it will take months to work through a backlog of millions of pigs and cattle, creating headaches for...

FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2006, file photo, a car passes in front of a Tyson Foods Inc., sign at Tyson headquarters in Springdale, Ark.  Tyson Foods shares are down, Thursday, June 11, 2020,  after the company said it's cooperating with a federal investigation into price-fixing in the chicken industry. Tyson Foods Inc. said it was served with a grand jury subpoena in April 2019 from the U.S. Department of Justice. (AP Photo/April L. Brown, File)

Tyson cooperating with feds in price-fixing investigation

Jun. 11, 2020 10:39 AM EDT

Tyson Foods shares fell Thursday after the company said it is cooperating with a federal investigation into price-fixing in the chicken industry. Springdale, Arkansas-based Tyson Foods Inc. said it was served with a grand jury subpoena in April 2019 from the U.S. Department of Justice. Tyson said it conducted an...

Litigious poultry farm loses defamation cases in Thailand

Jun. 8, 2020 10:10 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A court in Thailand has dismissed criminal defamation charges against two people who were among more than 20 targeted in various cases by a poultry company in what critics say is a campaign of legal intimidation. Bangkok Criminal Court on Monday dismissed the complaints brought in 2018 by...

In this Thursday, May 28, 2020 photo Jamien Richardson moves a tray of baby arugula in a crop house at Spear Spring Farm in Warren, Maine. Spear Spring is one of many farms that have seen an uptick in the number community supported agriculture shares sold to customers, most likely as a result to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Farm-to-table dining takes on new meaning amid pandemic

Jun. 4, 2020 8:58 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Eric Pray is used to shipping seafood all over the country. But since the coronavirus took hold, he has shifted his focus closer to home — selling lobsters from a homemade tank in his garage. Pray, of Portland, Maine, is one of hundreds of fishermen, farmers and food producers...

FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2016, file photo, jockey Mike Smith celebrates after riding Arrogate to victory in the Breeders' Cup Classic horse race at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. Arrogate, North America's all-time money earner, has died. He was seven. Juddmonte Farms in Lexington, Ky., said Arrogate was euthanized on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, after becoming ill. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Arrogate, North America's richest racehorse, dies at 7

Jun. 2, 2020 5:53 PM EDT

Arrogate, winner of the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Classic and the champion 3-year-old male that year on his way to becoming North America’s all-time leading money earner, has died. He was 7. Juddmonte Farms said Arrogate was euthanized Tuesday after becoming ill. The Lexington, Kentucky, breeding farm said...

This image taken from a May 19, 2020, video provided by Direct Action Everywhere, shows workers in Grundy County, Iowa, walking among carcasses and using bolt guns to kill pigs that remain alive after they had been exposed to heat in an effort to euthanize the animals. Meatpacking plants that had to close due to coronavirus outbreaks have been running for weeks, but production backlogs are forcing farmers to euthanize thousands of hogs that can't be processed, drawing complaints from animal welfare advocates. (Direct Action Everywhere via AP)

Slaughterhouses reopen but farmers still euthanizing pigs

May. 29, 2020 4:16 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Meatpacking plants that had to briefly close due to coronavirus outbreaks have been back up and running for weeks, but production backlogs are forcing farmers to euthanize thousands of hogs that can't be processed, drawing complaints from animal welfare advocates. In Iowa, where...