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Palm Dog: Kodi, star of 'Dog on Trial,' is the top dog of Cannes

Jun. 12, 2024 11:40 AM EDT

CANNES, France (AP) — The verdict is in: The titular “Dog on Trial” was declared this year's Palm Dog winner in Cannes on Friday. Kodi the Belgian Malinois mix, who plays Cosmos in the Swiss comedy-drama, narrowly beat Xin, a sighthound who instead wagged away with the Grand...

The real stars of Cannes may be the dogs

Jun. 12, 2024 11:37 AM EDT

CANNES, France (AP) — It’s been a dog’s life at this year’s Cannes Film Festival — or should that be the Canine Film Festival? Since the 77th edition's opening day, human actors have shared the limelight with their canine co-stars on and off the red carpet, kept secure by...

These candidates who won seats in the European Parliament this week aren't who you might expect

Jun. 11, 2024 02:40 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — He has no political experience. No high-profile endorsements. No party affiliation. What Fidias Panayiotou does have are 2.6 million followers on YouTube and more on TikTok. And now he has won a seat in the European Parliament representing Cyprus, one of several...

This NYC vet makes house calls. In 'Pets and the City,' she's penned a memoir full of tails

Jun. 10, 2024 12:09 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — As a city kid, Amy Attas had big dreams of roaming the countryside, healing animals a la James Herriot's classic “All Creatures Great and Small.” How did it go? Well, the veterinarian made it from Queens to Manhattan, spending the last 32 years traversing the...

African elephants call each other by unique names, new study shows

Jun. 10, 2024 12:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — African elephants call each other and respond to individual names — something that few wild animals do, according to new research published Monday. The names are one part of elephants' low rumbles that they can hear over long distances across the savanna....

Writing on the wall: Giants coach Ryan Christenson has turned lineup cards into art

Jun. 10, 2024 06:03 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Ryan Christenson has turned lineup cards into art. After San Francisco Giants manager Bob Melvin picks a batting order, his bench coach selects the font and color scheme for the day’s sumptuous script. Options include Roman Gothic, a Celtic variation, Chicano...

They're on the edge of glory, and the edge of an art museum, as cliff divers come to Boston

Jun. 08, 2024 20:28 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Rhiannan Iffland stepped to the edge of a platform nearly seven stories above Boston Harbor, thousands of cheering fans packed onto docks, roofs and sidewalks below, and soared through the air with the city's skyline disappearing behind her as she rocketed toward the tea-brown...

Rare 7-foot fish washed ashore on Oregon's coast garners worldwide attention

Jun. 07, 2024 17:13 PM EDT

GEARHART, Ore. (AP) — A massive rare fish thought to only live in temperate waters in the southern hemisphere has washed up on Oregon's northern coast, drawing crowds of curious onlookers intrigued by the unusual sight. The 7.3-foot (2.2 meter) hoodwinker sunfish first appeared on...

YouTuber charged for having a helicopter blast a Lamborghini with fireworks, authorities say

Jun. 07, 2024 11:28 AM EDT

A YouTuber who specializes in “car shenanigans” is facing federal charges after authorities said he directed a video in which two people in a helicopter blasted fireworks at a speeding Lamborghini from above. Alex Choi, 24, is charged with causing the placement of an explosive or...

Giraffe's nibble turns into airborne safari adventure for Texas toddler

Jun. 06, 2024 16:27 PM EDT

GLEN ROSE, Texas (AP) — A Texas family got a brief scare when a nibble from a giraffe turned a 2-year-old’s safari visit into an airborne adventure. Paisley Toten was in the bed of a pickup truck on June 1 when her family drove through the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, where...