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Maryland using dogs to target alcohol in prisons

Jul. 25, 2021 14:57 PM EDT

HAGERSTOWN, M.D. (AP) — The state of Maryland has begun to deploy dogs to sniff out illicit alcohol in correctional facilities. Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services Secretary Robert Green told The Washington Post the new team of canines was created in...

Muhammad Ali’s grandson fighting to continue ‘family legacy’

Jul. 25, 2021 13:13 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nico Ali Walsh sat in a parking lot in Reno six years ago and pleaded with the greatest boxer of all time to tell him to stop fighting. He was 14, months into his amateur career and full of doubt if this future was for him. Growing up, he was always...

White House has whale conservation rule proposal for review

Jul. 25, 2021 11:16 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Proposed rules designed to protect a declining species of whale have arrived at the White House for review. The federal government is working on rules designed to reduce risk to North Atlantic right whales. The whales number only about 360. They...

Signs to be placed at ponds to protect native brook trout

Jul. 25, 2021 11:09 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Signs will be posted near eight Vermont ponds where the use of baitfish is prohibited to protect native brook trout, the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department said. “Wild native brook trout thrive in ponds where there are simple fish communities...

Rat nests contribute to fossil record in odd Wyoming cave

Jul. 25, 2021 10:15 AM EDT

NATURAL TRAP CAVE, Wyo. (AP) — It’s time to praise pack rats. The small rodents with big eyes are helping scientists decipher climate change deep inside a chilly Wyoming cave. “Pack rats compulsively gather all kinds of stuff in their nests —...

Disabled man says rat-infested camper is only housing option

Jul. 25, 2021 00:09 AM EDT

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — Stewart Buller, 54, has spent the last two months at a Lake Charles RV park, living in a rundown camper that has power, but no running water. Disabled for the last two years, he has to retrieve water from a nearby faucet, urinate in cups and defecate in buckets. ...

Nurse’s assistant combines passions for horses, medicine

Jul. 25, 2021 00:09 AM EDT

BEAVER, W.Va. (AP) — Sarah Dorsey knows the importance of making a connection. “I was diagnosed at the age of 10 with cardiomyopathy,” she said. “I’ve had to go through open heart surgeries. I have a pacemaker and a defibrillator so I’ve really been dealing...

Unvaccinated snow leopard at San Diego Zoo catches COVID-19

Jul. 24, 2021 17:38 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — An unvaccinated snow leopard at the San Diego Zoo has contracted COVID-19. Caretakers noticed that Ramil, a 9-year-old male snow leopard, had a cough and runny nose on Thursday. Later, two separate tests of his stool confirmed the presence of the...

Low oxygen levels off coast raise fears of marine dead zones

Jul. 24, 2021 14:01 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Low oxygen levels measured off the coast of Oregon and Washington are raising concerns of large “dead zones” that could decimate crabs and bottom-dwelling fish within them. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said this week that...

In Pennsylvania, a falconry permit takes a lot of work

Jul. 24, 2021 09:15 AM EDT

SOMERSET, Pa. (AP) — A hunting bond between humans and birds dating 4,000 years continues in Pennsylvania. Across the commonwealth, the Game Commission has 207 active permits for people who enjoy falconry. Falconry is a sport where a hunter partners with a bird of prey...