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FILE - In this Sept.2, 2019 file photo, shepherd Romain Jaurigueberry brings dead sheep to sub-prefecture of Bayonne, southwestern France, to protests against the rising bear attacks on sheep herds in Pyrenees mountains. Farmers who raise sheep for milk and meat high in the Pyrenees mountains are rejoicing after French President Emmanuel Macron promises them that he'll not authorize the release into the wild of any more bears responsible for increasingly deadly attacks on herders' flocks. (AP Photo Bob Edme, File)

Grrrrr! Angry herders secure bear ban from France's Macron

Jan. 15, 2020 1:23 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — The bears have cute names — Bubble, Feather, Snowflake and the like — and look so soft and huggable when caught on video by remote cameras that study their habits. But to herders high in the Pyrenees mountains of southwest France, the animals are stone-cold killers, ravaging...

FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2019, file photo, members of the Vatican Athletics sports team run for the media in front of St. Peter's basilica, at the Vatican. The Vatican launched the official track team, complete with Swiss Guards, priests and nuns. The team is part of the Holy See’s effort to use sports as an instrument for dialogue, peace and solidarity.  (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)

Sports quirks in 2019: Golf balls, oddballs, watches, pants

Dec. 30, 2019 12:17 PM EST

Sometimes the general managers and player personnel directors on Mount Olympus look down on some lucky soul and declare: This is your moment. Consider Dale Cohen, a 62-year-old shift worker at a plastics company and a golfer from Findlay, Ohio. He made two holes-in-one in the same round. The Courier newspaper...

SAfrican cyclist left with broken arm after park incident

Dec. 28, 2019 11:08 AM EST

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South African cyclist and Olympic hopeful Nicholas Dlamini has suffered a broken left arm while being detained at Cape Town's Table Mountain National Park by rangers who were accused of being unnecessarily aggressive and heavy-handed. Part of Friday's incident was captured...