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Florida woman charged with making threats to K9 memorial

Jan. 14, 2019 5:33 AM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman is facing felony charges after authorities say she threatened a mass shooting on Facebook at a memorial service for a police K9 dog killed in the line of duty. News outlets reported Sunday that 66-year-old Jill Hoffman was arrested after posting more than 100...

Man bitten by lion barred from California zoo

Jan. 11, 2019 7:43 PM EST

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A robber who climbed into a California zoo and was bitten by a lion has been sentenced to probation and told he can't go anywhere near the zoo. The Fresno Bee says Julio Mendez was sentenced Friday — not for trespassing at the Chaffee Zoo in Fresno but for second-degree robbery...

Pet owners warned after dog dies from apparent coyote attack

Jan. 11, 2019 2:46 PM EST

WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — Police in Warwick are warning residents to keep track of their pets after a dog was killed earlier this week in an apparent coyote attack. Authorities say the 9-year-old cairn terrier had to be put down after suffering injuries in Wednesday night's mauling. Police said the attack...

New Mexico land boss bans killing contests on trust land

Jan. 10, 2019 11:06 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard said Thursday she won't allow coyote killing contests on millions of acres of land managed by her agency. Garcia Richard, who took office at the beginning of the year and is the first woman in the state's history to hold the...

Memorial scheduled for police K-9 who died in line of duty

Jan. 10, 2019 4:53 AM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A memorial service is scheduled for a Florida police K-9 killed in the line of duty during a Christmas Eve shooting. The Palm Beach Post reports that the public service will be held Thursday morning at the Coral Sky Amphitheatre in suburban West Palm Beach. A Palm Beach County...

California surfer survives shark attack, gets 50 stitches

Jan. 10, 2019 3:17 AM EST

LOS OSOS, Calif. (AP) — A surfer suffered leg bites but survived a shark attack on California's Central Coast after kicking the massive fish away. Nick Wapner, 19, was bitten on Tuesday morning while he was surfing with friends off Montana de Oro State Park, the Tribune of San Luis Obispo reported. The...

Oklahoma governor candidate's murder-for-hire trial delayed

Jan. 8, 2019 2:29 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The attempted murder-for-hire trial of an ex-Oklahoma zookeeper and one-time Libertarian candidate for governor has been postponed. Court documents filed Dec. 21 show a federal judge agreed to a defense request for more time to prepare and rescheduled the trial of Joseph...

Mountain lion killed near North Dakota capital's downtown

Jan. 8, 2019 2:25 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A mountain lion that wildlife officials had tracked last fall before it thwarted their efforts was shot and killed Tuesday after wandering into an area not far from the North Dakota state capital city's downtown. Mountain lion sightings in the state's cities are rare — the last...

CDC: Virginia woman died from rabies after 2017 India trip

Jan. 7, 2019 9:12 AM EST

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have confirmed that a Virginia woman who died in 2017 contracted rabies from a dog bite in India. The Daily Progress reports the CDC released a report on Friday cautioning travelers to get the rabies vaccine. The 65-year-old was...

Audit: Failings in training factored into St. Paul K-9 bites

Jan. 4, 2019 5:15 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — An audit of the St. Paul Police Department's K-9 unit shows widespread failings in training, supervision and record keeping contributed to dog attacks on bystanders. The audit was ordered in July as the city placed restrictions on K-9 use after three high-profile bites of innocent...