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Dallas-area woman mauled to death by her own pit bulls

Mar. 24, 2019 12:54 PM EDT

IRVING, Texas (AP) — Police say a Dallas-area woman was mauled to death by her two pit bull terriers as she tried to feed them at a veterinary clinic where the dogs were in quarantine for a prior attack. Irving police say 33-year-old Johana Villafane of Irving was pronounced dead Saturday at a Dallas...

Maine CDC looking for several people who handled rabid bat

Mar. 23, 2019 8:16 AM EDT

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — The Maine Center for Disease control is trying to locate several people who handled a rabid bat with their bare hands last weekend in Bangor. The Maine CDC says the live bat was found near the Shaw House, a youth shelter, and was passed among several individuals who held it with their...

Monkey birth a step to saving fertility of boys with cancer

Mar. 21, 2019 4:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists are closing in on a way to help young boys undergoing cancer treatment preserve their future fertility — and the proof is the first monkey born from the experimental technology. More and more people are surviving childhood cancer, but nearly 1 in 3 will be left infertile...

Wolf says $4.5B plan could help schools clean up lead paint

Mar. 21, 2019 2:14 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf is pitching his plan to finance a multibillion-dollar capital plan by taxing Marcellus Shale natural gas production as a way to help Pennsylvania schools clean up environmental health hazards. The Democrat on Thursday toured Taggart Elementary School in Philadelphia as he...

Utah advises horse owners to take precautions due to virus

Mar. 21, 2019 10:54 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah's state veterinarian is advising horse owners to limit travel for their animals and to take precautions because of multiple cases of an equine virus reported in neighboring Nevada. Dr. Barry Pittman says the cases reported in Nevada involve horses that traveled on rodeo circuits...

Chronic wasting confirmed in a captive elk in Clark County

Mar. 20, 2019 7:13 PM EDT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota's state veterinarian says chronic wasting disease has been confirmed in a captive elk in Clark County. Dustin Oedekoven said Wednesday the owner of the 21-month-old female elk noticed the animal was sick and contacted his veterinarian. The USDA's National Veterinary...

Officer responds after boy calls 911 over missing teddy bear

Mar. 20, 2019 5:08 PM EDT

WOODBRIDGE, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey police officer came to the rescue after a 12-year-old boy with autism who lost his teddy bear called 911 for help. Woodbridge Police Officer Khari Manzini arrived at Ryan Paul's home Saturday after the boy called and hung up the phone. Manzini says his training in...

German shorthaired pointer nips at heels of top dog breeds

Mar. 20, 2019 3:01 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Labrador retrievers aren't letting go of their hold on U.S. dog lovers, but German shorthaired pointers are tugging on the top ranks of doggy popularity, according to new American Kennel Club data. Labs topped the list for the 28th year in a row. Yet there's been plenty of movement over...

Former Bears cornerback to row Lake Michigan for charity

Mar. 20, 2019 5:42 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Former Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman says he has a fear of water, but it won't stop him from building a boat and rowing across Lake Michigan for childhood cancer research. Tillman told the Chicago Tribune he has never built anything before, nor does he have experience as a rower....

Indianapolis Zoo: Young elephant dies after brief illness

Mar. 19, 2019 7:26 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis Zoo says a 6-year-old African elephant has died there following a brief illness. The zoo announced the death of the elephant, Nyah, on Tuesday. The zoo said in a Facebook post that Nyah started showing signs of abdominal discomfort Sunday and veterinarians immediately...