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Scamp the Tramp wins World's Ugliest Dog Contest

Jun. 22, 2019 12:52 AM EDT

Scamp the Tramp will never win a beauty contest. But he's won an ugly one. The bug-eyed, dreadlocked pooch took top honors Friday night at the 31st annual World's Ugliest Dog Contest. Owner Yvonne Morones of Santa Rosa, California, won an appearance with Scamp on the "Today" show, $1,500 in cash, another $1,500...

The Latest: Scamp the Tramp wins California Ugly Dog Contest

Jun. 22, 2019 12:17 AM EDT

The Latest on the Ugly Dog Contest in California (all times local): 9:15 p.m. Scamp the Tramp's looks have made him a winner — but it wasn't a beauty contest. The snaggle-haired, bug-eyed pooch took the top prize Friday at the 31st annual World's Ugliest Dog contest in Petaluma, California. Owner Yvonne...

US agency seeks 'hosts' for rotting whales amid die-off

Jun. 21, 2019 4:10 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — So many gray whales are dying off the U.S. West Coast that scientists and volunteers dealing with the putrid carcasses have an urgent request for coastal residents: Lend us your private beaches so these ocean giants can rot in peace. The number of dead whales washing ashore in...

Council adds bow hunting to Iowa City plans for glut of deer

Jun. 20, 2019 10:19 AM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa City Council has added bow hunting to its plan for reducing the city's rapidly rising deer population. The Iowa Natural Resources Commission for years approved city plans to contract sharpshooters to trim back the herd. But the city's request for a new hunt by sharpshooters...

NC protection program says vandal dug up sea turtle nest

Jun. 20, 2019 10:15 AM EDT

OAK ISLAND, N.C. (AP) — Advocates for sea turtles say a hefty fine is in store for whoever dug into a nest of loggerhead sea turtle eggs in North Carolina. The Oak Island Sea Turtle Protection Program says the nest was tampered with on Monday. Sand was displaced from the covered hole, and it was burrowed...

Police checking whether Indiana dairy farm abuse was coerced

Jun. 19, 2019 10:19 AM EDT

FAIR OAKS, Ind. (AP) — A prosecutor says investigators are looking into whether an animal rights group worker coerced employees at a large northwestern Indiana dairy farm into the abuse of young calves that was captured on undercover video. Newton County Prosecutor Jeff Drinski says a witness has...

River herring will not be added to endangered species list

Jun. 19, 2019 12:46 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The federal government says two species of herring are not at risk of going extinct, and will not be listed under the Endangered Species Act. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the government has finished a review of the status of alewife and blueback herring...

Correction: Dogs Seized story

Jun. 15, 2019 10:55 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — In a story June 14 about more than 100 dogs and puppies seized because of alleged neglect, The Associated Press reported erroneously in a headline where the animals were seized. They were seized from a kennel, not a shelter. A corrected version of the story is below: 52 dogs, 53...

Zero elephants poached in a year in top Africa wildlife park

Jun. 15, 2019 8:31 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — One of Africa's largest wildlife preserves is marking a year without a single elephant found killed by poachers, which experts call an extraordinary development in an area larger than Switzerland where thousands of the animals have been slaughtered in recent years. The apparent...

Conservationists say endangered beetle species found in Ohio

Jun. 15, 2019 8:13 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — When she saw the plump orange-and-black insect crawling on the rotting rat corpse, Andrea Malek didn't know whether to cry, laugh or scream in celebration. After a double take, she did all three. It was a discovery 45 years in the making. Sitting at the bottom of her trap fashioned...