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A rat in a haystack: Barn hunts test dogs' hunting skills

Jan. 26, 2020 12:02 AM EST

DOWNSVILLE, La. (AP) — On a rainy afternoon in Downsville, Louisiana, a border collie named Mickey pawed at a pile of hay to notify her owner, Karla Gracia, she'd found her quarry. "Rat!" Gracia yelled, then carefully lifted a rodent-laden PVC tube from the hay horizontally, handed the tube off to someone...

Galveston marks 100 years since deadly plague outbreak

Jan. 18, 2020 1:01 AM EST

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — It’s been 100 years since the Black Death came to Galveston. A seaport city that has seen more than its share of death and destruction, the island is approaching one of the most gruesome anniversaries in its long history: a 1920 plague outbreak that left more than a dozen...

Officials clear a makeshift homeless camp citing a hazard to health early Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, in downtown Denver. More than 30 tents had been put up by homeless individuals in a park across from the State Capitol in the past two weeks. The park is being shut down because officials say it's become infested with rats. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Denver park where homeless camp closed because of rats

Jan. 15, 2020 5:49 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — A park across from the state Capitol where homeless people have been camping was shut down Wednesday because officials say it has become infested with rats. Over 30 tents lined the edge of the park in the morning. Footage from KDVR-TV showed police officers going from tent to tent to let...

In this undated photo released by New Zealand Department of Conservation, Flint, the rat-detecting dog and its handler Richard Johnston ride on a boat near the Tennyson Inlet Islands in New Zealand. Flint was on a remote island between New Zealand and Antarctica as part of a mission involving the military when a sealion charged at him. He got spooked and ran away, and couldn’t be found by a military helicopter. The team was forced to leave him behind on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019. But he was rescued on Friday, Nov. 29 after a helicopter crew flew to the island and found he’d walked back to the base.  (New Zealand Department of Conservation via AP)

Dog spooked by sealion is rescued from remote Pacific island

Nov. 29, 2019 2:31 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Things first started to go wrong for Flint the rat-sniffing dog when a sealion charged at him. It emerged from the scrub, lurching and bellowing, full of aggression. Spooked, he ran from his handler and no amount of calling or whistling could lure him back. Flint was lost and...