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Pair face fines after taking raccoon into pet store

Jun. 23, 2022 13:13 PM EDT

ATTICA, N.Y. (AP) — A New York man and woman face fines of $500 each after they took a raccoon to a pet store to shop for food and a store worker ratted them out, authorities said. A state Department of Environmental Conservation police officer got an urgent call from the Erie...

Hundreds of birds wash up on island, officials fear bird flu

Jun. 21, 2022 13:41 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Hundreds of dead birds have washed up on Martha's Vineyard and animal control officials there think a highly contagious strain of avian flu may be responsible. The Tisbury Animal Control posted an “avian influenza warning” on social media Monday, telling residents...

Starving California pelicans released after rehabilitation

Jun. 17, 2022 18:11 PM EDT

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A dozen of the hundreds of brown pelicans found starving on the Southern California coast were released Friday after rehabilitation at a wildlife center. The pelicans were returned to the wild at Corona del Mar State Beach after treatment at the...

Oregon reports first probable case of monkeypox

Jun. 16, 2022 19:05 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon health officials have reported the first probable case of monkeypox in the state. The Oregon Health Authority said in a statement Thursday the case was in an adult male who had travelled to a community with confirmed cases. He remains isolated and is...

Bird flu outbreak waning but threat of virus lingers

Jun. 16, 2022 18:26 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A bird flu outbreak in the U.S. that led to the deaths of more than 40 million chickens and turkeys and contributed to a spike in egg and meat prices appears to be waning, but experts caution the virus hasn’t disappeared and worry another surge could take hold this fall. ...

Black Death's ancient origins traced to lake in Central Asia

Jun. 15, 2022 17:54 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Scientists in Europe say they have pinpointed the origins of the Black Death, a bacterial plague that wiped out half of the continent's population in the 14th century. The findings counter other theories that the disease — which caused repeated outbreaks into the...

Michigan lifts poultry show ban imposed to control bird flu

Jun. 13, 2022 12:06 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan has lifted a statewide ban on poultry and waterfowl exhibitions after 30 days passed with no new cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza in domestic birds. Bird shows can resume in the state, Michigan’s Department of Agriculture and Rural...

Bird flu arrives in Southwest after millions of birds die

Jun. 09, 2022 20:41 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona officials have confirmed the first cases in the Southwest of a bird flu that has led to the deaths of 37 million birds from commercial farms in the central and eastern U.S. The disease was spotted after tests by federal wildlife officials in three wild...

Oregon hospital COO ousted after criminal history found

Jun. 08, 2022 17:32 PM EDT

COOS BAY, Ore. (AP) — A recently hired Oregon hospital chief operations officer no longer holds the job after hospital officials say they learned he had been convicted and sentenced to five years in prison on charges of wire fraud and false representation of a Social Security number. ...

AG settles with housing provider over child with asthma

Jun. 07, 2022 15:55 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The owner of an affordable housing property in Boston and the property manager have agreed to pay $35,000 to settle allegations that they failed to adequately address secondhand smoke and a rodent infestation that negatively affected the health of a young tenant with asthma, the...