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Rangers righty Farrell returns after broken jaw, concussion

Aug. 23, 2019 8:14 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Texas reliever Luke Farrell, out since being hit in the face by line drive in spring training, was activated from the 60-day injured list by the Rangers before their game Friday against the White Sox. The 28-year-old right-hander has spent the entire season rehabbing since suffering a...

55 Yellowstone bison moved to Montana Indian reservation

Aug. 23, 2019 6:49 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park has transferred 55 wild bison to a Montana Indian reservation under a program that aims to establish new disease-free herds of the animals, park and tribal officials said Friday. The male bison, also known as buffalo, were transferred in trailers and...

Deer virus confirmed in 1 Kentucky county

Aug. 23, 2019 5:11 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources says a deadly virus has been found in a white-tailed deer in the state. The agency said the white-tailed female deer recovered from Graves County in western Kentucky tested positive for hemorrhagic disease, sometimes referred to...

Meet Donna Mowery, the bat-rescue queen of greater St. Louis

Aug. 23, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Mo. (AP) — Donna Mowery really ought to have her own bat signal. In the last seven years, Mowery has become the go-to bat rehabilitation expert for greater St. Louis, helping panicked people remove bats from homes and answering nonstop calls to take in bats in need. "Someone's got to do...

Cyberattacks on Texas cities put other governments on guard

Aug. 22, 2019 5:14 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Cyberattacks that recently crippled nearly two dozen Texas cities have put other local governments on guard, offering the latest evidence that hackers can halt routine operations by locking up computers and public records and demanding steep ransoms. Government agencies that fail to keep...

Dead eels showing up on shores of northern Lake Champlain

Aug. 22, 2019 8:50 AM EDT

SWANTON, Vt. (AP) — Biologists are trying to figure out why American eels are washing up dead on the shores of northern Lake Champlain. Vermont Public Radio reports at least 15 dead eels have appeared from Swanton south to Milton in the past few weeks. State Fish and Wildlife Department fisheries biologist...

Delaware official defends lifeguards' handling of sick shark

Aug. 21, 2019 9:17 AM EDT

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) — Lifeguards at a Delaware beach drew criticism for placing a 4-foot-long (1.2-meter-long) dying shark into a trash can, but a beach official says guards acted in the interest of public safety. The Delaware News Journal reports an unresponsive shark that washed up on Rehoboth...

Bald eagles to be released after being nursed back to health

Aug. 21, 2019 4:50 AM EDT

POQUOSON, Va. (AP) — The Wildlife Center of Virginia plans to release three bald eagles into the wild this week after they were nursed back to health. The first eagle is a juvenile bird spotted on the ground in Poquoson in June. Veterinary staff treated the hatch-year bird for anemia, dehydration,...

Ohio to put raccoon-rabies vaccination baits in 14 counties

Aug. 21, 2019 1:31 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's Department of Health is set to begin oral raccoon-rabies vaccination operations in 14 northeast Ohio counties. The department says the annual fall baiting operations done in partnership with federal and local agencies will begin on or around Friday, weather permitting. The...

Urgency for vaccine grows as virus ravages China's pigs

Aug. 21, 2019 12:27 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Scientists are working to develop a vaccine to help guard the world's pork supply as a deadly virus ravages Asia's pig herds. Farmers have long contained its spread by quarantining and killing infected animals, but the disease's devastating march into East Asia is intensifying the search for...