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Kemp says we can't fight virus from home as cases tick up

May. 27, 2020 5:54 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp said Wednesday that he wants to lift more restrictions on businesses as long as people continue to heed coronavirus guidance from officials and public health experts. The Republican governor’s comments came as state data shows the number of new daily infections...

In this Wednesday, May 20, 2020, photo provided by MSPCA-Angell, a 53-year-old tortoise named Ms. Jennifer stands among dandelions in Boston. The animal welfare organization put the tortoise up for adoption because the owner recently died of coronavirus. (Victoria Odynsky/MSPCA-Angell via AP)

53-year-old tortoise left homeless by COVID-19 gets new home

May. 27, 2020 4:02 PM EDT

A 53-year-old tortoise left homeless when its owner died of COVID-19 has been adopted by a loving new family. The tortoise, known as Ms. Jennifer, was put up for adoption last week by MSPCA-Angell, a Boston animal welfare organization. After widespread media coverage of her plight, the organization received more...

Editorial Roundup: Tennessee

May. 27, 2020 2:49 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Tennessee newspapers: ___ May 21 The Crossville Chronicle on a hospital that had been closed for more than a year receiving pandemic relief funds: The headlines were shocking. A hospital that had been closed more than a year received more than $120,000 in federal funds as part of the...

First African-American senior zookeeper at Maryland Zoo dies

May. 27, 2020 2:30 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Mary J. Wilson, the first African-American senior zookeeper at the Maryland Zoo of Baltimore and who specialized in the care of gorillas and elephants, has died after a battle with the coronavirus. She was 83. Mike McClure, the zoo’s general curator, confirmed Wednesday that Wilson...

Scallop fishing off New England to face some limitations

May. 27, 2020 1:58 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Scallop fishing off New England will be subject to some limitations for about 10 months, federal regulators say. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration closed the northern Gulf of Maine fishing area, which means vessels fishing under federal regulations can't fish for or possess...

A juvenile black bear roams through Fort Myers, Fla., Tuesday morning, May 26, 2020. The bear was eventually trapped by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers and will be relocated. (Andrew West/The News-Press via AP)

Glazed or jelly? Doughnuts lure city-roaming bear into trap

May. 27, 2020 1:40 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Glazed or jelly? A black bear roaming around a Florida city proved no match for the doughnuts that lured the animal into a humane trap. The Fort Myers News-Press reports that the juvenile 250-pound (113- kilogram) bear spent a good chunk of Tuesday morning meandering around the...

FILE - This April 10, 2020, file photo provided by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks shows a trio of grizzly cubs, orphaned after their mother was euthanized after biting a hiker south of Glacier National Park, in a kennel at Montana Wild in Helena, Mont. State and federal wildlife officials say the bears will soon be placed at Bearizona Wildlife Park in Williams, Ariz. At the time they were captured, the cubs were about 2.5 months old and weighed between 11 and 14 pounds (5 and 6 kilograms) said Mike Madel, a grizzly bear management specialist with the department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks. (Mike Madel/Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks via AP, File)

Trio of Montana orphaned grizzly cubs heading to Arizona zoo

May. 27, 2020 1:12 PM EDT

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A trio of grizzly bear cubs whose mother was killed after attacking a hiker in Montana have a new home at a zoo in Arizona, state and federal wildlife officials said. The bears will be placed at Bearizona Wildlife Park in Williams, Arizona. The facility is accredited by the...

Wisconsin hunters allowed to kill 10 elk, same as last year

May. 27, 2020 11:54 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — There will be no change in the number of elk that hunters can kill in Wisconsin this year, after the state Department of Natural Resources Board on Wednesday voted to keep the limit at 10. The board voted 5-2 to set the limit at the same as it was the last two seasons, going against...

State to try nonlethal measures after wolves attack cattle

May. 27, 2020 11:17 AM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Washington Fish and Wildlife said Friday it won’t shoot wolves in a small pack that has attacked three calves in rural northeastern Washington. The three attacks in fewer than 30 days crossed the threshold for the department to consider lethal removal. The department said...

FILE - In this Nov. 3, 2018, file photo, Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami signs his autograph on his novel

Author Murakami DJs 'Stay Home' radio show to lift spirits

May. 27, 2020 10:46 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Acclaimed Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami, hosting a special radio show from home, painted a brighter side of the world with his favorite music, and said the fight against the coronavirus is a challenge in figuring out ways to help and care for each other. The 71-year-old, known for...