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Bear cub rescued after getting head stuck in plastic jug

Jul. 01, 2022 12:16 PM EDT

HARWINTON, Conn. (AP) — Wildlife biologists in Connecticut had to rescue a bear cub that got its head stuck in a plastic container, state wildlife officials said. The misadventure happened June 23 when a mother bear with three cubs knocked over a garbage can in the town of...

Coney Island's Luna Park to expand, introduce 3 attractions

Jun. 30, 2022 12:23 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, step right up and witness Coney Island’s Luna Park like you’ve never seen it before. The beachfront tourist destination will soon be introducing three new attractions and pedestrian plazas on several acres along the iconic...

Big cats in urban jungle: LA mountain lions, Mumbai leopards

Jun. 30, 2022 02:43 AM EDT

Los Angeles and Mumbai, India, share many superlatives as pinnacles of cinema, fashion, and traffic congestion. But another similarity lurks in the shadows, most often seen at night walking silently on four paws. These metropolises are the world’s only megacities of 10 million-plus...

Poisonous bite leads German police to farm with 110 snakes

Jun. 26, 2022 16:12 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Police in Germany said Sunday they discovered more than 110 dangerous snakes on a farm after a woman who lived there sought medical treatment for a poisonous bite. The 35-year-old woman drove to a hospital in Salzgitter, near Hannover, early Sunday and told doctors...

NASA: Give us back our moon dust and cockroaches

Jun. 23, 2022 17:35 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — NASA wants its moon dust and cockroaches back. The space agency has asked Boston-based RR Auction to halt the sale of moon dust collected during the 1969 Apollo 11 mission that had subsequently been fed to cockroaches during an experiment to determine if the lunar...

Cambodian catches world's largest recorded freshwater fish

Jun. 20, 2022 22:52 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — The world’s largest recorded freshwater fish, a giant stingray, has been caught in the Mekong River in Cambodia, according to scientists from the Southeast Asian nation and the United States. The stingray, captured on June 13, measured almost 4 meters (13 feet)...

Utah couple turning heads by training water buffalo

Jun. 20, 2022 17:24 PM EDT

MENDON, Utah (AP) — A Utah couple is turning heads by training a unique animal that they’ve grown to love like family - water buffalo. Mary Heers said her love for water buffalo started when she was a young girl. “In the beginning I think I saw a picture of a...

Burmese python hunt in Florida Everglades slated for August

Jun. 16, 2022 13:31 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Flanked by a huge writhing snake, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced on Thursday that the annual prize-winning hunt for invasive Burmese pythons in the Florida Everglades will begin Aug. 5. People must register to participate and complete an online training course for the...

Pakistani govt chided for 'Drink less tea, save money' plea

Jun. 16, 2022 00:16 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A minister in Pakistan's newly elected government faced criticism Wednesday following his plea to the nation to drink less tea to help save on imports amid a deepening economic crisis. Pakistan is among the world's top tea importers, a hugely popular drink among...

Small plane makes emergency landing near downtown Anchorage

Jun. 14, 2022 19:26 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A small airplane made an emergency landing on a street near downtown Anchorage after it ran out of fuel, officials said. A Cessna 150 on a training flight was attempting to return to the city’s small plane airport when it made the landing in a commercial...