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Zsa Zsa, the English bulldog, wins World's Ugliest Dog title

Jun. 24, 2018 3:44 AM EDT

PETALUMA, Calif. (AP) — A 9-year-old English bulldog was named the winner of the 2018 World's Ugliest Dog contest in the San Francisco Bay Area. Zsa Zsa won the title Saturday night at the Sonoma-Marin Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma. The dog's owner Megan Brainard of Anoka, Minnesota, will receive...

The Latest: English bulldog Zsa Zsa wins Ugliest Dog contest

Jun. 23, 2018 11:35 PM EDT

PETALUMA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the annual World's Ugliest Dog Contest in Northern California (all times local): 8:23 p.m. A 9-year-old English bulldog was named the winner of the 2018 World's Ugliest Dog contest in the San Francisco Bay Area. Zsa Zsa won the title Saturday in the competition where...

Democrats want US Interior Department staff moves explained

Jun. 22, 2018 7:10 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Democrats in Congress pressed U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Friday to explain the reassignments of dozens of senior agency officials, most recently Yellowstone National Park's superintendent, who was offered an unwanted transfer and then told he'd be gone in August. A group...

Rare jaguar seen in Arizona mountains feared dead

Jun. 22, 2018 7:05 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A nonprofit devoted to protecting jaguars believes one that was spotted in Arizona mountains in recent years has since died. Tucson-based Northern Jaguar Project obtained a photo of a jaguar pelt and provided it to the Arizona Daily Star, the newspaper reported . "We're very upset that...

Grief therapy dog comforts people at Missouri funeral home

Jun. 22, 2018 5:05 PM EDT

TROY, Mo. (AP) — After only four hours of sleep, Melissa Moran was exhausted by the time she reached the funeral home to make arrangements for her mother's service. To Moran's surprise, a grief therapy dog was waiting for her and her family at the door. Yeti, a 2-year-old goldendoodle, sat quietly while...

Police: Bear mauling official cause of Alaska man's death

Jun. 22, 2018 4:28 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Police in Alaska's largest city say a bear mauling was the official cause of a missing hiker's death. The body of Michael Soltis was found Wednesday near the site where a member of his search party also was attacked by a brown bear near the Anchorage suburb of Eagle River....

Whale strikes Alaska ferry, may have suffered mortal injury

Jun. 22, 2018 4:00 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Authorities in Alaska say a whale struck the side of a state ferry traveling a scheduled route between Homer and Kodiak, possibly sustaining mortal injuries. The ferry itself sustained damage to its starboard fin stabilizer, an element that helps make for a more comfortable ride in...

Campers, bear escape Montana flood as severe weather hits US

Jun. 22, 2018 2:49 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Helicopters rescued people stranded by flooding in Texas and Montana, including 140 children and counselors stuck in a mountain bible camp for two days, as severe storms swept the Rockies and the Midwest. Campers attending the Montana Wilderness School of the Bible near the small town...

Delta bans pit bulls as service dogs, sparks backlash

Jun. 22, 2018 2:11 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Delta Air Lines says it's no longer allowing passengers to fly with "pit bull type" dogs as service or support animals, a policy that's being met with criticism by groups that train service dogs and the people who use them. The Atlanta-based airline describes its ban as an "enhancement" to...

California officials call for endangered listing for marten

Jun. 22, 2018 2:09 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A cat-sized, weasel-like animal whose habitat in forests along California's northern coast is under threat from marijuana cultivation should receive endangered species status, state fish and wildlife officials said. The Humboldt marten — a relative of minks and otters...