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Dallas Zoo giraffe named after Cowboys' Jason Witten dies

Jun. 19, 2019 12:50 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Officials say a 1-year-old giraffe at the Dallas Zoo that was named after Cowboys tight end Jason Witten died during a medical exam. Zoo officials tweeted that Witten the giraffe stopped breathing Monday during a medical exam to prepare him for transfer to a zoo in Canada for a breeding...

Racehorse takes lead, dies at Laurel Park; Maryland's 12th

Jun. 18, 2019 8:12 AM EDT

LAUREL, Md. (AP) — A 5-year-old horse died of a suspected heart attack during a race at Laurel Park, the 12th racehorse to die in Maryland this year. The Baltimore Sun reports the mare named Follow the Petals collapsed on Sunday immediately after she had taken the lead in her race. The jockey was unharmed....

Missouri agency seeks input on rules to combat deer disease

Jun. 9, 2019 11:48 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Department of Conservation is proposing new rules on the handling of deer carcasses in an effort to combat chronic wasting disease. The department's Conservation Commission is seeking public comments through early August on the proposed regulations that would further...

Seoul: NKorea ignores calls for joint African swine efforts

Jun. 5, 2019 3:31 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea said Wednesday North Korea has so far ignored its calls for joint efforts to stem the spread of highly contagious African swine fever following an outbreak near North Korea's border with China. South Korea's agricultural ministry said that blood tests of pigs from some...

Brazil suspends beef exports to China due to 'mad cow' case

Jun. 3, 2019 7:07 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil is suspending beef exports to China after confirming a case of "mad cow disease," describing it as an isolated instance with no evidence of any widespread outbreak. A spokesperson for Brazil's agriculture ministry said Monday the suspension of exports was implemented...

30 dead deer found at Utah landfill starved, died of disease

May. 31, 2019 2:48 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah officials have determined that more than 30 deer found near a landfill in northeastern Utah died from starvation, diseases and other causes. The Division of Wildlife Resources said Friday said officials found plastic bags and latex gloves in some of the deers' remains but say the...

Seoul: North Korea confirms African swine fever outbreak

May. 31, 2019 5:09 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea said Friday that it is scrambling to prevent the spread of the highly contagious African swine fever on its pig industry after North Korea confirmed an outbreak at a farm near its border with China. South Korea's agriculture ministry said North Korea reported to the...

Ex-Jaguars linebacker arrested on domestic violence charge

May. 29, 2019 7:30 PM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Former Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Blair Brown has been arrested on a domestic violence charge. Brown turned himself in Wednesday, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, and was expected to remain in the Duval County Jail until his first appearance before a judge...

Suspected mountain lion attack injures California boy

May. 28, 2019 8:05 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Wildlife officers said Tuesday that they killed a mountain lion in a San Diego County nature preserve and will try to determine if it was the animal that injured a 4-year-old boy during a group hike a few hours earlier. The boy was hospitalized following the attack Monday and treated for...

Tony Horwitz, 'Confederates in the Attic' author, dies at 60

May. 28, 2019 3:15 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Tony Horwitz, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and the best-selling author of "Confederates in the Attic," has died. He was 60. Horwitz died Monday of apparent cardiac arrest in Washington, D.C., Sarah Hutson, a spokeswoman for his publisher, Penguin Press, said in an email. He had been on...