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Seller of synthetic marijuana sentenced to 7 years in prison

Jan. 23, 2020 9:19 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The operator of a Chicago convenience store who sold illegal synthetic marijuana laced with rat poisoning was sentenced Thursday to seven years in prison by a federal judge. Fouad Masoud pleaded guilty in September to drug conspiracy for selling the illegal substance, sometimes called K2,...

Cold-stunned sea turtles wash ashore on North Carolina coast

Jan. 22, 2020 4:41 PM EST

HATTERAS, N.C. (AP) — More than 100 sea turtles stunned by recent cold temperatures have washed up on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, the National Park Service said. The agency said on its Facebook page on Wednesday that approximately 95 green and Kemp's ridley turtles washed ashore on Tuesday on the...

Chronic wasting disease cases on the rise in North Dakota

Jan. 22, 2020 10:44 AM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Cases of chronic wasting disease are growing significantly in North Dakota's deer herd with eight additional cases discovered after the fall deer hunt, wildlife officials said. The state Game and Fish Department said that brings the number of confirmed cases in hunted deer to 24 since...

Vaccine fights 'swamp cancer' among Chincoteague wild ponies

Jan. 22, 2020 9:30 AM EST

CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. (AP) — A vaccination program to protect a Virginia island's wild horses from a swamp disease that killed seven ponies in 2018 is showing encouraging results, the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company said. The fire company, which manages the herd, said it will continue giving yearly...

Attacking coyote that was strangled by victim had rabies

Jan. 22, 2020 9:27 AM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A coyote that was strangled by a man after attacking his child had rabies, and it may not be the only one, according to the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. Police said they believe the coyote attacked a vehicle on a road in Hampton Falls, bit a 62-year-old woman and her dogs...

Dog found to have fungal disease was rescued from Southwest

Jan. 21, 2020 10:47 AM EST

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — A University of New Hampshire pathologist recently diagnosed a fungal disease called Valley Fever in a rescue dog from Arizona, the school said in a news release Tuesday. It was the first time the school's veterinary lab had diagnosed the disease in a dog in New Hampshire. The disease,...

Police: Dad strangles coyote to defend family under attack

Jan. 21, 2020 10:11 AM EST

EXETER, N.H. (AP) — A coyote attacked a pair of dogs, bit a woman and skirmished with a vehicle before being killed by a father defending his family on a walk Monday, police said. The same coyote is likely connected to three attacks that happened relatively close together and throughout the course of an...

‘A phenomenal miracle’: Connecticut man survives EEE

Jan. 21, 2020 7:07 AM EST

COLCHESTER, Conn. (AP) — One day last August, Richard Pawulski was doing yardwork in his family's lush, wooded backyard in Colchester, when he was bitten by a mosquito. Pawulski, a healthy 42-year-old husband, father and physical therapist, had no idea he had been bitten, or that the mosquito that bit him...

Police: Coyote attacks woman, child, dogs and even a vehicle

Jan. 20, 2020 4:38 PM EST

EXETER, N.H. (AP) — A coyote attacked a pair dogs, bit a woman and skirmished with a vehicle before being killed by a father defending his family on a walk on Monday, police said. The Kensington Police Department believes the same coyote was responsible for attacking a vehicle on a roadway in Hampton...

Puppy at Texas animal shelter tests positive for rabies

Jan. 18, 2020 5:20 PM EST

STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) — Texas health officials say a 6-month-old puppy at an animal shelter in Stephenville has tested positive for rabies and anyone who interacted with the dog should be tested. The Texas Department of State Health Services said in a news release that the tan and white lab mix was...