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Nightbird Restaurant chef and owner Kim Alter, left, mimics giving a hug to nurse practitioner Sydney Gressel, center, and patient care technician Matt Phillips after delivering dinner to them at University of California at San Francisco Benioff Children's Hospital in San Francisco, March 27, 2020. A group of tech-savvy, entrepreneurial San Francisco friends wanted to help two groups devastated by the coronavirus pandemic. They came up with a plan that involved soliciting donations, tapping friends in the restaurant world and getting San Francisco hospitals to accept free food cooked up by some of the city's top chefs. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Not so random acts: Science finds that being kind pays off

Jul. 2, 2020 11:08 AM EDT

Acts of kindness may not be that random after all. Science says being kind pays off. Research shows that acts of kindness make us feel better and healthier. Kindness is also key to how we evolved and survived as a species, scientists say. We are hard-wired to be kind. Kindness “is as bred in our bones as...

Crew members of a Russian cargo ship take a bus to hospital for their treatment as quarantine officers wearing protective gears stand at the Gamcheon Port in Busan, South Korea, Tuesday, June 23, 2020. South Korea said it was testing more than a hundred workers at the southern port of Busan following a virus outbreak among crew members of a Russian cargo ship. (Cho Jung-ho/Yonhap via AP)

The Latest: SKorea continues upward trend in new infections

Jun. 23, 2020 10:24 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea __ South Korea has reported 51 additional cases of the coronavirus over the past 24 hours, a continuation of an upward trend in new infections. The figures released Wednesday by the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention took the country’s total to 12,535 with 281 deaths. It...

The 3-year old panda cub Xiang Xiang is seen at the reopened Ueno Zoo in Tokyo Tuesday, June 23, 2020. Hundreds of Tokyo residents flocked to Ueno zoo on Tuesday after it reopened for the first time since it closed in February due to coronavirus restrictions. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Asia Today: Virus sets off new school closures in Australia

Jun. 23, 2020 8:52 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australia’s Victoria state has recorded 17 new cases of COVID-19, resulting in the closing of two primary schools in Melbourne. State Premier Daniel Andrews said there would be “significant community transmission” among the new cases. Andrews said one of the...

FILE - This Monday, April 8, 2019 file photo, shows the panda Xing Er at Copenhagen Zoo. Xing Er, one of Copenhagen Zoo’s giant pandas, escaped from its enclosure, Monday June 8, 2020, and roamed the park before staff were able to sedate it and bring it back. (Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix via AP)

Panda escapes from enclosure at Danish zoo; returned safely

Jun. 8, 2020 6:59 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — One of Copenhagen Zoo’s giant pandas escaped from its enclosure early Monday and roamed the park before staff were able to sedate it and bring it back. Xing Er, a 7-year-old male who arrived at the zoo last year, was seen on surveillance video breaking out of the newly...

Contract Alaska pipeline worker mauled by black bear

Jun. 2, 2020 7:22 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A contract worker for the trans-Alaska pipeline system was mauled by a bear and seriously injured while running on a public road near a pump station, a spokesperson for the pipeline operator said Tuesday. The incident occurred Friday evening on a route used for recreation by employees...

In this Sept. 12, 2019 photo, provided by Patsy Fulhorst-Kirtland, students at Yosemite Valley School work on their school newspaper in Yosemite National Park, Calif. Yosemite National Park has been closed to the public for nearly three months and a few dozen lucky kids have had it mostly to themselves. They are student journalists who put out the Yosemite Valley School newspaper, the product of one of America’s most historic and unique public schools.   (Patsy Fulhorst-Kirtland via AP)

Dispatches from Yosemite: Alone with the bears and beauty

May. 31, 2020 1:16 PM EDT

The glacier-carved valleys of Yosemite National Park have been closed to the public for nearly three months and a few dozen lucky kids have had it mostly to themselves. Locked down amid cascading waterfalls and giant sequoias, the kids and their families have passed afternoons hiking empty trails, rafting in the...

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...

Authorities: Bear attacks mountain biker in southern Montana

May. 26, 2020 12:44 AM EDT

BILLINGS, Montana (AP) — A mountain biker was attacked by a grizzly bear Monday near the southern Montana community of Big Sky, according to authorities. Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks spokesperson Morgan Jacobsen told the Billings Gazette that the man was able to walk away and find help. He was...

Bear in Erie backyard tree removed, to be released elsewhere

May. 24, 2020 9:12 PM EDT

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — State game commission wardens in northwestern Pennsylvania tranquilized and removed a 127-pound bear from a neighborhood in the city of Erie over the weekend. Erie police and game wardens were called to the east Erie neighborhood at about 2:30 p.m. Saturday after the animal was spotted in...

In this Monday, May 18, 2020 photo, visitors watch as Old Faithful erupts on the day the park partially reopened after a two-month shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, at Yellowstone National Park, Wyo. Officials at Yellowstone and other national parks plan to let tourists mostly police themselves and not intervene much to enforce social distancing. (Ryan Dorgan/Jackson Hole News & Guide via AP)

National parks hope visitors comply with virus measures

May. 24, 2020 12:17 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A man pets a wild bison on the head. Rescuers pull a treasure seeker from a snowy canyon. A woman taking photos stumbles into scalding water. Visitors to Yellowstone National Park often leave common sense and situational awareness at home, as those examples in the past year show. Now,...