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Chickens to be culled after bird flu found on Dutch farm

Oct. 29, 2020 9:25 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — More than 35,000 chickens are to be culled at a Dutch farm after a highly pathogenic strain of bird flu was discovered there, the agriculture ministry announced Thursday. The outbreak came despite the government last week ordering all birds on poultry farms to be kept indoors...

Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy yells during the first half of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)

Bears star receiver Robinson in NFL's concussion protocol

Oct. 28, 2020 4:35 PM EDT

Already struggling on offense, the Chicago Bears might have to get by without their top playmaker. Star receiver Allen Robinson is in the NFL's concussion protocol, throwing his status for this week's game against the New Orleans Saints into question. He was hurt late in their lopsided loss to the Los Angeles...

Bird flu fears: Dutch farms ordered to keep poultry indoors

Oct. 22, 2020 2:23 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch government said Thursday it is ordering poultry farms to keep their birds indoors after six wild swans were found recently dead and tests on two of the birds came back positive for a highly pathogenic strain of bird flu. The order was set to come into force at...

Bat rehabilitator saves 'underdog' amid fear, disease

Oct. 10, 2020 3:05 AM EDT

MARIETTA, Pa. (AP) — Her epiphany came in a dark, abandoned building in nowhere Texas. She knew, s she sat alone that night, that she would become "Batwoman." It's been 30 years of work now for Rosemarie Curcio, one of only a handful of licensed, bat rehabilitators in the state and possibly the only one in...

LSU head coach Ed Orgeron congratulates players after a score against Vanderbilt in the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. LSU won 41-7. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

The Latest: Browns can have 12,000 fans for Indy game

Oct. 5, 2020 8:05 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The Cleveland Browns can have 12,000 fans — double the number from their first two games — inside FirstEnergy Stadium for this week’s home game against Indianapolis. The team is being granted the increase by...

A grey seal swims in Casco Bay, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, off Portland, Maine. Seals, especially grey seals, are being blamed for attracting sharks and for stealing from commercial fishermen. Critics say the increased seal population will hurt the economy and scare off tourists. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Conservation success or pests? Seals spark passionate debate

Oct. 5, 2020 9:21 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Nick Muto has fished up and down the New England coast and there is nothing that gets his blood boiling more than the sight of a seal. Muto, whose two boats fish for groundfish such as skate and monkfish as well as lobster, is among a growing group of anglers, beach goers and local...

Vice President Mike Pence arrives at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta, Ga., Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Pence ordered borders closed after CDC experts refused

Oct. 3, 2020 2:22 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence in March directed the nation’s top disease control agency to use its emergency powers to effectively seal the U.S. borders, overruling the agency’s scientists who said there was no evidence the action would slow the coronavirus, according to two...

Wildlife vets take samples from dead elephants found in Hwange National park, Zimbabwe, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020. A spokesman for Zimbabwe's national parks said on Wednesday, Sept. 2 the number of elephants dying in the country's west from a suspected bacterial infection, possibly from eating poisonous plants, has risen to 22 and more deaths are expected. (AP Photo)

Zimbabwe elephants died from bacterial disease, say experts

Sep. 28, 2020 1:11 PM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Parks authorities in Zimbabwe said Monday that the recent deaths of elephants have been caused by a bacterial disease that has previously affected elephants in Asia and other animals in southern Africa, although more tests will still be carried out. Fulton Mangwanya, the...

Night vision, infrared approved for hunting furbearers

Sep. 27, 2020 2:03 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Game Commission has approved the use of night vision and infrared (thermal) optics in the hunting of furbearers, animals traditionally trapped or hunted for their pelts. Commissioners gave final approval during a brief online meeting Saturday to the change, which...

Congressman accuses opponent of harassment over 2015 memoir

Sep. 25, 2020 7:14 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Democratic Wisconsin congressman on Friday accused his Republican opponent of sexual harassment over a 2015 memoir in which the former Navy Seal wrote of exposing a male lieutenant's genitals to two female junior officers while the lieutenant was being treated for poison oak at a...