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Doctor: Stabbing by Navy SEAL could have killed prisoner

Jun. 24, 2019 8:11 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A pathologist testified Monday at a Navy SEAL's murder trial that a wounded Islamic State militant in Iraq could have died from a stabbing described by other witnesses. Dr. Frank Sheridan said he couldn't determine a cause of death because of a lack of evidence. There was no body, no...

2nd deer with chronic wasting disease found in Libby

Jun. 23, 2019 4:20 PM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A second white-tailed deer in the northwestern Montana town of Libby has tested positive for chronic wasting disease. The Missoulian reports that Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks personnel will be sampling deer killed by staff — and deer, elk and moose killed by hunters...

US agency seeks 'hosts' for rotting whales amid die-off

Jun. 21, 2019 4:10 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — So many gray whales are dying off the U.S. West Coast that scientists and volunteers dealing with the putrid carcasses have an urgent request for coastal residents: Lend us your private beaches so these ocean giants can rot in peace. The number of dead whales washing ashore in...

Millions of pigs culled as swine fever spreads through Asia

Jun. 21, 2019 12:53 AM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Millions of pigs have been culled in China and Vietnam as a U.N. food agency urges Asian governments to make containing virulent African swine fever their top priority. With an announcement by the U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization that infections have spread to Laos, some...

Asian nations scramble to contain pig disease outbreaks

Jun. 20, 2019 6:06 AM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Asian nations are scrambling to contain the spread of the highly contagious African swine fever with Vietnam culling 2.5 million pigs and China reporting more than a million dead in an unprecedentedly huge epidemic some governments fear has gone out of control. Smaller outbreaks have...

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....

Crazed raccoon attacks dogs in Charlotte's fifth rabies case

Jun. 14, 2019 8:33 AM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Health officials say two pet dogs attacked and killed a rabid raccoon, marking the fifth time this year a rabies-infected animal has been caught in the Charlotte area. Mecklenburg County Animal Control says the deranged raccoon wandered into a residential neighborhood Tuesday night...

Humane Society: Sick wildlife cases rising in Ann Arbor area

Jun. 10, 2019 5:43 AM EDT

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The Humane Society in the Ann Arbor area is reporting a rise in sick wildlife. The Humane Society of Huron Valley says its rescue department has responded to hundreds of emergency calls this year. Chief executive Tanya Hilgendorf says it's a "sad situation" for wildlife and can be a...

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...