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No Bull: German court rules dogs not too big to be miniature

By DAVID RISING | February 17, 2020

BERLIN (AP) — A German court has decided a Duesseldorf dog dispute, ruling Monday that not only size matters in determining whether a dog is officially "miniature."The Muenster regional administrative court decision puts an end to years of battles between...

Mating snakes prompt closure of part of Florida park

February 15, 2020

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — A Florida city shut down a section of a lake Thursday after receiving reports of swarming snakes. Turns out, the slithery creatures were just celebrating Valentine's Day a little early.The Lakeland Parks & Recreation department...

After residents cry fowl: Miami to relocate pack of peacocks

February 14, 2020

MIAMI (AP) — A pack of peacocks that has wreaked havoc on a Miami neighborhood will be relocated after city commissioners voted Thursday night to side with residents and agreed to have the birds taken away.It was a big win for many residents who have...

Prepping straw bedding for dogs signals Iditarod is near

By MARK THIESSEN | February 14, 2020

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Volunteers slung bales of hay onto a table Thursday, where they were swiftly stuffed inside blue plastic bags, twirled and shut with twist ties before being dragged off to waiting pallets.The 60 or so people in safety vests...

Kuchar shoots 64 to lead Riviera; Tiger wastes strong start

By DOUG FERGUSON | February 13, 2020

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tiger Woods began with an unknowing tribute to Kobe Bryant by making an eagle putt that optical cameras measured at 24 feet, 8 inches. He ended his opening round with a reminder that getting around Riviera unscathed is no small task.That's...

San Diego aquarium breeds rare weedy sea dragon in captivity

February 13, 2020

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Southern California aquarium has successfully bred the rare weedy sea dragon, the lesser known cousin of the sea horse that resembles seaweed when floating.San Diego's Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography said in...

Takes a village: Bear ‘foster mom’ raises cub saved by dog

February 13, 2020

BRISTOL, Va. (AP) — An orphaned black bear cub has been placed with a substitute mother this week after being saved by a dog and brought to safety.The rescue effort unfolded after the dog turned up at its owner's home in Washington County with a cub...

Asian carp roundup in Kentucky opens new front in battle

By TRAVIS LOLLER and JOHN FLESHER | February 12, 2020

GOLDEN POND, Ky. (AP) — Like a slow-motion, underwater cattle drive, wildlife officials in a half-dozen aluminum boats used pulses of electricity and sound on a recent gray morning to herd schools of Asian carp toward 1,000-foot-long (305 meters) nets.The...

‘Oh deer!”: Man gets trampled in North Carolina parking lot

February 10, 2020

LOCUST, N.C. (AP) — A suspect escaped from a hit and run in a North Carolina McDonald's parking lot last month. But police aren't looking for who's responsible.Ken Worthy was leaving the restaurant in Locust with his wife and a Diet Coke in hand, when...

Court fight over lost dog survives after dog’s owner dies

By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS | February 8, 2020

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled that a legal fight over a lost dog could continue in Mississippi, even after the dog's owner has died.The dispute is over a German shepherd named Max who jumped out a window and escaped from his...

Trump administration moves ahead on shrinking Utah monuments

By BRADY McCOMBS | February 6, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The U.S. government implemented final management plans Thursday for two national monuments in Utah that President Donald Trump downsized more than two years ago that ensure lands previously off-limits to energy development will...

Puppy in crime: Deputies take man, dog into custody in theft

February 6, 2020

BRANDON, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man and his furry “accomplice” were taken into custody by authorities who said the man shoplifted from a store.Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said Logan Wilson was arrested Wednesday and charged with petit theft...