Animals

A Mandarin duck flutters in Central Park in New York, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018. In the weeks since it appeared in Central Park, the duck has become a celebrity. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
December 06, 2018 - 8:10 am
NEW YORK (AP) — It took just days for the brightly colored Mandarin duck that appeared suddenly in a Central Park pond to turn both New Yorkers and visitors into a new gaggle: the quackarazzi. A horde of photographers has been gathering daily in the park off Fifth Avenue for well over a month,...
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December 04, 2018 - 9:08 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Elm Pet Foods is the latest maker of dog food to issue a recall over elevated levels of vitamin D, which can cause kidney failure at high enough levels. Similar recalls have been issued by ANF Inc., Sunshine Mills Inc., Natural Life Pet Products, and Nutrisca over the last month...
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Smoke rise from a waste incinerator in Paris, France, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018. The COP24 summit on climate change is taking place in Poland's southern city of Katowice from December 2 to 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
December 04, 2018 - 7:14 pm
KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — The latest on climate talks taking place in Poland (all times local): 2:10 a.m. President Donald Trump says the French president's decision to delay an energy tax hike after massive protests justifies his own decision to withdraw from an international climate accord. Trump...
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In this photo provided by the U.S. Air Force, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, carrying the Spaceflight SSO-A: SmallSat Express, launches from Space Launch Complex-4E at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. The SpaceX rocket carrying 64 small satellites, marks the first time the same Falcon 9 rocket has been used in three space missions. (Michael Peterson/U.S. Air Force via AP)
December 03, 2018 - 7:52 pm
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — A SpaceX rocket carrying 64 small satellites lifted off from California on Monday, marking the first time the same Falcon 9 rocket has been used in three space missions. The rocket blasted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base, arcing over the Pacific Ocean...
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Tiffany Utterson, right, and her children, from left to right, Ella, 11, Ian, 10 and Owen, 8, place a wreath outside the gated community entrance to the home of George H.W. Bush Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018, in Houston. Bush is returning to Washington as a revered political statesman, hailed by leaders across the political spectrum and around the world as a man not only of greatness but also of uncommon decency and kindness. Bush, died late Friday at his Houston home at age 94, is to be honored with a state funeral at National Cathedral in the nation's capital on Wednesday, followed by burial Thursday on the grounds of his presidential library at Texas A&M.(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
December 02, 2018 - 9:01 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the death of former President George H.W. Bush (all times local): 10 p.m. President George H.W. Bush's spokesman has posted a photo of the late president's service dog lying in front of a flag-draped casket. Jim McGrath posted a picture Sunday of the yellow Labrador...
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November 29, 2018 - 11:41 pm
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Fifty-one pilot whales died Friday in another mass stranding in New Zealand, less than a week after 145 pilot whales and nine pygmy killer whales perished in two other, unrelated strandings. In the latest stranding, up to 90 pilot whales beached themselves late...
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Tributes are hung on a fence in front of the house that was the site of a quadruple homicide in Colts Neck, N.J., Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018. Prosecutors say financial motives led a New Jersey technology executive to kill his brother, the brother's wife and their young children before setting fire to their two homes. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
November 29, 2018 - 5:44 pm
FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey technology executive was charged Thursday with killing his brother and the brother's family over a business dispute, and then setting fire to their mansion and his own house in an attempt to cover up the crimes. Paul Caneiro, 51, was charged with four counts of...
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November 29, 2018 - 3:57 pm
HONOLULU (AP) — In a story Nov. 26 about a decline in Hawaii humpback whale sightings in Hawaii, The Associated Press reported erroneously that a researcher published data about the latest decline in whale sightings. The researcher has published peer-reviewed papers about this population of...
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FILE- In this April 26, 2006 file photo, John Kelly Jr. fishes for striped bass in Boston Harbor. A canary in a coal mine? How about a flounder in a harbor? Offering a rare bit of good environmental news, scientists have documented a dramatic rebound in fish health they say shows how once horribly polluted Boston Harbor has cleaned up its act. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)
November 29, 2018 - 12:58 pm
BOSTON (AP) — A canary in a coal mine? How about a flounder in a harbor? In a study published last week in the journal Diseases of Aquatic Organisms, scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts declared that flounder in Boston's once notoriously polluted harbor are now...
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FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2009 file photo, boaters and fishermen watch as a group of up to six humpback whales feed on herring near Ketchikan, Alaska. Over the past several years researchers have noticed a decline in the number of North Pacific humpback whales showing up in their traditional breeding grounds around Hawaii. The missing humpbacks migrate each autumn from Alaska, where they feed during the summer months, to Hawaii, where they mate and give birth during the winter. (Tom Miller/Ketchikan Daily News via AP, file)
November 28, 2018 - 3:56 pm
HONOLULU (AP) — Research into the decline of humpback whale sightings in Hawaii points to a food chain disruption likely caused by warmer ocean temperatures in the whales' feeding grounds in Alaska, federal officials have said. U.S. and international researchers, wildlife managers and federal...
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