New gene tests for germs quickly reveal source of infections

Brian Jetter was on life support, a healthy 40-year-old suddenly battling pneumonia and sepsis, and a slew of tests had failed to find the cause. Mystery illnesses like this kill tho...

Hong Kong man with rat Hepatitis E traveled to Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- A 67-year-old man from Hong Kong man, who was diagnosed with rat Hepatitis E (HEV), had traveled to Taiwan during the incubation period earlier this year, reported Outbreak New...

Taiwan-U.S. team close to finding vaccine for Middle Eastern MERS virus

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A team comprising specialists from the Academia Sinica, National Taiwan University and the University of Texas Medical Branch may have found a vaccine for the Middle East ...

Drugs, mobile phones delivered to UK prison inside dead rats

LONDON (AP) — British officials say dead rats stuffed with drugs and mobile phones have been thrown over prison fences to provide contraband to prisoners. Officials said Monday that ...

Federal official to spend month in NYC public housing

NEW YORK (AP) — The top federal housing official in New York is temporarily moving into public housing to get an up-close look at the city's troubled system. Lynne Patton, the New Yo...

Taipei man indicted for killing hamster during spat with girlfriend

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- A Taipei man has been charged with violating the Animal Protection Act (動物保護法) after he was found to have killed a hamster when he got into a heated argument with his girlfrien...

Deal announced to fix NYC public housing under monitor's eye

NEW YORK (AP) — Housing Secretary Ben Carson is announcing a deal to fix the living conditions for thousands of New Yorkers who live in the city's beleaguered public housing system under the eye of a ...

Taiwanese woman caught smuggling 24 gerbils under skirt

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- After visiting China, a Taiwanese woman was caught on Friday (Jan. 11) trying to smuggle 24 gerbils under her skirt at customs checkpoint on Taiwan's outer island of Kinmen...

Argentina isolates 85 people to quell hantavirus outbreak

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — An Argentine judge has ordered 85 residents of a remote Patagonian town to stay in their homes for at least 30 days to help halt an outbreak of hantavirus in which nine ...

Draining the swamp, clearing the burrows: DC's war on rats

WASHINGTON (AP) — Andre Pittman and Gregory Cornes are on a mission to rid Washington of opportunistic vermin. But their target isn't corrupt officials or shady political fixers; it'...

Review: 'The Nutcracker and the Four Realms' falls flat

So Disney has gone ahead and made a Christmas movie from "The Nutcracker." Is this what we're doing now? We're making big Hollywood movies from 19th century ballets? Anyone have any fresh ideas at all...

Nebraska agencies aiding refugees living in squalor

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Social service agencies are scrambling to help up to 500 refugees who may have to find new places to live because of the squalid conditions in their Nebraska apartment complex. ...

Huge squirrel population chomps crops, driving farmers nuts

There's a bumper crop of squirrels in New England, and the frenetic critters are frustrating farmers by chomping their way through apple orchards, pumpkin patches and corn fields. Th...

Oregon rejects protection for small redwoods forest predator

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon fish and wildlife officials have rejected a request from six conservation groups to protect a small predator that inhabits old-growth redwood forests. Th...

Texas animal control seizes hundreds of snakes, rodents

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Animal control officials have removed more than 100 snakes and more than 400 rodents from a San Antonio home following concerns about the animals' living conditions. ...