Some tips to make Halloween decor less scary for wildlife

Fake cobwebs and some other spooky, outdoor Halloween decorations meant as harmless fun can do real damage to wildlife. Halloween spending has skyrocketed in recent years, and the Na...

Cone or scoop: Guinea pig ice cream for sale in Ecuador

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — It’s a real ice cream flavor: guinea pig. Anyone who thinks of guinea pigs as pets _ cute, squishy, squeaking bundles of fur _ might find that idea hard to dige...

Meerkats seized at Taiwan customs in rare wildlife smuggling

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A total of eight live animals including two meerkats were seized at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport on Friday (Sept. 27) in a rare wildlife smuggling case. A femal...

10 Things to Know for Today

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. DEMOCRATS TAKE UP IMPEACHMENT DRIVE; TRUMP ASSAILS THEM T...

California ramps up efforts to combat invasive swamp rodents

LOS BANOS, Calif. (AP) — One of the most recent threats to California's environment has webbed feet, white whiskers, shaggy fur and orange buck teeth that could be mistaken for carrots. ...

Charges: Woman locked son, 8, in cold garage, killing him

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota woman whose court records show a history of child neglect and violence has been charged with manslaughter after authorities say she locked her 8-year-old son in a cold g...

Pelosi defends Baltimore hometown, says Kushner a 'slumlord'

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says if President Donald Trump wants to belittle her Baltimore hometown as rat-infested, then he should consult son-in-law Jared Kushner, whom she calls a ...

Editorial Roundup: Excerpts from recent editorials

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: _____ July 30 The Chicago Tribune on a tactic some wealthy parents used to secure...

California asks US to end plan to drop rat poison on islands

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Federal wildlife officials were urged Wednesday to withdraw a proposal to drop 1.5 tons of rat poison on remote islands off the coast of California to kill a mice infestation unti...

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...