Florida woman: Airline told me to flush pet hamster

MIAMI (AP) — A Florida woman says an airline told her to flush her hamster down a toilet at the airport because the emotional support rodent wasn't allowed to fly with her. The Miami...

West African nation of Guinea reports Lassa fever death

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Health authorities in the West African nation of Guinea are reporting the country's first death from Lassa fever in nearly a quarter-century. The emergence of ...

Study blames pot farms for poisoning of endangered owls

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Rat poison is contaminating endangered northern spotted owls in California forests, and marijuana farms appear to be to blame, according to a study published Thursday. ...

Rats! DC wages war against resurgent rodents with dry ice

WASHINGTON (AP) — Any mists spotted rising over the swamp may just be Washington wielding its newest weapon in its never-ending war on rats: dry ice. The District of Columbia's roden...

Not easy being green: Legal pot brings environmental rules

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — At a state briefing on environmental rules that await growers entering California's soon-to-be-legal marijuana trade, organic farmers Ulysses Anthony, Tracy Sullivan and Adam...

The Latest: Mayor's office: St. Louis jail often inspected

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Latest on a lawsuit alleging "inhumane" conditions at a St. Louis jail (all times local): 5 p.m. The St. Louis mayor's office says a medium-sec...

Lawsuit cites "inhumane" conditions in St. Louis jail

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A lawsuit alleges inmates at a medium-security jail in St. Louis live in "inhumane conditions" that include feces in food, infestations of mice and rodents, and unbearable overcrowdin...

Lawsuit: Couple's $2M condo had urine, food in the walls

WEEHAWKEN, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey couple is suing a construction company after they say they found bottles of urine, rodents and rotten food inside the walls of their newly purchased $2 million luxu...

For ornery shelter cats, 2nd chance is a job chasing mice

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Gary wasn't used to being around people. He didn't like being touched, or even looked at. If anyone came too close, he'd lash out. He was perfect for the job. Bec...

Pet hedgehog denied entry to HSR for fear it might bite wires

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- An owner of a pet hedgehog said he was denied entry onto a High Speed Rail (HSR) train at a station in New Taipei's Banqiao recently because, although it was caged, staff w...

Zimbabwe kids hunt mice and sell them as tasty snacks

CHIDZA, Zimbabwe (AP) — With headlamps to peer through the darkness, children in rural Chidza village in central Zimbabwe scamper through the night to trap mice, which they roast and sell to motorists...

Chipotle closes Dallas restaurant after rodent sightings

DALLAS (AP) — Chipotle has temporarily closed a Dallas location where a diner posted video of rodents inside the restaurant. A spokeswoman for Chipotle said Wednesday that the restau...

Boston suburb bars sale of commercially bred dogs and cats

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — A Boston suburb has passed one of the nation's most extensive restrictions on the retail sale of animals. The ordinance passed Monday in Cambridge bars the sa...

2 more plague cases reported in New Mexico's Santa Fe County

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Department of Health on Monday confirmed two more human cases of plague. The recent cases involve a 52-year-old woman and a 62-year-old woman. Th...

Science Says: DNA shows early spread of cats in human world

NEW YORK (AP) — Long before cats became the darlings of Facebook and YouTube, they spread through the ancient human world. A DNA study reached back thousands of years to track that c...