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Betty White, furry friends star in 50-year-old 'Pet Set'

LOS ANGELES (AP) — On a TV show Betty White hosted 50 years ago, the perpetual charmer flirts with James Brolin, teases Della Reese and trades quips with Carol Burnett. But White app...

Food groups fight to save one Trump virus program

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — As the Biden administration sets up shop, many policies initiated by its hard-right predecessor are being targeted for extinction. But agricultural groups and anti-hunger organ...

AP PHOTOS: A look inside a modern COVID-19 'field hospital'

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — Nicholas DiPompo was finally going home. Clutching his cane, the 78-year-old former property manager, who had spent weeks battling COVID-19 in a Rhode Island fi...

Whoa! Boa constrictor stuck in car dashboard freed unharmed

ALBEMARLE, N.C. (AP) — A pet boa constrictor that became stuck behind the dashboard of a car in North Carolina needed the help of some animal control officers to wriggle free. But the snake believed t...

Outcry, arrests in Turkey over Mecca poster with LGBT flags

ISTANBUL (AP) — Two students have been arrested in Turkey on charges of inciting hatred and insulting religious values for a poster depicting Islam’s most sacred site with LGBT flags. ...

Goade becomes first Native American to win Caldecott Medal

NEW YORK (AP) — Illustrator Michaela Goade became the first Native American to win the prestigious Randolph Caldecott Medal for best children's picture story, cited for “We Are Water Protectors," a ce...

Taiwan snake guru's private zoo closes after his death

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — News that the renowned "World's Snake King Educational Farm (世界蛇王教育農場)" in Tainan quietly shut down last October has only now reached the public. The priv...

No snake soup for Hong Kong's young snake catcher

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong is home to a variety of snakes — from the venomous king cobra to larger species such as the Burmese python. Whenever one of these reptiles is spotted slithering into a home ...

The Latest: Bangkok shuts down venues as virus spreads

BANGKOK — The Thai capital is shutting down venues including schools and entertainment parks as coronavirus cases continue to spread. Thailand reported 279 new cases on Friday inclu...

With ‘Stillwater,’ Mallika Chopra brings mindfulness to kids

NEW YORK (AP) — When the producers of the new animated children’s series “Stillwater” asked Mallika Chopra to be the show’s “mindfulness consultant,” the meditation expert, author and speaker said she...

Police: Couple steals $300 albino python from pet store

PEABODY, Mass. (AP) — Police in Peabody, Massachusetts, are looking for a couple who slithered away with a snake worth $300 from a city pet store. The couple entered the Petco store ...

Flying from Johannesburg to Paris, one hotspot to another

PARIS (AP) — The security officer pointing the thermometer barely glanced, but wished the traveler a “Happy Holiday.” The luggage wrappers day-dreamed of better times, and the list of departing flight...

Texas oilman's Ansel Adams photo gets $988,000 at auction

DALLAS (AP) — A West Texas oilman's mural-sized print of an Ansel Adams photo has sold for nearly $1 million at an auction. Sotheby's New York, the auction house, said Tuesday that “...

Florida's new python-sniffing dogs have 1st success

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Truman, the python-sniffing black Labrador retriever, recently tracked down his first snake in a new program Florida is using to eradicate the invasive species. ...

Chinese bronze horse head returned to Old Summer Palace

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A bronze horse head that belonged to China was put on display in Beijing’s Old Summer Palace (圓明園) in a ceremony on Tuesday (Dec. 1), marking the return of the first...