• Dogs test positive for drugs in Alaska’s Iditarod

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — For the first time in the history of the world’s most famous sled dog race, several of the high-performance animals have tested positive for a prohibited drug. But race officials have refused to name the musher involved.

    Updated: 6:41 pm

  • 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.

    Updated: 5:21 pm

  • Family of late ‘Crocodile Hunter’ back at Animal Planet

    NEW YORK (AP) — Crikey! The Irwin family is returning to television’s Animal Planet, 11 years after the death of “The Crocodile Hunter” star and family patriarch Steve Irwin.

  • Puerto Rico youth stranded with school still out from storm

    HATILLO, Puerto Rico (AP) — Alanys Arroyo and her little brothers have been cooped up in a school for weeks, but they aren’t in class. They’ve been living in a campus-turned-shelter in western Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria flooded their home and destroyed their belongings, trying to pass the time while their family waits for help to replace the apartment it lost in the storm.

  • US agency’s bid to allow trumpeter swan hunting draws fire

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal plan to let hunters shoot trumpeter swans has drawn fire from some of the people who toiled to bring the majestic white birds back from the brink of extinction.

  • Forest officials advise visitors to watch for mountain lion

    SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — Gila National Forest officials say visitors to the Mogollon Box day-user area northwest of Silver City should be on the lookout for a mountain.

  • ‘She was my life’: Longtime loves among those lost in fire

    More than 30 people have died in the deadliest week of wildfires in California history. The victims include a couple who recently celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary, a woman born with a spinal defect who worked to help others despite her own troubles and a woman who died in her husband’s arms as they sought safety in a backyard swimming pool.

  • Birds gone wild: Resurgent turkeys spar with human neighbors

    BOSTON (AP) — Not everyone is celebrating the return of the wild turkeys.

  • Dog days? In Italy, count them like family sick days

    ROME (AP) — An Italian librarian who says her English setter is her family has won the right from her employer to use family sick leave to care for her ailing pet instead of having to use vacation days.

  • Swinney: Bryant ready to go for Syracuse

    CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said injured quarterback Kelly Bryant will be “ready to go” when the second-ranked Tigers play Syracuse on Friday night.