• This undated file photo provided by the Franklin County Sheriff's Office in Ohio shows Rayshon LaCarlos Alexander of Columbus, Ohio. Rayshon Alexander was arrested July 11, 2016, and has pleaded not guilty to 20 counts, including murder, following a death and nine other overdoses that investigators say were caused by drugs that buyers thought were heroin, but were actually the animal tranquilizer carfentanil, used to sedate elephants and other large animals. (Franklin County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

    Elephant sedative emerges as new threat in overdose battle

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A drug used to sedate elephants and other large animals, 100 times as potent as the fentanyl already escalating the country’s heroin troubles, is suspected in spates of overdoses in several states, where authorities say they’ve found it mixed with or passed off as heroin.

  • Indian forest officials and wildlife conservationists try to catch a baby Rhino that strayed into an adjacent village following floods at the Kaziranga National Park, east of Gauhati, northeastern Assam state, India, Thursday, July 28, 2016. The Rhino calf was rescued and sent to a conservation center. Forest officials say they have rescued six rhino calves from being washed away by floodwaters that have swamped the national park. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

    6 baby rhinos saved from being washed away by India floods

    KAZIRANGA, India (AP) — Wildlife workers have rescued six rhino calves from being washed away by floodwaters that have swamped a national park in northeastern India.

  • CORRECTS PHOTOGRAPHER'S NAME - A sign reading in Turkish "Traitors' Cemetery" is seen in front of unmarked graves, built specifically to hold the bodies of coup plotters who died in the failed military coup of July 15, in eastern Istanbul Wednesday, July 27, 2016. In the week following the attempted coup, the local municipality announced it intended to set up a cemetery specifically for those involved - traitors who didn't deserve a decent burial. (AP Photo/Bram Janssen)

    Turkey creates ‘Traitors’ Cemetery’ for dead coup plotters

    ISTANBUL (AP) — Tucked in the back corner of a construction site for a new dog shelter in eastern Istanbul lies a freshly dug, unmarked grave — the first in the new “Traitors’ Cemetery,” created specifically to hold the bodies of coup plotters who died in the July 15 abortive putsch.

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  • Additional samples to test for chronic wasting to be taken

    LONDON, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Game and Fish Commission biologists plan to take additional samples from deer to search for chronic wasting disease in southern Pope County.

  • Horse Haldalgo, representing life-saving US Marine horse Sergeant Reckless who served with the US Marine Corps during the Korean War, is awarded with the PDSA Dickin Medal watched by Sergeant Mark Gostling in London, Wednesday, July 27, 2016. Reckless, who survived one of the bloodiest battles in modern military history, has today been awarded the PDSA Dickin Medal – known as the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross – for her bravery and devotion to duty during the Korean war 1950 until 1953. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

    US Marine Corps horse honored for Korean War valor

    LONDON (AP) — A U.S. Marine Corps horse who served during some of the bloodiest fighting of the Korean War has been posthumously decorated for bravery.

  • This Oct. 1, 2014, file photo shows a black-footed ferret peeking out of a tube after being brought to a ranch near Williams, Ariz. The endangered weasel is returning to an area of western Wyoming where the critter almost went extinct more than 30 years ago. Biologists plan to release 35 black-footed ferrets Tuesday, July 26, 2016, near Meeteetse, Wyo. Scientists thought the black-footed ferret was extinct until a dog brought a dead one home near Meeteetse in 1981. (AP Photo/Felicia Fonseca, File)

    Black-footed ferrets return to where they held out in wild

    MEETEETSE, Wyo. (AP) — A nocturnal species of weasel with a robber-mask-like marking across its eyes has returned to the remote ranchlands of western Wyoming where the critter almost went extinct more than 30 years ago.

  • Band of monkeys raid Thai polling place, tear up voter lists

    BANGKOK (AP) — Election officials in northern Thailand think they can buy off a gang of monkey vandals with fresh fruit and vegetables, after about 100 macaques tore up voter lists publicly posted ahead of next month’s referendum on a proposed constitution.

  • Tiger mauls woman to death in Chinese wildlife park

    BEIJING (AP) — Siberian tigers at a wildlife park in Beijing mauled a woman to death and wounded another when they stepped out of their car in an enclosure, a Chinese state-run newspaper said.

  • Cloudcroft homeowner shoots, kills bear attacking dogs

    CLOUDCROFT, N.M. (AP) — A rural homeowner in southern New Mexico shot and killed a mother bear after it attacked his two dogs.

  • Police: Man crashes boat of hunter who killed Cecil the lion

    MARCO ISLAND, Fla. (AP) — Police say a man stole and crashed a boat off southwest Florida that belongs to a Minnesota dentist who killed Cecil the lion while hunting in Africa.