• New Mexico couple: Woman posed as humane worker, stole dog

    RIO COMMUNITIES, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico couple says a woman posing as an Animal Humane employee threatened them with jail and stole one of their dogs.

  • In this April 29, 2015 photo, actor Zhang Jinlai in a Monkey King costume poses next to a wax figure base on his stage performance during a ceremony at the Madame Tussauds in Beijing. The Year of the Monkey gives a little-needed excuse to reference the much loved Monkey King character from the 16th century adventure novel “Journey to the West.” The supernatural Monkey King, also known as Sun Wukong, accompanied a monk on a journey to retrieve sacred scriptures and the story has inspired countless TV shows and movies over the years. Unashamedly trying to capitalize on the new zodiac year, yet another Monkey King adaptation will be released on the first day of the lunar new year - Feb. 8. (Chinatopix via AP) CHINA OUT

    Monkey Year inspires kung fu, predictions of fire, disease

    BEIJING (AP) — The new Chinese year is the one to go bananas over. On Feb. 8, the zodiac calendar enters the Year of the Monkey — the ninth of 12 animal signs. Plastic monkeys are adorning shopping centers and office buildings, and government departments have been giving out toy monkeys.

  • In this Jan. 27, 2016 photo, children look at Hanako the elephant at Inokashira Park Zoo on the outskirts of Tokyo. An online petition drive wants the 69-year-old Hanako, or "flower child," to be moved to a Thai sanctuary, to live in a natural, grassy habitat where elephants romp in herds, not alone in her concrete pen, with a wading pool she hardly uses and a nearby side building to spend the night. It’s attracted tens of thousands of signatures already, with the aim of submitting them to the suburban Tokyo zoo and the Japanese government. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

    Move sought for Japan’s oldest elephant may be too late

    TOKYO (AP) — In the humble zoo, among the small cages of owls, guinea pigs and raccoons, Japan’s oldest elephant stands in a concrete pen about the size of half of a basketball court. She drinks sugar water from a bucket and munches on bananas with her last remaining tooth while a debate is being waged about where she should live out her final years.

  • ‘Operation Game Thief’ rewards total $16,800 for 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The state wildlife department says it paid out $16,800 in cash rewards for information leading to arrests for violations of fishing and hunting regulations.

  • Arizona officials say horse tested positive for virus

    PHOENIX (AP) — A horse that had to be euthanized last week at Turf Paradise racetrack as a result of a herpes outbreak tested positive for the virus, officials with the Arizona Department of Agriculture confirmed Monday.

  • A makeshift roadside memorial for rancher LaVoy Finicum stands on a highway north of Burns, Oregon Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016. Finicum was killed Tuesday night in a confrontation with the FBI and Oregon State Police on a remote road. Four people occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge held their position Sunday. They have demanded that they be allowed to leave without being arrested. (AP Photo/Nick K. Geranios)

    Makeshift memorial springs up on Oregon highway for rancher

    BURNS, Ore. (AP) — About a dozen people paid their respects Sunday afternoon at a makeshift memorial that has sprung up where rancher Robert “LaVoy” Finicum was shot and killed by police last week on U.S. Highway 395 north of Burns.

  • Donation of fishing poles boosts Detroit River recreation

    DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has donated nearly 300 fishing poles to help more children get interested in the sport along the Detroit River.

  • A quarantine warning is displayed outside the horse racing track at Turf Paradise, Friday, Jan. 29, 2016, in Phoenix. Turf Paradise has euthanized one horse and is quarantining two others in the wake of a herpes outbreak that surfaced in New Mexico.(AP Photo/Matt York)

    Herpes outbreak puts Phoenix racetrack under quarantine

    PHOENIX (AP) — A Phoenix racetrack’s horses remained under quarantine Friday as officials worked to get the upper hand on an equine herpes outbreak that has infected more than a dozen horses in New Mexico.

  • Goat-tiger odd couple may be over

    MOSCOW (AP) — A romance that enchanted Russia may be over: Timur the goat and Amur the tiger have had a fight and aren’t together anymore.