Jan 12, 2015

Move over Nessie, Scotland gets new, prehistoric marine reptile

Scotland has its very own prehistoric marine reptile — and, no, we’re not talking about Nessie, the mythic Loch Ness monster. Scientists have announced the discovery of the fossil remains of a dolphinlike seagoing reptile on Scotland’s Isle of Skye that lived about 170 ...

Jan 11, 2015

Plans afoot to clean India's offices with cow urine

Cow urine may soon be used to clean the floors of India’s government offices in a country where bovines are sacred and their bodily waste considered therapeutic and even thirst-quenching. A charity working to care for and protect the cows that freely roam India’s ...

Snowy owls becoming more common outside Arctic

Jan 8, 2015

Snowy owls becoming more common outside Arctic

The elusive snowy owl, rarely seen outside the Arctic, is turning up more frequently in the skies of North America than it does in the pages of a Harry Potter book, data from the National Audubon Society suggested on Wednesday. Sightings of the majestic ...

Jan 8, 2015

Foie gras back on menu in California

Californians will be able to legally eat foie gras again after a judge Wednesday overturned a ban on sales of the delicacy, outlawed in the U.S. state for the past 18 months. One restaurateur who has fought the ban said he would begin serving ...

Jan 4, 2015

Pacific Coast seabird die-off puzzles scientists

Scientists are trying to figure out what’s behind the deaths of seabirds that have been found by the hundreds along the Pacific Coast since October. Mass die-offs of the small, white-bellied gray birds known as Cassin’s aucklets have been reported from British Columbia to ...

In Africa, a record year for slayings of rhinos

Jan 4, 2015

In Africa, a record year for slayings of rhinos

South Africa lost a record number of rhinos in 2014 as big animals across Africa were relentlessly poached to meet rising demand for horn and ivory in newly affluent Asian countries or to provide meat to fighters in the bush. From South Sudan, where ...

Photos of Palin's son stepping on dog trigger online outrage

Jan 3, 2015

Photos of Palin's son stepping on dog trigger online outrage

Facebook photos posted by Sarah Palin showing her son Trig using the family dog as a step stool unleashed online fury Friday reminiscent of the public reaction to the disclosure that Mitt Romney had once driven with his dog strapped on the car’s roof. ...

Jan 1, 2015

Puppy heads home after 3,800-km U.S. road trip

A puppy called Penny could soon be reunited with her worry-stricken U.S. owners after she went on a nearly 2,400-mile (3,860-km) road trip that took her to an Iowa truck stop and a Pennsylvania pet hospital, her family says. The floppy-eared Vizsla has one ...