Q&A: Hawaii reassures tourists after brain parasite cases

HONOLULU (AP) -- A California couple on their honeymoon and two people who drank a homemade herbal beverage are among the rising number of victims in Hawaii falling ill with a potentially deadly brain parasite. After the newlyweds' plight with rat lungworm disease recently got attention online, the couple and some experts accused Hawaii of failing to adequately warn tourists and residents of the danger they can face.

Researchers to look for CTE evidence in Hernandez's brain

BOSTON (AP) -- Boston University researchers will study Aaron Hernandez's brain to determine if the former NFL star suffered from the same degenerative brain disease as Hall of Famer Junior Seau and former Bears defensive back Dave Duerson, who also took their own lives. Hernandez hanged himself in prison early Wednesday, days after winning an acquittal in a 2012 double homicide case. He was already serving a life term in a 2013 killing.

Georgia ends restrictions for producers because of bird flu

ATLANTA (AP) -- Officials say they have ended restrictions on poultry producers that were enacted after the first confirmation of avian influenza in commercial birds in Georgia. News outlets report state veterinarian Robert M. Cobb Jr. said in a news release that effective immediately, all poultry exhibitions, shows, sales, swaps and meets in the State of Georgia are permitted to return back to normal operation. The restriction was imposed March 16.

Dartmouth College settles animal dump contamination case

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- Dartmouth College has reached a settlement with a family that said they suffered health problems from drinking well water contaminated by runoff from a site where the Ivy League school once dumped animals used in science experiments. The school said Wednesday it agreed to buy the home of Richard and Debbie Higgins and provide additional compensation to the family "to reflect their investment in necessary accommodations in their home.

YouTube channel showing giraffe birth 2nd most live-viewed

HARPURSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) -- The long-awaited arrival of April the giraffe's baby has made Animal Adventure Park the second most live-viewed channel in YouTube's history. April's livestream had more than 232 million live views and 7.6 billion minutes of live watch time since February, second only to League of Legends eSports, which has been around since 2012, YouTube said on Monday.

He's how tall? Birth stats out for April the giraffe's calf

HARPURSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) -- April the giraffe's calf is nursing strongly and his mother is recovering "perfectly," said officials with Animal Adventure Park on Sunday after a morning veterinarian check with the newborn. April gave birth to a healthy male calf Saturday at the privately owned Animal Adventure Park before an online audience of more than a million viewers. The 15-year-old giraffe delivered her calf shortly before 10 a.m.

It's a boy! Zoo confirms April the giraffe's calf is a male

HARPURSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) -- And baby makes glee. Before an online audience of more than a million viewers, April the giraffe gave birth to a male calf Saturday at a New York zoo, ending weeks of proverbial pacing by animal lovers in a virtual worldwide waiting room. The 15-year-old giraffe delivered her calf shortly before 10 a.m.

Rescued California sea lions showed signs of poisoning

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- Marine experts say 12 pregnant female sea lions rescued in Southern California waters exhibited signs of poisoning that may be linked to toxic ocean algae blooms. Officials say the sea lions exhibited symptoms of domoic acid poisoning, a neurological toxin created by the blooms. The Orange County Register reports (http://bit.ly/2o040AE ) that the sea lions were rescued last week in waters from Seal Beach to San Onofre State Beach.

Dog Gone: 'General' opens doors, flees animal clinic

STAFFORD, Va. (AP) -- A dog who escaped from a Virginia animal hospital after opening several doors has been found and reunited with his owner. Travis Campbell tells news outlets that his family was boarding their 10-year-old Great Pyrenees named General at the Aquia-Garrisonville Animal Hospital in Stafford while they vacationed in Virginia Beach when the dog left the clinic early Monday.

Cubs' Baez collides with Heyward year after Schwarber injury

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Chicago Cubs second baseman Javier Baez left a game Friday night with a left eye contusion after colliding with outfielder Jason Heyward on the anniversary of Kyle Schwarber's major knee injury. The left side of Baez's head appeared to hit Heyward's elbow as both sprinted after a pop fly by Milwaukee's Hernan Perez in the sixth inning.

LEADING OFF: Stroman coming off WBC MVP; Harvey, Tebow debut

A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ HEAD START Marcus Stroman makes his season debut for Toronto after winning MVP honors with Team USA at the World Baseball Classic last month. Stroman was 1-1 with a 2.35 ERA in three starts for the United States, including six dominant innings during an 8-0 win over Puerto Rico in the championship game.

Groups sue to stop US use of cyanide predator killing traps

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Environmental and animal-welfare groups have filed a lawsuit claiming the U.S. government is violating the Endangered Species Act by allowing the use of two predator-killing poisons. The lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court in Montana by the Center for Biological Diversity and other groups seeks an immediate ban of the poisons where they could harm federally protected species including grizzly bears.

APNewsBreak: Cyanide device on US land broke agency policy

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- A cyanide device for killing coyotes that spewed the poison on a boy and killed his dog was set up on public land in Idaho in February despite a decision months earlier by federal officials to halt use of the devices on all U.S.-owned land in the state, officials said Tuesday.