Health

Olympics president: 'No intention' by any countries to pull out over Zika

LILLEHAMMER, Norway (AP) — IOC President Thomas Bach said Friday that no countries intend to pull out of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro over concerns about the Zika virus. Bach, speaking ahead of the opening ceremony of the Winter Youth Olympics in Lillehammer, said he has "full confidence" in the actions being undertaken by...

Environment

Massive gas leak plugged; residents seek return to normal

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The massive gas leak that spewed uncontrollably for nearly four months drove thousands of Los Angeles residents to pack up and leave their homes, while others rode it out. Vicky Walker did both, turning her life upside down shuttling between hotels and home every few days, where she lived like a...

Science

Feds: Remove 3 California foxes from endangered species list

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal wildlife officials recommended Friday that three fox subspecies native to California's Channel Islands be removed from the endangered species, saying their populations have made an historic recovery. The foxes on islands lying just off the state's southern coast were once on the brink of extinction. "We've been able to stop...

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