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Health

Wish granted: Six-year-old boy will be garbage man for a day

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Ethan Dean was living his dream on Tuesday. The six-year-old has a garbage truck bedspread and pillow. He has garbage truck toys. He's had a garbage truck birthday party. Now, thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, he got to experience what it's like to be a garbage truck driver. The boy who...  VIEW

Environment

Shutting down ‘shark finning’: US fishermen promise a fight

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — American fishermen are digging in for a fight over a congressional proposal to send a message to the rest of the world by shutting down the vestiges of the U.S. harvest of shark fins, prized for soup and traditional medicine in Asia. The traditional "finning" of sharks — in which they...

Science

Russian authorities evacuate nomads after anthrax kills 1,000 reindeer

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian authorities are evacuating nomadic reindeer herders and quarantining part of a Siberian region after an outbreak of anthrax killed more than 1,000 of their animals. The appearance of the bacterial disease in the Yamalo-Nenets region is the first fatal anthrax outbreak reported in Russia for 75 years. The governor's office for...

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