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  • On Brazil’s tropical island of cats, virus led to starvation

    MANGARATIBA, Brazil - All the locals knew the island just west of Rio de Janeiro was teeming with cats. They left food and even brought tourists. Then the coronavirus pandemic hit, and human support dried up, resulting in a gruesome scene witnessed by fishermen: a group of cats devouring others’ corpses.
  • New Orleans' 'Let the good times roll' now 'Wash your hands'

    NEW ORLEANS - A week ago, revelers jammed bars in the French Quarter and New Orleans' Irish Channel neighbourhood ahead of St. Patrick's Day while hotels, taverns and restaurants looked ahead to what is usually a lucrative festival season.
  • Valentino's dramatic Paris couture has Celine Dion weeping

    PARIS - Valentino took drama to its height at its Wednesday spring couture collection in Paris, where Celine Dion wept theatrically as a solemn Naomi Campbell swept past to close the house's show in a see-through black organza gown.
  • Micronesia: Scenic island-hopping and a lesson in letting go

    POHNPEI STATE, Micronesia - I'm panicked and soaked as smiling locals fish me out of the bay on the island of Pohnpei in Micronesia. "Trip of a lifetime," I sarcastically thought as we made our way back to land with an upside-down kayak, our cameras and cellphone ruined.
  • 14 worms pulled from woman's eye after rare infection

    NEW YORK - An Oregon woman who had worms coming out of her eye is being called the first known human case of a parasitic infection spread by flies.
  • Will the unique culture of Miami's Coconut Grove survive?

    MIAMI - With its artsy vibe, lush landscapes and free-roaming peacocks, Coconut Grove has long been known as a bohemian paradise.
  • Warm waters off West Coast has lingering effects for salmon

    SEATTLE - The mass of warm water known as "the blob" that heated up the North Pacific Ocean has dissipated, but scientists are still seeing the lingering effects of those unusually warm sea surface temperatures on Pacific Northwest salmon and steelhead.
  • Vanishing kelp: Warm ocean takes toll on undersea forests

    APPLEDORE ISLAND, Maine - When diving in the Gulf of Maine a few years back, Jennifer Dijkstra expected to be swimming through a flowing kelp forest that had long served as a nursery and food for juvenile fish and lobster.
  • Brazil's Ilha Grande has what Rio does not - clean beaches

    VILA DO ABRAAO, Brazil - One of the first things visitors will notice about Ilha Grande, or Big Island, is that there are no vehicles. The local government prohibits private cars, maintaining the laid-back rhythms that islanders say are central to their identity.
  • Love Disney's 'Dory' fish? Soon, you could get your own

    RUSKIN, Fla. - Someday soon, you might be able to find Disney's beloved "Dory" in your own aquarium — and the beautiful blue tang fish will be bred in Florida, not the Pacific Ocean.

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