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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - In an effort to combat wild hog populations, Mississippi's Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks has approved a rule change that will allow trapping of wild hogs on some wildlife management areas. The Clarion-Ledger reports hog populations are increasing on some of those areas. Russ Walsh, the executive staff officer for the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, says the trapping recommendation grew from public interest and will help the department's own trapping efforts.

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) - Officials in southern Mississippi say that 24 injured pit bulls from a suspected dog fighting ring are being treated and evaluated to see if they can be adopted. The Sun-Herald reports that George County Sheriff Keith Havard says they were taken Saturday to a temporary shelter and will receive medical care and "behavioral enrichment" from veterinarians until they can be put up for adoption. The dogs were rescued Wednesday from a George County home.

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) - Forecasters say Subtropical Storm Alberto, the first named storm of the 2018 hurricane season, has recently turned more north-northwestward with no change in strength as it churns toward the northern Gulf Coast. The National Hurricane Center in Miami says Alberto was centered Sunday afternoon about 165 miles (265 kilometers) west of Tampa and has top sustained winds of 50 mph (85 kph). It says landfall is expected sometime Monday.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - This month marks 75 years since a bloody but forgotten World War II battle on Attu Island in Alaska's Aleutian chain. It was the only World War II battle fought on North American soil. It also was one of the deadliest battles in the Pacific in terms of the rate of deaths. About 2,500 Japanese and 550 American forces died. Survivors and soldiers' descendants gathered this month in Anchorage to commemorate the anniversary.

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