Sunday, April 19, 2015


400-pound alligator taken from Southeast Texas pond and moved to preserve

GROVES, Texas — A 400-pound alligator safely hauled out of a Southeast Texas pond has a new home at a tourist attraction that caters to gators.
Gator Country preserve owner Gary Saurage (sarj) said Tuesday that the 11-foot reptile joins more than 400 other alligators at the preserve in Beaumont, Texas.

British swimmer braves Antarctic waters in Speedos; takes conservation message to Russia

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — During one swim, Lewis Pugh saw his support boat crew screaming at him just before they hauled him from the water as a sea lion bore down on him. During another, the air temperature dropped so far below freezing that a wave broke over the crew and froze solid.

Sea otter that made headlines after surviving 2009 California oil spill dies of shark bite

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — A sea otter that became an ambassador for her species after a remarkable recovery from an oil tar soaking off the coast of Northern California has been killed by a shark.
“Olive the Oiled Otter” made headlines in 2009 when she was found covered in oil and near death on Santa Cruz beach. Olive recovered fully and went on to deliver a healthy pup years later.

Russia to resume space tourism in 2018 as demand for seats for astronauts falls

MOSCOW — Russia officials say they will resume space tourism in 2018 after years of sending into space only professional cosmonauts and astronauts.

Whale-watching industry worried

CHURCHILL, Man.—Manitoba’s tourism industry fears new national whale-watching rules could drive beluga boats out of business in Churchill and threaten the Hudson Bay community’s $7-million summer tourism season.
Ottawa has proposed new regulations requiring tour operators to come no closer than 100 metres to whales or other marine mammals in Canadian waterways.

Colder weather behind snowy Maritime winter

HALIFAX—Another winter storm buried Nova Scotia yesterday as snowbanks across Atlantic Canada continue to grow—probably leaving some on the East Coast asking why us?
The meteorological explanation is pretty simple.

Young adults may stumble upon news, but they read it every day, survey shows

CHICAGO — Young adults have a reputation for being connected to one another and disconnected from the news. But a survey has found that mobile devices and social networking are keeping them more engaged with the broader world than previously thought.

Exclusive: Watershed picture book ‘Heather Has Two Mommies’ reissued with a new look

NEW YORK — A playful picture book about a little girl named Heather and her two happy mommies was a cultural and legal flashpoint 25 years ago, angering conservatives over the morality of same-sex parenting and landing libraries at the centre of community battles over placement in the children’s stacks.

Bamboozled: 5 barrels of bourbon stolen from Wild Turkey distillery found in man’s backyard

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Another iconic bourbon brand in Kentucky has been targeted in a heist, but this time authorities say they have arrested a suspect caught with the stash of pricey whiskey in his backyard.

Interest in local beef is rising but fewer people want tough job of slaughtering, cutting meat

DES MOINES, Iowa — Kent Weise loves his work, but after 38 years slaughtering cattle, lugging carcasses that can weigh more than 1,000 pounds and slowly, methodically slicing cuts of meat, he understands why few people want to go into the business anymore.

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