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By Scott Sonner The Associated Press

Black bears back in eastern Nevada after 80-year absence

RENO, Nev. — More than 500 black bears have returned to parts of their historic range in the Great Basin of Nevada where the species disappeared about 80 years ago, scientists say.

A new study says genetic testing confirms the bears are making their way east from the Sierra ranges north and south of Lake Tahoe along the California line.

Panthers, Patriots early favourites to win 2017 Super Bowl

Carolina and New England are the early favourites at Nevada sportsbooks to win the 2017 Super Bowl, followed by the Seahawks, Packers and Steelers.

The Panthers were listed Monday at 7-1 and the Patriots 8-1 at the William Hill Race & Sports Book, while set the line for New England at 9-1 and Carolina 10-1.

Fill ‘er up with gumweed? Nevada researchers trying to turn roadside weed into biofuel

RENO, Nev. Three decades ago, a University of Nevada researcher who obtained one of the first U.S. Energy Department grants to study the potential to turn plants into biofuels became convinced that a roadside weed — curly top gumweed — was growing along the road to the future.