Saturday, April 25, 2015


Coyote urban: With a string of sightings, the animals are making moves in Manhattan

NEW YORK — One moseyed around Manhattan’s East Village. Another was caught in trendy Chelsea. Yet another rambled through a Hudson River park this week.
Tourists? Hipsters?

Massachusetts native is reunited with class ring almost 50 years after he lost it at beach

AMESBURY, Mass. — A Massachusetts native has been reunited with his high school class ring nearly 50 years after he lost it at a beach.
The Daily News of Newburyport ( ) reports that Dan Toomey’s ring was found March 19.
Toomey says he was at the beach with his friends in 1966 when he lost the 10-carat Amesbury High School Class of 1967 ring.

Dozens of residents near Duke coal ash dumps told not to drink well water; tests show toxicity

RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina officials are advising dozens of residents near Duke Energy coal ash dumps not to drink or cook with water from their wells after tests showed contamination with toxic heavy metals.

Alaska woman reunited with wedding ring after volunteers spot it in dog doo at ball field

SITKA, Alaska — An Alaska woman suspected her family’s dog snatched her wedding ring, but she couldn’t find proof — until the platinum band turned up months later at a ball field.
The Daily Sitka Sentinel newspaper reports ( Nikki Balovich lost her ring in January, when she was pregnant and often took it off her swollen finger.

How Apple and its products are inspired by Canadian great Glenn Gould

TORONTO — When it comes to obsessively meticulous attention to detail, it seems Apple employees could learn something from Glenn Gould.
At the company’s internal Apple University — a somewhat secretive institution by reputation — professor Joshua Cohen delivers three-hour seminars on the late, great Canadian pianist to classes of 15 students.

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.

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