Tuesday, February 20, 2018
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The skinny: In California drought, salmon hatchlings getting ride downstream

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Young Salmon hitching a ride downstream

The severe drought in California is prompting state and federal wildlife officials to mount an unusual rescue operation: Helping millions of 6-month-old salmon at risk of dying in depleted rivers and streams make their way to the sea. The first phase of what's expected to be a 10-week effort began Tuesday, when about 450,000 hatchlings were loaded on tanker trucks at a government hatchery in Northern California and released 160 miles south into the Sacramento River. The smolts, as they're known, normally rely on currents to help them get downstream and eventually out to sea. Officials are giving them a lift this year because the lack of rain has led to reduced flows, increased water temperatures and greater threats from predators.

FAR OUT

'Biden' found way out in solar system

Peering into the far reaches of the solar system, astronomers have spied a pink frozen world 7 ½ billion miles from the sun. It's the second such object discovered in a region of space beyond Pluto that was long considered a celestial wasteland. Until now, the lone known resident in this part of the solar system was an oddball dwarf planet spotted in 2003 and named Sedna after the mythological Inuit goddess who created the sea creatures of the Arctic. The latest discovery was detailed in Thursday's issue of the journal Nature. Like Sedna, the new object, 2012 VP113, is also a dwarf planet. It's jokingly nicknamed "Biden" after Vice President Joe Biden because of its initials. Or because it's really out there?

One good turn

Flies put on brakes to steer into turns

How does a fly steer in flight? Much like a car, it turns out. Using a new 3-D, X-ray scanning technique, English and Swiss researchers were able to offer a virtual glimpse at the inner workings of one of the more complex mechanisms in nature — the flight motor of a tiny blowfly. Their findings appear in the most recent edition of the journal PLOS Biology. Graham Taylor, a professor at Oxford University's Department of Zoology, said researchers discovered the flies turn similar to the way a car does. "The fly effectively 'brakes' on one side by diverting excess power into a steering muscle specialized to absorb mechanical energy," he said. Now you know.

Compiled from wire services and other sources.

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Florida beach beset by stinging man-of-war creatures

MELBOURNE, Fla. — Beachgoers in one part of central Florida are encountering dozens of stinging sea creatures known as the Portuguese man-of-war.Florida Today reported Sunday that a number of people on Brevard County beaches have suffered stings from...
Published: 02/11/18
Florida judge arrested in undercover prostitution sting

Florida judge arrested in undercover prostitution sting

NAPLES, Fla. — A Florida judge has been arrested along with five other men in an undercover police prostitution sting. The Naples Daily News reports that Lee County Circuit Judge Jay B. Rosman was arrested along with the others after arranging...
Published: 02/11/18
Border agents to search for banned Valentine’s Day flowers

Border agents to search for banned Valentine’s Day flowers

SANTA TERESA, N.M. — Customs agents will step up searches for banned flowers meant for Valentine’s Day being smuggled into the U.S. from Mexico over worries about diseases and pests, federal officials announced.Agriculture specialists will be station...
Published: 02/10/18

Florida teen dies from gunshot wound he sustained while trying to kill trash animals

MYAKKA CITY, Fla. — Authorities say a Florida teen died after accidentally shooting himself with a handgun. New outlets reports that 15-year-old Wyatt Austin Ballard Hall died Thursday night at his Myakka City home, southeast of Tampa Bay. Th...
Published: 02/10/18
Deputies help deliver baby at Florida State Fair

Deputies help deliver baby at Florida State Fair

TAMPA — Two deputies helped a woman deliver a baby at the Florida State Fair on Friday, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.Deputies Roberto Ramirez and Henry Echenique heard a woman asking for help sometime after 4 p.m. because her...
Published: 02/09/18
Florida boy climbs into arcade claw machine but firefighters save the day

Florida boy climbs into arcade claw machine but firefighters save the day

Under the hashtag #youneverknowwhatsgonnahappen, the Titusville Fire and Emergency Services Department reports extricating a boy Wednesday from an arcade claw machines. Apparently seeing no reason to wrestle with the contraption to get one of the stu...
Published: 02/08/18
UPS Store clerk caught on video kicking out client who didn’t speak English

UPS Store clerk caught on video kicking out client who didn’t speak English

They say that you can get by in Miami even if you don’t speak English, but you can’t get by without Spanish. Not all Miami residents like that linguistic imbalance. Some don’t talk about their discontent, some whisper it, and a few...
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