Friday, April 20, 2018
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The skinny: Suspected bomb at Wyoming power plant is mosquito trap

Not da bomb

Suspected bomb at power plant: Mosquito trap

A suspicious device spotted at a southwest Wyoming power plant turned out not to be a bomb, but it might have hurt a mosquito or two. Security guards spotted the object at the Jim Bridger Power Plant around midnight Wednesday. It had wires connected to a small battery. A bomb squad was called out to the coal-fired power plant. Sweetwater County sheriff's officials say bomb experts examined the device and even X-rayed it. It was a mosquito trap. Weed and pest officers routinely put out the traps to check for mosquitoes that carry the West Nile virus.

Let's dance

Blaring music fails to annoy Gypsies

A Belgian mayor's plan to chase off a group of Gypsies by playing loud music backfired when the campers stayed put and the children danced to the music. The group, with some 30 vehicles, arrived in the town of Landen late Sunday. Mayor Gino Debroux said they overstayed their welcome after a couple of days. After the music played for some time apparently without disturbing the Gypsies, both sides negotiated for the Gypsies to stay a couple more days.

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P.R. water mite named after JLo

A group of scientists named a water mite in honor of Jennifer Lopez after discovering a new species near Puerto Rico. The group listened to the music of the New York-born entertainer who has Puerto Rican roots while they wrote about their findings, biologist Vladimir Pesic said. Pesic calls naming the mite Litarachna lopezae a small token of gratitude for the singer. "J.Lo's songs and videos kept the team in a continuous good mood when writing the manuscript and watching World Cup Soccer 2014," said Pesic, who works at the University of Montenegro. He's the corresponding author of the study published in the peer-reviewed online journal ZooKeys.

Compiled from wire services and other sources.

 
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Suspect in Gilchrist deputies’ slayings has Tampa Bay ties

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Updated: 2 hours ago
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Carlton: Kids, want to make them listen? Vote

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