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Q&A: Puppy Bowl pets, population trends, Daylight Saving in Arizona

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It's always fun to watch some of Animal Planet's "Puppy Bowl" on Super Bowl Sunday. The featured puppies are available for adoption, and I've always wondered how many get adopted by viewers.

As of March 22, three of the 58 puppies that played in "Puppy Bowl VIII" on Feb. 5 were still available for adoption, a "Puppy Bowl" spokesman said in an email. They are:

•Peter, a male mix of German shepherd and pit bull terrier, from North Smithfield, R.I.

•Marbles, also a a male mix of German shepherd and pit bull terrier, from North Smithfield, R.I.

•Brody. a male smooth fox terrier from Hackettstown, N.J.

The puppies in "Puppy Bowl VIII" came from rescues and shelters across the United States, and anyone interested in adopting them can do so by going to Petfinder.com. This year's starting lineup included puppies from spcaLA (California), All Star Pet Rescue (New Jersey), GO Boxer Rescue (Ohio), Pet Matchmaker Rescue (Pennsylvania), Furever Dachshund Rescue (Rhode Island) and Huts for Mutts Dog Rescue (Texas). There were no pets from Florida this year.

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I read an article saying that Hispanics will be 30 percent of the total U.S. population by 2050. One study places the total population at 438 million. What are these estimates based upon?

A 2008 report from the Pew Research Center said immigration and a higher birth rate will contribute to the population growth by Hispanics by 2050. It based its findings on recent trends for births, deaths and immigration levels.

A 2008 U.S. Census Bureau study projected U.S. population to be 439 million and the Hispanic population 132 million in 2050. The Census Bureau reported last year that the Hispanic population in the U.S. grew 43 percent from 2000 to 2010 and that Hispanics now make up 16 percent of the U.S. population (50.5 million out of 308.7 million people).

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Why is Arizona exempt from daylight saving time when all of the other states in the lower 48 do it?

States weren't required to adopt daylight saving time, and Arizona and Hawaii are the only two states that don't do it, according to NationalGeographic.com. Arizona doesn't observe it because of the state's extreme heat, according to a 1969 Arizona Republic article that was cited in an article on ABC15.com in Phoenix.

"If Arizona were to observe daylight saving time, the sun would stay out until 9 p.m. in the summer (instead of 8 p.m., like it does currently)," the station reported.

The American territories of Puerto Rico, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands also do not observe DST.

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