Pooping, splooting, snotting: How wild animals beat the heat

Published Tue, 27 Feb 2024 00:14:12 GMT

Pooping, splooting, snotting: How wild animals beat the heat Animals have evolved tactics to combat the heat and are relying on those behaviors to try to keep cool.(Lianne B Loach/Moment RF/Getty Images) By Jack Bantock | CNNHottest day, hottest week, hottest month, and – increasingly likely – hottest year; 2023 has garnered unwanted records as the climate crisis escalates.Animals, like humans, are greatly affected by the rising temperatures. Species that have evolved tactics to combat the heat are relying on those behaviors to try to keep cool.From peculiar methods like “splooting,” to changing physiology altogether, here are four ways different creatures are trying to beat the heat.SplootingA squirrel sploots in Washington, DC.(Celal Gunes/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) You might never have heard of it but if you’re a cat or dog owner, you’ve almost definitely seen a “sploot.”Also known as “frogging” or “pancaking,” splooting is the flat-out, spread-eagle posture beloved by many four-legged animals and animal-lovers alike.Yet sploot...

San Jose is adjusting intersections to slow down speeding: Roadshow

Published Tue, 27 Feb 2024 00:14:12 GMT

San Jose is adjusting intersections to slow down speeding: Roadshow Q: What’s going on at the intersection of McKee Road and White Road? There has been much construction work and it seems like there are no more dedicated right turn lanes. Are there plans to bring them back? The larger, safer pedestrian islands are nice, but this really clogs up traffic flow.Hank HuA: San Jose has installed traffic islands extending into the intersection to slow drivers down. This is happening all throughout the city. The major cause of accidents in most cities is speeding. San Jose and other cities are trying to reduce speed by installing more traffic calming measures. More islands like this will be coming.Q: All of the discussion about the DMV driving test got me thinking: I wonder how self-driving cars that I see on the road would do in a DMV-style driving test. I suspect that they would pass with perfect marks. They could drive a pre-set route, including a freeway portion, and parallel park. It would be a great article if you could set that up, maybe betwee...

49ers training camp: Top 5 roster hopefuls opening eyes in practice

Published Tue, 27 Feb 2024 00:14:12 GMT

49ers training camp: Top 5 roster hopefuls opening eyes in practice SANTA CLARA – Training camp is not meant to discover Brandon Aiyuk, Christian McCaffrey or, apparently Nick Bosa, who has extended his contract-related boycott to 10 days.Roster hopefuls abound for the precious few spots that may (or may not) be available on a Super Bowl-seeking unit.Here are five up-and-comers who’ve helped their respective case through seven practices:RB Ty Davis-PriceFrom John Lynch running into him in the weight room at 5 a.m. to Frank Gore celebrating one of his training camp runs, Davis-Price is drawing a fan club with his sense of urgency after a defunct rookie year. He’s refined his physique (less fat, more muscle). But temper any praise for him and any running backs until they show their stuff in preseason games (and next week’s practices at the Raiders’ facility). With Elijah Mitchell (thigh) out for a week or two, that means more opportunities for Davis-Price and Jordan Mason as potential understudies to Christian McCaffrey.TE Brayden WillisThis seventh-r...

1 dead after car crashes into pole, catches fire in Monterey County

Published Tue, 27 Feb 2024 00:14:12 GMT

1 dead after car crashes into pole, catches fire in Monterey County (BCN) -- The California Highway Patrol reports at least one fatality after a vehicle rolled over and caught fire just outside Castroville in Monterey County late Thursday night. The crash, which was first reported 11:04 p.m. Thursday, occurred near 114 Molera Road, the highway patrol said. The state agency said that the vehicle, which was carrying at least two persons at the time of the accident, possibly crashed into an electric pole and rolled over about 20 feet away from the road. Boy paralyzed after shot on Oakland freeway Both the vehicle and the electric pole briefly blocked the road, the highway patrol said. By the time patrol officers arrived on scene at 11:10 p.m., the vehicle was already on fire and at least one individual was still stuck inside the burning vehicle. It was not immediately clear if there was more than one casualty. Copyright © 2023 Bay City News, Inc.

Council to consider amending no camping law in Santa Rosa

Published Tue, 27 Feb 2024 00:14:12 GMT

Council to consider amending no camping law in Santa Rosa (KRON) -- The Santa Rosa City Council will consider amending an ordinance against camping in public spaces within the city on Tuesday. Amending the ordinance would bring their policies in line with federal law which prohibits cities from enforcing camping restrictions on public spaces if there are no other options available to unsheltered residents. First case of West Nile virus found in Santa Clara County Santa Rosa had a public ordinance banning camping on public properties since 1994. The city will propose an ordinance similar to Rohnert Park which restricts camping to specific locations under specific circumstances.Those who wish to attend the meeting can do so by attending in person at 100 Santa Rosa Avenue or on Zoom at the link here. The meeting is expected to begin around 5 p.m.

ProQR: Q2 Earnings Snapshot

Published Tue, 27 Feb 2024 00:14:12 GMT

ProQR: Q2 Earnings Snapshot LEIDEN, Netherlands (AP) — LEIDEN, Netherlands (AP) — ProQR Therapeutics NV (PRQR) on Thursday reported a loss of $8.7 million in its second quarter.The Leiden, Netherlands-based company said it had a loss of 11 cents per share.The results surpassed Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of 12 cents per share.The Dutch drugmaker posted revenue of $1.3 million in the period._____This story was generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on PRQR at https://www.zacks.com/ap/PRQRSource

First Majestic: Q2 Earnings Snapshot

Published Tue, 27 Feb 2024 00:14:12 GMT

First Majestic: Q2 Earnings Snapshot VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — First Majestic Silver Corp. (AG) on Thursday reported a loss of $17.5 million in its second quarter.On a per-share basis, the Vancouver, British Columbia-based company said it had a loss of 6 cents. Losses, adjusted for non-recurring costs, came to 2 cents per share.The silver miner posted revenue of $146.7 million in the period.First Majestic shares have fallen 29% since the beginning of the year. The stock has decreased 20% in the last 12 months._____This story was generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on AG at https://www.zacks.com/ap/AGSource

A Texas man faces a possible death sentence after being convicted of fatally shooting a law officer

Published Tue, 27 Feb 2024 00:14:12 GMT

A Texas man faces a possible death sentence after being convicted of fatally shooting a law officer EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A Texas man faces either the death penalty or life in prison without parole after being convicted of fatally shooting a west Texas deputy sheriff.A jury in El Paso deliberated for about 30 minutes Thursday before finding Facundo Chavez, 31, guilty of capital murder in the 2019 death of El Paso County deputy Peter Herrera during a traffic stop.Chavez admitted during testimony that he shot and beat Herrera and said he did so because his girlfriend, who was with him at the time, said Herrera had harassed her.Prosecutors argued that Herrera did not know who was in the vehicle he had stopped for a traffic violation shortly before 2 a.m. because the vehicle was unfamiliar and the traffic stop was in a dark area.Authorities say Chavez fired 15 shots at Herrera, then beat the deputy with the gun, after getting out of the stopped car at the deputy’s request.The jury will now consider whether to sentence Chavez to death or life in prison.Herrera died two days after...

These Colorado cities have some of the nation's highest costs for raising kids

Published Tue, 27 Feb 2024 00:14:12 GMT

These Colorado cities have some of the nation's highest costs for raising kids DENVER (KDVR) — Colorado's Front Range has grown to be one of the nation's most expensive areas in the last 10 years, and that means hefty bills for parents. Colorado's largest metro areas and cities are some of the most expensive in the country when it comes to kids. The average annual cost of raising a child in the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood metro is the 21st most expensive nationwide.Financial adviser SmartAsset released a report examining the costs for housing, food, childcare, health care and other necessities across 381 metro areas when a family with two working adults adds one, two or three children into their budget. 1 Colorado city among worst-run cities in US Researchers used the MIT Living Wage Calculator to compare the most recent living costs for households. In the northern Front Range, costs to raise children are roughly even. In the Denver metro, the annual cost of raising a child is $23,803 - about $5,000 more than the national average. Boulder's costs are even higher...

Lawmakers tour site of Parkland school massacre before experts recreate shooting inside

Published Tue, 27 Feb 2024 00:14:12 GMT

Lawmakers tour site of Parkland school massacre before experts recreate shooting inside PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — Nine members of Congress toured the blood-stained and bullet-pocked halls at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Friday, shortly before ballistics technicians reenact the massacre that left 14 students and three staff members dead.Few have been inside the three-story building since the Valentine’s Day 2018 shooting. The structure looms over the campus, locked behind a chain-link fence for use as evidence in last year’s penalty trial for the shooter.There is broken glass on the floor, along with wilted roses, deflated balloons and discarded gifts. Opened textbooks and laptop computers remain on students’ desks — at least those that weren’t toppled during the chaos.In one classroom, there is an unfinished chess game one of the slain students had been playing, the pieces unmoved. The Associated Press was one of five media outlets allowed to tour the building after shooter Nikolas Cruz’s jury went through.The House members were led to the same...

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