Mexico sees sign of hope for Monarch butterflies
mysanantonio.com / Tue, 23 Sep 2014 19:41:56 UT
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Experts in Mexico said Tuesday there is a tentative sign of hope for the mass migration of monarch butterflies, whose numbers dropped to their lowest level ever last year. Last year, the black-and-orange butterflies covered only 1.65 acres (0.67 hectares) in the pine and fir forests west of Mexico City, down from more than 44.5 acres (18 hectares) at their recorded peak in 1996. Because the butterflies clump together by the thousands in trees, counting individuals in near impossible; instead they are counted by the area they cover. Mexican writer and environmentalist Homero Aridjis, said the butterflies face a number of challenges, including climate change and illegal logging in Mexico, in addition to the loss of habitat in the United States.
Rifle reported to be used in Charles Whitman killing spree up for sale
mysanantonio.com / Wed, 24 Sep 2014 15:59:00 UT
A rifle reportedly used to carry out one of the worst killing sprees in Texas history is up for sale in Dallas by a gun collector.
Menus will sport new calorie labels for alcohol
mysanantonio.com / Wed, 17 Dec 2014 05:58:03 UT
New menu labeling rules from the Food and Drug Administration will require chain restaurants with 20 or more outlets to list the amount of calories in alcoholic drinks, along with other foods, on menus by next November. After years of lobbying for more nutritional information on alcoholic beverages, public health advocates say the menu labeling rules are a first step. "Alcoholic beverages are a key contributor to the calories Americans are consuming, and most of the time when people have a drink they have absolutely no idea what its caloric impact is," says Margo Wootan of the Center for Science in the Public Interest. [...] FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said the agency decided to include it in the final rules this year after those who commented on the rule were largely in favor of such labeling because of its potential impact on public health. Treasury's oversight, which includes minimal input from FDA, has "well served the consuming public," a coalition of alcohol groups wrote in a 2011 comment asking to be left out of the menu labeling rules. Endless combinations of mixed drinks won't have to be labeled at bars, unless they are listed on a menu, and the FDA is allowing restaurants to use estimates of calories and ranges of calories without listing the exact amount in every different drink. Last year, Treasury's Alcohol and Tobacco Trade and Tax Bureau said for the first time that beer, wine and spirits companies could use labels that include serving size, servings per container, calories, carbohydrates, protein and fat per serving.
‘Oh snap!’ moments from Abbott-Davis debate in Edinburg
mysanantonio.com / Tue, 23 Sep 2014 00:17:00 UT
Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis had some zingers in her pocket for Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott during their head-to-head clash in Edinburgh.
Fire destroys Michael Brown memorial in Ferguson
mysanantonio.com / Tue, 23 Sep 2014 15:15:24 UT
(AP) — A fire has destroyed one of two memorials at the site where 18-year-old Michael Brown was killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. Ferguson police spokesman Devin James says the cause of the fire is under investigation.
Goodwill workers find cremated remains in donation
mysanantonio.com / Mon, 15 Dec 2014 21:41:30 UT
(AP) — Two boxes of cremated human remains mistakenly included among household items donated to an Indiana Goodwill have been reunited with the deceased's next of kin, police said. Goodwill employees sorting through donated items Friday found two small, white boxes filled with cremains, Lafayette police Sgt. Grant Snyder told the Journal & Courier (http://on.jconline.com/12WHcXY ).
Police: Texas officer kills man holding spoon
mysanantonio.com / Tue, 16 Dec 2014 09:09:31 UT
TEXARKANA, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers are investigating a police shooting after an officer killed a burglary suspect who was holding a spoon. A Texarkana police spokesman says the officer fatally shot 35-year-old Dennis Grigsby on Monday after a homeowner called 911 to report a break-in.
Escapee from federal prison in Texas recaptured
mysanantonio.com / Tue, 16 Dec 2014 14:24:34 UT
BURNET, Texas (AP) — An ex-CEO of some Oklahoma energy companies has been caught after escaping from a minimum security federal prison in Central Texas. Morrisett is the former chief executive officer of Red Earth Resources Inc. and Alpine Petroleum LLC in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Official: 6 bodies recovered from AirAsia crash
mysanantonio.com / Wed, 31 Dec 2014 04:49:50 UT
PANGKALAN BUN, Indonesia (AP) — A massive hunt for the 162 victims of AirAsia Flight 8501 resumed in the Java Sea on Wednesday, with the recovery of six bodies, including a flight attendant identified by her trademark red uniform. Searchers found the bodies and debris that included a life jacket, an emergency exit door and a suitcase about 10 miles from the plane's last known coordinates. The airliner's disappearance halfway through a two-hour flight between Surabaya, Indonesia, and Singapore triggered an international search for the aircraft involving dozens of planes, ships and helicopters. The plane needs to be located and its cockpit voice and flight data recorders, or black boxes, recovered before officials can start determining what caused the crash. Images of the debris and a bloated body shown on Indonesian television sent a spasm of anguish through the room at the Surabaya airport where relatives awaited news. Some have given blood for DNA tests and submitted photos of their loved ones along with identifying information, such as tattoos or birth marks that could help make the process easier. About 125 family members had planned to travel to Pangkalan Bun to start identifying their loved ones, but Surabaya airport general manager Trikora Hardjo later said the trip was canceled after authorities suggested they stay to avoid slowing down the operation. AirAsia group CEO Tony Fernandes, the airline's founder and public face and a constant presence in Indonesia since the tragedy started unfolding, said he planned to travel to the recovery site on Wednesday.
Police: Man held after choking neighbor’s loud dog
mysanantonio.com / Fri, 28 Nov 2014 23:27:49 UT
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire police say a man who broke into his neighbor's apartment to silence a barking dog ended up getting bitten and arrested. Police say Pelletier tried to strangle Oreo, leading to a confrontation with the dog's owner.
Extra $86M in border security up for approval
mysanantonio.com / Mon, 1 Dec 2014 06:04:06 UT
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Another $86 million on border security spending in Texas is up for approval by the state's top budget office. Republican Gov. Rick Perry on Monday will formally present to the Legislative Budget Board plans to finance an extended deployment of state troopers and the Texas National Guard.
Girl Scouts byting into digital for cookie sales
mysanantonio.com / Mon, 1 Dec 2014 13:34:26 UT
For the first time in nearly 100 years, Girl Scouts of the USA will allow its young go-getters to push their wares using a mobile app or personalized websites. There are important e-lessons here, scout officials said, such as better articulating and tracking goals, learning to handle customers and money in a new way, and more efficiently processing credit card information. "A lot of people have asked, 'What took you so long to get online?' We spend a lot of time thinking how do we make this safe, scalable and smart," Kelly M. Parisi, chief communications executive for Girl Scouts of the USA, said at a recent demonstration for select media. For web-based sales, scouts customize their pages, using their first names only, and email prospective customers with links to click on for orders. The mobile platform offers tabs for tracking sales and allows for the sale of bundles of different kinds of cookies. Girl Scouts use their cookie money to pay for community service work or troop activities such as camping and other trips. [...] personal information is as protected as any digits out there, for both the scouts and customers, using encryption in some cases.
Authorities investigating after 4 found dead in Texas home
mysanantonio.com / Mon, 29 Dec 2014 06:05:48 UT
CROWLEY, Texas (AP) — Officers responding to a report of a suicide attempt found four people dead inside a North Texas home Sunday afternoon, police said. Crowley Police Chief Luis Soler said in a news conference Sunday night that a 9-year-old who was inside the home called a relative and told her that a man there was injured after attempting to kill himself. Soler said that officers found no indication of a forced entry and that the initial investigation suggests it was an isolated incident.
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