Car detour lets toads cross road without croaking

12 Jun 2014 0 Comments
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- It's rush hour in Philadelphia for thousands of baby toads as they hop across a busy residential street on a rainy summer night. Why do toadlets cross the road? To get to the woods on the other side - where they will live, eat mosquitoes and grow up to be full-sized American toads (bufo Americanus). After a couple of years, they'll make the reverse trek as adults - unless they get squashed by a car. That's where the Toad Detour comes in. The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Read more [...]

Paula Deen launching digital network

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) -- Celebrity cook Paula Deen, whose career was derailed after she admitted using racial slurs, is going digital. Paula Deen Ventures, a new company formed to help launch a comeback for Deen, announced plans Wednesday for the creation of the Paula Deen Network. The paid subscription-based network is set to launch in September and will be accessible by computer, smartphone or tablet. The network will feature daily programming in an unscripted format with new recipes, episodes Read more [...]

APNewsBreak: Domingo to sing ahead of Cup final

SAO PAULO (AP) -- Placido Domingo is scheduled to sing ahead of a World Cup final for the sixth time, a person familiar with the planning told The Associated Press Wednesday. The 73-year-old plans to announce Wednesday he will perform at Rio de Janeiro's HSBC Arena on July 11, according to the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the announcement had not yet been made. The concert, on the eve of the final at Maracana Stadium, also is scheduled to feature pianist Lang Lang, Read more [...]

Q&A: Tatum, Hill on their sequel satire ’22 Jump’

NEW YORK (AP) -- The comic duo of Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill began with an intentionally bad idea. Hill called up Tatum: "So I have this probably terrible idea, but I want to see if you're interested," he said. Adapting the 1980s TV show "21 Jump Street" was the pitch, and Tatum couldn't resist Hill's anti-sell. The movie, a send-up of TV show adaptations while at the same time being one, was a hit. Now, Hill and Tatum are back this Friday with "22 Jump Street," directed (like the first) Read more [...]

Google buying satellite maker Skybox for $500M

11 Jun 2014 0 Comments
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Google is buying Skybox Imaging in a deal that could serve as a launching pad for the Internet company to send its own fleet of satellites to take aerial pictures and provide online access to remote areas of the world. The $500 million acquisition announced Tuesday initially will provide Google with the means to improve the quality and immediacy of the satellite imagery used in its digital maps. Google Inc. plans to use Skybox's satellite already in orbit to supplement Read more [...]

China’s startups hope for boom after Alibaba IPO

11 Jun 2014 0 Comments
BEIJING (AP) -- Nils Pihl has spent 18 months building what he calls cutting-edge software to crunch "really big data sets." But instead of going to Silicon Valley, the 27-year-old Swede and his four colleagues have been working on his invention from a small apartment overlooking smoggy northwest Beijing. In typical startup fashion, they've raised hundreds of thousands of dollars after countless pitch meetings and were racing to prepare their product for launch. Their investors are in Beijing Read more [...]

Indiana police tap treated water to fight theft

11 Jun 2014 0 Comments
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- A northwestern Indiana police department on Tuesday became one of the first law enforcement agencies in the country to distribute a theft-deterring chemical that leaves DNA-like "signatures" on property and those who attempt to steal it. Makers of SmartWater CSI say the product makes it easy to track stolen items and link thieves to crimes they've committed. Although it has seldom been used in the United States beyond Florida, company officials say it's been used in Read more [...]

Alaska woman wants daughter’s name to be Awesome

11 Jun 2014 0 Comments
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -- A Juneau, Alaska, woman wants to give her daughter an awesome middle name. Literally. Lisa Flores is seeking court approval to legally change her daughter's middle name to Awesome. The Juneau Empire reports ( ) Awesome would replace the given middle name of Contea for 2 1/2-year-old Viviana Flores. Mom allowed her 11-year-old son to initially pick out his sister's name. Dominic wanted her first name to be Danger, something Mom vetoed. He came back Read more [...]

Police in Alabama say man tried to arrest mayor

11 Jun 2014 0 Comments
WEAVER, Ala. (AP) -- Police in eastern Alabama arrested a man they say impersonated an officer and tried to arrest the mayor. The Anniston Star ( ) reports that police say 59-year-old Bobby Beck showed up at City Hall in Weaver on Tuesday with a badge and a pistol on his belt and said he wanted to talk to Mayor Wayne Willis. When told the mayor wasn't available, he held up a pair of handcuffs and said he'd be back later to arrest him. He was being held on felony charges Read more [...]

Arizona man arrested for shooting at moon

11 Jun 2014 0 Comments
PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) -- An Arizona man arrested for unlawfully discharging a firearm told authorities that he was trying to shoot the moon. Prescott Valley police responded to the home after a woman reported that her boyfriend had fired several shots from a handgun and still was armed last Friday night. The woman and her teenage son told police that 39-year-old Cameron Read was talking about seeing Halley's Comet and fired a round out of the window. They heard several more shots before Read more [...]
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