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In this Jan. 24, 2020 file photo, Lincoln, a Nubian goat, stands in her pen in Fair Haven, Vt. A goat and a dog who were each elected mayor of a Vermont town have helped raise money to renovate a community playground. The Fair Haven town manager came up with the oddball idea of pet mayor elections to raise money and to help get local kids civically involved. (AP Photo/Lisa Rathke)

Dog and goat serving as mayor raise money for a playground

Jan. 17, 2021 12:09 PM EST

FAIR HAVEN, Vt. (AP) — A goat and a dog who were each elected mayor have helped raise money to renovate a Vermont community playground. The oddball idea of pet mayor elections to raise money to rehabilitate the playground and to help get local kids civically involved came from a local town manager. In...

This November 2020 photo provided by Dr. Vanessa R. Lane shows a Nicrophorus orbicollis beetle in Georgia. Burying beetles scout for a dead mouse or bird, dig a hole and bury it, pluck its fur or feathers, roll its flesh into a ball and cover it in goop _ all to feed their future offspring. Now scientists think that goo might do more than just slow down decay. It also appears to hide the scent of the decomposing bounty and boosts another odor that repels competitors. (Vanessa R. Lane via AP)

Beetle keeps rivals off scent of food buried for offspring

Jan. 17, 2021 9:10 AM EST

Some beetles go to great — and disgusting — lengths for their children. They scout for a dead mouse or bird, dig a hole and bury it, pluck its fur or feathers, roll its flesh into a ball and cover it in goop — all to feed their future offspring. Now scientists think that goo might do more...

FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2021, file image made from video, a pigeon with a blue leg band stands on a rooftop in Melbourne, Australia. A U.S. bird organization said the leg band identifying the bird as a U.S. racing pigeon was counterfeit, which may save the bird from strict Australian biosecurity policies that would call for a U.S. pigeon to be killed. (Channel 9 via AP, File)

Fake US leg band gets pigeon a reprieve in Australia

Jan. 15, 2021 7:49 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A pigeon that Australia declared a biosecurity risk has received a reprieve after a U.S. bird organization declared its identifying leg band was fake. The band suggested the bird found in a Melbourne backyard on Dec. 26 was a racing pigeon that had left the U.S. state of Oregon,...

FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2015 file photo, meal worms are sorted before being cooked in San Francisco. The vaunted Mediterranean diet and the French “bon gout” are getting some competition: The European food safety agency says worms are safe to eat. The Parma-based agency published a scientific opinion Wednesday on the safety of dried yellow mealworms and gave them a thumbs up. Researchers said the worms, either eaten whole or in powdered form, are a protein-rich snack or ingredient for other foods. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Cafe, croissant, worms? EU agency says worms safe to eat

Jan. 14, 2021 4:41 AM EST

ROME (AP) — The vaunted Mediterranean diet and French gastronomy are getting some competition: The European Union's food safety agency says worms are safe to eat. The Parma-based agency published a scientific opinion Wednesday on the safety of dried yellow mealworms and gave them a thumbs up. Researchers...

This photo provided by NASA shows SpaceX's Dragon undocking from International Space Station on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021.  SpaceX's Dragon cargo capsule undocked with 12 bottles of Bordeaux wine and hundreds of snippets of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon vines. The capsule is aiming for a splashdown in the Gulf of Mexico off the Florida coast Wednesday night. (NASA via AP)

Cheers! French wine, vines headed home after year in space

Jan. 12, 2021 11:41 AM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The International Space Station bid adieu Tuesday to 12 bottles of French Bordeaux wine and hundreds of snippets of grapevines that spent a year orbiting the world in the name of science. SpaceX’s Dragon cargo capsule undocked with the wine and vines — and...

Site of Borden double-murder listed for sale

Jan. 11, 2021 6:16 PM EST

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The Massachusetts home where Lizzie Borden's father and step-mother were murdered with an ax has been listed for sale. The three-story Fall River clapboard house that has been converted into a museum and bed and breakfast was listed for sale online at an asking price of $2...

Outgoing Dickinson, Texas mayor Julie Masters, right, holds up a ping-pong ball bearing the name of Sean Skipworth at Dickinson City Hall on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. The drawing settled a tie between Dickinson mayoral candidates Jennifer Lawrence and Sean Skipworth. (Stuart Villanueva/The Galveston County Daily News via AP)

Mayor of Houston suburb chosen by pulling a name from hat

Jan. 8, 2021 4:45 PM EST

DICKINSON, Texas (AP) — The race to be the mayor of a Houston suburb ended this week with the winner’s name being drawn from a top hat. Sean Skipworth and Jennifer Lawrence were vying to be the next mayor of Dickinson, but they each ended up with 1,010 votes after a runoff election last month and a...

FILE - Pilots fly their small racing drones through an obstacle course for the National Drone Racing Championship on Governors Island, a former military installation in New York Harbor, Friday, Aug. 5, 2016. A major sports book is taking bets on aerial drone races. DraftKings said Friday it is taking bets for the championship this weekend of the Drone Racing League, in which pilots fly aerial drones in races against each other. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Plenty of overhead in this market: Betting on drone races

Jan. 8, 2021 11:40 AM EST

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — In the “gamblers will bet on absolutely anything” category, here's a new one: A major sports book is taking bets on aerial drone races. DraftKings said Friday it is taking bets for this weekend's championship of the Drone Racing League, in which pilots fly aerial...

FILE - In this Saturday, June 18, 2005 file photo, identical twins Alf, left, and Sven Fehnhanhn, left background, 79, from Kassel, pose along with seven-month-old Luis Carl, right, und Albert Frank Millgramm, right background, during a twins' meeting in Berlin. According to research published on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021, identical twins are not exactly genetically the same. (AP Photo/Jockel Finck)

Identical twins aren't perfect clones, research shows

Jan. 7, 2021 11:31 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — If you’re an identical twin who’s always resisted being called a clone of your sibling, scientists say you have a point. Identical twins are not exactly genetically the same, new research shows. Scientists in Iceland sequenced DNA from 387 pairs of identical twins —...

In this photo provided by Abby E. Chiumento, six-term Republican Rep. Ryan Mackenzie, left, and his mother Milou Mackenzie pose at the Capitol on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, in Harrisburg, Pa. Milou Mackenzie was elected in November of 2020 as a state representative in an adjoining district as her son. She took the oath of office Tuesday. (Abby E. Chiumento via AP)

Pennsylvania lawmaker joins familiar incumbent — her son

Jan. 6, 2021 2:45 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — An incumbent Pennsylvania state representative was joined by a familiar face when lawmakers took the oath of office Tuesday — his own mother. Six-term Republican Rep. Ryan Mackenzie's district borders, for a couple miles, the one that his mother was elected to in November. ...