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This 2016 photo provided by the University of California, Irvine, shows a diabolical ironclad beetle, which can withstand being crushed by forces almost 40,000 times its body weight and are native to desert habitats in Southern California. Scientists say the armor of the seemingly indestructible beetle could offer clues for designing stronger planes and buildings. In a study published Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in the journal Nature, a group of scientists explains why the beetle is so squash-resistant.  (Jesus Rivera, Kisailus Biomimetics and Nanostructured Materials Lab, University of California Irvine via AP)

Can't crush this: Beetle armor gives clues to tougher planes

Oct. 21, 2020 3:51 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — It's a beetle that can withstand bird pecks, animal stomps and even being rolled over by a Toyota Camry. Now scientists are studying what the bug’s crush-resistant shell could teach them about designing stronger planes and buildings. “This beetle is super tough," said Purdue...

Woman's obituary: In lieu of flowers 'do not vote for Trump'

Oct. 21, 2020 3:29 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — An obituary for a Minneapolis-area woman who died at age 93 included one specific request for her mourners: Do not vote for Donald Trump. Georgia May Adkins, of Inver Grove Heights, died of a stroke on Sept. 28 at United Hospital in St. Paul. A pair of obituaries published in the St....

Baby born on Maine island for 1st time in more than 90 years

Oct. 20, 2020 10:21 AM EDT

ISLESFORD, Maine (AP) — A woman has given birth to a baby on Maine’s Little Cranberry Island for the first time in more than nine decades. Born two weeks ago, Azalea Belle Gray is the sixth child for Aaron Gray and Erin Fernald Gray on Islesford, which is also known as Little Cranberry Island. The...

Rare white sea turtle found on South Carolina beach

Oct. 20, 2020 7:34 AM EDT

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Volunteers checking sea turtle nests on a South Carolina beach came upon a rare sight: a white sea turtle hatchling crawling across the sand. The town of Kiawah Island posted on its Facebook page that the Kiawah Island Turtle Patrol found a lone white baby sea turtle on Sunday....

Border closure can't keep grandparents from Canadian wedding

Oct. 19, 2020 10:26 PM EDT

ST. STEPHEN, New Brunswick (AP) — With the border closed, a Canadian couple still found a way for their grandparents from Maine to see their waterfront wedding. It involved a boat used for hauling lobster traps, naturally. Alex Leckie and Lindsay Clowes were married on a wharf in St. Stephen, New...

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John Oliver now has a sewage plant named after him

Oct. 19, 2020 12:10 PM EDT

DANBURY, Conn. (AP) — Comedian John Oliver made a secret trip to Connecticut last week to help cut the ribbon on a sign naming a sewage treatment plant in his honor. Danbury's City Council voted earlier this month to rename the sewage plant “The John Oliver Memorial Sewer Plant,” following a...

This Dec. 17, 2018, photo provided by the San Francisco Police courtesy of the San Francisco Zoo, shows a missing lemur, named Maki. The ring-tailed lemur was missing from the San Francisco Zoo after someone broke into an enclosure overnight and stole the endangered animal, police said Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. The 21-year-old male lemur was discovered missing shortly before the zoo opened to visitors, zoo and police officials said. They're seeking tips from the public in hopes of finding the lemur, explaining that Maki is an endangered animal that requires specialized care. (Marianne V. Hale/San Francisco Zoo via AP)

'There's a lemur!' 5-year-old helps crack SF Zoo theft case

Oct. 17, 2020 12:13 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Police said Friday they arrested a man suspected of stealing a ring-tailed lemur from the San Francisco Zoo, where officials rewarded a 5-year-old boy who helped recapture the endangered primate with a lifetime membership. The theft of Maki, an arthritic 21-year-old lemur, made the...

Asian swamp eels are on display for sale at a market in the Chinatown neighborhood of the Manhattan borough of New York on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020. New York state and city wildlife officials say it's too soon to know the local impact of exotic eels dumped into a Brooklyn lake in September 2020. The nonnative eel species has been illegally released into freshwater bodies in at least eight U.S. states, including New York.  (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

'Big pile' of eels dumped in NYC park; impact not yet known

Oct. 17, 2020 9:54 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Andrew Orkin was taking a break from his evening jog to sit by Prospect Park Lake when he turned around and was startled to see a tangle of wriggling snakes. “And quite a big pile — fully alive,” said Orkin, a music composer who lives near the Brooklyn park. They turned...

Brazil leader's ally suspended after underwear cash jackpot

Oct. 17, 2020 8:40 AM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — A Brazilian lawmaker stepped down from his position representing President Jair Bolsonaro’s government and was suspended from the senate, after police searched his house and found cash inside the underwear he was wearing. Federal police targeted Roraima state’s Sen. Chico...

This image released by Profiles in History shows a Santa Clause and Rudolph reindeer puppet used in the filming of the 1964 Christmas special

Rudolph and his nose-so-bright into auction will take flight

Oct. 15, 2020 6:37 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rudolph and his still-shiny nose are getting a new home, and it's bound to be a lot nicer than the Island of Misfit Toys. The soaring reindeer and Santa Claus figures who starred in in the perennially beloved stop-motion animation Christmas special “Rudolph the Red Nosed...