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Tiny African kingdom has skiing as Europe sweats summer heat

Aug. 09, 2022 06:15 AM EDT

BUTHA-BUTHE, Lesotho (AP) — While millions across Europe sweat through a summer of record-breaking heat, others are skiing in Africa. Don't worry. This isn't another sign of climate change but rather the fascinating anomaly of Lesotho, a tiny mountain kingdom completely surrounded...

Do spiders sleep? Study suggests they may snooze like humans

Aug. 08, 2022 15:52 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — It's a question that keeps some scientists awake at night: Do spiders sleep? Daniela Roessler and her colleagues trained cameras on baby jumping spiders at night to find out. The footage showed patterns that looked a lot like sleep cycles: The spiders' legs twitched...

Python hunt! 800 compete to remove Florida's invasive snakes

Aug. 05, 2022 14:37 PM EDT

More than 800 competitors will be trudging through the Florida Everglades for the next eight days, in search of invasive Burmese pythons that will bring in thousands of dollars in prize money. The python hunt officially began Friday morning and runs through 5 p.m. on Aug. 15,...

How much is Zuckerberg worth? Card collector could find out

Aug. 04, 2022 10:08 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When camp counselor Allie Tarantino was flipping through a magazine years ago, he came upon a familiar name: Mark Zuckerberg. He rifled through boxes of memorabilia in his basement, running his fingers over old photos, newspapers and bus maps before finding a baseball card...

Troopers: Drunk woman drove golf cart on Florida highway

Aug. 03, 2022 16:15 PM EDT

TITUSVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A woman with an open bottle of Jack Daniel's whiskey in a bag was arrested for driving a golf cart on Florida’s busiest interstate while drunk, according to an arrest report. The 58-year-old woman was arrested Saturday night on the shoulder of Interstate...

Bats return to Nevada fire station, forcing it to close

Aug. 03, 2022 11:23 AM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Bats have infested a Nevada fire station for the second time in seven years, forcing officials to temporarily close it. The bats have been flying around the living quarters of the small fire station between Reno and Carson City and dead bats have been found in a...

S. Korean garlic video ad roasted over purported obscenity

Aug. 03, 2022 01:35 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A rural South Korean town is getting roasted over its video ad on garlic that some farmers say stinks of obscenity and has even sexually objectified the agricultural product. The controversy surrounds a 30-second video that had been posted on a YouTube...

'Guard cat' credited with preventing would-be robbery

Aug. 02, 2022 18:29 PM EDT

BELDEN, Miss (AP) — A Mississippi man said his pet cat helped prevent a robbery at his home, and he credits the calico with possibly saving his life. Bandit, a 20-pound (9.1-kilogram) cat, lives with her retired owner Fred Everitt in the Tupelo suburb of Belden. When at least two...

Utah man accused of causing wildfire by burning a spider

Aug. 02, 2022 15:31 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah man has been arrested on accusations he started a wildfire while trying to burn a spider with his lighter. Cory Allan Martin, 26, told deputies that he spotted the spider Monday while he was in a hiking area in the foothills south of Salt Lake City...

Is Danish king who gave name to Bluetooth buried in Poland?

Jul. 31, 2022 03:09 AM EDT

WIEJKOWO, Poland (AP) — More than 1,000 years after his death in what is now Poland, a European king whose nickname lives on through wireless technology is at the center of an archaeological dispute. Chronicles from the Middle Ages say King Harald “Bluetooth” Gormsson of...