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2 bears burned in California wildfire spotted in the wild

2 bears burned in California wildfire spotted in the wild

Technology
Officials tracking two bears that were badly burned in the largest wildfire in California history say the animals are settling back into their home in the wild after receiving unusual treatment for their injured paws. Recent photos and GPS tracking data show the female bears appear to be in good health as they move through Los Padres National Forest northwest of Los Angeles, news station KABC-TV reported Friday. The adult bears were released into the forest last month after getting care for third-degree burns they suffered in December's Thomas fire. A mountain lion cub also was treated for singed paws. One bear was pregnant, but officials said last week that they weren't sure if the baby was born yet. Veterinarians treating the animals had stitched fish skins to their burned paws, then wr...
Turpin: Shackled siblings found in Perris, California home

Turpin: Shackled siblings found in Perris, California home

World
Media playback is unsupported on your deviceTwo parents have been arrested in California after police found they allegedly kept their 13 children captive at home, some "shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks".David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49, were held on charges of torture and child endangerment.The couple's children - aged two to 29 - lived in Perris, 59 miles (95km) south-east of Los Angeles. Officers were alerted by one of the victims, a 17-year-old girl.The girl - who appeared to be "only 10 years old and slightly emaciated" - on Sunday managed to escape and call the emergency number using a mobile phone found inside the house, the Riverside Sheriff's Department said in a statement.What did police find in the house?Police officers later found "several childr...
ULA launches spy satellite from California

ULA launches spy satellite from California

Science
Jan. 12 (UPI) -- The third time was the charm for United Launch Alliance and its twice-delayed NROL-47 mission.After ULA was forced to delay proceedings on Wednesday and Thursday, the space company successfully launched its Delta IV rocket at 5:11 p.m. ET, 2:11 p.m. local time, on Friday.A ground system helium problem caused blastoff to be delayed by more than hour.The blastoff and initial phases of the rocket's flight were a success."Payload fairing jettison," ULA tweeted, before concluding its coverage of the mission.Because the mission involved the deployment of a spy satellite for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office, ULA ended its coverage of the flight early.Friday's launch was originally supposed to happen on Wednesday, but was pushed to Thursday due to high winds. Thursday's att...
Ocean acidification altering the architecture of California mussel shells

Ocean acidification altering the architecture of California mussel shells

Science
Jan. 5 (UPI) -- California mussels aren't built like they used to be. According to new research, increasing ocean acidification is altering the structural makeup of mussel shells along the West Coast.Traditionally, long, cylindrical calcite crystals for neat and predictable rows in the shells of California mussels, Mytilus californianus. But as detailed in a new study, published in the journal Global Change Biology, that geometric consistency is no more."What we've seen in more recent shells is that the crystals are small and disoriented," study leader Sophie McCoy, assistant professor of biological science at Florida State University, said in a news release. "These are significant changes in how these animals produce their shells that can be tied to a shifting ocean chemistry."Scientists ...
Legal recreational pot in California: What you need to know

Legal recreational pot in California: What you need to know

Health
California on Monday becomes the nation's largest state to offer legal recreational marijuana sales. Here's a snapshot of how the market will work and how the state will regulate a pot economy estimated to be worth $ 7 billion: ——— THE BASICS California voted to legalize in 2016. The goal is to tighten regulation of the state's long-running medical pot sales while encouraging operators in the vast black market to enter the legal system. In general, California will treat cannabis like alcohol, allowing people 21 and older to possess up to an ounce of pot and grow six marijuana plants at home. The state in December began licensing businesses for the new economy, including retailers who will sell it and distributors who will move it from fields to storefronts. ——— WHERE CAN I BUY LEGAL POT?