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Man in serious condition following attack by his pet zebra in Searcy, Arkansas

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Zebra
A Searcy man is still at a Little Rock hospital in serious condition after his pet zebra attacked him Sunday night, police say.

Officers were called to the White County Medical Center about a man who had been attacked by his own zebra, Searcy Police Department spokesman Cpl. Steve Hernandez said.

The man had already been transported to the UAMS Medical Center in Little Rock by the time police arrived, Hernandez said.

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Sinkhole swallows several cars in succession in Corpus Christi, Texas

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Tuesday morning sinkhole, one vehicle is being swallowed up by sinkhole.
City crews are currently at the site of the sinkhole on South Alameda and Chase Drive. City officials say the water main break was the cause of the sinkhole, the pipe that broke was a cast iron pipe build in 1955.

Crews are expected to be there all day repairing the water main.

They plan to put a patch over the hole until city street crews can repair the damage.

Early Tuesday morning residents on South Alameda and Chase Drive got a rude awakening when they heard the sounds of a vehicle in distress.

One resident says they were woken around 4:15 a.m when they heard a loud noise. When the resident went outside he saw the car was stuck in a giant sink hole.


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Thousands of snow geese fall dead from the sky in Salmon, Idaho

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Avian cholera is suspected in the deaths of at least 2,000 snow geese that fell dead from the sky in Idaho while migrating to nesting grounds on the northern coast of Alaska, wildlife managers said Monday.

Dozens of Idaho Department of Fish and Game workers and volunteers at the weekend retrieved and incinerated carcasses of snow geese found near bodies of water and a wildlife management area in the eastern part of the state, said agency spokesman Gregg Losinski.

Avian cholera is believed to be the culprit in the deaths mostly because of the way the birds died, he said.

"Basically, they just fell out of the sky," said Losinski.

He said biologists were awaiting results from a state wildlife lab to confirm the birds died of the highly contagious disease, which is caused by bacteria that can survive in soil and water for up to four months.

Humans face a small risk of contracting the disease but the more immediate threat is to wildlife in the vicinity of contaminated carcasses, Losinski said.

About 20 bald eagles were seen near areas where snow geese carcasses littered the ground but a lengthy incubation period makes it unclear if the eagles were infected and would carry the ailment elsewhere, said Losinski.

Comment: It's probably NOT avian cholera.

Pole Shift? Look to the Skies!


Solar Flares

Another powerful geomagnetic storm hits Earth

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A geomagnetic storm that government scientists rate as severe hit the planet on Tuesday morning.

The storm rated as a G4 on a NOAA scale, which tops out at G5. It's the strongest storm that's happened in the current solar cycle, which lasts 11 years.

The Space Weather Prediction Center says that the storm is from sun activity that started on March 15.

It warned that there could be possible widespread voltage control problems at power systems and some protective systems could trip out key assets from the grid in the affected areas, which include areas of Canada and Alaska.

Spacecraft could also experience surface charging and tracking problems and corrections may be needed for orientation problems.

It warned that satellite navigation systems could be affected for hours and low-frequency radio navigation disrupted.

It also said that the aurora could be seen as far south as California because of the storm. Images on Twitter showed it was visible in the pre-dawn hours in Washington state.

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Car-sized sinkhole shuts down street in Franklin County, Ohio

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A large sinkhole in Franklin County has closed down a stretch of road in West Frankfort. The sinkhole formed on Saturday on West 6th Street between Horn and Taft streets.

"We know it's about the size of a Volkswagen," said West Frankfort Sewer Superintendent Charles Hubble. "It's a sinkhole. We've gotten a hole in our water line and it's been pulling in debris from the road."

The pit is about 10 feet deep and 10 feet wide, with room to grow.

"It is a dangerous thing," explained Hubble.

Wolf

89-year-old woman brutally attacked by dog in Plainville, Connecticut

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This photo is from the flyer that police are circulating to locate owner of animal involved in brutal attack.
An elderly woman remains in intensive care at a Connecticut hospital after being attacked by a dog in Plainville on Thursday.

A driver for Meals on Wheels was delivering food on Long Swamp Road around 11 a.m. Thursday, when police said the driver was nipped by the dog, which police identified as a pit bull.

An 89-year-old woman, who was receiving the meal, helped the person back but then she was attacked by the dog. The worst of the damage was to her hands, where her bone is exposed.

"Severe hand bite, almost to near amputation," said Plainville Police Corporal Patrick Buden.

The woman was rushed to the hospital and remains in intensive care. Police said they have never seen a dog attack this brutal ever.

"It was until I went into the house and saw the victim and saw what the dog did to her hand, I was totally shocked. I've never seen anything like this in my life,"
said Plainville's Animal Control Officer Gabby Paciotti.


Fish

Hundreds of dead fish found along Chesapeake canal in Virginia

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Over the weekend hundreds of fish washed up along the shore around the Deep Creek section of Chesapeake.
Over the weekend hundreds of fish washed up along the shore around the Deep Creek section of Chesapeake.

Local fisherman that live along the Gilmerton Canal in Chesapeake contacted Newschannel 3 Sunday morning about the wash up.

The fish were found on the shore stretching from the canal into the Deep Creek waterway. Hundreds more were also seen floating.

It is not clear the exact type of the fish, but fishermen believe a majority of them are trout.

Eagle

Michigan's bald eagles are the most contaminated birds in the world

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Bald eagle.
Monday, March 16, 2015, 4:57 PM - A study published last month in the Journal of Great Lakes Research suggests the livers of Michigan's bald eagles are severely contaminated with phased-out flame retardant chemicals, more so than any other bird on the planet.

While the area's bald eagle population is stable, the chemicals have been known to impair reproduction and disrupt hormones.

Manufacturers began using polybrominated diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs, in furniture, electronics and clothing in an effort to make household products safer. The chemicals were phased-out in the early 2000s, but traces can still be found in the air, dirt and in people.

Nil Basu, associate professor at McGill University and lead author of the study, told Environmental Health News that PDBEs "are everywhere".

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Jammu-Srinagar highway in India closed after heavy snowfall triggers landslide

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Vehicles stranded on the Jammu national highway on Thursday.
A 4-year-old girl was killed in a landslide triggered by snowfall and rains in the last 24 hours in Kashmir, which also forced closure of the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway even as air traffic remained suspended.

Huda Jan was killed when she was buried under a landslide at Sunergund in Awantipora area of south Kashmir, Pulwama district last evening, a police spokesman said.

While incessant rains lashed most parts of the Valley yesterday, moderate to heavy snowfall was reported since wee hours this morning.

A traffic department official said the 300-km Srinagar-Jammu Highway has been closed for vehicular movement following landslides at several places due to the heavy downpour in the Valley and along the Pir Panjal mountain range.

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Blizzard warning in effect for eastern Kenai Peninsula, Alaska

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Winter driving.
A winter storm is expected to drop as much as a foot of snow across parts of Southcentral Alaska Sunday night into Monday, but forecasters say the blizzard is unlikely to reach Anchorage, where warm temperatures are expected to return after a brief cold spell.

The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning for the Portage Valley, about 50 miles southeast of Anchorage, and eastern Turnagain Arm Sunday. Areas that could be affected stretch from Whittier to Seward and include parts of western Prince William Sound. The warning goes into effect at 7 p.m. Sunday and lasts until noon Monday, and predicts winds gusting up to 50 mph and heavy snow, reducing visibility on the Seward Highway to less than a quarter-mile at times.

Snow-starved Anchorage residents, meanwhile, are not expected to get a late winter dumping of snow. The Anchorage NWS office said current cold temps -- which were hovering in the single digits on Sunday -- would warm to almost 40 degrees by Monday.