WASHINGTON (AP) — Sorry, clean freaks. No matter how well you scrub your home, it's covered in bacteria from your own body. And if you pack up and move, new research shows, you'll rapidly transfer your unique microbial fingerprint to the doorknobs, countertops and floors in your new house, too.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Matt Stroud, a reporter covering criminal justice for technology website The Verge, is joining The Associated Press as a correspondent based in Morgantown, home of West Virginia University.
By Daniel Wallis MIAMI (Reuters) - Wildlife authorities in Florida caught a man who killed and ate 15 gopher tortoises and planned to slaughter 11 more of the threatened reptiles, a spokeswoman said on Thursday. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said a tip-off led an officer to woods in Citrus County on Florida's west coast where he found tire tracks and shells dumped on the ground. Returning the next day, he found a container holding 11 live gopher tortoises. "He hid himself and waited, figuring the subject would return that afternoon," the FWC said in a statement, adding that when the man came back he admitted to feasting on the threatened species.
(Reuters) - A woman at the week-long Burning Man arts and culture festival in the Nevada desert died on Thursday when she was run over by a bus carrying participants, police and organizers said. The woman, whose name and age was not immediately released, may have been riding on the bus before she fell under the wheels and was run over by it, said Sheila Reitz, dispatch supervisor for the Pershing County Sheriff's Office. "This is a terrible accident," said Burning Man co-founder Marian Goodell in a statement on the event's website. "Our thoughts and prayers are with her family, friends and campmates." Burning Man canceled its first day on Monday as rare rain storms drenched the area, but it opened on Tuesday.
By Richard Valdmanis BOSTON (Reuters) - Irving Oil's oil-by-rail terminal in Saint John, New Brunswick, has seen increasing air quality problems since it started up in 2012, undermining the company's assurances to regulators the project would likely not impact the environment, according to documents obtained by Reuters. New Brunswick's Department of the Environment approved the 145,000-barrel-per-day Saint John rail terminal project in June 2012 without requiring an environmental impact study after Irving said it did not expect it to trigger new odors or emissions and was just a variation on its existing marine terminal facility on the same site, according to the documents obtained through a Right to Information Act request.
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Inadequate regulation of the bait fish trade and carelessness on the part of anglers may be allowing invasive species — including widely feared Asian carp — to reach the Great Lakes and inland waterways, according to a scientific paper released Thursday.