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Monarch butterfly population moves closer to…

Researchers say the number of western monarch butterflies wintering along the California coast has plummeted to a record low, putting the orange-and-black insects closer to extinction

Bali's monkey thieves apparently understand…

The token exchange paradigm shows that monkeys and great apes are able to use objects as symbolic tools to request specific food rewards. Such studies provide insights into the cognitive underpinnings of economic behaviour in non-human primates. However, the ecological validity of these laboratory-based experimental situations tends to be limited. Our field research aims to address the need for a more ecologically valid primate model of trading systems in humans. Around the Uluwatu Temple in Bali, Indonesia, a large free-ranging population of long-tailed macaques spontaneously and routinely engage in token-mediated bartering interactions with humans. These interactions occur in two phases: after stealing inedible and more or less valuable objects from humans, the macaques appear to use them as tokens, by returning them to humans in exchange for food. Our field observational and experimental data showed (i) age differences in robbing/bartering success, indicative of experiential learning, and (ii) clear behavioural associations between value-based token possession and quantity or quality of food rewards rejected and accepted by subadult and adult monkeys, suggestive of robbing/bartering payoff maximization and economic decision-making. This population-specific, prevalent, cross-generational, learned and socially influenced practice may be the first example of a culturally maintained token economy in free-ranging animals.

'Biggest Dodge Truck Limo in Texas' Waiting for…

The presidential pardon watch continues, with President Trump expected to issue roughly 100 pardons and commutations on his last full day in office. Joe Exotic's legal team feels confident he'll be on the pardon list. How confident? The head of his legal team, Eric Love, tells KOCO 5 there is...

Cuomo: NY will sue Feds if virus aid doesn't come

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed two state budgets. One if the state gets what Cuomo calls New York's "fair share" of federal aid, and one if it doesn't. Cuomo also said the state will look at legalizing cannabis and sports betting. (Jan 19)

Pompeo Slams Multiculturalism

Business Insider reports that outgoing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said "multiculturalism" is un-American. "Our enemies stoke these divisions because they know they make us weaker," he said. "Woke-ism, multiculturalism, all the -isms — they're not who America is."

LeVert, Pacers await test results before plotting…

Caris LeVert says he's waiting for more test results on his left kidney before establishing a timeline for his debut with the Indiana Pacers

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Remembering Mac Miller

Remembering Mac Miller. Malcolm James McCormick was born on January 19, 1992, and passed on September 7, 2018. Here are five facts to celebrate the late rapper’s life. 1. He started rapping when he was 14 years old and went by EZ Mac before becoming Mac Miller. 2. Miller taught himself how to play the guitar, bass, piano and drums. 3. He was a record producer under the pseudonym, Larry Fisherman. 4. His debut studio album, 'Blue Slide Park,' was the first independently-distributed album to top the US 'Billboard' 200 chart since 1995. 5. Miller received his first-ever Grammy nomination posthumously for his last studio album, 'Swimming.'. Happy Birthday, Mac Miller!

Man Who Doubted Ability To Be Arrested Following…

Andrew Williams was one of the Trump supporters who stormed the US Capitol on January 6th. Days later, he asked, "How are they going to arrest every single person?" in a live stream. His expression of doubt regarding the insurrection was fairly widespread among participants. Williams was arrested on January 13th, according to Business Insider. Williams' activities and participation were chronicled in photos and videos obtained by federal police. The FBI and local police force are urging everyone with info to come forward.

Tiffany Trump Makes News as She Leaves

On her last chance to make news at the White House, Tiffany Trump has announced that she's engaged. Her fiance is Michael Boulos, CNN reports. She posted the news Tuesday on Instagram , along with a photo of the couple on the White House colonnade, with her engagement ring visible. "It...

Lake-effect snow machine ramps back up

Forecasters are also warning of the potential for heavy snow squalls to cause dangerous travel conditions.

Phil Spector, Famed Music Producer and Convicted…

Phil Spector, Famed Music Producer and Convicted Murderer, Dead at 81. According to a statement made by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, . Spector died of natural causes on Saturday. In 2009, the famous music producer was convicted of murdering actress Lana Clarkson. He was sentenced to 19 years to life in prison. Prior to his conviction, Spector produced recordings by The Beatles, Cher, the Ramones, Ike and Tina Turner and more. He was also inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters' Hall of Fame

Poster artist helped connect candidates, voters…

It's fair to say Brandon Litman was one of the more colorful campaign volunteers during Georgia's U.S. Senate runoffs

DNI nominee: No room for politics in intel…

President-elect Joe Biden's nominee to lead the intelligence community, Avril Haines, promised Tuesday to “speak truth to power" and keep politics out of intelligence agencies to ensure their work is trusted. (Jan. 19)

Miners Trapped for 9 Days Request Pickles…

A dozen miners who have been trapped 1,700 feet beneath the surface since Jan. 10 are ready to eat more than nutritional liquids while they wait to be rescued. Using a telephone line that has been newly delivered to the No. 6 chamber of the gold mine, where all...

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Sales of US Constitution topped 1 million during…

Along with dystopian novels and White House tell-alls, the U.S. Constitution has been a best-seller during Donald Trump's presidency

World's friendliest UPS driver takes photos with…

World's friendliest UPS driver takes photos with dogs he meets on his route

Baldwin Takes Himself Off Twitter

After weeks of online debate over his wife's ethnicity , Alec Baldwin has decided to step off the platform, though apparently not for good. "Twitter is like a party where everyone is screaming," the actor tweeted Monday. "Not much of a party. Goodbye for now." Debate has raged online about the...

Zoo gorillas showered with popcorn in Illinois

Western lowland gorillas at Brookfield Zoo in suburban Chicago were showered with popcorn in celebration of National Popcorn Day. (Jan. 19)

Methane Emissions Decline During 2020

New this week: 'The White Tiger,' Salt-N-Pepa…

This week’s new entertainment releases include plush and warm tunes from Rhye, the R&B musical project by Mike Milosh

Garth Brooks, New Radicals Added to Biden…

Garth Brooks, New Radicals , Added to Biden Inauguration Lineup. The country music legend was revealed as part of the Biden-Harris "Parade Across America" inaugural event lineup on Monday. . This is a great day in our household, this is not a political statement, this is a statement of unity. This is history, and it is an honor to get to serve, Garth Brooks, via 'The Hollywood Reporter'. According to Brooks, Dr. Jill Biden asked him if he would perform on Inauguration Day. What I want for all of us to do is listen, Garth Brooks, via 'The Hollywood Reporter'. New Radicals will also perform during the event, coming together as a band again for the first time in 22 years. The band will perform their 1998 hit, "You Get What You Give," a song that was also used during the 2020 Biden-Harris campaign. America knows in its heart that things will get bright again with a new administration and a real plan for vaccines on the way, Gregg Alexander, Frontman of New Radicals, via 'Rolling Stone'. That’s the message of the song… this world is gonna pull through, Gregg Alexander, Frontman of New Radicals, via 'Rolling Stone'. The event will be hosted by Tony Goldwyn and feature a slew of other celebrities, such as Jon Stewart and Andra Day

Biden Plan For COVID-19 Vaccine Won't Cause…

14 (UPI) -- The incoming Biden administration's plan to release more doses of the COVID-19 vaccine won't cause supply shortages, Dr. Celine Gounder, a member of the newly created COVID-19 advisory board said Thursday. Two COVID-19 vaccines, made by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, have been approved for use in the United States, and both require two doses for maximum effectiveness. Through Thursday, nearly 30 million doses of the two vaccines had been distributed across the country, but fewer than 11 million have been administered, based on estimates from the U.S.

McConnell Blames Trump for Provoking Mob

Sen. Mitch McConnell hasn't said how he'll vote in the impeachment trial of President Trump, but he was clear about where he stands on the accusation Tuesday. "The mob was fed lies," the majority leader said on the Senate floor, the Hill reports. "They were provoked by the president and...

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Hurricane-force winds race through California

In addition to the strong winds, a storm will bring rain and some snow to parts of the Southwest.

Ex-Governor of Michigan Is Among 9 Officials…

Ex-Governor of Michigan, Is Among 9 Officials Charged in Flint Water Crisis. The charges involving ex-Governor Rick Snyder are the result of what has been described as "the largest criminal investigation in the history of the state of Michigan.". A switch in the supply of water directed to Flint, MI, in 2014 resulted in dangerously high levels of lead in the community's tap water. Water from the Flint River was redirected in order to cut costs. . Pure and simple, this case is about justice, truth, accountability, poisoned children, lost lives, shattered families that are still not whole .., Kym Worthy, Wayne County Prosecutor, via NBC News. ... and simply giving a damn about all of humanity, Kym Worthy, Wayne County Prosecutor, via NBC News. Snyder pleaded not guilty to the two misdemeanor charges. The eight other officials who worked under Snyder have been charged with crimes as serious as involuntary manslaughter. A class-action lawsuit related to the scandal resulted in a $600 million settlement for the affected residents

Long shot? Capitol rioters hold out hope for a…

In what could be the longest of legal longshots, several of those arrested for storming the U.S. Capitol are holding out hope that President Donald Trump will use some of his last hours in office to grant the rioters a full and complete pardon