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Grey seals copy human speech and music

ST. ANDREWS UNIVERSITY (AP) — Grey seals can copy the sound of human words and songs, a new research by the University of St Andrew’s has found.

A team of researchers at the Scottish university conducted a study that showed three trained seals were able to imitate parts of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star as well as other popular tunes.

The findings of the research were published on Thursday, including footage of the singing seals.

The study gave the researchers a better understanding of the evolution of vocal learning and human language development.

It also suggested that grey seals could be a new model to study speech disorders since they use their vocal tracts the same way as humans... Read More

‘Jeopardy!’ champ playing in World Series of Poker events

LAS VEGAS (AP) — “Jeopardy!” champion and professional sports gambler James Holzhauer is making his World Series of Poker debut in Las Vegas, with plans to donate half his winnings to charity.

Tournament official Seth Palansky says Holzhauer is competing Monday in a No-Limit Hold’em event and plans to partner later in the day with Poker Hall of Famer Mike Sexton in another contest.

Holzhauer tells tournament officials he’ll donate winnings to a Las Vegas nonprofit for homeless teenagers.

Holzhauer played online poker semi-professionally in the early 2000s, but makes a living now with sports betting.

He became a celebrity during a 32-game “Jeopardy!” win streak, winning more than $2.4 million before he lost in early June.

He has taken part in several events in Las Vegas in recent weeks... Read More

Coroner: Boy died from accidental drowning

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Clark County Coroner’s Office has identified the child who drowned in a swimming pool over the weekend as 8-year-old Jacob Cameron Davis of Las Vegas.

His cause of death is listed as accidental drowning.

Davis was reported missing hours before he was discovered unresponsive in a backyard pool. Investigators say the boy was autistic and walked away from his home near East Russell Road and Mountain Vista Street.

Metro’s abuse and neglect team is looking into the situation... Read More

Ex-Las Vegas fire captain gets 5 years probation on sex charges

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A former Las Vegas fire captain was sentenced to five years probation and he must register as a sex offender after bringing a teen to his station for sex.

Richard Loughry, 48, contacted the 15-year-old girl through an online advertisement that said she was 22 years old. The girl told police she met Loughry in Feb. 2017 for sex in a fire station room labeled “Captains Dorm.” She was paid $300.

Loughry entered a plea deal earlier this year to reduced charges of attempted statutory sexual seduction and soliciting prostitution. Initially, he was charged with lewdness with a child, child abuse, soliciting a prostitute.

Loughry left his job in 2017 after being a firefighter for almost 20 years... Read More

Tahoe conservationists distribute new cigarette canisters

STATELINE, Nev. (AP) – The oldest and largest conservation group at Lake Tahoe and a coalition of water suppliers plan to distribute 250 cigarette butt collection canisters around the lake this summer to reduce litter.

Leaders of the League to Save Lake Tahoe and Tahoe Water Supplies Association say the thousands of butts collected in recent beach cleanups served as a call to action.

More than 4,500 butts were gathered earlier this month, more than 6,000 at an Earth Day cleanup in April and a total of more than 27,600 over the past year.

Marilee Movius, the league’s community engagement manager, says an estimated 98% of cigarette filters are made of plastic fibers that are not biodegradable.

Madonna Dunbar, the water group’s leader, says improperly discarded butts also pose a wildfire risk... Read More

Feels like summer this week.

After a very mild start to summer this past weekend, temperatures will heat up to seasonal norms this week. The dry air feels better, but will dehydrate you more quickly so you must keep up on drinking water. Gusty winds arrive tomorrow and Sherry’s #WeatherNOW forecast has more changes in temps, thanks to the wind... Read More

What’s Driving You Crazy? – Different HOV concerns

How
about some people that really likes the HOV lanes?

Shouldn’t
be too hard to believe. But Eda and her husband’s enjoyment came
to a sudden halt. She writes:

“We were going from Summerlin to Henderson. The new lanes were fantastic! [BUT] When we got to the 215 we discovered there’s no HOV exit for either direction of the 215. There’s no warning that you need to get out of the HOV lanes further back, and cross 4 lanes of traffic to exit to the 215. WHY? Thanks. Watch your show almost every morning.”

Well,
Eda, I got a pretty short answer back from Tony Illia at the Nevada
Dept of Transportation:

”Long-term plans call for eventually incorporating High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes into the 215 Beltway.”

So
I need to follow up with Tony – not only on the possible timing of
extending HOV to the 215, but, perhaps, more so on the issue you
brought up about exiting the HOV lane. We’ll keep you posted... Read More