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August 27, 2018

DEPUTIES: CALIFORNIA MAN HAD 800 POUNDS OF STOLEN LEMONS

Talk about driving a lemon!

THERMAL, Calif. (AP) —Authorities say a man has been arrested in Southern California after deputies found about 800 pounds of stolen lemons inside his car.

Riverside County sheriff’s officials say 69-year-old Dionicio Fierros was arrested Friday and booked on a charge of theft of agricultural products.

Deputies were investigating recent farm thefts when they stopped Fierros’ car in Thermal on Friday morning.

Inside his car, deputies say they found several large bags of freshly picked lemons they say were stolen from a nearby farm.

BAT SIGNAL: FIREFLIES’ GLOW TELLS BATS THEY TASTE AWFUL

A new kind of flashing

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fireflies flash not just for sex, but survival, a new study suggests.

Scientists wanted to find out if there’s more to the lightning bug’s signature blinking glow than finding a mate. Some experts had speculated it was a glaring signal to predators, like bats, that fireflies taste bad.

Researchers at Boise State University put bats and fireflies in front of high-speed cameras. They published their results in Wednesday’s journal Science Advances.

The experiment introduced western bats, which had never seen lightning bugs before, to the insects. Later, they hand-painted firefly bellies black, essentially turning off their night lights, avoiding the holes the critters breathe through.

When the bats first saw the unfamiliar lit-up fireflies, they swooped in and munched on them, only to get a bad taste in their mouths.

After a few tries, the bats then avoided the glowing fireflies.

DOG IN MOUNTAINS

Dog lost after Colorado mountain crash reunited with family

CHAFREE COUNTY, Colo. (AP) — A dog that survived almost three weeks in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains after being thrown from a vehicle in a crash has been reunited with its family.

The year-old canine — a golden-doodle named Bentley — was lost when the vehicle it was traveling in slid off the edge of a mountain road west of Pueblo and plunged 600 feet down an incline on Aug. 7.

The crash killed Jennifer Orr of Wichita, Kansas and seriously injured her 21-year-old daughter, Samantha.

Samantha Orr returned to the crash scene after being released from the hospital.

Orr and others spotted Bentley early Saturday and captured on video the moment when they were able to lure the animal in with food and a toy.

KKTV reports the dog was malnourished and dehydrated but otherwise fine.

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