Manatee Rider May Be Jailed, Fined

A Florida woman who rode several manatees may be jailed for up to 60 days and fined up to $1,000.00 under Florida law. Gloria Garcia Gutierrez was videotaped by witnesses as she swam among and rode on the protected aquatic mammals.

Drought Wipes Out Almost All Of U.S. Corn Crop

The historic drought that has caused the federal government to declare approximately 1,000 U.S. counties disaster areas has destroyed almost the entire 2012 corn crop. Not only will this drive up the cost of Doritos, but also of eggs, milk, cheese, beef, pork, chicken, and fuel. Because these days we aren’t just feeding our farm animals corn, we’re feeding it to our vehicles, too.

So when you spend $60 for a supreme with two kinds of cheese and mushrooms, thank the people who have stood in the way of doing something about global climate change for the past thirty years. That would be most world leaders, almost all corporations, and every Republican on the planet. Of course they won’t be bitching – they’re mostly rich, except for the Republican rank and file: they’re just dumb.

Endangered Mexican Spotted Owls Complicate AZ Water Problem

The tussle between the U.S. Forest Service and the city of Tombstone, AZ, over the city’s right to maintain their water pipeline through public lands has now been complicated by the appearance of Mexican Spotted Owls in the vicinity of the pipeline. The owls are a threatened species, although some conspiracy theorists think the U.S. government may have encouraged the owls to illegally cross the border.

Japan Tsunami Debris Washes Up In Alaska

Debris from the 2011 tsunami in Japan has reached North America. Plastic bottles, children’s toys, and insulating foam from buildings is washing up on beaches in the Alaskan panhandle. Although it is estimated that 70% of the tsunami debris has sunk, it is also estimated that as much as 1.5 million tons is headed for North America.

Federal Judge Won’t Allow Tombstone To Repair Water System

U.S. District Judge Frank Zapata has turned down the city of Tombstone, Arizona’s request to force the U.S. Forest Service to let the city use heavy equipment to repair it’s 130-year-old water pipeline that runs through the Huachuca Mountains. The Forest Service says some of the pipeline runs through federally protected wilderness.

Scientists Claim Giant Cannibal Shrimp Are Invading U.S.A.

Sightings of the massive Asian tiger shrimp, which can eat their smaller cousins, were 10 times higher in 2011 than in 2010. The giant cannibal shrimp can grow to be 12 inches long and thirst for fresh blood. They are amphibious and like to hunt out of the water at night for what they jokingly refer to as "landfood".