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La Nina arrives in U.S., may stay through winter

Nov 11, 2016

La Nina arrives in U.S., may stay through winter

Government weather forecasters say La Nina is here. La Nina (la NEEN’-yuh), the flip side of El Nino (ehl NEEN’-yoh), is the cooling of the Central Pacific Ocean that affects weather patterns worldwide. Mike Halpert of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday ...

Nov 11, 2016

Leprosy bacteria found in British isles red squirrels

Some red squirrels in Britain and Ireland are infected with the bacteria that causes leprosy in humans, though the risk of transmission to people is low, researchers said Thursday. Still, scientists were surprised to uncover signs of the infectious disease that ravaged Europe in ...

Nov 9, 2016

H5N8 bird flu detected in Austria wild duck carcasses

Bird flu has been found in the carcasses of wild ducks near Austria’s border with Germany and Switzerland, Austrian authorities said on Tuesday, adding there was no evidence the virus could be transmitted to humans. Five ducks with the H5N8 subtype of the virus ...