Loss of sea ice leads walruses to early appearance in Alaska
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says Pacific walruses have begun coming ashore along Alaska’s northwest coast, and it’s likely because sea ice in the Arctic Ocean already has receded beyond the outer continental shelf.
Walruses by the thousands in recent years have come ashore in early fall.
The agency says several hundred walruses were spotted in early August on a barrier island near the village of Point Lay.
Walrus dive hundreds of feet to eat clams on the ocean bottom. The preferred habitat for females with calves is sea ice, which gives calves a safe resting place while their mothers dive.
Sea ice beyond the outer continental shelf is over water more than 10,000 feet, far too deep for walruses to reach the ocean bottom.
Trump authorizes expanded college assistance for veterans
BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump has authorized the largest expansion of college assistance for military veterans in a decade.
Trump signed a veterans’ education bill into law Wednesday at his golf club in central New Jersey.
The law removes a 15-year time limit on using GI benefits and increases money for thousands serving in the National Guard and Reserve. It builds on a 2008 law that guaranteed military veterans a full-ride scholarship to any in-state public university, or a similar cash amount to attend private colleges.
Veterans would get additional payments if they complete science, technology and engineering courses.
A wide range of veterans’ groups supported the measure. The Veterans of Foreign Wars says hundreds of thousands of veterans stand to gain from the new benefit.
Police: Alabama woman survives 28 days in woods
UNION SPRINGS, Ala. (AP) — A missing Alabama woman has been found alive after surviving for weeks in the woods.
The Bullock County Sheriff’s Office tells media outlets that 25-year-old Lisa Theris was found Saturday walking along a highway outside of Union Springs, 44 miles southeast of Montgomery. She had been reported missing in mid-July.
Sheriff Raymond Rodgers tells WSFA-TV that Theris had been lost in the woods for almost one month. He says she survived by drinking water from a brook and eating berries and mushrooms. When found, Theris was covered in bug bites and scratches and had lost 50 pounds.
Deputy Chad Faulkner tells WTVY-TV the two men Theris was last seen with are being questioned, but haven’t been legally implicated in the case.
FBI offers $30K reward for info in Minnesota mosque bombing
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The FBI is offering a $30,000 reward for information in the bombing of a Minnesota mosque earlier this month.
The FBI’s Minneapolis Division announced the reward in a tweet Wednesday. The FBI says finding whoever was responsible for the Aug. 5 explosion at the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington remains its “top priority.”
The explosion happened early on a Saturday just before morning prayers and caused extensive damage to the imam’s office. No one was injured.
Muslim advocacy groups and Twin Cities’ mosques are separately offering a combined $24,000 reward.
Police: Teacher let son sell LSD and allowed teens to use it
SPRINGBORO, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio elementary school teacher faces charges she let her 15-year-old son sell LSD and allowed teenagers to use it in her home.
Forty-year-old Amy Panzeca, of Springboro, pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Warren County to charges including permitting drug abuse and endangering children. She was freed on bond.
Prosecutors say Panzeca’s son sold LSD to at least 20 high school students. He faces felony drug charges and is being held in a juvenile detention center.
A drug task force found LSD and marijuana during a search of the family’s home in May.
Panzeca teaches fifth grade. The Springboro school district has placed her on paid leave.
Panzeca’s attorney couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.