While pregnant with her son Edgar, Melissa Wolfe followed the lead of many a cautious woman before her. She took prenatal vitamins and ate organic vegetables. She avoided dyeing her hair and using hairspray. She even went as far as to leave the kitchen whenever someone turned on the microwave.
“I was very vigilant. Perhaps a little crazy,” said Wolfe, of Brentwood, N.H.
Yet Wolfe still fears that her 4-year-old’s autism may have resulted from chemicals infiltrating her womb, whether components of her migraine medicine, contaminants brought home from her husband’s work installing rubber flooring, or remnants of the remodeling the couple did on their house.
A pair of “gay” Gentoo penguins who have apparently yearned for parenthood for six years, are to become fathers at last after an egg was donated to their empty nest.
Inca and Rayas met at Madrid’s Faunia Park six years ago and have been inseparable ever since.
But their love story has been laced with sorrow. For every year the industrious pair have built a nest, in the apparent hope of hearing the pitter-patter of tiny penguin feet.
However, the stork is finally on his way to the happy couple, as an egg has been donated to them, The Times reported.
“We wanted them to have something to stay together for — so we got an egg. Otherwise they might have become depressed,” said Yolanda Martin, their keeper.
Animal sanctuaries in England are caring for hundreds of pet owls that were abandoned by their owners in the past year, a disturbing trend rescuers believe is linked to the end of the “Harry Potter” series.
“Harry Potter” fans enchanted with the boy wizard’s owl sidekick Hedwig drove up demand for the birds during book and movie releases, the Mirror reports. But now that all book installments and film adaptations have been released, many owners are abandoning their pet owls into the wild, where they are unprepared to care for themselves.
WASHINGTON - Under a withering assault from the industry, Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko is stepping down, effective upon the confirmation of his successor, according to a statement from Jaczko.
The resignation follows months of bureaucratic knife-wielding by the four industry-backed members of the five-person panel. Like something out of Dumas, the passionate infighting stretched back decades. The industry effort was spearheaded by Democratic Commissioner Bill Magwood. Magwood, it turned out, had led a strikingly similar coup against his boss at the Department of Energy before taking his spot, a saga first reported by HuffPost late last year as the coup was unfolding.
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