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    Wasps Just As Important As Bees

    Unlike bees, wasps are considered as nuisance and dangerous insects, but researchers said that these creatures are also important in pollination and in warding off pests.

    In a new study published in the journal Ecological Entomology, Seirian Sumner from University College London, and colleagues conducted a social media media survey to investigate public perception of bees and wasps.

    Bees are highly regarded because of the crucial role they play in pollinating plants, but this does not seem to be the case with their wasp cousins.

    The researchers wanted to find out if there is truth to the general consensus that people hate wasps. Their survey, which involved 748 individuals from 46 countries, revealed that people indeed hate wasps.

    While participants of the survey commonly associated the words “honey”, “pollination”, and “flowers” to bees, the researchers found that the words commonly associated with wasps were “annoying”, “sting”, and “dangerous”.

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    Not all doctors save lives.

    From the outside, 38-year-old California man Grant William Robicheaux and his girlfriend, Cerissa Riley, 31, could seem like the perfect couple. Living in glamorous Orange County, Robicheaux boasted of a successful orthopedic surgeon’s practice, while also sporting good looks, with his beautiful girlfriend Riley always around to assist him. In fact, Robicheaux even had a stint in showbiz when he featured in an episode of the 2014 Bravo reality series Online Dating Rituals of the American Male.

    But the couple’s good looks and charm was used for a sinister purpose, as revealed in a shocking press conference by Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas, who announced that Robicheaux and Riley were charged with multiple felonies, including drugging and raping at least two women.

    “We believe the defendants used their good looks and charm to lower the inhibitions of their potential prey.

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    An Indian man claimed on social media earlier this month that he had to drive himself home from an airport because his Uber driver was allegedly too drunk to do so, Yahoo UK reported.

    Surya Oruganti said he was forced into the DIY Uber trip from the Kempegowda International Airport in Devanahalli, India after his driver showed up “drunk and drowsy,” the website wrote. Oruganti said that he took the wheel for the roughly 20-mile trip home.

    Oruganti went to Twitter to document the unusual trip, per Yahoo UK.

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    Michael Jordan, Who Grew Up Near Where Hurricane Florence Made Landfall, Donates $2 Million To Relief Efforts

    Before NBA Hall of Famer and Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan gained fame in the sport, he spent his growing-up years in Wilmington, North Carolina, the place he established himself as a high school basketball star. And with Hurricane Florence having hit so close to his hometown, the hoops legend recently donated $2 million in funds for relief efforts in the state.

    “It’s truly devastating for me to see the damage that Hurricane Florence is doing to my beloved home state of North Carolina and to the surrounding areas,” Jordan said last week, as quoted by CNN.

    Speaking to the Charlotte Observer on Tuesday, Michael Jordan explained his decision to donate so much money for organizations spearheading relief and recovery initiatives in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. He said that seeing what happened to North and South Carolina as the storm hit brought him back to his younger days and the places he visited all those years ago.

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    wanda barzee will be released today

    Wanda Barzee, the Utah woman who, along with her accomplice Brian David Mitchell, kidnapped then-teenager Elizabeth Smart and held her captive for nine months, will be released from prison today.

    As ABC News reports, Barzee was originally scheduled to be released in 2024. However, the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole determined that miscalculations were made in how much time Barzee was to serve, and she is due to be released today instead.

    Greg Johnson, director of administrative services for Utah’s Board of Pardon and Parole, tells KUER-TV (Salt Lake City) that Barzee is being released because she served her time. She is not being granted parole or early release.

    “She has served the maximum length of her sentence and must be released.”

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    Members of the New York Urban Search and Rescue Task Force One help evacuate people from their homes due to flooding from Hurricane Florence

    Two mental health patients have drowned after being trapped in a sheriff’s van that was swept away in Hurricane Florence’s floodwaters in South Carolina, wrote the New York Times.

    Two Horry County sheriff’s deputies were driving two women from one health facility in the area to another via Highway 76 before the driver lost control of the van due to the rising floodwaters, sending the van off the road and beginning to submerge the vehicle.

    The two deputies were able to climb out of the car and get on the roof of the vehicle where they made several attempts to reach the women who were in the back seat of the van but they were unable to do so in time.

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    Judge gavel on wooden table.

    Cristhian Bahena Rivera, the man accused of killing University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbets, was arraigned Wednesday on first-degree murder charges at the Poweshiek County District Court in Montezuma, Iowa, with his trial set for next April.

    Rivera entered a not guilty plea in court, through an interpreter, with a trial date of April 16 in Poweshiek County District Court, which was live streamed by Des Moines Register.com. He remained in custody after the arraignment under a $5 million cash-only bond, set when he was initially arrested last month.

    Authorities arrested Rivera, 24, a Mexican national, last month in connection with Tibbets’ murder, which attracted national attention during her disappearance, KCCI-TV reported. She went missing while on a run in Brooklyn, Iowa, in July, the television station stated.

    Her body was eventually found in a cornfield, KCCI-TV stated. An award of nearly $400,000 was offered on Tibbetts’ whereabouts when the 20-year-old psychology student went missing on July 18, according to CNN.

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    A New England father has been charged with multiple counts of sexual assault on children, assaults he is alleged to have videotaped.

    Derek Sheehan, 48, of Norwell, Massachusetts was arraigned on the charges last week, which include three counts of aggravated rape of a child, three counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 years of age, three counts of pose/exhibit in sexual act, three counts of photograph sexual or intimate parts of child and four counts of possessing child pornography, as reported by the Patriot Ledger.

    Sheehan, a former youth football coach, was originally arrested in August following a two-month investigation, according to a police report on file with the Hingham District Court. Police began looking into Sheehan in June after a child under 14 reported he had been indecently assaulted by Sheehan in another town the previous August.

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    One of the greatest mysteries of maritime exploration is the fate of Captain James Cook’s HMS Endeavour. That mystery may have been solved on Wednesday as archaeologists believe they have found the ship off the East Coast of the United States, according to reports from Fox News.

    The ship is known worldwide as the vessel that carried Captain Cook on his “voyage of discovery” that brought him to Australia in 1770. After this journey, Endeavour was converted into a naval ship and used during the American War of Independence, during which it was sunk in 1778 off the coast of Newport, Rhode Island, where it appears to have laid ever since. That is until archaeologists from Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project announced that they have found it.

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    Breaking waves as Storm Ali passes through.

    Storm Ali has been hitting the British Isles from Ireland through to western Scotland, and on Tuesday night the storm claimed its first victim, reports CBS News.

    The woman was asleep in her trailer in Galway County, Ireland, when it was hit by a gust of wind — which carried the trailer off the edge of the cliff that she was stopped on. Police arrived on the scene shortly afterward and searched the beach below the cliff. They then found the woman — which they described as in her 50s — but it was too late, only being able to recover her body.

    Storm Ali is the first named storm of the season for the British Isles, and has hit almost all of Ireland and Northern Ireland, along with Western Scotland and parts of far northwestern Wales. The storm has left over 20,000 homes without power in Ireland, with more power disruptions happening sporadically in other areas affected by the storm.

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    Claw game machine in an arcade.

    Rockingham police are on the lookout for a man that introduced his toddler to a life of crime in order to rip-off a mall game machine.

    The act was caught on tape — as can be seen on the video — and once the process got going, prizes just started popping out one after the other. The dad, who has yet to be identified, can be heard talking to the child throughout the process. While the toddler cannot be seen inside the game, it is quite clear that someone is in there, passing the prizes to the man crouched down in front of the prize dispenser.

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    Fancy rat with white blaze

    New York City residents weren’t the only ones struggling to stay dry as the remnants of Tropical Depression Florence drenched the city. A video that has since gone viral captured a dark-colored subway rat huddling behind a column, clinging to its island of safety as a current of water poured through the station around it.

    The brave rodent was dubbed “Flood Rat” by Reddit user JacksonCheeseburger, who posted the short clip to the social media site. It’s since garnered more than 200 comments and more than 2,000 upvotes, according to Patch.com.

    The 23rd Street stop on the 6 Line was just one of several subway stations flooded by the torrential rain.

    Some Redditors expressed sympathy for the determined subway dweller who was caught on camera trying to avoid getting washed away, while others stated the flood might be a good means of extermination for the vermin that lives there.

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    Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.

    Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross spoke on Tuesday regarding potential repercussions of President Trump’s new tariffs against China, explaining that the intention of the tariffs is to regulate the behavior of Beijing as well as to create a level playing field for American companies, CNBC reports.

    Ross made an appearance on CNBC’s morning show Squawk Box after Trump revealed the new tariffs. Said tariffs are projected at a rate of 10 percent on $200 billion worth of Chinese good — before rising to 25 percent by the end of the year. The conversation focused on the tariffs, as well as China’s revelation, delivered that morning, that they will place tariffs on about $60 billion of American goods beginning on September 24.

    Ross said that upon analysis, the action by the Chinese reveals that the country is “out of bullets,” which he said was clear due to the Chinese exports to the United States being four times the size of the American exports to China.

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    An alligator as seen during a preview round f

    Livingston, Texas, Mayor Judy Cochran meant business when she took aim on her ranch and killed the alligator she believes killed her mini-horse three years ago. Cochran shot the 12-foot, 580-pound gator within the appropriate hunting season, but she had been keeping an eye on him.

    Click2Houston says that Cochran said that she took him down with one shot.

    “It’s big. One shot and he went under.”

    Several alligators live in the pond on Cochran’s property, but she says that this one, her leading suspect in the death of her mini-horse, stuck out due to his extreme size.

    “About three years ago, we came up missing a miniature horse. We highly suspect a gator got it.”

    The grandma and mayor explains that out of concern for her family and other pets, the gator had to go, but she had to follow the rules of her municipality, Polk County.

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    Adam Levine of Maroon 5.

    Sources have confirmed that Maroon 5 will perform at the 2019 Super Bowl in Atlanta, Georgia, in early February, reported Variety.

    The National Football League (NFL) halftime show, sponsored by Pepsi, has traditionally featured sophisticated pyrotechnics and light shows. Previous performances have boasted superstars such as Paul McCartney, Beyonce, The Who, Prince, and Lady Gaga.

    This year will be no exception.

    Maroon 5 is a band of seven from Los Angeles, California. Headed by occasional solo lead singer, Adam Levine, members also include James Valentine, Jesse Carmichael, PJ Morton, Sam Farrar, Matt Flynn, and Mickey Madden.

    They have received three Grammy Awards, three American Music Awards, and four Billboard Music Awards.

    The band has been topping the Billboard chart since 2002 with their debut album, Songs About Jane. They are currently on tour in support of their most recent album, Red Pill Blues, released in late 2017, reports CBS.

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    Donald Trump speaks to reporters as he leaves to visit North Carolina after Hurricane Florence

    The Inquisitr reported earlier on Wednesday that Donald Trump would be visiting North and South Carolina later in the day to access damage from Hurricane Florence. The goal would be to assess the federal response to the storm that hit last week. Fox News says that the President arrived in the city of New Bern, North Carolina around noon, assuring the people of the flooded area that the American government would take care of them. He reportedly made an appearance at the Temple Baptist Church of North Bern, where he was spotted handing out containers of warm meals to hurricane victims in need. He didn’t hesitate to converse with the population either, wishing them well and promising that they would be taken care of, sources say.

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    Bill Cosby leaves the court room after being convicted

    Montgomery County Judge Steven T. O’Neill has rejected a request from Bill Cosby’s defense attorneys that he recuse himself reports the Mercury.

    Cosby’s defense attorneys had argued that O’Neill couldn’t issue an impartial sentence, arguing that he had a feud with a prior district attorney in the area, Bruce L. Castor Jr.

    In 1999 O’Neill faced Castor for a nomination for the district attorney position which Castor won, and which led to a feud between the two men. The defense argued that the feud meant that the ruling rejecting the claim of Castor’s promise that he would never be prosecuted for the 2004 sexual assault was void.

    That led to the defense filing that O’Neill needed to recuse himself from the trial as he could not be considered impartial in the matter. On Wednesday the judge responded to the motion, denying it in full and remaining on the case which heads to its sentencing phase shortly.

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    Generic lobster

    As its name suggests, Charlotte’s Legendary Lobster Pound in Seawall, Maine, is famous for its take on the popular crustacean. But in an effort to make the practice more humane, the restaurant is experimenting with using marijuana to sedate some of its lobsters before dropping them into the pot.

    The first lobster to undergo the experiment is called Roscoe, owner Charlotte Gill told the Mount Desert Islander. Roscoe was placed in a covered bowl for a few minutes as marijuana smoke was blown into the about two inches of water inside, the community newspaper reported.

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    gun and gavel

    Cody Wilson, the owner of the highly controversial company, Defense Distributed, which sells plans for an assortment of 3D printed guns, is being sought for questioning after allegations of sexual assault of a minor have been leveled against him, according to KVUE News. Wilson has been in the news quite a bit lately, mostly related to the manner in which he chooses to run his business. His decision to distribute plans for 3D printed guns was controversial, due to loopholes in laws and regulations regarding firearms handed down by the administration of Donald Trump.

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    EVANSVILLE, IN - AUGUST 30: U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks at a campaign rally at the Ford Center on August 30, 2018 in Evansville, Indiana. The president was in town to support Republican Senate candidate Mike Braun, who is facing Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) in November. (Photo by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images)

    It’s starting to sound like Donald Trump has a one-solution-fits-all answer for every problem, no matter where in the world the problem may be. His plan to deal with the Mediterranean migration crisis happening in Spain is reportedly to build a wall.

    And not just any wall; Trump suggested that the Spanish government build a wall across the Sahara desert to keep the refugees out. When told that that the Sahara has a massive border of 3,000 miles, Trump reportedly replied that “the Sahara border can’t be bigger than our border with Mexico,” according to The Guardian.

    He is incorrect. A quick check with the History Channel shows that the U.S.-Mexico border is a little less than 2,000 miles in length, 1,254 miles of which are the Rio Grande River.

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