Impressive Animals: #2 Purple squirrel


A purple squirrel was found in a Pennsylvania backyard, and folks were flummoxed as to how it got its unusual coloring. One theory: It fell into a portable toilet. The couple who caught the squirrel took a photograph that stirred much debate, and then released the squirrel back into the wild. Its whereabouts are unknown, and the local game commission refuses to launch a hunt for it.

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  • Final Glance: Railroad companies

    Shares of some top railroad companies were mixed at the close of trading: CSX fell $.24 or .8 percent, to $30.63. Canadian National Railway Co. fell $.18 or .3 percent, to $69.30. Canadian Pacific Railway ...

  • World of Warcraft may soon be a job-related skill
    World of Warcraft may soon be a job-related skill

    More and more young people want to list new pursuits like World of Warcraft, Minecraft and fantasy baseball on their resumes but will it catch on?

  • What If We Couldn’t Get Divorced?
    What If We Couldn’t Get Divorced?

    How our lives would change if marriages really were forever.

  • The 'Unbelievable' Way the US Misinterpreted Iran's Remarks Today
    The 'Unbelievable' Way the US Misinterpreted Iran's Remarks Today

    A defiant statement by the Iranian Foreign Minister linking cooperation against ISIS in Iraq to sanctions relief might actually be a giant, lost-in-translation misunderstanding, the State Department said today. According to state-run media, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that Iran would help the West with the crisis in Iraq if the West lifts sanctions – a report that has made its way into English-speaking media. "If we agree to do something in Iraq, the other side of the negotiations should do something in return,” Zarif is quoted as saying. “"All the sanctions that are related to Iran's nuclear program should be lifted,” he added.

  • Has Earth's Missing Heat Been Found?
    Has Earth's Missing Heat Been Found?

    In 1999, the feverish rise in Earth's surface temperatures suddenly slowed, even as greenhouse gas emissions escalated. This unexpected slowdown has been called a global warming hiatus or global warming pause. Most climate scientists don't think this hiatus means global warming went kaput, but the reason (or reasons) for the slowdown has scientists flummoxed. Now, a study published today (Aug. 21) in the journal Science suggests a natural climate cycle in the North Atlantic Ocean gobbled Earth's extra heat.

  • Who was customer 379? Starbucks customers 'pay it forward' in Florida for 378 orders
    Who was customer 379? Starbucks customers 'pay it forward' in Florida for 378 orders

    At approximately 7 a.m. on Wednesday, a woman in her mid-60s ordered an iced coffee from the drive-thru at a St. Petersburg, Florida, Starbucks and offered to pay for a caramel macchiato ordered by the person behind her. For the next 11 hours, nearly 400 customers followed suit.

  • 61-foot-tall rubber duck turns Port of L.A. into giant bathtub
    61-foot-tall rubber duck turns Port of L.A. into giant bathtub

    What's being billed as the world's largest rubber duck sailed into the Port of Los Angeles on Wednesday to promote the city's Tall Ships Festival.

  • Melting Antarctic Ice Threatens the World's Megacities

    A first-of-its-kind study finds that global sea levels could rise 20 percent higher by 2100 than previously estimated because of melting ice in Antarctica.   “A 20 percent higher sea level makes a bad situation worse,” said Robert Bindschadler, a glaciologist and coauthor of the study, which was published in the journal Earth Systems Dynamics.   “Right now nine of the 10 largest cities—Mexico City being the only exception—are coastal cities,” said Bindschadler, an emeritus researcher at NASA Goddard Space Center who collaborated with Anders Levermann at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. Bindschadler’s estimates are higher than those released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in an April report.  

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