Florida strawberry farmers using robots to pick fruit, control mildew

Doctoral candidate Rodrigo Borba Onofre works with robotic UV equipment for the University of Florida's Strawberry Lab near Tampa, Fla. Photo courtesy of UF-IFAS ORLANDO, Fla., April 18 (UPI) -- Florida strawberry growers are investing heavily in robots to pick their crops and control disease, partly in response to declining farm laborer immigration. Strawberry farmer Gary Wishnatzki [...]

2019-04-18T15:13:46+00:00April 18th, 2019|

Bears escape from New York wildlife refuge

April 4 (UPI) -- Two bears are on the loose after escaping from the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge in northern New York, state officials said. The bears, which are not believed to be aggressive, escaped this weekend from the Wilmington refuge, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation said in a news release obtained by the Adirondack [...]

2019-04-05T14:14:27+00:00April 5th, 2019|

Alligator kills South Carolina woman walking her dog

Sheriff's officials said the alligator believed to be responsible for the attack was captured and destroyed. File Photo by David Tulis/UPI | License Photo Aug. 20 (UPI) -- An 8-foot alligator attacked and killed a 45-year-old woman walking her dog in southeastern South Carolina on Monday, sheriff's officials said. The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office said a witness [...]

2018-08-21T12:20:58+00:00August 21st, 2018|

Croatia’s Adriatic gem limits number of tourists to fight overcrowding

DUBROVNIK, Croatia (Reuters) - The Croatian town of Dubrovnik, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and picturesque coastal resort on the Adriatic, is at risk of being overwhelmed by visitors from the cruise ships that arrive daily. People are seen on Banje beach in Dubrovnik, Croatia, August 2, 2018. Picture taken August 2, 2018. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic [...]

2018-08-04T14:21:12+00:00August 4th, 2018|

NTSB releases duck boat information on quick weather change

- Videos recovered from the duck boat that capsized in Missouri shows how in seven minutes the boat went from gliding in calm water with children taking turns behind the wheel to distress calls from the captain as water entered the boat during a storm. A report, released Friday by the National Transportation Safety Board, [...]

2018-07-29T13:49:19+00:00July 29th, 2018|

NTSB questions duck boat safety 20 years ago, recommendations ignored

- Removing canopies so passengers could escape easily during an emergency, adding backup buoyancy so boats could stay afloat if flooded and requiring passengers to wear life jackets are recommendations made by the National Transportation Safety Board 20 years ago to tourist "duck" boats. The NTSB spelled out additional safety measures in an accident report [...]

2018-07-22T12:09:31+00:00July 22nd, 2018|

Bats cover wall outside window of Houston high rise office

Video: Bats Cling To Wall Outside Office Window In Houston CBS Dallas-Fort Worth July 16 (UPI) -- A worker at a Houston high rise captured video of an unusual sight outside one of the building's windows -- dozens of bats gathered in a swarm on the wall. Dave Rojas, who works in an office at [...]

2018-07-17T02:51:43+00:00July 17th, 2018|

5-month-old baby survives 9 hours buried in Montana woods

Francis Carlton Crowley, 32, was charged with criminal endangerment but could face more charges after a 5-month-old boy was found abandoned in the Montana woods. Photo courtesy Missoula County Sheriff's Office July 10 (UPI) -- A 5-month-old baby survived after being buried for nine hours in the Montana woods, law enforcement officials said Sunday. The [...]

2018-07-10T14:04:37+00:00July 10th, 2018|

Broward County, Fla., votes to put armed guards in every school

The Broward County School Board voted to put extra security in the school four months after a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. File Photo by Gary Rothstein/UPI | License Photo June 27 (UPI) -- The school board of Broward County, Fla., voted to put an armed guard on every [...]

2018-06-28T15:44:17+00:00June 28th, 2018|

Restaurant owner asks Sanders to leave because she works for Trump

I) -- Sarah Sanders, the White House's press secretary, was told by a restaurant owner to leave because she works for President Donald Trump. Sander described the incident at a restaurant in Virginia on Friday in a post on Twitter. "Last night I was told by the owner of Red Hen in Lexington, VA to [...]

2018-06-24T12:42:51+00:00June 24th, 2018|