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Rare pink grasshopper found in southwest Austin garden

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A rare pink grasshopper was found by a KXAN viewer in her garden on Sunday.

Angela Barger sent us this beautiful photo of a pink — yes, pink — grasshopper in southwest Austin, and come to find out, there aren’t many pink grasshoppers around.

Why are they pink? It’s a genetic mutation, Victoria Hillman with National Geographic says.

Hillman says the mutation is called erythrism, and it’s caused by a recessive gene similar to the one that affects albino animals. It’s unusual and not very understood, she says, even though it was discovered in katydids in 1887. The mutation typically happens in the common meadow grasshopper, Hillman says... Read More

Historic jetpack flight made in Dubai

LONDON (CBS) — The dare-devil group known as ‘Jetman’ has made a milestone flight, soaring to high altitudes, after taking off from a standing position for the first time.

It’s daybreak in Dubai as Vince Reffet and his team prepare for their latest groundbreaking flight.

Strapped to carbon-fiber wings, powered by four mini jet engines, the French pilot is aiming to be the first to take off from the ground straight up into the air.

Starting from a hover over the water he turns and blasts off.

Climbing high above Dubai’s iconic coastline to nearly six thousand feet, reaching speeds of 150 miles an hour.

After about three minutes and a few scenic loops, Reffet pulls his parachute, successfully coasting down to his excited team below.

“It’s a big step for us because it’s the first time that we are completely autonomous …where we take off from the ground,” said Vince Reffet, Jetman... Read More

Tuesday is National Drink Wine Day!

LAS VEGAS (KLAS/CNN) — You don’t have to be a sommelier to enjoy a class, or carafe, of some wine. Tuesday is National Drink Wine Day!

It’s a day to, celebrated every year on Feb. 18, to select your favorite vino and sip up! According to NationalDrinkWineDay.org, the idea is to promote the love and health benefits of wine.

It’s been known to reduce some risks of heart disease and enhance food and life, in moderation, of course.

According to Silicon Valley Bank’s report in the “State of the Wine Industry,” the price of wine is expected to fall to its lowest level in five years, maybe even the lowest in the past 20 years because there are too many California grapes and low demand.

Due to this, some growers are choosing to leave grapes on the vine because it would cost more to produce... Read More

Puppy, Pigeon become shelter besties

(CNN) — A bird that can’t fly has become best buds with an unlikely four-legged animal and it’s the cutest thing!

Herman the pigeon suffered neurological damage more than a year ago and as a result, can no longer fly. The Mia Foundation in Rochester, New York took him in. The rescue organization rehabilitates animals with physical deformities.

The non-profit’s founder Sue Rogers put Herman with little Lundy, a chihuahua puppy that can’t walk and the two really hit it off. They started cuddling almost immediately.

Rogers said she was “blown away.”

She posted photos of the pair on social media and the foundation raised $6,000 in two days.

It’s unknown if Herman and Lundy will stay together. Lundy may already have a new home lined up. The question is — if the new owner will adopt Herman too?... Read More

Temps get back to normal as you get back to work

High clouds and north breezes to start our Tuesday as kids head back to school and maybe you’re getting back to work after the holiday weekend. A slight cool down with highs adjusting back to normal low 60s today and a mostly mild week ahead. But Sherry’s #MostAccurateWeatherNOW forecast does include a chance of rain for the weekend you may need to plan around... Read More

10 fires reported in California, Nevada in last week

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The state of of California could be in for another rough year in regards to wildfires. Within the last week, Cal Fire has responded to 10 fires both in Nevada and California.

The Cal Fire Battalion Chief says it is rare to have fires spark up in the middle of February.

On Monday, fire crews were called to a fire in California’s Tahoe National Forest.

Cal Fire says low humidity, windy conditions and no rain has increased their response... Read More

43 minors caught in Massachusetts bar

LAWRENCE, Mass. (WWLP) – Claddagh Pub in Lawrence will be summoned for a hearing after Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission Investigators found 43 minors in possession of fake IDs and or alcohol Thursday night.

According to the Office of the State Treasurer Deborah B. Goldberg, investigators found the bar to crowded when they arrived around 11 p.m. and noticed people leaving as they started to request proof of legal drinking to those who looked younger. Investigators reported most of the people caught were 19-years-old.

Claddagh Pub located on Canal Street in Lawrence, Mass. will be summoned for a hearing before the Commission. If the bar is found to have violated the law, the bar’s liquor license can be suspended, modified, or revoked.

ABCC’s Operation Safe Campus program aims to prevent underage drinking at college area bars and provide law enforcement at liquor stores. ... Read More