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Homepage Mistake May Get Kitten A Home

For a brief time Tuesday on the Chicago Tribune homepage, the main story was a photo of an adorable gray kitten with the headline, "Headline test here." But the Tribune says the mistake may mean good fortune for Benton, the kitty in the photo, who is up for adoption.
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Part Of National Zoo's Panda House Closed

Mei Xiang, the National Zoo's female panda, has shown possible signs of pregnancy, prompting the zoo to close the Panda House.

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For Some Mammals It's One Love, But Reasons Still Unclear

Scientists are squaring off yet again on the question of why some mammals are monogamous. A new paper argues that monogamy is most likely the result of males trying to protect their youngsters from murderous rivals. A second study says monogamy in mammals evolved in species where females were scattered about.
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Farm To Fido: Dog Food Goes Local

Feeding your pooch with locally sourced meats and vegetables may seem like the culinary equivalent of a Versace pet bowl. But producers of this posh-sounding pet food say it can cut down on food waste and help farmers.
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Putin Puckers Up For 46-Pound Pike In Video

Thanks to a new Kremlin-produced video, we know now that Russian President Vladimir Putin is quite the fisherman. The video is of Putin catching what the Kremlin claims is a 46-pound pike — and then kissing it.
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Texas' Two-Headed Turtle Is Facebook Friendly

In Texas, Thelma and Louise is a big draw. Not the movie — Thelma and Louise is the name of a two-headed turtle born at the San Antonio Zoo last month. The Texas cooter is so popular, she has her own Facebook page and more than 1,700 friends.
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Conservationists Call For Quiet: The Ocean Is Too Loud!

Man-made noises are making it difficult for creatures to hear each other in the ocean. Michael Jasny, in charge of marine mammal protection the Natural Resource Defense Council, says we have to quiet down. His and other conservation groups are making their case, seeking ways to turn down the volume.
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The Rise Of Bloodsucking Insects You Can't Just Swat Away

Bugs and summertime go hand-in-hand, but we are increasingly coming into contact with once-rare, disease-carrying insects. Buzzing in our ears, these pests have lots to say about globalization and the creep of invasive species.
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Panda Pregnancy Watch Kicks Off At The National Zoo

It's time for the city's favorite guessing game: is the National Zoo's female panda pregnant?

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Why Mosquitoes Love Me, And Other Mysteries Revealed

Dr. Roger Nasci, a mosquito expert at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, says you don't necessarily need repellent with a high percentage of DEET to keep the 'skeeters away. Repellant still works well in low doses, and so far mosquitoes aren't growing resistant to it.

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