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An iguana that froze lies near a pool after falling from a tree in Boca Raton, Fla., Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. It's so cold in Florida that iguanas are falling from their perches in suburban trees. (Frank Cerabino/Palm Beach Post via AP)
January 04, 2018 - 4:02 pm
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — It's so cold in Florida that iguanas are falling from their perches in suburban trees. Temperatures dipped below 40 degrees Fahrenheit (5 degrees Celsius) early Thursday in parts of South Florida, according to the National Weather Service in Miami. That's chilly enough to...
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Big waves crash over the sea walls in Blackpool northwest England as a storm lashed the UK with violent storm-force winds of up to 100mph, leaving thousands of homes without power and hitting transport links Wednesday Jan. 3, 2018. (Peter Byrne/PA via AP)
January 03, 2018 - 10:18 am
LONDON (AP) — A violent storm packing winds of up to 100 miles per hour battered many parts of western Europe Wednesday, wreaking havoc on transport and leaving hundreds of thousands of homes across France, Switzerland, Britain and Ireland without power. In Switzerland, the storm canceled flights...
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Members of the White House staff inspect the trimming of the famed Magnolia tree, Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017, planted on the south grounds of the White House in Washington by President Andrew Jackson in 1835. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
December 27, 2017 - 6:21 pm
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A different kind of tree-trimming took place at the White House on Wednesday when part of a historic magnolia on the south grounds was shorn off because it had become a safety risk, a spokeswoman for first lady Melania Trump said. The nearly 200-year-old tree was cut...
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The Christmas tree in Nashville, Tenn.'s Public Square Park lies on its side on Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017. City officials say the culprit was a combination of wind, rain and possibly a defective anchor. A 35-foot tall Christmas tree still stands outside the state Capitol, which is not far from where this tree fell. (Kyle Cooke, Danielle Allen/WSMV via AP)
December 23, 2017 - 6:08 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — O Christmas Tree! A Grinch of a storm has toppled the official holiday spruce in Tennessee's capital city. Area media outlets report that Nashville's 40-foot (12-meter) Norway spruce was toppled overnight, with officials blaming a combination of wind, rain and possibly a...
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December 23, 2017 - 8:01 am
PARIS (AP) — Urban scientists and Paris foodies are getting excited about a bizarre discovery atop a hotel near the Eiffel Tower: the first-ever wild truffle growing in the French capital. It's just one 25-gram (0.9-ounce) winter truffle. But truffles normally sprout only in limited areas of...
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FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2017, file photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, fire burns canyons and ridges above Bella Vista Drive near Romero Canyon as the fight to contain a wildfire continues in Montecito, Calif. The huge wildfire that burned hundreds of homes in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties is now the largest in California's recorded history. State fire officials said Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, that the Thomas fire has scorched 273,400 acres, or about 427 square miles of coastal foothills and national forest. (Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP, File)
December 22, 2017 - 11:10 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California wildfire that has killed two people and seared its way through cities, towns and wilderness northwest of Los Angeles became the largest blaze ever officially recorded in California on Friday, authorities said. The Thomas fire took only 2 ½ weeks to burn its way into...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, April 5, 2016 file photo, snowflakes stick to a car window in Brookfield, Wis. To form ice that creates snowflakes, moisture high in the atmosphere clings to particles that may include dust specks and or pollen. Add germs to that list. University of Florida microbiologist Brent Christner has found that bacteria from plants are surprisingly common ice "nucleators" _ in populated areas, barren mountain peaks and even Antarctica. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
December 20, 2017 - 1:34 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Are poinsettias really poisonous? Are snowflakes really pure as the driven snow? Does feasting really put on the pounds? Sure as sugarplums, myths and misconceptions pop up every holiday season. Here's what science says about some of them: FLOWER POWER Poinsettias, those showy...
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This combo picture taken Tuesday Dec.19, 2017 shows at left Rome's official Christmas tree placed in Piazza Venezia Square and at right the one placed in St. Peters's Square at the Vatican. Despite the tree's 600 silver-colored decorative balls, the half-bare branches lend the square a forlorn rather than festive look and critics note that across town, the Vatican's Christmas tree, from Poland, looks healthy. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
December 19, 2017 - 11:09 am
ROME (AP) — Rome's official Christmas tree is shedding needles so quickly it has become a jolly joke for city residents. The 21-meter- (70-foot-) high tree, which was lit up on Dec. 8, started dropping needles at a fast clip as soon as it was hoisted into the middle of bustling Rome's main square,...
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December 05, 2017 - 4:43 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Monsanto asked a judge Tuesday to prevent Arkansas lawmakers from banning the use of a weed killer that farmers in several states have said drifts onto their crops and causes widespread damage. The agribusiness asked a Pulaski County judge to issue a preliminary injunction...
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FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2017, file photo, the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree stands lit as people take photos of it and the holiday decorations at Rockefeller Center during the 85th annual Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting ceremony in New York. For the past decade, old Rockefeller Center Christmas trees have gone on to be milled into lumber used in dozens of Habitat for Humanity homes from Philadelphia to Pascagoula, Mississippi. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki, File)
December 05, 2017 - 1:09 am
NEWBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — Old Rockefeller Center Christmas trees never really die, they just get built into the wall frames and floor supports of affordable homes. For the past decade, the trees that have been lit up with glitz, songs and dancing Rockettes have gone on to be milled into lumber used in...
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