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The chickadee’s familiar call, new research has concluded, varies with the size of a potential predator, influencing the number of recruits joining forces to mob it and send it packing.

Posted: 6/26/2005 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 180   Submitted By: clayroy   Source: www.newsday.com Category: New Science

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Bureaucrats working the graveyard shift in New York’s Capitol say not much escapes the bespectacled glare of night watchman Samuel Abbott as he patrols the darkened top-floor hallways.

Posted: 10/11/2004 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 194   Submitted By: clayroy   Source: www.newsday.com Category: Ghosts

COLCHESTER, Conn. -- A white marble statue of the Virgin Mary is drawing hundreds of visitors at the site of an explosion that leveled a church last week.

Posted: 9/14/2004 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 177   Submitted By: clayroy   Source: www.newsday.com Category: Religion

Seldom has an earthquake gotten so much attention for not happening.

Posted: 9/9/2004 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 225   Submitted By: clayroy   Source: www.newsday.com Category: Prophecy

A mob armed with machetes, stones and knives killed seven people accused of practicing witchcraft in southern Tanzania, a regional police chief said Thursday. Villagers said the alleged witches cut off the sexual organs of dead villagers and used them to concoct charms intended to bring good harvests and fortune.

Posted: 8/8/2004 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 194   Submitted By: unclegum   Source: www.newsday.com Category: Witchcraft

FAIRBANKS, Alaska -- As the spring thaw softens ground that has been frozen hard as granite by the long Alaska winter, cemeteries start burying people who died during the past seven months.

Posted: 5/10/2004 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 177   Submitted By: clayroy   Source: www.newsday.com Category: Oddball News

VATICAN CITY -- The Vatican approved the "heroic virtue" Monday of Mother Marianne Cope, putting on the road to sainthood the German-born nun who worked for more than 30 years with leprosy patients in Hawaii.

Posted: 4/21/2004 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 186   Submitted By: clayroy   Source: www.newsday.com Category: Religion

Was his death by shotgun a suicide, or murder? Was his suicide note a forgery? Is his widow, Courtney Love, somehow responsible? Here’s the Cliff’s Notes version of the Cobain conspiracy theory.

Posted: 4/12/2004 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 177   Submitted By: clayroy   Source: www.newsday.com Category: Conspiracy Theories

The search for the legendary Jersey Devil may include plenty of skeptics, but Juelg says curiosity still draws dozens of thrill-seekers to southern New Jersey each month to go on "hunts."

Posted: 11/29/2003 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 175   Submitted By: clayroy   Source: www.newsday.com Category: Cryptozoology

AVELLA, Pa. -- Evidence that humans inhabited western Pennsylvania some 16,000 years ago -- thousands of years earlier than most scholars believe -- is still dividing archaeologists, 30 years after blade tools and materials to make beads were found in a rock shelter.

Posted: 8/23/2003 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 164   Submitted By: clayroy   Source: www.newsday.com Category: Ancient Civilizations

LOUP CITY, Neb. -- University of Nebraska archeologists are uncovering a series of prehistoric sites described as "pit houses" along the banks of the Sherman Reservoir.

Posted: 8/23/2003 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 178   Submitted By: clayroy   Source: www.newsday.com Category: Ancient Civilizations

FRANKFURT, Germany -- An ancient clay figure of the lower half of a male body believed to date back to the Stone Age has been discovered in eastern Germany, archeologists said Thursday.

Posted: 8/23/2003 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 165   Submitted By: clayroy   Source: www.newsday.com Category: Ancient Civilizations

Pollutants that cast a pall over Manhattan in the immediate aftermath of the World Trade Center disaster ultimately may have caused pregnant women who were at or near Ground Zero to deliver smaller babies, researchers say in a study to be released Wednesday.

Posted: 8/7/2003 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 171   Submitted By: clayroy   Source: www.newsday.com Category: Science Controversies

The group of international skeptics, known for debunking psychics, ghosts and alien abductions, is opening a new office in Manhattan to promote better scientific coverage by the news media.

Posted: 3/14/2003 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 200   Submitted By: jeff   Source: www.newsday.com Category: Paranormal Organizations

The 10-part miniseries dramatizes more than five decades of alien-abduction and UFO mythology. It clocks in at 20 hours. Ten directors worked on it. The budget was a reported $40 million.

Posted: 12/2/2002 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 205   Submitted By: jeff   Source: www.newsday.com Category: Paranormal Media