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From The Asian Reporter, V28, #12 (June 18, 2018), pages 7, 8, 10 & 13.

ORANGE CRUSTACEAN. A rare orange lobster is seen at an aquarium in Boston. Workers at a Westborough, Massachusetts supermarket found the lobster in a shipment of crustaceans from Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia and donated it to the aquarium. The Lobster Institute at the University of Maine said the likelihood of a lobster being orange is about 1 in 30 million. (Emily Bauernfeind/New England Aquarium via AP)

Grocery store workers find rare orange lobster

WESTBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Workers at a Massachusetts supermarket have found a rare orange lobster.

Roche Bros. Supermarkets said in a Facebook post on May 29 that workers at their Westborough store found the lobster in a shipment of crustaceans from Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia.

It has since donated the lobster to the New England Aquarium in Boston.

The Lobster Institute at the University of Maine said the likelihood of a lobster being orange is about 1 in 30 million.

The New England Aquarium said the lobster is about seven to nine years old. It said the crustacean is lucky to be alive because its color was "flashing a neon sign" to predators.

The lobster will either stay in Boston or go to another aquarium in Japan.


17-YEAR CICADAS. Jin Yoshimura, a scientist from Japan who travelled to Central New York to research the 17-year cicadas emerging now, holds a nymph on June 12, 2018 in Onondaga, New York. (Glenn Coin/The Post-Standard via AP)

Rare New York sightings of big bug draw fans from around the world

ONONDAGA, N.Y. (AP) — Students from Japan and a researcher from New Zealand are among the scientists and hobbyists flocking to central New York for rare sightings of a big bug.

The area’s cicada (sih-KAY’-duh) brood emerges once every 17 years.

The Post-Standard says the eastern U.S. is one of three places in the world with periodical cicadas. The others are the Pacific Ocean island of Fiji, where cicadas emerge every eight years; and northern India, where they emerge every four years.

In New York, some of the cicada fans have congregated at a farm and brewery in Onondaga, just south of Syracuse. Several researchers recorded audio and video as the cicadas’ call vibrated in the background.

A student from Shizuoka University in Japan, Hiroki Hayashi, called the scene "wonderful and exciting."


Rare tick inexplicably turns up in Arkansas

By Hannah Grabenstein

The Associated Press

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A hardy species of tick that survived a New Jersey winter has inexplicably arrived in Arkansas, and entomologists are trying to figure out how.

The Longhorned tick is native to eastern Asia, but was discovered in New Jersey last August and again this spring. Others were later found in Virginia and West Virginia, but no one can explain how one showed up on an Arkansas dog.

Oklahoma State University researchers confirmed the discovery and the Arkansas Agriculture Department are warning ranchers to monitor livestock.

Ticks can spread disease in animals and humans. Overseas, severe infestations have stunted growth in cattle and caused enough blood loss that some cattle died.

At press time, health departments in Arkansas and New Jersey said they had not found any disease-bearing Longhorned ticks so far.


Costs of Snowden leak still mounting five years later

By Deb Riechmann

The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Is Edward Snowden a whistleblower, traitor, leaker, or public hero?

The National Security Agency (NSA) contractor blew the lid off U.S. government surveillance methods five years ago, but intelligence chiefs complain revelations from the trove of classified documents he disclosed are still trickling out.

That includes recent reporting on a mass surveillance program run by close U.S. ally Japan and on how the NSA targeted bitcoin users to gather intelligence to combat narcotics and money laundering. The Intercept, an investigative publication with access to Snowden documents, published stories on both subjects.

The top U.S. counterintelligence official said journalists have released only about one percent taken by the 34-year-old American, now living in exile in Russia, "so we don’t see this issue ending anytime soon."


Bill introduced to make doping in worldwide events a crime

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. lawmakers have introduced a bill that would make it a crime to use or distribute performance-enhancing drugs while competing in international sports events.

The bill in the house is named after Grigory Rodchenkov, the Russian lab director who blew the whistle on Russian cheating at the Sochi Olympics.

Penalties would include fines of up to $250,000 for individuals and prison sentences of up to 10 years for those who make, distribute, or use banned substances at international events, such as the Olympics.

U.S. and foreign athletes would be subject to the law if competing in an event that includes four or more U.S. athletes and other athletes from three or more countries, even if the event is held outside the United States.

The bill cites the U.S. contribution to the World Anti-Doping Agency as justification for jurisdiction over events outside American borders.

The bill also would expand the timeframe for athletes and corporate sponsors who were cheated to file lawsuits seeking damages.

Other countries, including Germany, Italy, and Kenya, have similar laws. U.S. authorities have long been hamstrung by limited legal options to prosecute doping cheats.



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