Wednesday, June 19 2013 10:21 AM EDT2013-06-19 14:21:41 GMT
(CNN) - A tongue-in-cheek controversy is threatening to sink the reputation of a beloved cereal icon. Cap'n Crunch may have a mutiny on his hands! A disgruntled sailor -- okay, a writer at foodbeast.comMore >>
A tongue-in-cheek controversy is threatening to sink the reputation of a beloved cereal icon. Cap'n Crunch may have a mutiny on his hands! A disgruntled sailor -- okay, a writer at foodbeast.com -- pointed out something fishy is up the cap'n's sleeve: three stripes!More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 10:18 AM EDT2013-06-18 14:18:23 GMT
(CBS/CNN) - Chrysler is expected to explain why its refusing to recall more than 2.5 million jeep SUVs. The National Highway Traffic Safety administration says 51 people have suffered fiery deaths inMore >>
Chrysler is expected to explain why its refusing to recall more than 2.5 million jeep SUVs and another recall on the Nap Nanny infant recliner.More >>
Monday, June 17 2013 9:41 AM EDT2013-06-17 13:41:31 GMT
(CNN) - A science-fiction-style project -- which could bring internet access to five billion people across the planet -- is being tested out in New Zealand. Software giant Google is launching balloonsMore >>
A science-fiction-style project -- which could bring internet access to five billion people across the planet -- is being tested out in New Zealand. Software giant Google is launching balloons into the stratosphere -- equipped with wireless technology that could create a truly global network.More >>
Friday, June 14 2013 10:13 AM EDT2013-06-14 14:13:03 GMT
(CNN) - An elephant stuck in a well, a really big hornet's nest and flying food trays are all video that will have you talking today. It's not a place you would expect to find an elephant, even a babyMore >>
An elephant stuck in a well, a really big hornet's nest and flying food trays are all video that will have you talking today.More >>
Thursday, June 13 2013 10:32 AM EDT2013-06-13 14:32:18 GMT
(CNN/CBS) - Hashtags are coming to Facebook. This is to help users better surface conversations. The social network wants to make it easier for users to find content already on Facebook and functionalMore >>
In today's What's Trending report, #Hashtags are coming to Facebook. This is to help users better surface conversations. More >>
Wednesday, June 12 2013 10:09 AM EDT2013-06-12 14:09:28 GMT
(CNN) - Buying your clothes from thrift stores, also called, "thrifting," is becoming more popular and trendy. An example of how it's grown: Goodwill Industries reported an 83% increase in revenue fromMore >>
Buying your clothes from thrift stores, also called, "thrifting," is becoming more popular and trendy. An example of how it's grown: Goodwill Industries reported an 83% increase in revenue from 2007 to 2012.More >>
Tuesday, June 11 2013 9:50 AM EDT2013-06-11 13:50:52 GMT
(CBS) - Law enforcement from San Francisco and New York are holding a smartphone summit this week. They'll meet with representatives from Apple, Google, Samsung and Microsoft and urge them to create newMore >>
A smartphone summit gets underway this week to tackle the rise in gadget thefts and more than 300,000 Honda Odysseys are being added to a federal probe of faulty air bags.More >>
Monday, June 10 2013 9:53 AM EDT2013-06-10 13:53:42 GMT
(CNN/KSDK) - A woman's chance of living at least five years after being diagnosed with breast cancer has gone up from 50% in the 1970's to 85%. But modern science doesn't get all the credit for the healing,More >>
A chair dubbed-- The Healing Chair-- helps seven women recover from cancer. The big brown recliner has been passed down by several ladies who were going through chemo and surgery.More >>
Saturday, June 8 2013 11:48 PM EDT2013-06-09 03:48:40 GMT
(CNN) - An Idaho grandmother who believes in living on the edge, jumps off a bridge wearing a chute and a smile. Get this, it was all for her 102nd birthday. Maybe you'll recognize her from appearances.More >>
An Idaho grandmother who believes in living on the edge, jumps off a bridge wearing a chute and a smile. Get this, it was all for her 102nd birthday.
Thursday, June 6 2013 2:16 PM EDT2013-06-06 18:16:46 GMT
(CNN) - In Entertainment News, Michael Jackson's 15 year old daughter Paris is hospitalized this morning. She's recovering after cutting one of her wrists. A family lawyer said Paris is physically fine. OneMore >>
Michael Jackson's 15 year old daughter Paris is hospitalized. More good news for Jennifer Love Hewitt, the actress is engaged.More >>
Story courtesy of the Tyler Morning Telegraph by Andy Taylor
With cool temperatures and rainfall existing only in the distant memories of weary Texans, it seems the ubiquitous search for food and water is drawing creatures closer together. Austin health care officials report the drought conditions are sending venomous snakes into the city to scavenge for man-made resources.
So far, East Texas seems to have avoided a reptilian invasion, as area hospitals report no increase in venomous bites.
However, the same cannot be said for Austin, where medical staffs reportedly have seen a 14 percent increase in venomous bites and stings this year.
Dell Children's Medical Center in Austin reports a 46 percent increase in children treated, while three University Medical Center Brackenridge patients have died of venomous bites since May 2010.
Typically, no more than one or two snakes bite victims die annually in the entire state, according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
"We're not experiencing the same thing" as Austin, said Dr. Mark Anderson, an emergency care physician at Mother Frances Hospital. "Part of it may be that Austin's on the other side of the dry line and is maybe experiencing even more of the drought effects."
Anderson said he could not remember the last snake bite fatality at Mother Frances.
East Texas Medical Center reported treating only seven venomous bites this summer and 10 since January. That's down from 13 venomous bites in 2010, spokeswoman Rebecca Berkley said.
Though he described drought conditions as an over-used and often misguided explanation for routine snake activity, State Herpetologist Andy Gluesenkamp said the theory has scientific footing.
Snakes, like many animals, struggle when vital resources become scarce, he said.
"They're looking for food, water and shelter," he said. "When we have an extreme protracted drought like what we've been experiencing this year, wildlife can do weird things. You'll get animals that normally wouldn't go near residences showing up" at neighborhood homes he said.
But when snakes encroach upon the sanctity of an East Texan's lawn, they are not always looking for water, he said.
Often, watered lawns serve as a summertime oasis for frogs and toads, which Gluesenkamp said are prime targets for hungry copperheads.
Homeowners that water their lawns more frequently than their neighbors are especially prone to reptile activity, he said.
However, even those who parch their grass are not immune.
"There are ways that you can minimize the frequency of unwanted interactions, but I don't know if there's a good way to snake-proof your yard or your house," he said. "What I tell people is that it's important to practice good yard hygiene."
Gluesenkamp recommends homeowners screen the area under porches and ensure pier and beam houses are secure of unwanted entry points.
Also, avoid keeping wood piles near the house, as they provide ideal shelter for snakes and prey, he said.
If you do find a snake, do not panic.
"Most of the time if you encounter a snake walking around out in the woods or in your yard, it's going to be a non-venomous snake," he said. "All of the time, that snake wants nothing to do with you."
Gluesenkamp also said attempting to kill every snake you find is unnecessary and counterproductive.
"A large number of snake bites, the victim is bitten on the hand," he said. "That's usually when they're holding a broom or a rock or something."
Instead of searching for the nearest weapon, look for the safest way to get away, he said.
If contact is unavoidable, individuals may determine if a snake is venomous by checking for key characteristics.
The dangerous snakes commonly found in East Texas include copperheads, cottonmouths and timber rattlesnakes, all of which are pit viper species, he said. Coral snakes also may be seen, but are slightly less common.
Pit vipers feature stout, rough-scaled bodies and chunky, angled heads that some describe as diamond-shaped, Gluesenkamp said.
Coral snakes are much brighter with a red, yellow and black color pattern. They are often confused with similarly colored, yet harmless milk snakes — hence the rhyme, "Red on black, friend of Jack; red on yellow, kill a fellow."
Dr. Anderson said anyone bitten by a venomous snake should avoid attempting to treat the wound themselves.
"The most effective treatment for people that get bit in the field is a set of car keys," he said. "Have somebody drive you to the emergency department so we can evaluate the bite. We don't recommend people do any cutting or sucking the venom, any of those types of things. In fact, a lot of times trying to cut results in more tissue damage than what the snake would usually cause."
Wednesday, June 19 2013 1:40 PM EDT2013-06-19 17:40:42 GMT
(KTBS) - An arrest has been made in connection with the investigation into the death of a Shreveport toddler. Just after 11:00 p.m. June 18, 2013, Shreveport Police Violent Crimes investigators arrestedMore >>
An arrest has been made in connection with the investigation into the death of a Shreveport toddler.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 1:20 PM EDT2013-06-19 17:20:57 GMT
HENDERSON (KYTX) - Emergency crews are on the scene of a fatal accident near Henderson. Rusk County Office of Emergency Management reports the accident happened just after 11 a.m. Wednesday on State HighwayMore >>
State Highway 64 has been cleared and reopened from an accident that happened just after 11 a.m. Wednesday. More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:17 AM EDT2013-06-19 15:17:22 GMT
(CBS 11 NEWS) - The smoke had barely cleared, after a veteran prosecutor was shot in broad daylight near the Kaufman County courthouse, when word spread about a possible prime suspect. Law enforcementMore >>
The smoke had barely cleared, after a veteran prosecutor was shot in broad daylight near the Kaufman County courthouse, when word spread about a possible prime suspect.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 3:30 PM EDT2013-06-19 19:30:10 GMT
NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Health concerns about Salmonella contamination has resulted in one pet food maker recalling a number of different products. Natura Pet Products is voluntarily recalling specificMore >>
Health concerns about Salmonella contamination has resulted in one pet food maker recalling a number of different products.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 3:18 PM EDT2013-06-19 19:18:18 GMT
(CNN) - FBI Director Robert Mueller acknowledged the law enforcement agency uses drone aircraft in the United States for surveillance in certain difficult cases. Mueller told the Senate Judiciary CommitteeMore >>
FBI Director Robert Mueller acknowledged the law enforcement agency uses drone aircraft in the United States for surveillance in certain difficult cases.More >>