New airline rules define only dogs as service animals

Dec. 2 (UPI) — The Trump administration on Wednesday issued a final rule saying only dogs can be defined as service animals when it comes to travel on airline flights. The Department of Transportation rule, which comes after several months of public feedback, also says that emotional support animals will no longer be considered service…Continue Reading

Circadian gene mutations linked to increased risk for substance abuse in study with mice

Dec. 2 (UPI) — Mice trained to self-administer cocaine went on more benders when they carried a mutation in the NPAS2 gene, a gene that regulates circadian rhythms. The research, published Wednesday in the Journal of Neuroscience, suggests a link between the disruption of wake-sleep cycles and substance abuse. Circadian genes are found in nearly…Continue Reading

Fifth missile warning satellite ready for launch, Lockheed Martin announces

Dec. 2 (UPI) — The fifth missile warning satellite of the U.S. Space Force has been constructed and is ready for launch, manufacturer Lockheed Martin announced on Wednesday. The Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbit, or SBIRS GEO-5, is scheduled to be launched in 2021 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket. ULA…Continue Reading

Interpol says COVID-19 vaccines could be targeted by organized crime

December 2, 2020 | 10:21am | Updated December 2, 2020 | 10:21am Enlarge Image A COVID-19 vaccine trial participant is given a shot developed by Pfizer and BioNTech in Mainz, Germany. BioNTech/Handout via Reuters Interpol issued a global warning Wednesday that organized crime groups could target the upcoming coronavirus vaccination campaigns by peddling fake shots…Continue Reading

Alabama woman raising 12 kids after sister, brother-in-law die from COVID-19

December 2, 2020 | 10:07am | Updated December 2, 2020 | 10:07am Francesca McCall, 40, of Birmingham, Alabama, is raising 12 children after both her sister, Chantale McCall, 35, and her brother-in-law, Lance Martin, 40, both died of COVID-19 GoFundMe Francesca McCall, 40, of Birmingham, Alabama, is raising 12 children after both her sister, Chantale…Continue Reading

San Jose Mayor Admits Breaking COVID Guidelines With Family Thanksgiving Meal

The mayor of San Jose has apologized for breaking COVID-19 guidelines by celebrating Thanksgiving with extended family members after his team originally said he would be at home.Mayor Sam Liccardo admitted that he had an outdoor Thanksgiving meal at his parents’ home along with his wife and four other members of his family, meaning a…Continue Reading