Weather

Weekend showers headed to Merced

A storm expected to hit Northern California this weekend will also bring some showers to Merced, offering a relief from last month’s dry spell. According to the National Weather Service, Merced will see some rain starting Friday, sometime before dark. The on-and-off showers are expected to continue through Sunday.

Environment

Captivity may cause stress for polar bears, but Arctic also poses problems

Koda, the 10-year-old male polar bear at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, emerges from a cubbyhole atop the 6,000-square-foot enclosure he shares with 14-year-old Kobe. He steps out to a nearby ledge, his head bobbing and swinging from side to side. He then backs into the cubbyhole, head still weaving, only to return a moment later. He repeats the display, again and again - a 930-pound predator responding to an unheard audience's call for encores.

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