TODAY IN HISTORY:
1942, the Japanese siege of Bataan began during World War II. (The fall of Bataan three months later was followed by the notorious Death March.)
1608, an accidental fire devastated the Jamestown settlement in the Virginia Colony.
1789, the first U.S. presidential election was held. Americans voted for electors who, a month later, chose George Washington to be the nation's first president.
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PETA seeks memorials to cows killed on Illinois roads...
An animal rights group wants Illinois to install highway signs in memory of cattle that died when trucks hauling them flipped in two separate wrecks.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals wants to buy the markers, one in suburban Chicago and one northwest of Peoria. PETA's request to the Illinois Department of Transportation says the signs would pay tribute to the more than 20 head of cattle killed as a result of negligent driving in Illinois this year.
Ashley Byrne of PETA says the effort is part of a national campaign to call attention to how cattle suffer in the meat industry.
IDOT spokesman Josh Kauffman says the request likely will be denied. Rules require that only relatives who lost loved ones in highway crashes may request roadside memorials.
A dog that was feared dead after he was swept away in a weekend avalanche that killed his owner showed up four days later at the Montana motel where his owners had stayed the night before going backcountry skiing.
Search and rescue team member Bill Whittle said he was "positive" that the Welsh corgi � named Ole � had been buried in Saturday's avalanche.
But on Wednesday, Ole showed up exhausted and hungry back at the motel, four miles from where the slide occurred.
Dave Gaillard of Bozeman was skiing with his wife when the avalanche struck near Cooke City, an old mining town just outside Yellowstone National Park.
Searchers recovered Gaillard's body earlier this week. Family members were preparing for his funeral on Friday.
Patent feuds have pitted technology companies against one another over innovations in computers, smartphones and websites. Pet hair is no different.
So while Apple Inc. is litigating over iPhone software and Google Inc. is in court defending its operating-system code, FURminator Inc. is battling to protect its own technology: "a pet grooming tool, for use with a furry pet."
That's how FURminator describes it in patent filings for a device the documents say has a "handle portion and a pet engageable portion secured to the handle portion." The St. Louis company has filed some 20 federal lawsuits since 2006 against rivals including Munchkin Inc. of North Hills, Calif., and PetEdge Inc. of Beverly, Mass.
The team also sued PetVac Inc., a Seattle company that makes a device that sucks up pet hair in addition to combing it out.
FURminator's chief executive, Olivier Amice, declined to comment through a company lawyer.
A spokesman for Spectrum Brands Holdings Inc., which purchased FURminator for $140 million last month, said the company supports FURminator's approach. "We reviewed FURminator's patent acquisition and defense strategy in detail during our acquisition due diligence," he said in a statement.
In court papers, FURminator attorneys say their client is protecting its innovations in pet-hair removal. Competitors disagree. The U.S. shouldn't have granted a patent to such an obvious invention, said Kent Rowald, a lawyer for a former FURminator competitor, Kim Laube & Co., speaking last year before his client reached a settlement with FURminator.
"It is a clipper blade stuck on a handle," Mr. Rowald said at the time; "What FURminator's doing is trying to put any competitor out of business so they can jack up their prices."
A FURminator can sell for more than $50 and the company last year had about $40 million in revenue, according to its recent statements.
Next time you tell your pup to sit, think about this...
Dogs possess skills similar to those of a 6-month old human infant, according to a new study. The study found that making eye making eye contact is helpful when communicating with your dog.
Previous studies have echoed that dogs are intelligent and can communicate with their owners. "Dogs have the developmental abilities of a human 2-year-old, with the average dog capable of learning the meanings of 165 words," said canine-intelligence expert Stanley Coren.
So that cute little kinkajou you got 10 years ago isn't so cute -- or nice -- anymore. Or maybe that python has outgrown its cage or you're moving and need to empty that aquarium.
What's an exotic pet owner to do? Go to the Palm Beach Zoo. On Saturday, Jan. 14 owners of non-native, exotic pets can surrender them -- no fines levied or questions asked -- at the First Annual Pet Amnesty Day. Best of all: qualified adopters will provide a good home for the animals.
Over 180 non-native species have already become established in Florida. While pythons in the Everglades have grabbed headlines, many others are just as destructive. Sightings of Nile Monitors, which can grow up to nine feet long, are becoming more common on the banks of the C-51 Canal that runs along Southern Boulevard. Purple swamp hens, with a native range of southern Europe, Asia and the Pacific, are taking over the nests of native birds in stormwater treatment areas in county's western wetlands.
Amnesty events began in 2006 as a collaborative effort between state and federal wildlife agencies, including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the National Park Service. In the 10 events since then, hundreds of animals have been surrendered. Among them: snakes, lizards, fish, birds, lemurs, monkeys and walking catfish.
Looking back at last year... What was the most popular pet name of 2011?
Grrrrrrr.... "Twilight" the movie strikes again...
Thanks to the ever-popular movie -- or at least we suspect -- the most popular name for dogs and cats in America for 2011 is.... Bella.
Bella has dominated the dog-name list since 2009, for the first time last year, it shot to the top of the kitty list as well.
Rounding out the top 5 most popular names for dogs last year was Bailey, Max, Lucy and Molly.
The other top cat names were Max, Chloe, Oliver and Lucy.
Spot & Fido were way down on the list this year...
Interestingly, when it came to birds and exotic pets including lizards, gerbils, rabbits and other companion animals, the top name was Charlie.