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RED WINE’S FINE

UNDATED (AP) — We’ve heard about studies saying red wine can have health benefits. Now there’s another one. This one indicates that chemicals in red wine could help teeth and gums. Laboratory tests show that some plant compounds in it were found to fend off the bugs that cause tooth decay and gum disease. But experts warned against using the beverage as a mouth wash. They say they used far higher concentrations of the chemical than occur naturally in wine.

POLAR BEAR DIES

PHILADELPHIA (AP) —The oldest captive polar bear in the United States has died. The Philadelphia Zoo said the 37-year-old bear, Coldilocks, was in declining health and was put to sleep. Zoo officials said Coldilocks had a variety of age-related medical issues, including problems with her kidneys and eyesight.

FREE FROM FRISBEE

NORFOLK, England (AP) — Mrs. Frisbee is finally free. She’s an Atlantic grey seal who got a frisbee stuck round her neck, causing a nasty injury. Officials say she was “nearly dead” when she was found at Horsey beach in Norfolk, England. But a group of volunteers rescued her and took care of her. Now she’s been released back into the wild.

KILLER HAWK-NEW YORK

DEWITT, N.Y. (AP) — The feeding habits of a Cooper’s hawk may fascinate birdwatchers, but employees of a New York bank are fed up with the feathery remnants of slaughtered pigeons. A hawk has been killing and devouring pigeons near the entrance to M & T Bank in Dewitt and the property manager there says staffers are terrified and disgusted. He says the bank tried putting up a fake owl to shoo the hawk away. An ornithologist says the hawk probably won’t care about the owl but its pigeon prey might be scared off. Colorful crow-sized Cooper’s hawks have become common in cities and suburbs where flocks of pigeons and birdfeeder visitors make easy pickings.

WHITE HOUSE ORNAMENT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s just February, but some are thinking ahead to Christmas. The White House Historical Association has picked who the next White House Christmas ornament will feature. It will be the 33rd president, Harry Truman. One side of the ornament will feature the Truman Balcony, which was added to the White House in 1947 and 1948. The other side features the renovation of the Blue Room.

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