A Colorado man died after a Gila monster bite. Opinions and laws on keeping the lizard as a pet vary

A Colorado man who died after getting bitten by a Gila monster was hardly alone in having the gnarly looking lizard for a pet. They’re legal to own in most states, easily found through breeders and at reptile shows, and widely regarded for their striking color patterns and typically easygoing personality. But while 34-year-old Christopher … Read more

Oregon officials report bubonic plague in local resident. They say there’s little risk to community

BEND, Oregon — Public health officials in Oregon have reported a case of bubonic plague in a local resident who they said likely contracted it from a pet cat. All close contacts of the person and the cat have been contacted and provided medication, Dr. Richard Fawcett, the health officer for Deschutes County, said in … Read more

Verbal gaffe or sign of trouble? Mixing up names like Biden and Trump have done is pretty common

WASHINGTON — Any parent who’s ever called one of their children by the other’s name — or even the family pet’s name — likely could empathize when President Joe Biden mixed up the names of French leaders Macron and Mitterrand. The human brain has trouble pulling names out of stuffed memory banks on cue. But … Read more