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Kew Gardens(LONDON) — Here’s the buzz about these crazy bee trackers: Ecologists at the Kew Royal Botanic Gardens in London have suited up bumble bees with tiny metal trackers to map their behavior in hopes the data will help them understand why the insects are in decline.

Attaching something so small to a buzzing bee takes both patience and precision.

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In order to suit up the bees, they were first chilled for 10 minutes to make them calmer. Using tweezers, researchers then carefully glued the trackers onto the bees’ backs using superglue.

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The bee backpacks measure 4.8 millimeters by 8 millimeters. They include radio frequency identification tags that allow ecologists to detect bee behavior from as far as 1.2 meters from a detecting unit.

Each bee has a unique tag that allows researchers to monitor their behavior. The tag reports back to the detecting unit within its range.

“This piece of the puzzle, of bee behavior, is absolutely vital if we are to understand better why our bees are struggling and how we can reverse their decline,” Sarah Barlow, a scientist at Kew Gardens who tested the technology, said in a statement.

The technology, which was developed by Tumbling Dice Ltd., could be used after the trial to track the movements of other insects and how they interact with flora, fauna, crops and the world around us, scientists said.

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Scott Halleran/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Houston Texans All-Pro defensive end J.J. Watt restructured his deal to free up cap space for this season, ESPN’s Field Yates reports.

Watt has agreed to turn $10 million roster bonus he was due into a signing bonus that allows Houston to have $8 million in cap space this year.

“Out of all the plays that he played, I had 120 plays that were either a TFL, a quarterback hit, a quarterback sack, a batted ball, an interception, a fumble recovery, a caused fumble,” Texans head coach Bill O’Brien said at the NFL Meetings on Tuesday. “On 120 plays, he did one of those seven things.”

O’Brien is looking forward to seeing what Watt can do in his fifth season in the league.

“He knows that he has no limit,” O’Brien continued. “His ability to come back and be an even better player, which probably sounds crazy to some people, it’s not crazy to us in Houston. We can’t wait to see him when he comes back.”

Watt had 20.5 sacks, 78 tackles, 50 quarterback hits, four forced fumbles and 10 blocked passes this season.

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H.J. Heinz Company/Kraft Foods Group, Inc.(NEW YORK) — H.J. Heinz is expected to buy Kraft Foods Group, creating what the companies say would be the third-largest food and beverage company in North America.

The merger deal, announced Wednesday by both companies, was engineered by Heinz’s owner, the Brazilian investment firm 3G Capital, and billionaire investor Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, which shares ownership of Heinz.

3G has a big appetite for food brands, previously gobbling up Burger King in 2010, and the Canadian restaurant chain Tim Hortons last year.

The combination of these iconic food companies joins together two portfolios of beloved brands, including Heinz, Kraft, Oscar Mayer, Ore-Ida and Philadelphia.

But these are challenging times for packaged food companies. Because of changing consumer tastes, many well-known food brands are struggling with declining sales. Kraft’s profit last year fell more than 60 percent.

3G has won praise on Wall Street for deal-making and competent management as well as cost-cutting.

Both Heinz and Kraft’s boards of directors have unanimously approved the terms of the agreement but it still needs to be approved by Kraft shareholders. The transaction is expected to close in the second half of the year.

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NBA via Golden State Warriors(PORTLAND, Ore.) — The Golden State Warriors clinched the Pacific Division after their 122-108 victory over the Trail Blazers on Tuesday night.

Stephen Curry had 33 points and 10 assists in the win and Andre Iguodala contributed with 21 off the bench.

“We might be a little subdued, but I think everybody is proud of what we’ve done. We still have 11 games left to keep getting better so I think everybody is focused on that,” Curry said during their celebration in the locker room. “But I think everybody is pretty happy right now.”

“We’re very comfortable with how we’re going to get shots every single night,” coach Steve Kerr said. “Then it’s just about executing and not turning the ball over, staying aggressive and making the smart plays.”

The Warriors improved to a league best 58-13 with the win. Portland is 44-25 and sit in the fourth in the Western Conference.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — It’s often said that you should dress for the job you want and not for the one you have.

For those who want to put that into practice, price can be prohibitive — especially for high fashion garments. Enter Sarah LaFleur, the CEO of MM.LaFleur, an online women’s clothing boutique that sells stylish work clothes for about $150 to $300 per item.

“My dream was really to be able to sell clothes that could cost $1,500 at a department store at a fraction of the price,” LaFleur told ABC’s Good Morning America.

LaFleur’s enterprise works like this: Users fill out a quick survey, and a stylist will hand-pick clothes for that user. Shipping — including for returns — is free, and the shopper only pays for the clothes that she keeps.

“We call it our bento model where what you ultimately get is a box which looks like a bento, much like a Japanese lunch,” said MM.LaFleur’s co-founder, Narie Foster.

Dresses, separates and accessories — including belts and jewelry — are among the items available from MM.LaFleur.

The service is part of a trend of fashion houses going online.

“Until recently you had to be rich or famous to have your own stylist, but we are seeing now that the masses can have their own stylists through these businesses,” Ashley Lutz, retail editor with Business Insider, told GMA.

Le Tote is another company that’s part of the growing clothing subscription trend. Users get a selection, or “tote,” of clothes that they can wear and return for a new shipment of clothes as often as they want. It costs $50 a month.

“We found that women only use about 20 percent of their closet,” Brett Northart, Le Tote’s founder, said. “We want to be that 80 percent. We want to give you access to all those items you’re not sure you want to commit to.”

Lisa Raphael uses Le Tote.

Asked whether she believed she was no longer impulse shopping and therefore saving money, she replied: “I do think that I am saving money by doing a, sort of, clothing subscription because I’m actually trying out the clothing, I’m not like ‘oh, that’s cute’ and wearing it once maybe.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(SAN JOSE, Calif.) — A San Jose, California, police officer was fatally shot Tuesday night by a man threatening to kill himself, officials said, adding that the suspect was later found dead inside his home.

Police officers responded to a call at about 6:45 p.m. local time of a man with a gun threatening to kill himself, city officials said in a news conference Tuesday night.

When officers arrived at the man’s home, they were met with gunfire, and 14-year veteran officer Michael Johnson was shot and pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Police evacuated neighbors late Tuesday, as the suspect was believed to still be in his residence, San Jose Police Chief Larry Esquivel said.

Police identified the suspect as Scott Dunham, 57. They also said the call to police was made by a relative of Dunham’s who was worried about him.

“This has been San Jose’s darkest hour,” San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo said in the same news conference.

Officials did not say whether Dunham was killed by police or died by his own hand.

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ABC New(DIGNE, France) — Two Americans were on board the Germanwings flight that crashed in the French Alps Tuesday, according to the airline’s CEO.

Earlier, the French prime minister told reporters one American was on the plane. The United States State Department has not confirmed that any Americans were on board.

The Germanwings plane crashed Tuesday in the Alps in southern France with 150 people on board, including two babies, the airline said. French President Francois Hollande said there were “apparently no survivors.”

Searchers returned to the crash scene Wednesday, as France’s minister of the interior said a black box voice recorder from the plane is damaged. Even so, said the official, Bernard Cazeneuve, the information on the recorder should be retrievable.

The CEO of Lufthansa said a full analysis of the voice recorder was expected to be done by Thursday. But Brice Robin, public prosecutor of Marseille, said on BFM TV that black box results could take several days.

The initial focus for the voice recorder investigators will be “on the human voices, the conversations,” followed by the cockpit sounds, France’s transport minister, Alain Vidalies, told Europe 1 radio Wednesday morning.

The flight data recorder has not been retrieved yet.

Police helicopter searches of the Germanwings Airbus crash site resumed Wednesday morning.

Xavier Roy, coordinator for French air rescue, told ABC News that no bodies are going to be found Wednesday, and that the investigation on site will take a week. Unlike other crash sites, Roy said, there isn’t much to find.

“When you go to a crash site you expect to recognize parts of an airplane.” he said. “Sadly, here you don’t see anything — just debris scattered all over.”

He added that this was a difficult area to search, as it is “nearly impossible to reach by foot,” making it challenging to get rescuers in and out of the area safely.

The top priorities now are locating bodies and the second black box, he said.

Spanish King Felipe IV, who was in France for a pre-scheduled meeting with Hollande, said the passengers were German, Spanish and Turkish.

Germanwings said 67 Germans were on board.

The plane also had Kazakh, British, Japanese, Colombian, Australian, Dutch, Danish, Turkish and Israeli occupants, as confirmed by their governments.

“We are working on identifying the different nationalities.” the French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on French TV. “There is an American, a Moroccan, British, Argentine, but again it is Lufthansa, German and Spanish authorities who should provide, as soon as possible, the overall data.”

King Felipe had planned to stay in France for three days but now said he is returning to Madrid to launch a crisis center.

Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy were scheduled to arrive at the crash staging area Wednesday.

The cause of the crash has not yet been determined, the Germanwings CEO said. Lufthansa, which owns Germanwings, called the crash “an accident.”

“Seeing the site of the accident was harrowing,” Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr tweeted Wednesday morning. “We are in deep mourning. Our thoughts are with the relatives of the victims.”

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ABC News(DIGNE, France) — Day two of recovery operations at the Germanwings Airbus crash site began Wednesday morning, as helicopters resumed searches of the area.

The Airbus crashed Tuesday in the Alps in southern France with 150 people on board, including two babies, the airline confirmed.

Recovery operations were suspended last night in France, with the intention of starting again Wednesday at daybreak.

A French Interior Ministry spokesperson said that bodies and debris would be brought down from the crash site Wednesday morning.

The crash took place in a remote part of the French Alps. French President Francois Hollande said there are “apparently no survivors.”

The airline, a subsidiary of Lufthansa, said it cancelled seven flights Tuesday because crew members reported they were unfit to fly following the tragedy.

The passenger jet, an Airbus A320, crashed near the town of Digne as it traveled from Barcelona to Dusseldorf. The plane was carrying 144 passengers — including 2 babies — and six crew members, Germanwings CEO Thomas Winkelmann said at a news conference Tuesday.

One black box has been recovered, according to a spokesman for the French Interior Ministry. That box was en route to the Bureau d’Enquêtes et d’Analyses, the French authority in a Paris suburb responsible for safety investigations in civil aviation, authorities said.

Winkelmann said he feels “deep sorrow,” adding that the victims’ families will be informed before a list of names will be released. The list of nationalities of the casualties will be released as soon as the airline is certain, Winkelmann added.

Hollande said, “I want to express my solidarity to the family of the victims. We do not yet know the identities of the victims. It is a mourning we have to go through because it is a tragedy that has happened on our soil.”

Spanish King Felipe IV, who is in France for a pre-scheduled meeting with Hollande, said the passengers were German, Spanish and Turkish.

Germanwings said 67 Germans were on board. The State Department is reviewing whether there were any Americans on board.

King Felipe had planned to stay in France for three days but now said he is returning to Madrid to launch a crisis center.

The cause of the crash has not yet been determined, the Germanwings CEO said. The French Interior Ministry said the plane’s black box has been found and that it will be analyzed in the coming hours.

Lufthansa, which owns Germanwings, called the crash “an accident.”

“For the time being we are calling this an accident,” a Lufthansa official said at a news conference in Barcelona Tuesday. “Everything else is speculation.”

The Vatican said Pope Francis sent a telegram expressing his sadness over the crash, and adding that he is praying for the victims and their families.

At a White House news conference, President Obama offered his thoughts and prayers to the people of Germany and Spain, saying, “American stands with them at this moment of sorrow.”

Obama said he has called German Chancellor Angela Merkel and hopes to speak with Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy of Spain to “express the condolences of the American people” and to offer U.S. assistance as they investigate this “awful tragedy.”

“Our teams are in close contact, and we’re working to confirm how many Americans may have been on board,” Obama said.

Lufthansa released a statement Tuesday as reports emerged of the crash.

“If our fears are confirmed, this is a dark day for Lufthansa. We hope to find survivors,” Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr said in the statement.

Germanwings and Lufthansa have also darkened their logos on social media.

The plane was flying at 38,000 feet — its normal cruising altitude — when it started to lose altitude and descended for 8 minutes, according to Germanwings. When the plane was at 6,000 feet, it lost contact with French radar.

Lufthansa said the plane went into operation in 1990. It was sold to Lufthansa in 1991 and then sold to Germanwings in 2014.

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mironos/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — One American dies from a stroke every four minutes on average, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Doctors often place what is known as a stent in the narrowed arteries in the brain to prop them open, with the idea that they will help prevent repeat strokes.

However, a new study by researchers from Wisconsin published in JAMA shows that placing stents in patients with strokes may actually increase the risk of future strokes.

The researchers compared outcomes of stroke patients who either received only blood-thinning medications or a stent plus blood-thinning medications.

The study had to be stopped early, as 24.1 percent of the stent group suffered a repeat stroke, and 8.6 percent of the stent group suffered a brain bleed within 30 days, according to researchers.

The authors suggest that for now, medical therapy using blood-thinning medications seems like a relatively safer choice in managing patients with strokes.

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ABC News(DUSSELDORF, Germany) — Germanwings was forced to cancel seven flights out of Dusseldorf because a number of crew members felt they were unfit to fly following the news of Flight 9525’s crash, the airline said late Tuesday.

An Airbus operated by Germanwings crashed Tuesday in the Alps in southern France with 144 passengers, including two babies, and six crew members on board.

Germanwings said in a statement that some crew members decided not to operate aircraft Tuesday after they heard of the crash.

“We understand their decision,” Germanwings Managing Director Thomas Winkelmann said. “Some flights had to be cancelled.”

The crash took place in a remote part of the French Alps. French President Francois Hollande said there are “apparently no survivors.”

The passenger jet, an Airbus A320, crashed near the town of Digne as it traveled from Barcelona to Dusseldorf.

One black box has been recovered, according to a spokesman for the French Interior Ministry.

That box was en route to the Bureau d’Enquêtes et d’Analyses, the French authority in a Paris suburb responsible for safety investigations in civil aviation, authorities said.

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