August 18, 2009 02:34 PM

These stories are worth a click:

Oreo, a young cat belonging to the CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Central Georgia, was granted a high school diploma for $200 by Jefferson High School Online. The fee was paid by owner Kevin Collins as part of an investigation of Internet diploma mills.–Examiner.com

Bottoms up? A study conducted by the National Academy of Sciences has shown that having a particular gene variant causes some macaque monkeys to drink more alcohol during experiments. The gene is said to be a key part of how humans respond to everyday stress.–BBC

Missouri officials are looking for the owner of a 9-ft.-long python found sunning itself in Riverfront Park last week. They believe the 18-lb. Burmese snake is a pet that escaped.–fox2now.com

Seventy-six Arabian horses seized in an animal-cruelty case last week are expected to be okay, the Humane Society of North Texas says. A visitor looking at the Renazans Arabians ranch, which is for sale for $1.7 million, filed a report after spotting the extremely thin animals Thursday. The owner of the ranch, Gordon Dennis Key, is free on $10,000 bail but could face 76 charges of animal cruelty. Those interested in adopting the horses are encouraged to fill out an application on the rescue organization’s Web site, hsnt.org.–Dallasnews.com

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