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Trophy hunting big business

Jul 30, 2015 / 6:35 am

It is, for some well-heeled foreign visitors, the ultimate African experience: the thrill of hunting a lion, one of the "Big Five" animals whose habitats are under increasing pressure from human encroachment. Now an American dentist's killing of a celebrity lion in Zimbabwe has...

Clarkson gets new car show

Jul 30, 2015 / 6:08 am

The former hosts of the BBC's popular "Top Gear" program, who left amid scandal over an off-set dustup, have signed up to present a new car show for broadcaster Amazon Prime. Amazon said Thursday that Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond have committed to three series of...

Thousands of prisoners freed

Jul 30, 2015 / 6:04 am

More than 150 Chinese workers sentenced to life in prison for illegal logging were freed in Myanmar on Thursday under a massive presidential pardon that included nearly 7,000 prisoners. Others who were freed included former military intelligence officials purged by their army colleagues more...

Big turkey on campus

Jul 30, 2015 / 5:57 am

A wandering turkey is causing a stir at the University of Michigan. The Ann Arbor News reports the turkey on North Campus in Ann Arbor has captured the attention of students and staff, roaming wooded areas, chasing passers-by and getting in the way of bus traffic. It's also showing up on...

Toyota's R2-D2-like robot

Jul 30, 2015 / 5:47 am

Toyota's new robot that glides around like R2-D2 is devoted to a single task: picking things up. HSR, short for "human support robot," comes with a single mechanical arm that can grasp objects of various shapes and sizes and also pick up smaller items with a tiny suction cup. It...

Rio's dirty little secret

Jul 29, 2015 / 10:31 pm

Athletes competing in next year's Summer Olympics in Rio will be swimming and boating in waters so contaminated with human feces that they risk becoming violently ill and unable to compete in the Games, an Associated Press investigation has found. An AP analysis of water quality revealed...

Debris a match for MH370

Jul 29, 2015 / 10:25 pm

Air safety investigators have a "high degree of confidence" that aircraft debris found in the Indian Ocean is of a wing component unique to the Boeing 777, the same model as the Malaysia Airlines plane that disappeared last year, a U.S. official said Wednesday. Air safety investigators...

Flight almost runs out of gas

Jul 29, 2015 / 5:12 pm

A discount flight between Las Vegas and Fargo, N.D., was left stranded in the air, low on fuel, after a Blue Angels’ practice run closed Fargo’s Hector International Airport temporarily. Allegiant Air flight 426 was circling the North Dakota airport on July 23, requesting permission...

Malaysia flight 370 found?

Jul 29, 2015 / 1:50 pm

The mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 to Beijing in March 2014 prompted a worldwide search for the plane, to no avail. A French aviation expert believes parts of the wreckage of the airliner may have been found washed ashore on the small island of Reunion, in the Indian...

Population timebomb

Jul 29, 2015 / 12:39 pm

Move over: The world's population is expected to reach 8.5 billion by 2030 and 9.7 billion in 2050, a new United Nations report says. And there should be 11.2 billion people on Earth by the end of this century. Meanwhile, India's population is set to pass China's in size around 2022,...

'He purposely killed him'

Jul 29, 2015 / 11:41 am

A University of Cincinnati officer who shot a motorist during a traffic stop over a missing front license plate has been indicted on murder charges, a prosecutor said Wednesday, adding that the officer "purposely killed him" and "should never have been a police...

Turtles given helping hand

Jul 29, 2015 / 9:27 am

It was a turtle emancipation. Over 600 baby sea turtles got a second chance at life Monday when they were released into the ocean off of Boca Raton by Ft. Lauderdale Coast Guard and local nature centre officials. With the odds against them — only about 1 in 1,000 sea turtles survive to...

Lion-hunt guides in court

Jul 29, 2015 / 9:22 am

Two Zimbabweans arrested for illegally hunting a lion appeared in court Wednesday. The head of Zimbabwe's safari association said the killing was unethical and that it couldn't even be classified as a hunt, since the lion killed by an American dentist was lured into the kill zone. A...

Migrant crush at 'chunnel'

Jul 29, 2015 / 9:16 am

France deployed more than 100 riot police to Calais on Wednesday to bolster security as hundreds of migrants have been trying night after night to rush the railway tunnel leading to England — at times with fatal consequences. One migrant was crushed to death and another was critically...

911 to caller: deal with it

Jul 29, 2015 / 6:24 am

A New Mexico dispatcher has resigned after telling a panicked 911 caller who was trying to save the life of a shooting victim to "deal with it yourself." Matthew Sanchez was reassigned after officials became aware of the call, fire officials said on Monday. But a statement Tuesday...

Lion killer says he's sorry

Jul 29, 2015 / 6:21 am

A Minnesota dentist who went on a guided bow hunting trip for big game in Zimbabwe said that he had no idea the lion he killed was protected and that he relied on the expertise of his local guides to ensure the hunt was legal. Walter Palmer, who has a felony record in the U.S. related to...

Boy gets two new hands

Jul 29, 2015 / 6:14 am

An eight-year-old boy who lost his hands and feet to a serious infection has become the youngest patient to receive a double-hand transplant, surgeons said Tuesday. Zion Harvey's forearms were heavily bandaged but his hands were visible as he flashed some big smiles Tuesday at a hospital...

Heat wave holiday declared

Jul 29, 2015 / 6:06 am

Iraq's Council of Ministers has declared a four-day mandatory holiday beginning Thursday as temperatures are set to soar above 50 C (123 F). The statement, delivered on state-run Iraqiyya TV, is the second heat advisory issued by the Iraqi government this month. High summer temperatures...

Hundreds flee flames

Jul 28, 2015 / 7:41 pm

FRESNO, Calif. - More than 200 people were ordered from their homes Tuesday when a wildfire jumped a containment line east of California's Napa Valley wine country in one of several blazes burning across the state. The week-old fire was given a burst of energy by rising temperatures, wind...

560,000-year-old tooth

Jul 28, 2015 / 10:17 am

Two students have found a human tooth from about 560,000 years ago in a famous prehistoric cave in southwestern France, a discovery praised by archaeologists as the oldest human body part ever discovered in the country and being rare from that period in Europe. The tooth was found last week...

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