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  • American scientists create chimeras: half-human, half-animal embryos

    05/23/2016 1:46:51 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 46 replies
    Ibtimes ^ | May 23 2016 | Ibtimes
    Researchers in the US are creating half-human, half-animal embryos to help save lives, particularly people with a wide range of ailments. The embryos create better animal models to study the occurrence of human diseases and its progression
  • Virginia policewoman killed on her first day on job; Army sergeant charged

    02/28/2016 11:52:39 AM PST · by Java4Jay · 53 replies
    An off-duty U.S. Army sergeant stationed at the Pentagon has been charged with fatally shooting a Virginia police officer on her first day on the job as she responded to a domestic disturbance at a home outside Washington, authorities said on Sunday.
  • Cecil The Lion Stirs More Outrage Than Abortion Mogul Cecile The Lyin' [Romans 1]

    07/31/2015 9:54:24 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 27 replies
    Town Hall ^ | 7/31/2015 | Ryan Bomberger
    Society has a funny way of deciding when to express outrage. Millions of innocent humans (aka pregnancy tissue) are slaughtered, and their fully intact body parts are sold. Crickets. A single lion, which was unknown to most of us, gets hunted for sport. International drama. I despise the thought of big game hunting, but it never ceases to amaze me how rhetorically violent animal rights activists become when these creatures are harmed or killed. PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has called for the hunter involved, Dr. Walter Palmer, to be hanged. The puppy-killing, celebrity-studded, publicity-stunt-centered organization epitomizes...
  • What?! I think I'm an animal (part 1)

    06/26/2015 3:04:50 PM PDT · by fishtank · 6 replies ^ | Apr 24, 2013 | Not really sure.
    From the YouTube link: Published on Apr 24, 2013 "An amazing video of Therians involving some of my close friends talking about the therian lifestyle, their lives, and a reflection of my own. My name is Alpha Blue-Eye. I'm a blue and white arctic wolf. If you have any questions for me, put them in the comment box and I'll answer them in a later video!"
  • Newly found ring of teeth uncovers what common ancestor of molting animals looked like

    06/25/2015 8:35:35 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 13 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 06-24-2015 | Provided by University of Cambridge
    Hallucigenia sparsa from the Burgess Shale (Royal Ontario Museum 61513). The fossil is 15 mm long. Credit: Jean-Bernard Caron A new study of an otherworldly creature from half a billion years ago - a worm-like animal with legs, spikes and a head difficult to distinguish from its tail - has definitively identified its head for the first time, and revealed a previously unknown ring of teeth and a pair of simple eyes. The results, published today in the journal Nature, have helped scientists reconstruct what the common ancestor of everything from tiny roundworms to huge lobsters might have looked like....
  • Notorious 'Animal House' fraternity at Dartmouth College loses its appeal for 'recognition' [tr]

    05/08/2015 12:14:50 PM PDT · by C19fan · 36 replies
    AP ^ | May 8, 2015 | Staff
    Dartmouth College has rejected an appeal by a fraternity accused of branding new members, ending efforts by the Greek organization that partly inspired the 1976 movie 'Animal House' to remain recognized on campus. Alpha Delta appealed last month after a campus judiciary committee at the Ivy League school withdrew the fraternity's recognition as a student organization. That appeal has been denied and the decision to withdraw recognition stands, according to a statement the college provided to The Associated Press on Friday.
  • 'Muppets' Revived at ABC With 'Big Bang Theory' Co-Creator

    04/03/2015 5:09:02 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 25 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | April 3, 2015 | Lesley Goldberg
    It may be time to light the lights. ABC is filming a proof of concept for a revival of The Muppets, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The Big Bang Theory co-creator Bill Prady is co-writing the script for a pilot presentation that sources say could be unspooled at May's upfront presentation to Madison Avenue advertisers. Sources tell THR that the project, if all goes well, could go straight to series. Bob Kushell (Anger Management, 3rd Rock From the Sun) will also co-write and is attached to serve as showrunner, with Wilfred's Randall Einhorn attached to exec produce and direct the...
  • PETA criticizes 'Eaten Alive' TV show for animal cruelty (swallowed by an anaconda)

    11/07/2014 7:14:43 PM PST · by Libloather · 18 replies
    MSN ^ | 11/07/14
    Animal rights group PETA has slammed the Discovery Channel's 'Eaten Alive' show, which claims it will show a man being eaten alive by an anaconda, as a publicity stunt that will torment the snake. Trailers of the show, which will be aired on Dec. 7 on the cable network, show naturalist and wildlife filmmaker and author Paul Rosolie donning a custom-built snake-proof outfit. "I am about to be the first person that is going to be eaten alive by an anaconda," Rosalie says in the trailer as his team is shown catching a snake. "I don't expect anyone to believe...
  • Mountain lion attacks boy, 6, on trail near Cupertino (CA)

    09/08/2014 11:59:41 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 37 replies
    SF Gate (SF Chronicle) ^ | September 8, 2014 | Stephanie M. Lee
    Authorities were searching for a mountain lion that attacked a 6-year-old boy on a hiking trail near Cupertino on Sunday afternoon. Hiking trails were closed after the agency received reports around 1 p.m. that the child was attacked about 2 miles from the Picchetti Winery at 13100 Montebello Road, said Sgt. Kurtis Stenderup, a spokesman for the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office. The boy, who was not identified, did not have life-threatening injuries. The boy was attacked "in an aggressive manner," then dragged through brush before family members came to his aid and fought off the mountain lion, said a...
  • Centerplate CEO Resigns in Response to Dog Abuse Video

    09/02/2014 11:46:35 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Sep 02, 2014
    Centerplate’s board of directors announced today that Chris Verros has been appointed to the role of acting president and chief executive officer, effective immediately, following the resignation of Desmond Hague from the company. The decision comes as a result of Hague’s personal misconduct involving the mistreatment of an animal in his care. “We want to reiterate that we do not condone nor would we ever overlook the abuse of animals,” said Joe O’Donnell, chairman of the board of directors for Centerplate. “Following an extended review of the incident involving Mr. Hague, I’d like to apologize for the distress that this...
  • WV: Public Comment Period Open for "Dangerous Wild Animal" List

    07/17/2014 12:04:12 PM PDT · by gieriscm · 36 replies
    WV Secretary of State / USARK ^ | 7/2/14 | WV Secretary of State
    In lieu of a public hearing, a comment period has been established during which any interested person may send comments concerning these proposed rules. This comment period will end on August 1, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. Only written comments will be accepted and are to be mailed to the following address: WV Department of Agriculture 1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East Charleston, WV 25305
  • Porcupine puppy

    06/27/2014 5:27:50 AM PDT · by ABN 505 · 23 replies
    The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center adopts a five-year-old porcupine that someone had been keeping as a pet. Because of his gentle nature and love for human contact, everyone treats the porcupine like a prickly puppy dog.
  • Arizona to investigate 'Doggie Disneyland' where 20 dogs died

    06/26/2014 12:23:43 AM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 40 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | Megan Hamilton
    Authorities are investigating the deaths of 20 dogs at Green Acre Kennel, in Gilbert, Arizona. The place had billed itself as a "Doggie Disneyland" promising plenty of land for dogs to run free with no cages. To Ryan Ingraham and his wife, it sounded like a great place to board their two black Labradors while they took a vacation. Ingraham had contacted MaLeisa and Todd Hughes, owners of the business, two months ago. Then about a week ago, he decided to take the dogs to the Hughes' house for a trial run.
  • Humane Society, others to pay Feld, Ringling Bros. $15 million in Asian elephant lawsuit

    05/19/2014 3:15:32 PM PDT · by DesScorp · 9 replies
    Bradenton Herald ^ | 5-16-2014 | CHARLES SCHELLE
    A 14-year battle over the care of Feld Entertainment's circus elephants ended Thursday with the Humane Society of the United States and others paying a $15.75 million settlement.The lawsuit was filed by a company the Humane Society acquired, along with other animal rights groups, against Feld, parent company of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, over the care of its 43 Asian elephants.The settlement follows $9.3 million that the American Society of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals paid in 2012 for its connection to false claims against Feld in U.S. District Court in Washington."We hope this settlement payment,...
  • Wild beavers seen in England for first time in centuries

    02/28/2014 6:24:50 AM PST · by Red Badger · 53 replies ^ | Thursday 27 February 2014 11.09 EST | Jessica Aldred
    Footage of a family of beavers filmed in a Devon river is believed to be the first sighting of its kind in up to 500 years A family of wild beavers has been seen in the England countryside in what is believed to be the first sighting of its kind in up to 500 years. Three European beavers (Castor fiber), believed to be adults, have been filmed together on the River Otter in east Devon and can be seen gnawing at the base of trees, grooming themselves and playing together. Experts said the sighting was "highly significant" as it strongly...
  • Grey Wolf Packs to be introduced to Hawaii [Big Island]

    01/01/2014 1:29:16 PM PST · by steve86 · 88 replies
    Mexican Grey Wolves. . The plan calls for 10 breeding pairs in Hawaii (Big Island) or 100 to 150 wolves. Conservationists are concerned that too few wolves are involved in the plan. Hawaii (the island) is 4,028 sq. miles, so big in fact, the other Hawaiian Islands could fit on it nearly twice. The wolves are expected to find and establish their own habitat(s), from the dry Kohala Coast on the west side, up and over Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, to the lush and rainy eastern coast. Predictably, cattle and sheep ranchers are opposed, particularly the Parker Ranch which...
  • Fresh effort to clone extinct animal

    11/24/2013 7:44:32 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    BBC ^ | 22 November 2013 Last updated at 06:49 ET
    The bucardo became extinct in 2000, but cells from the last animal were frozen in liquid nitrogen. In 2003, a cloned calf was brought to term but died a few minutes after birth. Now, the scientists will test the viability of the female bucardo's 14-year-old preserved cells. The bucardo, or Pyrenean ibex, calf born through cloning was an historic event: the first "de-extinction", in which a lost species or sub-species was resurrected.
  • Residents Warned of Coyotes After Attack (Mansfield, Ohio)

    11/04/2013 6:49:09 AM PST · by Whenifhow · 72 replies ^ | November 1, 2013, | Jessica Dabrowski
    MANSFIELD, Ohio — Local authorities in Mansfield were tracking a pack of coyotes Friday after a man doing some lawn care was attacked. He was riding a mower while blowing leaves along Springmill Road shortly before noon. According to the Mansfield Police Department, about four coyotes rushed at him from a wooded area and one jumped up on the mower, scratching him. The man’s jacket was torn and he suffered an injury to his arm but was able to drive himself to the hospital.
  • Strange animal behavior

    08/20/2013 4:57:37 PM PDT · by GunHoardingCapitalist · 3 replies
    I just thought it was an interesting story to share here.
  • Animal Testing

    06/22/2013 4:42:35 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 27 replies
    The end to animal experimentation seems to be nearer than we could previously imagine. In 2008 three US federal government agencies, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the National Toxicology Program (NTP), signed a "Memorandum of Understanding" with the aim of ending animal testing of drugs and chemicals for human use. The realization of this ambitious plan will take years, but it's a start of historic importance, especially considering that the three agencies involved have been among animal testing's biggest funding bodies.This momentous agreement followed a 2007 report released by the world's most prestigious...
  • Google Street View discovers new cat species!

    05/09/2013 11:54:00 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies ^ | 2 days ago by | Google Street View Guy in Countries
    It’s Felis bipedus, spotted on Google Street View
  • Dog shot in head; Hillsborough authorities search for suspect

    11/15/2012 6:46:21 AM PST · by BerryDingle · 26 replies
    The Tampa Tribune ^ | November 14, 2012 | JOSÉ PATIÑO GIRONA
    TAMPA -- Last month, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office received an anonymous call about three shots fired and a dog possibly buried in the backyard of a Clair-Mel City vacant home. When investigators arrived at the home, 3221 Deerfield Dr., Tampa, they found a 2-year-old female pit bull mix buried up to its nose. A Hillsborough County Animal Services animal control officer used her hands to dig the dog out. The dog had been shot twice and was bleeding profusely, said Pam Perry, an Animal Services investigations manager. "For her to even be alive when the officer got there is...
  • Animal Rights Group Calls Sport Hunting Magazines ‘Shooting Porn’ and Wants to Ban Kids...

    08/29/2012 5:02:51 PM PDT · by Libloather · 24 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 8/28/12 | Liz Klimas
    Animal Rights Group Calls Sport Hunting Magazines ‘Shooting Porn’ and Wants to Ban Kids from Seeing Themby Liz Klimas Posted on August 28, 2012 at 3:17pm An animal rights group in the U.K. came out with a report Monday saying gun magazines are “shooting porn” that should be banned from sale to minors. In its report “Gunning For Children: How the gun lobby recruits young blood,“ Animal Aid says that such ”lurid, pro-violence content could have a corrosive, long-lasting effect on impressionable young minds.” The group believes these magazines should be considered “top shelf” and banned from sale to customers...
  • Mystery of the Beast of the East River.

    07/26/2012 11:45:20 AM PDT · by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost · 29 replies
    Daily Mail Online ^ | July 25, 2012 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Dubbed the 'Manhattan monster', a horrifying mystery creature with a mutilated face, snarling snout and five toes on each foot has washed up under the Brooklyn Bridge, perplexing New Yorkers. Amateur photographer Denise Ginley snapped the ghoulish pink carcass while walking along the East River on Sunday and the grisly images, first published by The Gothamist on Monday, have sparked an array of conspiracy theories as to whether it is a giant water-logged rodent, a cooked pig that a family couldn't fit in, a ballooned dog or some other, more sinister, being. 'We were horrified by it and we took...
  • FL man jailed for killing pythons, while park service can't kill them fast enough

    05/31/2012 8:17:22 PM PDT · by ExxonPatrolUs · 33 replies
    Fargo Forum & USA Today ^ | May 2012 | Various
    Fargo Forum: A man who moved from Florida to Dilworth last summer admitted today that he allowed his 32 ball python snakes to freeze to death in an unheated storage unit in Glyndon last winter. “I just couldn’t find any place to put them,” 50-year-old Henry Ward Atherton Jr. said in Clay County District Court. Atherton pleaded guilty to all three charges against him: one felony and two misdemeanors counts of mistreatment of animals. USA Today: Sightings of raccoons are down 99.3%, opossums 98.9% and white-tailed deer 94.1%. According to Linda Friar with Everglades. National Park, park personnel have captured...
  • Six-legged calf wins Swiss hearts

    03/29/2012 4:49:48 PM PDT · by blueyon · 9 replies
    The Guardian home ^ | 3/29/2012 | ??AP
    A six-legged calf has defied the odds by thriving despite a vet's prediction at birth that it would not survive. Seven-week-old Lilli is a minor celebrity in her native Switzerland after local media were splashed with images of the calf frolicking in a sunny field. Farmer Andreas Knutti from Weissenburg, 19 miles south of the capital, Bern, says he couldn't bring himself to euthanise the animal because she was "so full of life".
  • To cap your St. Patrick's Day -- O Danny Boy by the Muppets

    03/17/2012 7:54:44 PM PDT · by freedumb2003 · 4 replies
    youtube ^ | 1/2/2007 | Muppets If this doesn't crack you up, your humor bone is broken. They never should have cancelled The Muppet Show
  • Bless the Beasts (Should conservatives care about animal suffering?)

    12/16/2011 7:29:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 133 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/16/2011 | Claire Berlinski
    Some virtues are by accidents of history associated with utopianism, hostility to private property, anti-clericalism, and other core beliefs of the Left. I can scandalize a yoga instructor anywhere in the world by declaring myself an avid admirer of Margaret Thatcher, though I challenge you to read the yoga sutras and conclude from them that devotees must favor an overregulated financial sector. Concern for the welfare and dignity of animals is such an issue, associated with nihilist leftists such as Peter Singer and local totalitarians who seek to regulate pets out of existence. But one need not believe that animals...
  • PETA puts its stamp on holidays with veggie celebs

    11/28/2011 9:56:56 AM PST · by LesDowrey · 11 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | November 28 2011 | Bill Hutchinson
    The 20 most famous vegetarians of all-time will appear on a series of postage stamps — and the folks at PETA are hoping it’s a good way to lick animal abuse. In time for the holiday-card rush, the stamps featuring such meatless celebs as Paul McCartney, Ellen DeGeneres, and Morrissey will be released Tuesday. “These are very influential people, and not everyone knows that these folks are vegetarian,” said Lisa Lange, vice president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. The stamps will also feature hip-hop impresario Russell Simmons, actors Woody Harrelson and Natalie Portman, and singers Chrissie Hynde,...
  • The Goat Portrait: Taking Pictures to Sell Livestock

    08/25/2011 9:43:02 AM PDT · by stillafreemind · 31 replies
    Yahoo/AC ^ | August 25th, 2011 | Sherry Tomfeld
    If I had tried to get this same image by trying to pose the animals, it never would have happened. The best pictures of livestock and pets come from the moment. Animals have emotions, but they do not provide them on a command. Looking at Rita's face, the strength and love of this animal shows.
  • Planet Earth Energy in America: Dead Birds Unintended Consequence of Wind Power Development

    08/17/2011 5:09:33 PM PDT · by SJackson · 17 replies ^ | August 16, 2011 | William La Jeunesse
    As California attempts to divorce itself from fossil-fueled electricity, it may be trading one environmental sin for another -- although you don't hear state officials admitting it. Wind power is the fastest growing component in the state's green energy portfolio, but wildlife advocates say the marriage has an unintended consequence: dead birds, including protected species of eagles, hawks and owls. Wind Turbines on a wind farm in the Mojave Desert in South California. "The cumulative impacts are huge," said Shawn Smallwood, one of the few recognized experts studying the impact of wind farms on migratory birds. "It is not inconceivable...
  • Mother of child mauled by family dog arrested

    07/14/2011 10:27:11 PM PDT · by george76 · 54 replies · 1+ views
    bangor daily news ^ | July 14, 2011
    FRANKFORT, Maine — The mother of a 7-month-old girl mauled to death by the family dog in April was arrested Wednesday night and charged in connection with the death. Maine State Police Detective Adam Kelley arrested 29-year-old Katrina Mitchell at her home on Town Hill Road and charged her with endangering the welfare of a child. Mitchell was taken to Waldo County Jail and was being held in lieu of $1,060 bail. The charge was filed after police consulted with the District Attorney’s Office. Annabelle Mitchell was mauled to death on April 12 in the living room of her house...
  • Spectacular mammal rediscovered after 113 years -- first ever photographs taken

    05/19/2011 2:00:01 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 83 replies · 1+ views ^ | 05-19-2011 | Staff
    A unique and mysterious guinea-pig-sized rodent, not seen since 1898 despite several organized searches, bizarrely showed up at the front door of an ecolodge at a nature reserve in Colombia, South America. The magnificent red-crested tree rat (Santamartamys rufodorsalis), stayed for almost two hours while two research volunteers took the first photos ever of a creature the world thought would never be seen again. The charming nocturnal rodent made his re-debut to the world at 9:30PM on May 4, 2011 at the El Dorado Nature Reserve in the far north of the country. The Reserve was established in 2005 by...
  • A Rape Too Far

    05/17/2011 10:44:46 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies ^ | May 17, 2011 | John Ransom
    In 2007, when Dominique Strauss-Kahn was packing up to become the managing director of the International Monetary Fund, Jean Quatremer, a writer for the French paper Libération wrote on his blog that "Strauss-Kahn's only real problem is his relationship to women. Too heavy … it borderlines harassment," reports the UK’s Guardian. The Guardian says that “many politicians privately wonder[ed]” then “how he would cope in a puritan U.S. which frowns upon sexual advances.”He may not have coped at all. He may have snapped. I hope that I’m wrong about it, but fear that I’m not. Strauss-Khan, a 62-year old French...
  • 'Bout 2 kill ma kid': Chilling Facebook message left by father before he stabbed his toddler...

    05/04/2011 5:48:47 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 20 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 5th May 2011 | Richard Shears
    The Facebook message was brief and chilling - ‘Bout 2 kill ma kid’. It was posted by 24-year-old Australian Ramazan ‘Ramzy’ Acar before he plunged a huge Ninja-style knife into the body of his two-year-old daughter Yazmina. As the girl lay dying, Acar posted another message, directed at the child’s mother, Rachelle D’Argent: ‘It’s ova - I did it.' Then he posted another vengeful Facebook message to Miss D’Argent, from whom he was separated, reading: ‘Pay back, u slut.’ Sickening details of the murder of Yazmina were revealed in the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court today as Acar - wearing an oversize...
  • 55 Feet Long Unknown Fish Species Found in China

    05/01/2011 10:45:03 AM PDT · by Palter · 53 replies
    IBT ^ | 29 April 2011 | IBT
    A 55 feet long fish has been found in the seashore of Guangdong, China. According to a local newspaper, the big fish weighs at least 10,000 pounds. Hwang, a 66-years-old fisherman living in the near area, said he has never seen anything like this in his whole life and that the fish was tied with ropes when it was first found. Many people have flocked to see this strange specimen since its discovery, although its rotting corpse already emits a foul smell. The people living in the area think the fish was caught by some fisherman but was abandoned due...
  • Why The Supreme Court Was Wrong In The Animal Cruelty Videos Case Of United States v. Stevens

    04/22/2011 3:42:28 PM PDT · by stevelackner · 2 replies
    STEVELACKNER.COM ^ | April 22, 2011 | Steven W. Lackner
    I was very surprised one year ago on April 20, 2010 with the Supreme Court ruling in United States v. Stevens and that the decision came down with such an overwhelming 8 to 1 majority. But the unpredictable Supreme Court left only Judge Samuel Alito arguing that Congress's ban on the distribution of animal cruelty videos should not be voided under the First Amendment's protection of the freedom of speech. Justice Alito wrote: "The Court’s approach, which has the practical effect of legalizing the sale of such [animal cruelty] videos and is thus likely to spur a resumption of their...
  • Judge allows large portions of video mocking journalist's death to be played for jurors

    04/20/2011 12:42:19 PM PDT · by SmithL · 5 replies
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 4/20/11 | Thomas Peele - The Chauncey Bailey Project
    Jury in the Chauncey Bailey murder trial could see the hourlong clip as soon as Wednesday. OAKLAND -- Large portions of a secretly recorded police video on which former Your Black Muslim leader Yusuf Bey IV laughed about the 2007 killing of journalist Chauncey Bailey, threatened to kill a police officer and implicated himself in a kidnapping and torture case can be shown to jurors, a judge ruled Tuesday. The jury in Bey IV and co-defendant Antoine Mackey's triple murder trial could see the video as early as Wednesday, after other witnesses testify in the case. Judge Thomas Reardon, working...
  • Prayer Request For Ill Cat

    04/20/2011 7:10:40 AM PDT · by edpc · 97 replies
    20 April 2011 | edpc
    Working with a rescue organization brings a lot of joy and occasional heartbreak. Please pray for my cat Wilby. He is a very special guy. A little less than a year ago, a retired nun found his mother under her porch with a new litter. At first, it seemed like none of the kittens had survived. Wilby was still in his birth sac and was about to be buried when he began to move. He was sent to our organization with his mother where he was eventally weaned and fostered. Last evening, he became very ill. It is not known...
  • Deer, Goose Make Unlikely 'Friends' At Cemetery

    04/08/2011 12:20:37 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 27 replies · 1+ views
    WLKY ^ | UPDATED: 10:00 am EDT April 8, 2011 | Staff
    Goose Has No Mate, Deer May Be Protecting Nest BUFFALO, N.Y. -- An unusual springtime friendship between a deer and a nesting goose appears to have blossomed inside a cemetery in Buffalo, N.Y. For the past week or so, the deer has been standing near an urn where the goose has taken up residence, positioning itself between the urn and any passing car or foot traffic. Craig Cygan noticed the unlikely pair during his regular patrols with his goose-chasing border collies. He says there is no mate around the goose and he believes the deer has taken over the job...
  • Texas Man Abducted, Beat Woman Who Rejected Him, Cops Say

    03/14/2011 3:17:45 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 9 replies
    CORSICANA, Texas – A rejected suitor is accused of abducting a woman at gunpoint, then shackling and assaulting her at his Texas home for nearly two weeks. Jeffrey Allan Maxwell has been charged with aggravated kidnapping and aggravated sexual assault in the 13-day ordeal. Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said Monday the 62-year-old woman was abducted from her home March 1.
  • Pain Lingers as Death Row Inmate Lives On

    02/10/2011 2:28:35 PM PST · by Mark · 56 replies
    Los Angeles Daily News ^ | 2/10/2011 | Dennis McCarthy, Columnist
    Shirley Lynette Ledford was a pretty, 16-year-old teenage girl just coming into her own in 1979, the year she was kidnapped and murdered. She would have turned 48 this year. I got to thinking about her Wednesday after reading another story about how we can't seem to come up with a humane way to thin out the waiting list on San Quentin's death row without causing murderers too much pain and suffering. It's a hard argument to swallow when you know the pain and suffering Ledford went through at the end of her short life. I can still hear her...
  • Woman Tries To Mail Puppy In Box

    02/02/2011 1:32:48 PM PST · by Red Badger · 48 replies
    WCCO ^ | February 1, 2011 6:45 PM | Sonya Goins, Producer
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — They’re calling it the parcel puppy. A Minneapolis woman is charged with animal cruelty after police say she tried to send a puppy through the mail. The poodle-mixed pup is being held temporarily at the animal control office in Minneapolis but still belongs to the woman who allegedly tried to mail it — 39-year-old Stacey Champion. “Clearly there wasn’t a whole lot of thought that went into this,” said Sgt. Angela Dodge with the Minneapolis Police Department. Dodge said last Tuesday Champion took the puppy to the Loring Post Office. The puppy was in a box with...
  • US judges consider fate of 13 year old

    01/26/2011 9:15:44 AM PST · by mgstarr · 44 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 1/26/11 | Eric Lidji
    US appeals judges Tuesday began considering whether a 13-year-old boy accused of murder could be tried as an adult -- and risk spending the rest of his life behind bars. The Pennsylvania Superior Court was considering a case that has attracted international scrutiny because of the possibility that Jordan Brown, who was just 11 at the time of his alleged crime, might be imprisoned as an adult and never be released. The three-judge panel queried lawyers about the decision by a lower court to bar Brown from being sent to a juvenile court. A key requirement of the juvenile court...
  • Animal die-offs

    01/22/2011 11:12:04 AM PST · by The Comedian · 60 replies
    Various | Jan. 21, 2011 | Various
    I'm starting this thread as a central repository for animal die-off reports. Initial posting date is Jan. 21, 2011. I encourage anyone and everyone to post additional reports to this thread.
  • Missing dog finds way home after 5 years - even to owners' new house!

    01/20/2011 12:29:48 PM PST · by Red Badger · 38 replies ^ | Wednesday, January 19th 2011, 6:20 PM | BY Lauren Johnston
    You'd almost think this little dog had a built-in GPS. A shaggy-haired Shih Tzu named Prince - missing for five years - has found his way home even though his owner moved four times since he disappeared. Myrna Carrillo got the cute pooch when he was just a puppy, and had him for three years before he went missing from her mother's house in Delano, Calif., NBC News reports. "It was sad you know, because I was really attached to him," Carillo said. Carillo got married, had two children and moved four times in the five years that Prince was...
  • Hundreds of dead seals in Labrador (Canada)

    01/17/2011 10:50:11 AM PST · by The Comedian · 46 replies ^ | 17/01/2011 11:01:32 AM | CBC News
    People on the north coast of Labrador say scores of dead seals have been washing ashore since early December. A conservation officer with the area's Inuit government estimated late last week that hundreds of adult and young seals have died in the area between Hopedale and Makkovik this winter. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) is testing the carcasses, but Nunatsiavut conservation officer Ian Winters said many people in the area believe DFO hasn't acted quickly enough. "I think they should have been up here earlier, if you're asking me. A lot of people said the same thing. So,...
  • Jury Convicts Elizabeth Smart Kidnapper, Rejects Insanity Defense

    12/10/2010 11:33:33 AM PST · by ColdOne · 35 replies ^ | December 10, 2010 | AP
    SALT LAKE CITY -- A federal jury found a rambling street preacher guilty Friday of the 2002 kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart in a case that has tugged at hearts around the nation ever since the Utah teenager was snatched from her bedroom and resurfaced nine months later.
  • Sicko who stabbed 8-year-old boy planned to attack a child at Dave & Buster's: prosecutors

    10/10/2010 12:20:43 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 15 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | October 9, 2010 | Lukas I. Alpert
    The wild-eyed Long Island man who stabbed an 8-year-old boy playing video games has a history of mental illness and had planned the attack, prosecutors said. Evan Sachs, 23, was allegedly carrying a note saying he was committed to hurting a child when he walked into a Dave & Buster's in Westbury Friday night and plunged a knife into the boy's back five times.
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    09/21/2010 11:37:47 AM PDT · by Scythian · 84 replies
    TINKER with the genetics of salmon and maybe you create a revolutionary new food source that could help the environment and feed the hungry. Or maybe you're creating what some say is an untested "frankenfish" that could cause unknown allergic reactions and the eventual decimation of the wild salmon population. The US Food and Drug Administration hears both arguments this week when it begins a two-day meeting on whether to approve the marketing of the genetically engineered fish, which would be the first such animal approved for human consumption. The agency has already said the salmon, which grows twice...