Police in Ohio have shot and killed dozens of large, carnivorous animals, including lions, tigers, and grizzly bears after the owner of an exotic animal farm set the animals free and then killed himself on Wednesday. Police found Terry Thompson dead of a self-inflicted gunshot after receiveing multiple reports of animals on the loose. Thompson's zoo included lions, cheetahs, tigers, wolves, giraffes, camels and grizzly bears. "It's like Noah's arc wrecking right here in Zanesville, Ohio," sai... Read More
Biologists studying sharks in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Colombia stumbled across the slaughter of thousands of sharks in a 3,300-square-mile marine sanctuary. A team of Russian scientists saw a group of boats flying the Costa Rican flag appear near the small island of Malpelo. When the scientists investigated further they found thousands of dead hammerhead and whale sharks on the ocean floor. The sharks appeared to have been killed for their fins. Colombian and Costa Rican officials a... Read More
A Canadian man finished walking around the world on Sunday, 11 years after his business failed and he decided he needed a change. Jean Beliveau, 56, arrived in Montreal having trekked through 46,000 miles through 64 countries. He says he is the first man to complete the circuit without interruption. Beliveau's mother, girlfriend, and two children greeted him when he finished. He now plans to write a book and promote world peace.
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The World Health Organization released data on Monday showing that world malaria rates have dropped 20 percent in the last 10 years. Of 108 countries where malaria is endemic, up to a third could see the disease eradicated in the next ten years. Those countries, however, will likely be the ones where the problem is less intense. The disease shows little sign of slowing in sub-Saharan Africa, where 20 percent of all childhood deaths are malaria related.
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A federal judge ruled Monday that the Obama administration must complete a review of environmental protections for polar bears under the Endangered Species Act. A Bush-era decision not to regulate greenhouse gases under the ESA was not sufficient, according to Judge Emmett Sullivan. The Endangered Species Act legally binds the government to protect endangered species. Global warming, which scientists increasingly believe is caused by greenhouse-gas emissions, has reduced polar bear habitats. J... Read More