One of the last five northern white rhinoceroses in the world has died.
Nabiré, a 31-year-old female northern white rhino, died of a ruptured cyst, authorities at the Dvůr Králové Zoo announced. Nabiré's death leaves only three females and one male left of her species.
Because of poaching and habitat loss, northern white rhinos have been on the brink of extinction for years.
Out of the only three female northern whites left behind, none are able to carry babies due to uterine conditions or being past the reproductive age.
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A former State Department official pleaded guilty Wednesday to nearly a dozen charges of voyeurism and stalking for recording as many as 25 women in their homes around D.C. The ex-counterterrorism official, 45-year-old Daniel Rosen, is also facing charges for allegedly soliciting a minor online. In the D.C. cases, the women were recorded in the areas in their bathrooms and bedrooms, while having sex, communicating using Facetime, performing personal hygiene and engaging in other private moments. Prosecutors say Rosen targeted women who lived in basement-level apartments that faced back alleys in the areas of Adams Morgan, Mount Pleasant and U Street. Rosen's lawyer said his client is getting treatment for being a sexual deviant.
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In the age of Apple's CarPlay, a lot of cars on the road still have tape decks.
The average vehicle in the U.S. is now a record 11.5 years old, according to consulting firm IHS Automotive, a sign of the increased reliability of today's vehicles and the lingering impact of the sharp drop in new car sales during the recession.
Drivers behind the wheel of older cars aren't enjoying some of the latest advanced safety features or infotainment systems that effectively turn cars into cellphones on wheels. Then again, they don't have to worry about hackers finding their way in to the car's computer network through the cassette or CD player.
The father of Colorado theater gunman James Holmes said he never suspected his son was mentally ill before the 2012 attack, but he and his wife became increasingly concerned about him when he stopped returning their phone calls. Robert Holmes said the call they did receive was from their son's psychiatrist, about a month before the shooting. She told them James Holmes was dropping out of his prestigious neuroscience graduate school program. Holmes also recalled that during a visit with his son about seven months before the attack, he noticed James Holmes had an "odd facial expression," which he would be reminded of later when he saw his son's mug shot after his arrest.
A man who jumped a fence to pet cougars at Columbus zoo in Ohio then posted his video on YouTube last week pleaded no contest Wednesday to a misdemeanor criminal trespassing charge and was found guilty.
Joshua Newell, 35, of suburban Gahanna was sentenced to four days in jail, with two of those suspended, and fined $200 plus other costs in Delaware Municipal Court, north of Columbus.
The video posted last week shows an outer fence being jumped, then two cougars being petted through another fence as a voice says things such as "Kitty, kitty, kitty."
Newell told NBC affiliate WCMH-TV he regrets petting the animals.
“That was a very bad decision,” Newell told the station. “If I had to do it over I definitely would have stayed within the barrier boundaries. I was thinking I’m an animal lover. The cats were looking like they wanted some love and just jumped over and petted them.”
A longtime Philadelphia congressman was indicted Wednesday in a racketeering case stemming from the alleged misappropriation of hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal, charitable and campaign funds after his failed 2007 run for mayor.
Democratic U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, 58, and four associates were charged with bribery; conspiracy to commit wire, honest services, bank and mail fraud; money laundering and other charges.
A prison worker who got "caught up in the fantasy" of a breakout planned by two killers told investigators she performed sex acts with one of the men and took naked photos of herself for the other. Joyce Mitchell, 51, an instructor in the tailor shop at the Clinton Correctional Facility in upstate New York, tearfully pleaded guilty Tuesday to helping prisoners Richard Matt and David Sweat escape. She faces a sentence of 2 1/3 to seven years in prison under terms of a plea deal with prosecutors. Her lawyer, Stephen Johnston, said Mitchell realizes she made a "horrible mistake" by getting involved with Matt and Sweat, who staged an elaborate escape from the maximum-security prison on June 6.
Secretary of State John Kerry was back on the Hill on Wednesday testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee, along with Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Martin Dempsey on the Uran nuclear Deal.
They answered questions on the nuclear agreement with Iran as well as what it means for military balance in the Middle East.
"Let me underscore — the alternative to the deal we've reached isn't a better deal — some sort of unicorn arrangement involving Iran's complete capitulation. That's a fantasy plain and simple," Kerry said on Wednesday during his opening statements. "The choice we face is between a deal that will ensure Iran's nuclear program is limited, rigorously scrutinized, and wholly peaceful or no deal at all."
For days, the Obama administration has vigorously defended the historic deal aimed at curbing Tehran's nuclear program to deeply skeptical GOP lawmakers.
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At least a dozen climbers with Greenpeace were dangling from a Portland, Oregon, bridge on Wednesday morning — and threatened to do so for days — in protest of Shell's scheduled launch of a ship for Arctic oil exploration.
"The climbers have enough supplies to last several days, and are prepared to stay in Shell's way as long as possible," the environmental organization said in a blog post.
The stunt on the St. Johns Bridge comes after protesters gathered in a Portland park Tuesday evening, and planned to drop kayaks in the water in a bid to stop the Royal Dutch Shell from leaving port. The ship was scheduled Wednesday to depart for Alaskan waters.
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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 shooting a black bear in Wisconsin, released a statement Tuesday after Zimbabwean authorities identified him as the American involved in the July hunt. They said Palmer is being sought on poaching charges, but Palmer said he hasn't heard from U.S. or Zimbabwean authorities.
"I had no idea that the lion I took was a known, local favorite, was collared and part of a study until the end of the hunt," said Palmer, a dentist who lives in the Minneapolis suburb of Eden Prairie. He said his guides had proper permits, and to his knowledge, everything was handled properly.
Rio de Janeiro conjures clear images of sun, samba and soccer. Organizers of the Olympics that start a year from now hope that's what people remember after the games — not images of polluted water, inefficient transportation and incomplete venues. With one year until South America's first games open on Aug. 5, 2016, here is a quick look at the state of Rio's preparations.
A man who says he was injured when he was struck by a runaway roulette ball at the Maryland Live! casino in Hanover has filed a lawsuit. Leander Stocks filed the suit against the Baltimore-based Cordish Companies. The casino's website says it's owned and operated by an affiliate of that company. According to the lawsuit, Stocks was struck just above his left eye by a roulette ball in December 2013.
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National Park Service officials say they captured a Burmese python over 18 feet long along a popular wildlife-watching trail in Everglades National Park. The 18-foot-3-inch python was caught July 9 along the tram road at Shark Valley in the park. The paved loop is used by cyclists and trams taking visitors on wildlife tours through the wetlands.
An Eastern Shore tradition celebrated by Marguerite Henry's book "Misty of Chincoteague" is marking its 90th year.
The highlight of the week will be the annual swim of the tough little ponies from Assateague Island to Chincoteague Island, Virginia, early Wednesday. A group of volunteers called the "Saltwater Cowboys" rounds up the ponies and leads them through the passage at slack tide.
An auction of a portion of the herd benefits the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Department.
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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady says he is "very disappointed" by the NFL's decision to uphold his four-game suspension for his role in using underinflated footballs during the AFC championship game.