(should have been left alone! Not every animal is meant to live in the wild - some can't do it)
Expressing his emotions has never come easily to Damian Aspinall, but as the conservationist and casino tycoon gazes at an extraordinary sequence of photographs from his recent visit to West Africa, there is sorrow in his eyes.
Taken two months ago, when he and his eldest daughter, Tansy, 25, journeyed to the vast wildlife reserve his foundation runs in Gabon, the pictures capture the uplifting moment when a family of gorillas raised in his Howletts animal park in Kent took their first, tentative steps to freedom.
The Aspinalls had known the ten gorillas all their lives and regarded them almost as their own kin. And they watched in awe as the troop, which had been kept for months on a river island where they learned to forage for food and fend for themselves, loped across a wooden bridge and into the great unknown.
‘Gorillas don’t have the same concept of freedom as humans, of course, but I sensed that Djala (the male leader of the newly arrived troop, who has been in Aspinall’s care since being rescued 30 years ago, just as he was about to be slaughtered and eaten) somehow realised he was in a better place, and I was responsible for that.
Success story: Tansy Aspinall with a freed gorilla in Gabon this year. She told her father after the six-day trip that it had been the 'best trip of her life'
One couple knows all too well the pain suffered by the parents of James Foley, the American journalist executed last month by the Islamic State.
Billy and Karen Vaughn also lost their only-son Aaron Carson Vaughn in 2011, when the SEAL Team Six soldier's Chinook helicopter was shown down over Afghanistan.
Now the couple are calling on President Barack Obama to step down, citing his reaction to the Foley video and 'lack of leadership' in confronting ISIS.
Time to resign: Karen and Billy Vaughn (pictured above) wrote a letter this week, condemning President Obama's actions following the release of the video depicting the execution of American journalist James Foley by ISIS. The couple lost their own son, soldier Aaron Carson Vaughn, in a 2011 helicopter crash in Afghanistan
Killled in action: SEAL Team Six soldier Aaron Carson Vaughn was one of seven commandos killed in the 2011 chopper crash, in addition to an Afghan translator and military dog. They were shot down by enemy combatants
On Monday, the Vaughns wrote a letter, calling out Mr Obama's decision to go golfing after holding an important press conference on the Foley video.
'As Commander-in-Chief, your actions - or lack thereof - Mr President, cost lives.
'As you bumble about in your golf cart, slapping on a happy face and fist-pounding your buddies, your cowardly lack of leadership has left a gaping hole — not only in America’s security — but the security of the entire globe.
'Your message has come across loud and clear, sir: You are not up to this job. You know it. We know it. The world knows it,' the Vaughns wrote in the letter published on World Tribune.
The couple go on to directly ask Mr Obama to resign
The news network would cut ties with the former first daughter if her mother formally announces that she will be seeking the presidency. Is this even more proof that the MSM is just part of the Democrat elite? People should be in jail.
Bob Mosher specializes in restoring factory lightweight Mopars, Hemi cars, Super Stock Plymouths and Ramcharger Dodges—you know, all the cool Mopar stuff. Back in 2012 his Arcadia, California, shop was broken into and this recently restored ’65 Plymouth was stolen and taken for a little “joy ride” when it hit a tree at 150 mph. Fortunately the driver survived, if you can believe that. The sedan? Well, look for yourself, courtesy of the Arcadia Police Department. Keep it between the wickets, and at the speed limit!
Smiling in happy family snapshots, these are the innocent child victims of Flight MH17. They are among the 80 youngsters thought to have been on board the doomed jet as they travelled with their families on holiday or to visit relatives. Australian mother Rin Norris lost her father Nick and her three children Mo, 12, Evie, ten and eight-year-old Otis.The children were flying home with their grandfather after a family holiday in Europe, while Miss Norris and partner Anthony Maslin stayed in Amsterdam for a few extra days. Three babies were among the dead, including 21-month-old Kaela Goes, killed with her parents as they flew home to Malaysia after visiting relatives in Holland.
The Boeing 777 aircraft was hit by a sophisticated surface-to-air missile over territory near Donetsk held by pro-Russian rebels who the Ukrainian government says are backed by the Kremlin. The Ukrainian authorities laid the blame for the attack on the rebels by denying any responsibility for the missile launch. TV pictures from the scene showed a pall of smoke billowing into the sky near Donetsk, apparently from the stricken flight MH17. Witnesses say body parts are scattered over a distance of 15km, suggesting the plane broke up in mid-air.
BUK missile launchers are capable of taking down aircraft the size of a Boeing 777 flying at a cruising altitude of 33,000 feet, meaning the intensity of the impact is likely to have blown the plane apart in the sky.
The IRS said Lois Lerner’s computer crashed in 2011, wiping out an untold number of emails that were being sought by congressional investigators. The investigators want to see all of Lerner’s emails from 2009 to 2013 as part of their probe into the way agents handled applications for tax-exempt status by tea party and other conservative groups.
The IRS has been very resistant to providing any emails or documents related to the scandal. Watchdog organization Judicial Watch filed a FOIA request for the documents, and naturally, the IRS refused to provide them. It was only after the group filed a lawsuit that they were able to obtain the documents – which were quite damning:
Private First Class Bowe Robert Bergdahl, United States Army. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
(NEW YORK POST) Six soldiers died in the frantic search for Sgt. Bowe Bergdhal immediately after his mysterious disappearance five years ago, fueling the increasing backlash over the POW’s recovery.
Former platoon mates of the now-recovered serviceman accused Bergdhal of deserting his post and blamed him for the unnecessary deaths of comrades.
“I was pissed off then and I am even more so now with everything going on,” former Sgt. Matt Vierkant, a member of Bergdahl’s platoon, told CNN. “Bowe Bergdahl deserted during a time of war and his fellow Americans lost their lives searching for him.”
In its prime, a massive steam locomotive known as Big Boy No. 4014 was a moving eruption of smoke and vapor, a 6,300-horsepower brute dragging heavy freight trains over the mountains of Wyoming and Utah.
It's been silent for half a century, pushed aside by more efficient diesels, but now it's coming back to life. The Union Pacific Railroad is embarking on a yearslong restoration project that will put No. 4014 back to work pulling special excursion trains.
'It's sort of like going and finding the Titanic or something that's just very elusive, nothing that we ever thought would happen,' said Jim Wrinn, editor of Trains, a magazine that covers the railroad industry.
Spectators take pictures of the historic locomotive, Union Pacific Big Boy No. 4014 at
Reports of an active shooter have triggered a lockdown at Fort Hood, and multiple people have reportedly been injured. Sheriff's deputies and the FBI are responding to the reported shooting.
A U.S. Army official at Fort Hood confirms that a shooting has occurred at the base, though the number of people injured and the severity of their injuries has not been confirmed.
KCEN reports at least one person has been transported to an area hospital in an unknown condition and that possibly three others have been injured.
The shooting is believed to have taken place at the Medical Brigade Building. KCEN-TV reports there are also reports of victims at the Battle Simulation Center.
The shooter is believed to be at-large and the base is on lock down. Just after 5 p.m., the base tweeted that all personnel are being asked to shelter in place, close doors and stay away from windows.
Additionally, the campus of Central Texas College has been evacuated due to the emergency at the Army post. All personnel and students are asked to leave and all classes are canceled.
In November 2009, 13 people were killed and more than 30 others injured when Maj. Nidal Hasan opened fire on dozens of people at the base. Hasan was paralyzed during an exchange of gunfire and, in late 2013, was sentenced to death. He is currently awaiting execution.
Jeremiah Denton, the veteran who famously alerted the U.S. military to conditions at the so-called 'Hanoi Hilton' and other camps when he blinked the word 'torture' in Morse code during a television interview - a message missed by his captors. Denton, who was released from captivity in 1973, died of heart problems Friday, his grandson Edward Denton said. After returning from Vietnam, the elder Denton became the first Republican from Alabama elected to the U.S. Senate since Reconstruction.
The Dodge Challneger stands out in bright Hemi orange. But most buyers stick with safer, more subdued colors.
When it comes to car colors, the new black is, well, black, according to Chrysler Group. The car maker said it regularly expands its range of available paint colors and offers about 90 hues across its brands today. They include names like detonator yellow, rock lobster and citrus peel.
Still, the most popular colors among Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep–brand customers through July of the 2013 model year tend to be variations on black, white and silver.
An industry-wide study by auto-paint maker PPG confirms that car buyers are generally a conservative bunch who gravitate toward traditional, even dull colors in part because they usually help boost a car’s resale value. More>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
The U.S. government is relinquishing its control of the Internet's address system in a shift that may raise questions about the future direction of online innovation and communications.
The decision announced Friday begins a long-planned transition affecting the stewardship of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN. That's a not-for-profit agency launched in 1998 by the Commerce Department to govern the system that assigns website addresses and directs Internet traffic.
The department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration, or NTIA, hopes to end its oversight of ICANN's Internet Assigned Numbers Authority by the time its contract expires in September 2015.
Hand over: The U.S. government will no longer run ICANN after September 2015
The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority administers the technology that keeps computers connected to the Web and steers Internet traffic.
Proposals for a new ICANN stewardship will be accepted beginning next week at a conference in Singapore.
Although it's too early to tell how future oversight will be handled, the U.S. government appears determined to hand over the reins to an entity without political entanglements.
'We will not accept a proposal that replaces the NTAI's role with a government-led or intergovernmental solution,' Lawrence Strickling, assistant secretary at the Commerce Department, told reporters.
(CNSNews.com) – In 2012, there were more black babies killed by abortion (31,328) in New York City than were born there (24,758), and the black children killed comprised 42.4% of the total number of abortions in the Big Apple, according to a report by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. - See more at: http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/michael-w-chapman/nyc-more-black-babies-killed-abortion-born#sthash.SQTzgves.dpuf
As police responded to a deadly car crash, they noticed an increasingly familiar sight: a remote-controlled aircraft, equipped with a video camera, hovering over the wreckage.
The Federal Aviation Administration has opened an investigation of the drone, which was used by an on-call employee for a Connecticut television station. The FAA is developing new rules as the technology makes drones far more versatile, but for now operators can run afoul of regulations by using them for commercial purposes, including journalism.
It's one of the oldest tricks in the book - trying to sell a car for more than it's worth.
With car odometers becoming digital, fraudsters believe they've found a way to Easy Street by rolling back the mileage, but ultimately it's the buyer who loses out.
It's estimated more than 190,000 cars have their odometers rolled back every year, according to a new study from Carfax.
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Old trick: Criminals have been tricking customers for years by rolling back the mileage on the odometer, then selling the car for more money. The scam has gotten so profitable, investigators say it's become organized crime
Easy scam: Odometer correction tools are to find online and use on digital odometers illegally
Rollback ripoff: Odometer fraud is putting families at risk. The miles are changed in an instant using a device such as this
This may cost victims more than $760 million in lost value and unexpected repairs.
Some states are worse than others, but an estimated one million rollbacks occur in every state. Carfax said consumers in California, Nevada, Massachusetts, New York and Texas are the most at risk.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- A senior Iranian naval commander says his country has sent several warships to the Atlantic Ocean, close to U.S. maritime borders for the first time.
The commander of Iran's Northern Navy Fleet, Admiral Afshin Rezayee Haddad, is quoted by the official IRNA news agency as saying Saturday that the vessels have already begun the journey to the Atlantic Ocean via waters near South Africa.
Iranian officials said last month that the fleet consisted of a destroyer and a logistic helicopter carrier, which will be on a three-month mission.
Haddad says the fleet is approaching U.S. maritime borders for the first time. The Islamic Republic considers the move as a response to U.S. naval deployments near its own coastlines. The U.S. Navy's 5th fleet is based in nearby Bahrain.