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  • Texas family to part ways with skeleton of mammoth found on its farm

    By Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - A North Texas family, who discovered the skeleton of a 20,000- to 40,000-year-old mammoth while mining through sediment on their farm, is preparing to turn over the remains to a local museum. In May, Wayne McEwen and his family were gathering material from a gravel pit on their property, south of Dallas, when his son struck a 6-foot (1.8 meter) tusk while operating an excavator. The rest of the near-complete skeleton was unearthed by a team from a nearby community college, who determined it was a Columbian mammoth - a slightly larger, less hairy version of the more famous woolly mammoth. The family decided to donate the remains to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas.

  • Schwarzenegger movie finds deal, ducks Toronto film fest

    The Arnold Schwarzenegger and Abigail Breslin film "Maggie" is set for a 2015 world premiere thanks to its newly minted distribution deal with Lionsgate.

  • iWatch Launching With iPhone 6 on Sept. 9 (Report)
    iWatch Launching With iPhone 6 on Sept. 9 (Report)

    The iPhone 6's unveiling date has been all but confirmed to be Sept. 9, and it's not the only new gadget we might see that day. According to reports from Re/code, Apple's long rumored iWatch will be revealed alongside its smartphone cousin, in what could be one of Apple's biggest product launch events yet. While this latest report conflicts with rumors about the iWatch's purported October launch window, it makes a whole lot of sense for Apple to debut its first-ever wearable alongside the highly anticipated iPhone 6.

  • Boycott talk taints Burger King deal
    Boycott talk taints Burger King deal

    Some diners object to the chain's plans to move its headquarters to Canada.

  • Ebola causing huge damage to West Africa economies: development bank
    Ebola causing huge damage to West Africa economies: development bank

    By Josephus Olu-Mammah and Umaru Fofana FREETOWN (Reuters) - Ebola is causing enormous damage to West African economies, draining budgetary resources and slashing economic growth by up to 4 percent as foreign businessmen leave and projects are cancelled, the African Development Bank president said. As transport companies suspend services, cutting off the region, governments and economists have warned that the worst outbreak of the hemorrhagic Ebola fever on record could crush the fragile economic gains made in Sierra Leone and Liberia following a decade of civil war in the 1990s. Air France, the French network of Air France-KLM said on Wednesday it has suspended its flights to Sierra Leone following advice from the French government. "Revenues are down, foreign exchange levels are down, markets are not functioning, airlines are not coming in, projects are being cancelled, business people have left - that is very, very damaging," African Development Bank (AfDB) chief Donald Kaberuka said in an interview late on Tuesday.

  • Israel closes Golan area as Syria rebels seize crossing
    Israel closes Golan area as Syria rebels seize crossing

    Israel closed off the area around Quneitra on the occupied Golan Heights on Wednesday after an officer was wounded by stray fire as Syrian rebels seized control of the crossing. The UN peacekeeping force which monitors the armistice line said several mortar rounds struck near its positions as rebel fighters, including some from Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front, stormed the crossing in deadly fighting with government troops. "From what we know, opposition forces overran the Syrian regime forces on the Syrian side of the Quneitra crossing, some of those including the Al-Nusra Front, which ultimately leaves the crossing in the opposition forces' hands," Israeli army spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner told AFP. Three mortar rounds had struck the Israeli-occupied side of the plateau as well as gunfire which moderately wounded an officer, he said.

  • Iceland prepares for "volcano from hell"
    Iceland prepares for "volcano from hell"

    Bardarbunga volcano was hit by a 5.7-magnitude earthquake Tuesday as scientists eye potential eruption

  • Billy Crystal on Robin Williams: "What a concept"
    Billy Crystal on Robin Williams: "What a concept"

    Crystal called the late actor "the brightest star in a comedy galaxy" during a moving tribute at the 2014 Emmy Awards

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