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  • Box Office: 'Star Trek Beyond' Targets $56M-Plus Bow; 'Ice Age 5' Frozen Out by 'Pets' 21 Jul 2016 | 11:00 pm

    The latest 'Star Trek' is pacing behind the two previous installments; elsewhere, horror film 'Lights Out' scares up plenty of business, while conservative filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza's Hillary Clinton doc expands nationwide.

  • Sigourney Weaver honored with wildlife award 20 Jul 2016 | 1:28 pm

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Actor Sigourney Weaver has been named the 2016 recipient of the Jane Alexander Global Wildlife Ambassador Award by the Indianapolis Zoo.

  • Palestinian Doctor Dolittle cares for Gaza's stray dogs 20 Jul 2016 | 7:48 am

    Palestinian man Saeed el-Aer gives a stray dog medical treatment at the organisation he helped set up, the Sulala Society for Training and Caring for Animals, in ZahraBy Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Among the many problems Gaza faces, from conflict to homelessness, power cuts and a lack of fresh water, Saeed el-Aer has dedicated himself to an unusual one: stray dogs. "We tour the streets and distribute food for days or a week until they get used to us and then we catch and bring them to the society," said Aer, referring to the organization he helped set up, the Sulala Society for Training and Caring for Animals. At the farm in Zahra, south of Gaza city on the coast, young volunteers feed the dogs by boiling chicken wings and legs in a large pot over a wood-fired stove.

  • 'Ghostbusters' charms audiences but can't vanquish 'Pets' 18 Jul 2016 | 5:55 pm

    Actress Melissa McCarthy attends the Los Angeles premiere of "Ghostbusters" in Hollywood, California, on July 9, 2016Los Angeles (AFP) - The "Ghostbusters" crew may have rooted out New York's supernatural but failed to overpower the city's furry critters, who topped the box office once again.

  • 'Ghostbusters' holds its own, but 'Life of Pets' still No. 1 17 Jul 2016 | 6:45 pm

    FILE - In this April 12, 2016, file photo, director Paul Feig, center, poses with cast members, from left, Kate McKinnon, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and Leslie Jones during the Sony Pictures Entertainment presentation of "Ghostbusters," at CinemaCon 2016 in Las Vegas. The film will be released nationwide on Friday, July 15. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — After months of prerelease debate, Sony Picture's female-led "Ghostbusters" reboot arrived in theaters as neither a massive success nor the bomb some predicted, as the much-scrutinized film opened with an estimated $46 million in North American theaters, second to the holdover hit "The Secret Life of Pets."

  • Box Office: 'Ghostbusters' debuts to $46 million, 'Secret Life of Pets' tops charts 17 Jul 2016 | 2:32 pm

    Director Feig poses with cast members McCarthy, Jones, McKinnon and Wiig pose at the premiere of the film "Ghostbusters" in HollywoodBy Brent Lang LOS ANGELES ( - Paul Feig's "Ghostbusters" reboot has triggered intense debate over its decision to refashion the proton pack-wielding paranormal investigators as an all-female team. After all the chatter and the gender politics, "Ghostbusters" debuted this weekend to a solid $46 million from 3,962 locations. Sony hailed the results as evidence that audiences were responding to its new take on the decades-old property.

  • Box Office: 'Ghostbusters' No. 2 With $46M, Slimed by 'Secret Life of Pets' 16 Jul 2016 | 11:00 pm

    The movie will need strong legs in the U.S., as well as overseas, if there are to be more installments in the rebooted franchise; 'Finding Dory' becomes the top-grossing animated film of all time in North America, while Woody Allen's 'Cafe Society' feasts on the top location average of the year.

  • The Latest: 'Pokemon Go' players arrested at Ohio zoo 14 Jul 2016 | 4:27 pm

    FILE - In this Tuesday, July 12, 2016, file photo, Pinsir, a Pokemon, is found by a group of Pokemon Go players at Bayfront Park in downtown Miami. The "Pokemon Go" craze has sent legions of players hiking around cities and battling with "pocket monsters" on their smartphones. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the "Pokemon Go" smartphone game craze (all times EDT):

  • Fruit pops on offer at the Rome zoo as summer temps soar 13 Jul 2016 | 1:05 pm

    A tiger refreshes with a block of ice containing bits of meat in Rome's Bioparco zoo, Wednesday, July, 13, 2016. Zoo staff offered animals frozen and refrigerated food to refresh them as temperatures are expected to rise over the coming days. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)ROME (AP) — The macaques snacked on cold melons, the lemurs nibbled frozen fruit pops and the tiger had his red meat on ice.

  • The government plan to save ferrets by shooting vaccine-laced M&Ms from drones 13 Jul 2016 | 11:57 am

    The government plan to save ferrets by shooting vaccine-laced M&Ms from dronesA specialized drone could be instrumental in saving an endangered species of ferret in the United States.  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced plans to test out a program that would use unmanned aerial systems (UAS) to shoot vaccine-covered candy into the black-footed ferret's habitat in Montana. The goal of this scheme is to help inoculate the animal against sylvatic plague — a disease that can decimate black-footed ferret populations.  The vaccination effort is designed to indirectly benefit the ferrets by specifically targeting prairie dog populations, which are also susceptible to the plague. Black-footed ferrets depend on prairie dogs for food and shelter. SEE ALSO: The FAA's new rules for drones are bad news for Amazon Ferrets prey upon prairie dogs, and then occupy their underground burrows for shelter from the weather and safety from predators located above ground. The drones that may be used in this effort would ideally be designed to shoot the candies in three directions at the same time, according to an environmental assessment of the drone program put out by the Fish and Wildlife Service. A report from The Guardian says the vaccine bait would be "M&Ms smeared in vaccine-laden peanut butter." "If the equipment can be developed to deposit 3 SPV [sylvatic plague vaccination] doses simultaneously every second, as we envision is possible, some 200 acres per hour could be treated by a single operator," the Fish and Wildlife Service said. At the moment, there are only about 300 known black-footed ferrets still alive in the United States, and "plague is a primary obstacle to black-footed ferret recovery," the assessment states.  The species has been considered endangered since 1967. Kelly Uhing of the City of Denver Parks and Recreation Department waits for a black-footed ferret to head into a prairie dog tunnel during a release of 30 black-footed ferrets on Oct. 5, 2015 in Colorado. Image: AP/David Zalubowski Today, people working with the federal government deliver vaccines by hand by walking through prairie dog habitats.  In total, one person doing that work is able to treat between 3 and 6 acres per hour, the assessment found, but that isn't necessarily a viable option when trying to save this endangered species.  "Operational use of SPV in support of ferret recovery will require annual treatments across many thousands of acres of prairie dog complexes on each of more than a dozen ferret reintroduction sites distributed from Canada to Mexico," the agency said.  "The time and labor force required for such treatments by hand on foot would be very difficult, if not impossible, to achieve and sustain over long periods of time." Drone use could be a huge help in getting vaccines to the animals who need them more efficiently. According to the Fish and Wildlife Service, delivering the vaccine by drone "is anticipated to eventually be the most efficient, effective, cost-conscious and environmentally friendly method of application." If all goes according to plan, a trial of the program will be launched in September in Montana, with other areas to follow later, The Guardian reported.  The federal assessment also concluded that the drone program itself will probably not have a harmful impact on the environment or the prairie dogs being treated. "Like any human presence, UAS overflights may cause prairie dogs to seek shelter and safety in their burrow systems," the USFWS said.  "Such behavior would be temporary, if at all, and very short in duration."