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  • India clears cows, dogs, dust for Obama Taj Mahal trip 23 Jan 2015 | 2:30 pm

    An Indian worker cleans a water pond inside the grounds of the Taj Mahal, on January 21, 2015As he scrubs the road to India's Taj Mahal on his knees for less than five dollars a day, Ramjeet beams with pride at the thought of US President Barack Obama admiring his handiwork. Ramjeet, who does not have a last name, is one of 600 cleaners mobilised in the city of Agra ahead of Tuesday's visit by the US president and First Lady Michelle Obama to the world's most famous temple of love. The streets need to be spick and span," said India's former chief archaeologist KK Mohammed, who has guided world leaders around the white marbled mausoleum. "You cannot have a VVVIP of the world come to the Taj Mahal and let him see that," Mohammed told AFP.

  • Ad by special-effects master pits cats vs. dogs for a cause 21 Jan 2015 | 8:31 am

    In this image produced on Nov. 19, 2014, provided by the Lucy Foundation, cinematographer Sam Nicholson records quarterback Jack the dog in a scene in a fanciful Cats vs. Dogs football game scheduled to appear on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015. It won't be part of the game broadcast but will be an alternative show dubbed the "Kitten Bowl" on the Hallmark Channel, three hours before the Super Bowl game on NBC. (AP Photo/Lucy Foundation, Betsy Martin)LOS ANGELES (AP) — From brain-devouring zombies in "The Walking Dead" to crime-scene bloodshed on "CSI," special-effects wizard Sam Nicholson has delivered gore galore to television viewers. But he says nothing has personally affected him more than the commercial he made for Super Bowl Sunday.

  • Love for Florida manatees should have limits, regulators say 21 Jan 2015 | 7:13 am

    Snorkelers interact with a Florida Manatee inside of the Three Sisters Springs in Crystal River, FloridaBy Letitia Stein CRYSTAL RIVER, Fla. (Reuters) - On winter days, Florida manatees flock by the hundreds to the balmy waters of Three Sisters Springs, drawing crowds of snorkelers and kayakers to the U.S. sanctuary, where people may swim with the endangered species. "It's kind of a madhouse," said Kimberly Sykes, assistant manager of the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, which includes Three Sisters Springs. "People are just bumping into manatees, because they can't see them." Manatees flock to warm water sites when temperatures in other places fall below 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius). While they want to preserve an experience that has created countless lovers of the species, they also want to protect the manatees, a beloved state symbol in Florida.

  • Discovery of larval Missouri River pallid sturgeon heralded 20 Jan 2015 | 5:08 pm

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — The discovery of two lab-confirmed tiny pallid sturgeons in the Missouri River near St. Louis offers fresh proof the endangered species descending from the dinosaur era is reproducing, the Army Corps of Engineers said Tuesday.

  • India counts more wild tigers, credits conservation 20 Jan 2015 | 5:37 am

    In this Saturday, April 26, 2014, file photo, a Royal Bengal tiger prowls in Sunderbans, at the Sunderban delta, about 130 kilometers (81 miles) south of Calcutta, India. India's latest tiger census shows a sharp increase in the number of endangered cats in the wild, raising hopes that conservation efforts are working. (AP Photo/Joydip Kundu, File)NEW DELHI (AP) — India's latest tiger census shows a sharp increase in the number of the endangered cats in the wild, raising hopes that conservation efforts are working, officials said Tuesday.

  • Billy Burke to play a vet on CBS drama 'Zoo' 16 Jan 2015 | 9:24 am

    Billy Burke has joined the CBS adaptation of James Patterson's novel "Zoo."The actor seen in the "Twilight" movies and on the NBC series "Revolution" has landed a recurring role on "Zoo," the new drama series set to join "Extant" and "Under the Dome" on CBS this summer. The ecologist Chloe Tousignant and the biologist Jackson Oz attempt to solve the mystery of the animal violence before it's too late. Known for playing Bella's father in the "Twilight" franchise and Miles Matheson on the now canceled sci-fi series "Revolution," Billy Burke will play Mitch, a large-animal veterinarian who prefers the company of his patients to human interaction. The actor joins James Wolk ("Mad Men"), who was announced earlier in the lead as Jackson Oz, and French actress Nora Arnezeder, who will play Chloe Tousignant.

  • Watch Dogs 2 Must Take Risks, Says Creative Director 16 Jan 2015 | 6:34 am

    Watch Dogs 2 Must Take Risks, Says Creative DirectorUbisoft's Jonathan Morin says new project must remain ambitious.

  • Kentucky investigation clears horse trainer of abuse allegations 16 Jan 2015 | 12:27 am

    (Reuters) - A racing Hall of Fame-nominated horse trainer was cleared by Kentucky gaming officials on Thursday of abuse allegations leveled against him by animal-rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission said in a report published on its website that PETA's claims that Steve Asmussen, his top assistant, Scott Blasi, and other staff had administered various performance enhancing and pain-masking drugs to horses and used electric shock paddles on them were unfounded. "When first reading the allegations and viewing the video, concern was raised," the report said. "After a thorough and rigorous investigation, no evidence of a rule violation was found." Asmussen's nomination to the Hall of Fame was tabled last March while the Kentucky and New York state racing commissions conducted investigations, after PETA posted a video online that was recorded by an undercover investigator working for Asmussen.

  • Eight-foot alligator found at L.A. home suspected of eating cats 15 Jan 2015 | 6:34 pm

    Handout photo of eight foot alligator taken from home by Los Angeles Animal Control DepartmentBy Michael Fleeman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - An 8-foot alligator was found next to the carcasses of two cats in the back yard of a suburban Los Angeles home where the reptile had been living illegally since the 1970s, authorities said on Thursday. Animal control officers armed with a search warrant discovered the alligator, estimated to be about 40 years old, in a closed box with the cat remains at the home in Van Nuys, Los Angeles Animal Services Commander Mark Salazar said. Salazar said Animal Services was conducting a full criminal investigation and called on any residents in the area who have lost small pets at "any time over the last 40 years” to contact the department. Keeping wild animals without a permit is illegal in Los Angeles.

  • Want to discuss cats or novels? Haruki Murakami will answer 15 Jan 2015 | 3:14 am

    FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2009 file photo, novelist Haruki Murakami of Japan reacts before receiving the Jerusalem award during the International Book Fair in Jerusalem. Starting Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, author Murakami will be taking questions and responding as best as he can for the next two weeks on a website set up by Shinchosha Publishing Co, Ltd. The best-selling novelist and perennial candidate for a Nobel Prize in literature, Murakami is notoriously publicity-shy. But he wants some virtual interaction with his readers, says his publisher Shinchosha. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue, File)TOKYO (AP) — If you are troubled, lost in life or just feel like discussing cats and Japanese baseball, visit "Mr. Murakami's Place" online. Starting Thursday, author Haruki Murakami is taking questions and responding as best as he can for the next two weeks.