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Bear runs into Pennsylvania home, attacks couple inside

PITTSBURGH (Reuters) – A black bear chased a dog into a central Pennsylvania house on Monday, attacking and injuring a couple who lived there, an official said. The bear entered the house in Oliver Township, Perry County, “hot on the tracks” of the dog, which had been let out early…

Geithner: Book bears ‘no resemblance’ to reality

Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner said Monday that claims made in a new books “bear no resemblance” to what actually happened in the Obama administration. In “Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington, and the Education of a President,” by Pulitzer-winning journalist Ron Suskind, a picture of tension is painted between the president…

Knut the polar bear died of epilepsy, autopsy shows

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Knut, the celebrity orphan polar bear who drew thousands of visitors to Berlin zoo, died after an epileptic fit, according to neurologists quoted by Focus magazine. A CAT scan had revealed abormalities in the brain of the bear, who may have inherited epilepsy from his father Lars, also a…

Necropsy indicates Knut the polar bear had brain damage

BERLIN (AFP) – Berlin’s superstar polar bear Knut, who died suddenly over the weekend aged just four, likely fell victim to undiagnosed brain damage, his zoo said Tuesday. Berlin Zoo said in a statement that a preliminary necropsy conducted Monday revealed “significant changes to the brain, which could be seen…

Polar bear Knut’s autopsy begins in Berlin

BERLIN – Vets began Monday an autopsy on Berlin Zoo’s superstar polar bear Knut after his untimely and unexplained death aged just four, as fans left flowers, candles and poignant messages at his former home. However, it remained unclear when the results from the examination of Knut, who was found…

Escaped killer who hoped to be ‘bear food’ sentenced

SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) – A convicted murderer who broke out of an Arizona prison and led a multi-state manhunt last summer was sentenced to 38 years behind bars on Friday for a crime spree he hoped would end with bears devouring him at Yellowstone National Park. Tracy Province, 42, was…

Obama gives ‘coal’ to polar bears for Christmas, activists say

WASHINGTON – Environmental groups on Thursday accused US President Barack Obama’s administration of failing to ensure the survival of polar bears after it stopped short of listing the animals as endangered. Kassie Siegel of the Center for Biological Diversity, who has led legal efforts to protect the polar bear, said…

Scientists: It’s not too late yet for polar bears

Global warming study finds slight hope for polar bears, no tipping point for loss of sea ice Two groups of scientists are suggesting a sliver of hope for the future of polar bears in a warming world. A study published online Wednesday rejects the often used concept of a “tipping…

US designates ‘critical’ polar bear habitat in Arctic

WASHINGTON — The US government on Wednesday designated “critical habitat” for polar bears who live on Alaska’s disappearing sea ice, a move that could impact new oil and gas drilling projects in the Arctic. The Fish and Wildlife Service set aside 187,000 square miles (484,000 square kilometers) off Alaska as…

Lewis Black: Even LSD didn’t prepare me for Sarah Palin

Comedian Lewis Black is dumbfounded by Sarah Palin’s first ad of the 2012 election season that features a man with an axe and a yawning grizzly bear. “What the hell was that?” MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann asked Black after reviewing the ad Thursday. “What I think is interesting is that after…

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