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The Australian raven is a passerine bird in the crow family native to much of southern and northeastern Australi

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The Australian raven was first described by Nicholas Aylward Vigors and Thomas Horsfield in 1827, in which they reported George Caley's early notes on the species from the Sydney district. Its specific epithet coronoides "crow-shaped" is derived from the Greek corone/κορόνη "crow" and eidos/είδος "shape" or "form".

The Australian raven (Corvus coronoides) is a passerine bird in the crow family native to much of southern and northeastern Australia. Measuring 46�53 centimetres (18�21 in) in length, it has all-black plumage, beak and mouth with white irises. The grey-black legs and feet are well-developed. The upperparts are glossy, with a purple, blue or green sheen. Like those of the other two species of raven in Australia, its black feathers have grey bases. The Australian raven is further distinguished by its prominent throat hackles. Nicholas Aylward Vigors and Thomas Horsfield described it in 1827, its species name highlighting its similarity with the carrion crow (C. corone). Two subspecies are recognised, which differ slightly in calls and are quite divergent genetically. The preferred habitat is open woodland and transitional zones, and it has adapted well to urban environments and is a common city bird in Sydney, Canberra and Perth. An omnivorous and opportunistic feeder, it eats a wide variety of plant and animal material, as well as food waste from urban areas. In eastern Australia its range is strongly correlated with the presence of sheep, and it has been blamed for killing lambs. However, this is very rare, and the raven most often scavenges for afterbirth and stillborn animals as well as lamb faeces. The Australian raven is territorial, with pairs generally bonding for life. Breeding takes place between July and September, with almost no variation across its range. The nest is a bowl-shaped structure of sticks sited high in a tree, or occasionally in a man-made structure such as a windmill or building
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Zooplankton

Zooplankton

Zooplankton is a categorization spanning a range of organism sizes including small protozoans and large metazoans. It includes holoplanktonic organisms whose complete life cycle lies within the plankton, as well as meroplanktonic organisms that spend part of their lives in the plankton before graduating to either the nekton or a sessile, benthic existence.

Zooplankton /ˌzoʊ.əˈpl�#331;ktən/ are heterotrophic (sometimes detritivorous) plankton. Plankton are organisms drifting in oceans, seas, and bodies of fresh water. The word "zooplankton" is derived from the Greek zoon (ζῴον), meaning "animal", and planktos (πλαγκτός), meaning "wanderer" or "drifter".[1] Individual zooplankton are usually microscopic, but some (such as jellyfish) are larger and visible with the naked eye.
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Mitch McConnell wins primary in Kentucky; CNN projects he'll face Grimes

(CNN) -- It was billed as the day's marquee primary battle, but in the end it was an easy night for Mitch McConnell. The five-term senator from Kentucky -- who's the top Republican in the chamber -- defeated tea party-backed challenger Matt Bevin in Tuesday's primary. In Tuesday's other high-profile race, two Republican candidates in Georgia will face a July runoff for the U.S. Senate, CNN projects. McConnell's victory in Kentucky was a smooth one. The Senate minority leader led Bevin 60%-36%, with 97% of precincts reporting, according to numbers compiled by The Associated Press.
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U.S. Deploys Troops in Search For Kidnapped Nigerian Girls

President Barack Obama is putting American troops on the ground to help find the schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram MORE Boko Haram Survivor Tells Story on Capitol Hill 5 Things to Know About Boko Haram Malala: Save My Nigerian Sisters The United States has deployed 80 American troops to Chad to assist in the search for more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by the militant group Boko Haram last month, President Barack Obama told Congress on Wednesday. �These personnel will support the operation of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance aircraft for missions over northern Nigeria and the surrounding area,� Obama wrote in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner and Senate President Pro Tempore Patrick Leahy. �The force will remain in Chad until its support in resolving the kidnapping situation is no longer required.�
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U.S. Deploys Troops in Search For Kidnapped Nigerian Girls

President Barack Obama is putting American troops on the ground to help find the schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram MORE Boko Haram Survivor Tells Story on Capitol Hill 5 Things to Know About Boko Haram Malala: Save My Nigerian Sisters The United States has deployed 80 American troops to Chad to assist in the search for more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by the militant group Boko Haram last month, President Barack Obama told Congress on Wednesday. �These personnel will support the operation of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance aircraft for missions over northern Nigeria and the surrounding area,� Obama wrote in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner and Senate President Pro Tempore Patrick Leahy. �The force will remain in Chad until its support in resolving the kidnapping situation is no longer required.�
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Australia Says Man Smuggled Wild Bird Eggs in Pants

A man was stopped in the Sydney airport for allegedly trying to sneak through Customs with wild-bird eggs in his pants In Australia, calling your pants a �wildlife sanctuary� is apparently more than a gauche sexual innuendo. A 39-year-old Czech man was stopped before entering the Sydney airport Tuesday for allegedly carrying 16 wild bird eggs in the crotch of his pants, Australia�s Customs and Border Protection Service said in a statement. Customs arrested the man and charged him with attempting to import regulated live species without a permit. The man was on a flight from Dubai, Australian authorities said, and is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.
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Viadeo

Viadeo is a Web 2.0 professional social network with 55 million members worldwide in 2013, and a membership base that was growing by more than one million per month in 2009. Members include business owners, entrepreneurs and managers from a diverse range of enterprises.

Viadeo is a Web 2.0 professional social network with 55 million members worldwide in 2013, and a membership base that was growing by more than one million ...
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Moscow respects Ukraine separatist votes

DONETSK, Ukraine � Russia said Monday that it respects the results of the disputed referendums in eastern Ukraine and called for talks between Kiev and Ukraine's eastern regions. Moscow said the outcome of the controversial referendums in Donetsk and Luhansk should now be implemented without resorting to violence. The comments were carried by Russia's Interfax news agency. Earlier, pro-Russia insurgents claimed voters supported succession overwhelmingly after referendums Sunday that could deepen turmoil here and further set Russia against the West. Ukraine's Foreign Ministry called the voting a "criminal farce.''
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A mythology, in the sense of a collection of myths, is an important feature of many cultures. According to Alan Dundes, a myth is a sacred narrative explaining how the world and humankind assumed their present form, although, in a very broad sense, the word can refer to any traditional story.

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South African anti-apartheid author Nadine Gordimer dies, aged 90

South African anti-apartheid author Nadine Gordimer dies, aged 90OHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African Nobel Prize-winning author Nadine Gordimer, one of the literary worlds most powerful voices against apartheid, has died at the age of 90, her family said on Mondayt
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The quagga is an extinct subspecies of the plains zebra that lived in South Africa.

The quagga (/ˈkwɑːxɑː/)[2][3] (Equus quagga quagga) is an extinct subspecies of the plains zebra that lived in South Africa. It was long thought to be a distinct species, but recent genetic studies have shown it to be the southernmost subspecies of the plains zebra. It is considered particularly close to Burchell's zebra. Its name is derived from its call, which sounds like "kwahaah".[2] The quagga is believed to have been around 257 cm (8 ft 5 in) long and 125�135 cm (4 ft 1 in�4 ft 5 in) tall at the shoulder. It was distinguished from other zebras by its limited pattern of primarily brown and white stripes, mainly on the front part of the body. The rear was brown and without stripes, and therefore more horse-like. The distribution of stripes varied considerably between individuals. Little is known about its behaviour, but it may have gathered into herds of 30�50 individuals. Quaggas were said to be wild and lively, yet were also considered more docile than Burchell's zebra. They were once found in great numbers in the Karoo of Cape Province and the southern part of the Orange Free State in South Africa.
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Luangwa River

Luangwa River

The Luangwa River is one of the major tributaries of the Zambezi River, and one of the four biggest rivers of Zambia. The river generally floods in the rainy season (December to March) and then falls considerably in the dry season.

The Luangwa River is one of the major tributaries of the Zambezi River, and one of the four biggest rivers of Zambia. The river generally floods in the rainy season (December to March) and then falls considerably in the dry season. It is one of the biggest unaltered rivers in Southern Africa and the 20,000 square miles (around 50,000 square kilometers) that make up the surrounding valley are home to abundant wildlife.[1]
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Bill Hader to Create and Star in His Own HBO Show

The Saturday Night Live veteran moves to premium cable Bill Hader has signed on with HBO to create and star in a new comedy series, Deadline reports. The Saturday Night Live alum is best known for characters like the club expert Stefon on the sketch comedy show, but he has also written for the Emmy-winning South Park and played supporting roles in comedy films like Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Superbad. Hader�s series will join a robust lineup of comedies currently offered by the premium cable channel including Girls, Veep and Silicon Valley. The actor/comedian left SNL in 2013 after eight seasons on the show when he and his wife decided to move to Los Angeles so that she could direct The To Do List (in which Hader also starred). Since he left, he has starred in the Sundance Film Festival breakout drama The Skeleton Twins opposite another SNL alum, Kristin Wiig. He�s also in production for the Judd Apatow and Amy Schumer movie Trainwreck.
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U.S. Deploys Troops in Search For Kidnapped Nigerian Girls

President Barack Obama is putting American troops on the ground to help find the schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram MORE Boko Haram Survivor Tells Story on Capitol Hill 5 Things to Know About Boko Haram Malala: Save My Nigerian Sisters The United States has deployed 80 American troops to Chad to assist in the search for more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by the militant group Boko Haram last month, President Barack Obama told Congress on Wednesday. �These personnel will support the operation of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance aircraft for missions over northern Nigeria and the surrounding area,� Obama wrote in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner and Senate President Pro Tempore Patrick Leahy. �The force will remain in Chad until its support in resolving the kidnapping situation is no longer required.�
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Australia Says Man Smuggled Wild Bird Eggs in Pants

A man was stopped in the Sydney airport for allegedly trying to sneak through Customs with wild-bird eggs in his pants In Australia, calling your pants a �wildlife sanctuary� is apparently more than a gauche sexual innuendo. A 39-year-old Czech man was stopped before entering the Sydney airport Tuesday for allegedly carrying 16 wild bird eggs in the crotch of his pants, Australia�s Customs and Border Protection Service said in a statement. Customs arrested the man and charged him with attempting to import regulated live species without a permit. The man was on a flight from Dubai, Australian authorities said, and is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.
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Mitch McConnell wins primary in Kentucky; CNN projects he'll face Grimes

(CNN) -- It was billed as the day's marquee primary battle, but in the end it was an easy night for Mitch McConnell. The five-term senator from Kentucky -- who's the top Republican in the chamber -- defeated tea party-backed challenger Matt Bevin in Tuesday's primary. In Tuesday's other high-profile race, two Republican candidates in Georgia will face a July runoff for the U.S. Senate, CNN projects. McConnell's victory in Kentucky was a smooth one. The Senate minority leader led Bevin 60%-36%, with 97% of precincts reporting, according to numbers compiled by The Associated Press.
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20,000 acres burned by wildfires as police arrest 3 for arson

Wildfires north of San Diego, California have already burned more than 20,000 acres. And they're showing no signs of letting up just yet, despite firefighters' best efforts. (Via Flickr / DVIDSHUB) Fire officials in southern California did say calmer winds helped to partially contain some of the blazes. Still, several homes have been lost, and at least one person was killed in the blazes this week. The flames have also spurred wild fire tornadoes in some cases and have forced evacuations near San Marcos, Escondido and across the region. (Via KABC)
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South African anti-apartheid author Nadine Gordimer dies, aged 90

South African anti-apartheid author Nadine Gordimer dies, aged 90OHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African Nobel Prize-winning author Nadine Gordimer, one of the literary worlds most powerful voices against apartheid, has died at the age of 90, her family said on Mondayt
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