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   Sep 02

Coast Guard rescues sea turtle in Oregon Inlet

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OREGON INLET, N.C. A loggerhead sea turtle was rescued Sunday in Oregon Inlet after getting tangled in a line attached to a plastic bucket. Members of the Coast Guard and National Park Service responded to a report from a good Samaritan boater of a turtle caught in a line and dragging a bucket near Bonner Bridge, according to a news release.

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   Sep 02

Turtle Talk Tallies: Comments and recs report from the week of August 25

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ckstevenson, Mike S., TerpNation1, Dave Tucker & take home the commenting awards this week.

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   Sep 01

Two acre wildfire burning at Turtle Lake north of Durango

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A two acre wildfire is burning north of Durango near Turtle Lake, according to officials.

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   Sep 01

Coast Guard rescues tangled sea turtle in Oregon Inlet

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OREGON INLET, N.C. A loggerhead sea turtle was rescued Sunday in Oregon Inlet after getting tangled in a line attached to a plastic bucket. Members of the Coast Guard and National Park Service responded to a report from a good Samaritan boater of a turtle caught in a line and dragging a bucket near Bonner Bridge, according to a news release.

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   Sep 01

Coast Guard, National Park Service rescue loggerhead sea turtle in N.C.

By Herp News

Wilmington, N.C. – A loggerhead sea turtle was rescued by members of the U.S. Coast Guard and National Park Service on Sunday in Oregon Inlet. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina in Wilmington received word from a good Samaritan boater the turtle was tangled in a line and dragging a plastic bucket in the […]

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   Aug 31

Turtle Beach Announces Coordinated Stock Transaction

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SAN DIEGO, Aug. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – Turtle Beach Corporation (NASDAQ: HEAR), the leading audio brand in the video game industry, today announced that a group of institutional investors purchased a …

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   Aug 31

Rare Jardine River turtles found in Queensland's Cape York region

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A species of turtle native to the tip of Queensland's Cape York, the Jardine River turtle, has been officially sighted for the first time in nearly 20 years.

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   Aug 31

Move the Turtle (for iPad)

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The Move the Turtle iPad app teaches children coding basics using a friendly turtle. A slick interface, well-designed tutorials, and a fun reward system teach concepts that kids can use when learning other programming languages.

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   Aug 31

Harbour Village Welcomes Special Guest: Endangered Sea Turtle Lays Nest on Beach

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Resort works with Bonaire conservationists to set up live web cam and nightly watch to document the hatching, expected to take place in early September. Mother turtle believed to have hatched in same location …

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   Aug 31

Turtle dove could be extinct in Britain within a decade – and other rare birds may already have gone

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The RSPB's rare breeding birds panel has released its latest list of Britain's most endangered birds, which shows turtle dove numbers to have declined by 96 per cent in just 40 years.

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   Aug 29

Tortoise Power and Energy Infrastructure Fund, Inc. Provides Section 19(a) Notice

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This notice provides stockholders of Tortoise Power and Energy Infrastructure Fund, Inc. with information regarding the distribution paid on Aug. 29, 2014 and cumulativ

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   Aug 29

Tortoise Pipeline & Energy Fund, Inc. Provides Section 19(a) Notice

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This notice provides stockholders of Tortoise Pipeline & Energy Fund, Inc. with information regarding the distribution paid on Aug. 29, 2014 and cumulative distribu

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   Aug 29

Lizard Squad Conducts Reddit AMA, Jokes About Targeting Facebook

By Herp News

Hacker group Lizard Squad conducted an AMA (ask me anything) on Reddit late Thursday night, inviting Reddit users to ask them questions about their latest, attention-grabbing online activities. The group is taking responsibility for taking down PlayStation Network, Xbox Live and multiplayer online battle game “League of Legends” earlier this week.

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   Aug 29

Herp Video of the Week: Jumping Frogs!

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   Aug 29

Lizard Squad goes after Twitch. Cyber criminals or just Internet Trolls? (+video)

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Lizard Squad, which has gained notoriety for a string of recent attacks on the gaming industry, has gone after video game streaming site Twitch.

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   Aug 29

Lizard Squad Targets Twitch After Disrupting PlayStation Network And Xbox Live

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On Wednesday morning hacker group Lizard Squad went after live streaming video platform Twitch to take down the popular service. On Sunday the Lizard Squad took responsibility for a number of online attacks that left Xbox Live and PlayStation Network users without service. The mysterious party also claimed it grounded an American Airlines flight that had Sony Online Entertainment President John …

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   Aug 28

Lizard Squad goes after Twitch. Cyber criminals or just Internet Trolls?

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Lizard Squad, which has gained notoriety for a string of recent attacks on the gaming industry, has gone after video game streaming site Twitch.

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   Aug 28

Saving the Atlantic Forest would cost less than ‘Titanic’

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Want to save the world’s most imperiled biodiversity hotspot? You just need a down payment of $198 million. While that may sound like a lot, it’s actually less than it cost to make the film, Titanic. A new study published today in Science finds that paying private landowners to protect the Atlantic Forest would cost Brazil just 6.5 percent of what it currently spends ever year on agricultural subsidies.

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   Aug 28

Indonesian authorities bust porcupine-smuggling ring

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Police in Langkat, North Sumatera, Indonesia, seized 55 porcupines from smugglers preparing to ship the animals to China. Three suspects were detained during last week’s operation, while their accomplices remain at large. Dozens more animals reportedly obtained from dealers in Medan are still unaccounted for.

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   Aug 28

Endangered tortoises to be sterilized

How do you save endangered tortoises? Sterilization.

From the Elko Daily Free Press:

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service officials say they have to curb the backyard breeding of desert tortoises because the growing population of unwanted pet tortoises diverts resources from efforts to preserve the species in the wild.

Mike Senn, assistant field supervisor for the Fish &Wildlife Service in Nevada, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that it can be “a really difficult issue” to explain to people. He said simply breeding more tortoises won’t save the species if not enough is done to improve and protect natural habitat and address threats in the wild.

Captive tortoises threaten native populations because they can carry diseases with them when they escape or are released illegally in the desert.

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   Aug 28

Tortoise moves in at Toledo Zoo

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Toledo’s newest exotic resident weighs 440 pounds, is old enough to be considered a living antique, and hails from a volcanic archipelago near the equator revered for its unique and diverse ecosystems.

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   Aug 28

Pet iguana bites 12-year-old boy in Jumeirah home

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Dubai-based Hungarian boy undergoes surgery after reptile attack at Palm Jumeirah penthouse  A 12-year-old Hungarian boy has ended up with several stitches on his left hand after being bitten by his pet iguana at his Palm Jumeirah penthouse in Dubai on Sunday. Kevin Kristof Gali, a Grade 7 student, was feeding Dragon, his three-year-old pet iguana, around 11am when the 1.5-metre-long reptile …

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   Aug 27

Endangered Burmese star tortoise hatched at Toronto Zoo

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The first of a rare, endangered breed of tortoise to be hatched in Canada is now on display at the Toronto Zoo. The Burmese star tortoise was born in early June, making the Toronto Zoo one of only a few North American facilities to hatch one. The baby tortoise was hatched after a heavily monitored 135-day incubation. The egg was laid along with eight others in January of this year, and was the …

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   Aug 27

The Gran Canal: will Nicaragua’s big bet create prosperity or environmental ruin?

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A hundred years ago, the Panama Canal reshaped global geography. Now a new project, spearheaded by a media-shy Chinese millionaire, wants to build a 278-kilometer canal through Nicaragua. While the government argues the mega-project will change the country’s dire economic outlook overnight, critics contend it will cause undue environmental damage, upend numerous communities, and do little to help local people.

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   Aug 27

Turtle Beach and Twitch Announce Extended Partnership

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SAN DIEGO, Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – Turtle Beach Corporation (HEAR), the leading audio brand in the video game industry, and Twitch, the world's leading live video platform and community for gamers, today announced the extension of their exclusive partnership. Turtle Beach is the official audio partner for Twitch, providing headsets and audio hardware for team chat and live streaming to …

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   Aug 27

The reptile and amphibian species fighting off extinction with the help of BIAZA

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The reptile and amphibian species fighting off extinction with the help of BIAZA

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   Aug 27

Endangered turtles protected by Nicaraguan army

Soldiers in Nicaragua were deployed to prevent poachers from stealing sea turtle eggs.

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The first 1,400 Olive Ridley turtles arrived to nest Thursday at the Chacocente Wildlife Refuge on the Central American country’s southern coast, regional military commander Jose Larios told the Nuevo Diario newspaper.

They were followed by hundreds more on Friday and Saturday, said Larios, whose troops are guarding a 1,500-meter (one-mile) stretch of beach where the turtles lay their eggs.

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   Aug 27

Who Is Lizard Squad, Group Claiming Responsibility for High Profile Hacks?

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The mysterious hacker of hacking collective known as “Lizard Squad” has taken responsibility for a number of cyberattacks that have briefly knocked high profile websites offline.

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   Aug 27

Frankie Tortoise Tails – Guide to Big (Dear Waffles…)

Dear Waffles, I’ve noticed how big you got over the summer. For sulcata tortoises, it happens really fast. As I am an expert on BIG I thought I would share some things about getting closer to that 100 pound marker.

You’re gonna need a bigger blanket.
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Indoors starts looking a bit small
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Indoors gets a little hazardous (for the things indoors, you’ll be fine).
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Your mom is gonna get tired of picking up these
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You’ll end up outside more often but you’ll love it!
The buffet is all you can eat!
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Things you used to eat become toys.
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You’ll start doing this a lot.
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Mom will need help getting you in and out of the car.
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You’ll need a bigger outdoor house.
This is big but 75% is for storing hay and carrots.

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It’s important to learn that a glass is solid. If you insist you can go right through them but you will need to wear a safety hat….so will everyone on the other side.
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You got to get yourself a skateboard.
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Sloth can’t move outside with you but it’s okay, there’s things to snuggle with.
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Even big you’ll make all kinds a new friends. If you can’t dance just go freestyle. Nobody will mind.
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Best of all, you’ll make lifelong friends who love you.
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And that famous hiney shot gets more and more awesome.
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Love, Frankie

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   Aug 26

Who Is Lizard Squad?

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The mysterious hacker of hacking collective known as “Lizard Squad” has taken responsibility for a number of cyberattacks that have briefly knocked high profile websites offline.

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   Aug 26

Lizard Squad: Who Is the Group Claiming Responsibility for High Profile Hacks?

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The Group Has Taken Credit for Hacking the Vatican's Website, and Sony's PlayStation

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   Aug 26

Who Are Lizard Squad – Isis-Linked Hackers or Trolls Making Bomb Threats?

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Over the weekend the Sony PlayStation Network went offline and a plane carrying a Sony executive was diverted following a bomb threat. Both events have been credited to the person or people behind the Twitter account @LizardSquad, an account which also purportedly supported the Islamic State (formerly known as Isis). Just over a week ago, the Twitter account came to life, having been dormant …

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   Aug 26

Scottish conservationists have an interesting nightlife

Conservationists in Scotland search dunes and marshes by flashlight, looking for critically endangered natterjack toads.

From BBC News:

The scientists search the area after dark, using torchlight to find the natterjacks.

The toads are then measured and photographed.

James Silvey of RSPB Scotland said: “The beautiful thing about natterjacks is they each come with their own individual fingerprint, and that’s in the form of the big warts and the yellow stripe on their backs.

“Each of the toads we photograph today could potentially live for 10 or 15 years and if we photograph it again we’ll know that individual was found here at Mersehead in 2014.

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   Aug 26

The-Lizard-RNLI-lifeboat-crew-abseil-down-to-Mount-Everest-base-camp

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Byline: The Lizard lifeboat volunteer crew and shore crew members with help from the public took part in an abseil challenge on Saturday 23 August at Kynance Cove on the Lizard peninsular. Page Content: A perfect flat cliff face above Kynance Cove was selected to abseil down by David Issitt, a member of the shore crew at The Lizard lifeboat station who came up with the idea of the abseil …

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   Aug 26

After Disrupting Playstation, Hacker Group Lizard Squad Takes Credit For Xbox Live Outage

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The hacker group that claimed to have taken down Sony's PlayStation Network over the weekend is claiming another scalp : Microsoft's Xbox Live. The group, known as Lizard Squad, took responsibility for the denial-of-service attack, the second in as many days. We hear there are some Xbox Live issues, sorry :P

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   Aug 26

'Lizard' Hackers Force Sony Exec's Flight To Divert

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Hackers reportedly forced an American Airlines plane to make an emergency landing over a threat linked to a top Sony executive onboard.

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   Aug 25

Two Headed Turtle Born In NE Arkansas

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(PHOTO COURTESY: Laura Balch) AMAGON, Ark. (AP) – A two-headed snapping turtle has been born in Northeast Arkansas. The Jonesboro Sun reports the baby turtle was discovered last week at the NEA Turtle Farm in Amagon. An employee says the common snapper was discovered among a group of 30,000 that will be shipped to China. …

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   Aug 25

Two-headed 'mutant' turtle found at Arkansas farm

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An Arkansas biologist calls a newborn two-headed snapping turtle rare, but he says turtle mutations are becoming more common.

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   Aug 25

Hackers attack Sony PlayStation Network

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Hackers naming themselves “Lizard Squad” have attacked Blizzard, Sony and other video game networks over the weekend.

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