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Jury sent home in wife shooting case

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-04 06:58
The jury in the trial of a man accused of murdering his wife is sent home for the weekend.

China detains Vietnamese fishermen

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-04 06:57
Chinese authorities arrest six Vietnamese fishermen in a move that could heighten tensions in the South China Sea.

VIDEO: Dust storm swallows Phoenix, Arizona

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-04 06:49
The American city of Phoenix, Arizona, was hit by a massive dust storm on Thursday evening, ahead of the Fourth of July celebrations.

Dealer jailed for prison drugs ring

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-04 06:48
A convicted dealer who ran a Europe-wide drugs ring from inside an Edinburgh prison is jailed for six years and four months.

Calif. Town Thrusts Heated Immigration Debate Into National Spotlight

NPR News - Fri, 2014-07-04 06:46

As protesters block buses full of detainees from entering a border patrol station, many Murrieta residents say the federal government is the real root of the problem.

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Hamilton top despite engine problem

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-04 06:43
Lewis Hamilton scores an important psychological blow ahead of the British GP by beating Nico Rosberg in second practice.

VIDEO: Van Gogh steals spotlight in cafe

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-04 06:41
The appearance of a painting worth many millions of pounds in a cafe in Reading, caused shock and disbelief as customers popped in for breakfast on Friday morning.

Summer-only exams 'may harm grades'

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-04 06:40
GCSE and A-level results may drop this summer with the switch to end-of-course exams and an end to winter resits, exam officers warn.

AUDIO: 'Hearing dog gave me confidence'

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-04 06:34
13-year-old Sam Russell, who is severely deaf, tells 5 live that hearing dog Ember has turned his life around.

Court challenges UK work schemes

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-04 06:28
Legislation relating to unpaid work schemes is ruled "incompatible" with the European Convention on Human Rights.

Web users in Hawaii invaders hunt

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-04 06:19
US conservationists and a satellite imaging company have teamed up to use the power of crowdsourcing to halt the spread of destructive invasive plants.

'Pitiless' builders given jail terms

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-04 06:19
Rogue builders who scammed older people in south Wales out of more than £70,000 are given jail terms at Newport Crown Court.

Hurricane Arthur Is No Match For Man In Ocean With Facebook

NPR News - Fri, 2014-07-04 06:14

Richard Neal, of Mint Hill., N.C., chronicled the storm from his point of view, which was a pretty darn good one.

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Richard Mellon Scaife, Philanthropist, Conservative Donor, Dies

NPR News - Fri, 2014-07-04 06:13

The heir to the Mellon banking and oil fortune revealed in May that he had been diagnosed with cancer. Scaife was 82.

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US billionaire Scaife dies aged 82

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-04 06:12
Billionaire American publisher and influential conservative Richard Mellon Scaife dies aged 82.

Hollywood turns to... taxidermy?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-07-04 06:12

On Sunday morning in Downtown Los Angeles taxidermist Allis Markham immediately cuts into her subject for the day: a bird.

She started her studio, Prey Taxidermy, this March and rents her mounted pieces to Hollywood films, television sets, and photoshoots. She recently worked on a shoot for Disney featuring Taylor Swift as Rapunzel.

“I did some combing pigeons for them,” she says. “Bird skin is like working with wet toilet paper with feathers attached. And so it’s this very tedious process where you’re making all these incisions.”

Animals rights groups, including PETA, have criticized Hollywood in recent years after news broke that animals were harmed on Hollywood sets. On the now-canceled HBO show, “Luck,” four thoroughbred horses died during production. According to reports, the horses were elderly, underfed, and possibly even drugged. Due to these alleged abuses, taxidermy businesses are catering to studios who are looking to minimize their legal and safety risks. “If you want to have a tiger on set, it’s a lot safer when it’s dead,” Markham says.

Wayne Carlisi inherited his father’s big game taxidermy collection, and in 2012, he opened ArtKraft Taxidermy in North Hollywood. His company rents out lions, antelope, and rhinos to studios including Warner Brothers and Paramount. Carlisi says, in the special effects ridden world of entertainment, taxidermied animals serve a new purpose.

“They’re [computer graphics animators] able to scan the actual mount into the computer,” he says, after which studios will build rigs and transpose them on the animal’s body. “So from rigs they can make the animals move and perform the way they want.”

Smaller production companies are also vested in mounted animals for its cost effectiveness. David Anderson, an independent filmmaker, says directors like himself often have no choice but to use taxidermied animals.

Renting an animal actor gets expensive when final costs include handlers, insurance, and a representative from the Humane Society. Markham’s larger pieces, like a bear, could can run up to $1,500, while the cost of a live animal can easily shoot into the $8,000 range. Because of all of the additional costs, Anderson turned to Markham for his latest movie.

Yet others in the industry, including set decorator Kristin Peterson, think something is lost when Hollywood productions use mounted animals instead of live animals.

“The taxidermied animals don’t have as much of a personality as the live animal,” she says.

Pietersen would 'love' England return

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-04 06:04
Kevin Pietersen says he would love to play for England again and that he thinks keeper Matt Prior should be replaced by Jos Buttler.

VIDEO: Excitement builds ahead of Tour de France

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-04 06:01
The excitement is building in Yorkshire ahead of the the beginning of the Tour de France in Leeds on Saturday.
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