Photos of exotic animals visiting the doctor
On Wednesday, doctors in Israel performed unprecedented surgery on a Syrian brown bear named Mango. The 19-year-old bear suffered from a slipped disc, which had left his back legs paralyzed, the Daily Mail reported.
Veterinarians will monitor Mango's recovery in the coming weeks, but the photograph of this 550-pound animal, with a shaved back and an IV line and a blood-pressure cuff, is a reminder that even the most ferocious-looking creatures sometimes need a hand from their docs. Below, several more exotic patients. --Sarah Eberspacher
August 7, 2012: Fafa, an 18-year-old lioness, undergoes a CT scan in Brazil. | (REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino)
September 10, 2011: Veterinarians give a male baboon a dental treatment in Medellin, Colombia. | (REUTERS/Albeiro Lopera)
September 15, 2011: Male lion Tyson receives dental work at a veterinary clinic in Medellin, Colombia. | (REUTERS/Albeiro Lopera)
At least 18 killed in protests marking the anniversary of Egypt's uprising
Over the weekend at least 18 people were killed during protests to mark Sunday's anniversary of the 2011 uprising against Hosni Mubarak.
— Khadija (@khadijas_) January 25, 2015
On Sunday, at least 17 people were killed and 35 wounded during different clashes. Activist Shaimaa al-Sabbagh, 32, died of internal bleeding after being shot on Saturday after police broke up a demonstration in Cairo, NBC News reports. Her fellow demonstrators blame al-Sabbagh's death on the police, and Egypt's Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb said in a statement an impartial investigation would take place to determine who killed the activist.
2 planes in Seattle evacuated due to 'security concerns'
Late Sunday afternoon, two planes were evacuated once they landed at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport over what a spokesperson called a "security concern."
Upon arrival, passengers from a JetBlue flight from Long Beach, California, and a regional SkyWest jet from Phoenix were bused to their gates "out of an abundance of caution," The Associated Press reports, and an investigation is underway. On Sunday afternoon, a Delta Air Lines flight from Los Angeles to Orlando was diverted to Dallas also due to a "security concern," a Delta spokesperson said. Passengers were removed from that flight and authorities are examining the airplane.
Authorities have not said if these cases are linked to bomb threats made Saturday that targeted two airplanes heading to Atlanta, AP says.
Exit polls show anti-austerity Syriza party to win Greek elections
Greece's left-wing Syriza party on Sunday appeared to win a decisive victory in a nationwide election, according to early exit polls.
In what would represent a sound rejection of austerity, preliminary results showed Syriza taking around 35 percent of the vote to 30 percent for Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and the governing New Democracy Party. A Syriza victory would likely result in the party's leader, Alexis Tsipras, becoming the next prime minster.
"The message is that our common future in Europe is not the future of austerity," Tsipras said Sunday.
'Potentially historic' snowstorm threatens to paralyze Northeast
The northeastern United States could in some places see around two feet of snow over the next few days as a massive winter storm passes through the region.
— Michael Palmer (@MPalmerTWC) January 25, 2015
Blizzard watches are in effect in Boston and Providence — which could each get slammed with two feet of snow — and in New York City, where one foot is forecast to fall between Sunday and Wednesday. A "large area" could see winds around 50 miles per hour, and 70 mph gust could buffet the Massachusetts coast, according to The Weather Channel, which calls the storm "potentially historic."
Mike Huckabee on 2016 bid: 'I'm moving in that direction'
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) said Sunday he is leaning toward another run at the White House.
"I think it's pretty evident that I'm moving in that direction," Huckabee said on Meet the Press.
Earlier this month, Huckabee left Fox News after more than six years with the network, a move widely seen as a prerequisite for a 2016 bid. You can watch Huckabee's entire Meet the Press interview here.
Bobby Jindal backs constitutional amendment on gay marriage
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) on Sunday joined the push for a constitutional amendment that would allow states to define marriage for themselves.
The Supreme Court this month agreed to hear arguments over whether the Constitution guarantees same-sex couples the right to marry. A decision is expected this summer, and Jindal said shoud the Justices side with same-sex marriage advocates, he would support a legislative effort to override that ruling.
"I certainly support Ted Cruz and others that are talking about making an amendment — a constitutional amendment — to allow states to continue to define marriage," he said in an interview with ABC.
Saturday Night Live on Deflategate: Tom Brady did it
Mystery solved: Tom Brady deflated all those footballs, according to Saturday Night Live's take on Deflategate.
As expected, SNL opened this weekend with a sketch lampooning the New England Patriots' alleged ball tampering, with a curmudgeonly Bill Belichick throwing his squirming QB under the bus. And yes, there were some jokes about balls. —Jon Terbush
Greece holds election that could serve as referendum on austerity
Greek voters headed to the polls Sunday for a crucial election that could set the stage for a showdown with the European Union over austerity measures.
The left-wing Syriza party, which led in the run-up to the election, has vowed to renegotiate a $270 billion international bailout it blames for the country's poor financial health. Led by 40-year-old Alexis Tsipras, Syriza has also said it will demand creditors write off billions of dollars of Greece's debt.
"Democracy will return to Greece," Tsipras said Sunday.
Bill Nye on Deflategate: Patriots' explanation 'didn't make any sense'
Bill Nye, the celebrity scientist and former host of an eponymous TV show, on Sunday threw cold water on New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick's amateur science explanation for why footballs used in last weekend's AFC Championship game were underinflated.
"What he said didn't make any sense," Nye said in an interview with ABC.
Belichick on Saturday said atmospheric conditions, not deliberate tampering, caused the balls to fall below the minimum allowable PSI, saying the team "absolutely followed every rule to the letter." —Jon Terbush
Rebel missile attack kills 30 civilians, injures 100 in Ukraine
Pro-Russian separatists on Saturday launched missile attacks on the southeastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol, killing 30 civilians and injuring more than 100.
"This is a crime against humanity to be tried by the Hague tribunal," Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said in a statement.
Rebels fired around 60 missiles in two separate attacks, with the scope of the bombardment suggesting, according to Western officials, some degree of Russian involvement. Secretary of State John Kerry called the attack "reprehensible" adding that it was "aided and abetted by Russia’s irresponsible and dangerous decision to resupply" the rebels despite a delicate truce.
Moscow denied any role in the attack.