A rare lion-tiger hybrid, more commonly known as a liger, gave birth to three cubs at a zoo in Novosibirsk, Russia.
The liliger cubs -- one quarter tiger, three-quarters lion -- are all females and were born in May. Their mother, Zita, was born at the zoo in 2004, and their father, Sam, is an African lion.
The three cubs have one older sibling, Kiara, born in September.
Ligers are the largest known cat in the world and share both physical and temperamental characteristics with lions and tigers. They do not exist in the wild, and only female ligers can reproduce.
The American Medical Association recognized obesity as a disease during its annual meeting in Chicago this week.
The change from "major public health problem" to a chronic disease will reportedly open up a range of medical interventions that could help treat the now one-third of Americans who are considered obese, said Dr. Patrice Harris, a member of the AMA's board of trustees.
The decision to classify obesity as a disease superseded recommendations made by an AMA committee that had studied the issue for more than a year.
According the AMA's final report, obesity is diagnosed by measuring the person's body mass index, a number calculated from a person's weight and height that provides a somewhat reliable indicator of body fat.
Obesity researcher James O. Hill, executive director of the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center at the University of Colorado, claims most people who treat obesity believe that a BMI higher than 30 means the person is at risk. He added that AMA's standardization was the first step to take in tackling the problem.
Secretary of State John Kerry hosted the release Wednesday of the State Department’s annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report.
The TIP report ranks governments, including the United States, on their efforts to combat and prevent human trafficking. While Tier 1 is the highest ranking, it does not mean that a country has no human trafficking problem.
The TIP report ranks countries into one of three tiers based on their level of compliance with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking as outlined in the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA).
This year for the first time, the State Department was required by statute to move six countries off the Tier 2 Watch List; Azerbaijan, Congo-Brazzaville and Iraq were moved to Tier 2, while China, Russia and Uzbekistan were downgraded to Tier 3 and now face possible sanctions.
“The TIP Report is only as good as it is honest, and we commend the State Department for using fact-based analysis -- not concern for sensitive geopolitical relationships -- when it assigned Tier 3 rankings to Russia, Uzbekistan and China,” said David Abramowitz, director of The Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking, a coalition of 12 U.S.-based human rights organizations.
Other sensitive countries, including Thailand -- where the fishing industry is filled with trafficked workers who are routinely murdered -- remained on the Tier 2 Watch List and face automatic downgrade next year if they do not demonstrate appreciable progress.
"In the last year, roughly 46,000 victims of trafficking were brought to light worldwide -- compared to 27 million who are enslaved," Kerry said.
Today, 83 percent of countries have legislation to combat human trafficking, compared to only 60 percent in 2009. Still, of 46,570 identified victims in 2012, just 16 percent of cases were prosecuted, with convictions in only 4,746 cases -- about 10 percent.
So far, 154 states are party to the Trafficking in Persons Protocol, and 16 percent have never recorded a single conviction for human trafficking.
"When we help countries prosecute traffickers, we’re strengthening the rule of law," Kerry said.
The U.S. was added to the TIP report three years ago with a Tier 1 ranking. President Obama has announced several new initiatives to combat modern slavery and proposed increased anti-trafficking funding in his 2014 budget.
It took a year for Johnny Depp to open up about his breakup with former girlfriend Vanessa Paradis.
The two ended their 14-year relationship in June 2012. They share two children: Lily-Rose, 14, and Jack, 11.
This is the first time the "Pirates of the Caribbean" actor has spoken about the breakup, which came after their acting careers had them living apart for months at a time. They were not seen together in public after 2010.
Depp, 50, said he will always be close to Paradis, especially because of the children. The children were also his reason not to turn to drinking during the split.
"In terms of the breakup, I definitely wasn’t going to rely on the drink to ease things or cushion the blow or cushion the situation," Depp said. Neither has told the real reason for their split, and Paradis said she never will.
Since the split, Depp has been seeing actress Amber Heard, while Paradis has been linked to Benjamin Biolay, former French first lady Carla Bruni's ex-boyfriend.
Miley Cyrus just released her new music video for the single "We Can't Stop."
In the video, she is seen kissing a mannequin, wrestling with a female friend and twerking. She wears outfits that could have been pulled straight from an American Apparel catalog -- a pair of onesies, a beanie a la bank robber with an attached birdcage, and several crop tops.
The video also features a singing floating head, people wearing giant grand-prize-at-a-carnival-worthy teddy bears strapped to their backs and a beer-bottle piñata filled with cigars.
Suffice it to say, the only way to understand the video is to watch it, and assume she's just being Miley.
A set of twins was captured in a video having the best time ever while playing with two rubber bands and kitchen cabinets.
In the clip, the two toddlers can be heard laughing their hearts out as they stretch rubber bands placed on cabinet door knobs only to find they snap right back to their starting position. If you can spare just over two minutes to watch this video, take a peek below.
Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk announced Wednesday that the company would issue a partial recall of its Model S sedan over a seat defect.
The post clarified that the weld is indeed attached to the cars, that there have been no customer complaints or reported injuries thus far and that the defect was not brought to Tesla's attention by a regulatory agency.
Musk added that affected Model S owners will be contacted in the next few days to coordinate a date for their vehicles to be picked up, fixed and returned to them hours later.
Calling the report a "smear campaign" written by "human scum... moving desperately to deter" North Korea, the Ministry of People's Security, which is responsible for policing, said the defectors were being used by the U.S. and South Korea.
The ministry said it was determined to "physically remove the despicable human scum who are committing this treason."
The report originated from an unnamed North Korean official living in China.
"Mentioning that Hitler managed to rebuilt Germany in a short time following its defeat in WWI, Kim Jong Un issued an order for the Third Reich to be studied in depth and asked that practical applications be drawn from it," the source said.
Two bodies were discovered this morning at Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach, Florida. An employee at Dreyfoos found the bodies of a school custodian and another adult early Wednesday morning.
"It's an open death investigation," West Palm Beach Police spokesman Capt. David Bernhardt said. "That way we're not limiting to ourselves what type of investigation we are doing. It could turn out to be a homicide investigation later on, it could just be a normal death investigation."
So far police say there is no obvious sign of how the two people died at the downtown high school. Bernhardt declined to give the ages or genders of the victims, though they were both reportedly adults.
Bernhardt also revealed the bodies were discovered in a "maintenance or supply area" near the school's theater, and were not found inside a classroom. Although the school held its graduation in May, it is unclear if summer classes were scheduled.
Police, including SWAT, were in and out of the school this morning. The SWAT team was inside to secure the building. The FBI appeared on the scene briefly until it was determined there was no active shooter.
“Our hearts are broken by the tragic loss of lives at the Dreyfoos School. It is a sad day for our schools, community and our workers. While the investigations are underway and we are anxiously waiting to know the details, our heartfelt condolences go out to the co-workers and families,” SEIU-Florida Public Services Union President Alphonso Mayfield said in a statement.
Dreyfoos alumni and parents were shocked to hear of the discovery on the campus of the arts school.
Super chilling to read a headline with my high school's name in it - two bodies found there this morning: http://t.co/xNktdRxRh0— Celeste Ridlen (@celesteasaurus) June 19, 2013
Going to Dreyfoos was the best thing that has ever happened to me. I felt safe there. I'm so heartbroken from this act.— Sammy Robinson (@sammylee224) June 19, 2013
Channing Tatum was all over Tuesday's "Jimmy Kimmel Live."
He and Jamie Foxx debuted a video for a song called "(I Wanna) Channing All Over Your Tatum," reprising the song from Kimmel's post-Oscar show in February.
The video aired during a special edition of the show that aired before game six of the NBA Finals. It features a host of other celebrities, including Miley Cyrus, Gabourey Sidibe, Matt Damon and Olivia Munn alongside Kimmel and Tatum.
Channing's name appears all over the video on Champagne bottles, sunscreen, T-shirts and whipped cream, and is sung in a "Channing" chorus.