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Why Some Bees Are Now Carrying Backpack Trackers

Why Some Bees Are Now Carrying Backpack Trackers

Kew Gardens(LONDON) — Here's the buzz about these crazy bee trackers: Ecologists at the Kew Royal Botanic Gardens in London have suited up bumble bees with tiny metal trackers to map their behavior in hopes the data will help them understand why the insects are in decline.Attaching something so small to a buzzing bee takes both patience and precision.

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In order to suit up the bees, they were first chilled for 10 minutes to make them calmer. Using tweezers, researchers then carefully glued the trackers onto the bees' backs using superglue.

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The bee backpacks measure 4.8 millimeters by 8 millimeters. They include radio frequency identification tags that allow ecologists to detect bee behavior from as far as 1.2 meters from a detecting unit.Each bee has a unique tag that allows researchers to monitor their behavior. The tag reports back to the detecting unit within its range."This piece of the puzzle, of bee behavior, is absolutely vital if we are to understand better why our bees are struggling and how we can reverse their decline," Sarah Barlow, a scientist at Kew Gardens who tested the technology, said in a statement.The technology, which was developed by Tumbling Dice Ltd., could be used after the trial to track the movements of other insects and how they interact with flora, fauna, crops and the world around us, scientists said.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Audio File Recovered from Germanwings Black Box

Audio File Recovered from Germanwings Black Box

ABC News(DIGNE, France) -- The spokesman for the lead investigating agency said on Wednesday that they have recovered an audio file from the black box of the downed Germanwings flight but have not found the second black box from the Airbus A320 that crashed in the French Alps.This comes after French Prime Minister Francois Hollande said at an earlier news conference that crews had found the exterior of the black box but not the module that contains the memory equipment, though the spokesman for the Bureau d’Enquetes et d’Analyses (BEA) went on to deny any such discovery."We have not localized the black box," said BEA Director Rémi Jouty. "We have not found any debris of the black box and in the history of air accidents we know about ... [we] don't remember any recorder broken into little pieces."When asked if they had ruled out the possibility of the crash being the result of a terrorist attack, he said the BEA is "not ruling out any hypothesis at this stage."Investigators have recovered an audio file from the first black box, the cockpit voice recorder, though no further details were revealed about whether or not voices are heard on the recording.Jouty noted that it would take days for initial findings to be released, though it will be weeks before a full understanding is clear. But, he was able to weigh in and tentatively ruled several possible causes out based on the debris pattern."The area seems very big but the debris seems very small which is not at all consistent with an aircraft that exploded mid-air," Jouty said."At the moment, there's no information leading us to think that the weather conditions were particularly bad," he said.One of the problems facing investigators is the location of the crash site, as the area is very steep and unstable. Investigators and site crews have to be tied to one another when they are near the crash site to ensure their safety, Jouty said.Earlier on Wednesday, Germanwings CEO Thomas Winkelmann noted that two Americans were on board the Germanwings flight that crashed in the French Alps Tuesday.The U.S. State Department later confirmed that two Americans were on board."We are in contact with family members and we extend our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of the 150 people on board," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement. "We are continuing to review our records to determine whether any other U.S. citizens might have been on board the flight."The Germanwings plane crashed Tuesday in the Alps in southern France with 150 people on board, including two babies, the airline said. Hollande said there were "apparently no survivors."Searchers returned to the crash scene on Wednesday, as France's minister of the interior said a black box voice recorder from the plane is damaged. Even so, said the official, Bernard Cazeneuve, the information on the recorder should be retrievable.The CEO of Lufthansa, which owns Germanwings, said a full analysis of the voice recorder was expected to be done by Thursday. But Brice Robin, public prosecutor of Marseille, said on BFM TV that black box results could take several days.The initial focus for the voice recorder investigators will be "on the human voices, the conversations," followed by the cockpit sounds, France's transport minister, Alain Vidalies, told Europe 1 radio Wednesday morning.The flight data recorder has not been retrieved yet.Police helicopter searches of the Germanwings Airbus crash site resumed Wednesday morning.Xavier Roy, coordinator for French air rescue, told ABC News that no bodies are going to be taken from the mountain Wednesday, and that the investigation on site will take a week. Unlike other crash sites, Roy said, there isn't much to find."When you go to a crash site you expect to recognize parts of an airplane." he said. "Sadly, here you don't see anything -- just debris scattered all over."He added that this was a difficult area to search, as it is "nearly impossible to reach by foot," making it challenging to get rescuers in and out of the area safely.The top priorities now are locating bodies and the second black box, he said.In addition to 72 Germans, 35 Spanish and two Americans on board, Winkelmann said there were two victims each from Australia, Argentina, Iran and Venezuela. One victim each came from Britain, the Netherlands, Colombia, Mexico, Japan, Denmark, Belgium and Israel, he said, adding that the list isn't yet final because the company is still trying to contact relatives of 27 victims. Winkelmann added that in some cases, victims' nationality weren’t clear because of possible dual citizenship.Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy were scheduled to arrive at the crash staging area Wednesday.The cause of the crash has not yet been determined, the Germanwings CEO said. Lufthansa called the crash "an accident.""Seeing the site of the accident was harrowing," Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr tweeted Wednesday morning. "We are in deep mourning. Our thoughts are with the relatives of the victims." Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

“Baywatch” May Have Nothing on Lifeguard Drones

“Baywatch” May Have Nothing on Lifeguard Drones

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Drones on the beach? Is no place sacred from these mini-aircraft?Before you get your bathing suit all up in a knot, experiments are being conducted in Chile with drones that could turn out to be literal lifesavers.Although they’re not about to replace lifeguards, drones could greatly assist seashore saviors by reaching swimmers who are a considerable distance from land.The rescue drones would carry floatation devices that could be dropped to swimmers in distress.The drones would be operated by lifeguards and also be equipped with cameras and loudspeakers that enable them to give instructions to swimmers.So far, initial tests have been promising, especially since the drones can reach their intended targets three times faster than the speediest lifeguard.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Germanwings Crash: Airline Cancels Flights After Crew Members Decide Not to Fly

Germanwings Crash: Airline Cancels Flights After Crew Members Decide Not to Fly

ABC News(DUSSELDORF, Germany) -- Germanwings was forced to cancel seven flights out of Dusseldorf because a number of crew members felt they were unfit to fly following the news of Flight 9525's crash, the airline said late Tuesday. An Airbus operated by Germanwings crashed Tuesday in the Alps in southern France with 144 passengers, including two babies, and six crew members on board. Germanwings said in a statement that some crew members decided not to operate aircraft Tuesday after they heard of the crash. "We understand their decision," Germanwings Managing Director Thomas Winkelmann said. "Some flights had to be cancelled." The crash took place in a remote part of the French Alps. French President Francois Hollande said there are "apparently no survivors." The passenger jet, an Airbus A320, crashed near the town of Digne as it traveled from Barcelona to Dusseldorf. One black box has been recovered, according to a spokesman for the French Interior Ministry. That box was en route to the Bureau d'Enquêtes et d'Analyses, the French authority in a Paris suburb responsible for safety investigations in civil aviation, authorities said.

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Pentagon Describes Tikrit Offensive As ‘Stalled’

Pentagon Describes Tikrit Offensive As ‘Stalled’

Hope Milam/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Pentagon is now labeling the Iraqi military and Shiite militia offensive on Tikrit as being “stalled.”  Last week Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren described the situation as “static” as Iraqi forces encircled the city but had not pushed into the ISIS-held center of the city.    Warren said on Tuesday that’s still the case right now as Iraqi forces remain outside the city.  ISIS fighters in the city have set up defensive measures around the city that have slowed the Iraqi offensive, according to Warren.  He would not confirm that the U.S. has begun flying surveillance flights over Tikrit.Separately, a U.S. official confirmed to ABC News that the U.S. has been flying surveillance missions over Tikrit and selectively sharing some of the intelligence with the Iraqis. The official told ABC News the U.S. wanted to get a good sense of the situation in Tikrit and began reconnaissance flights, and that recently the U.S. has decided it will share some of what it has gleaned with the Iraqis.  The U.S., however, still has not been asked by the Iraqis to provide airstrikes for the offensive on Tikrit, according to the official, which is being led by Iran.  At a session with reporters on Tuesday, Warren said there remains no coordination with the Iranians.

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Meet the Fearsome ‘Carolina Butcher’ That Ruled Before Dinosaurs

Meet the Fearsome ‘Carolina Butcher’ That Ruled Before Dinosaurs

Jorge Gonzales(NEW YORK) -- A newly-discovered ferocious crocodile relative that ran on its hind legs and terrorized North America before dinosaurs arrived certainly earned the name "Carolina Butcher." Unlike its modern relatives, the Carolina Butcher was land-dwelling and likely snacked on smaller prey, including armored relatives and early mammal relatives, according to researchers at North Carolina State University and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. The fearsome 9-foot animal lived 230 million years ago in the wet, warm region of the super-continent Pangaea that is now North Carolina. Paleontologists were able to glean new insights about the fearsome animal that lived 230 million years ago by analyzing broken pieces of the crocodile's skull, spine and leg that were found in the Pekin Formation in Chatham County. The bones were scanned and paleontologists were able to create a 3-D model of the animal, providing a clearer picture of the creature. "If you want to picture these animals, just think of a modern-day fox, but with alligator skin instead of fur," Susan Drymala, a co-author of the paper in Scientific Reports, said in a statement. The Carolina Butcher's reign of terror didn't last long, according to researchers. It was killed off as the Triassic period came to an end, making way for even more terrifying predatory dinosaurs.

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Germanwings Plane Crash: 16 German Students on Flight

Germanwings Plane Crash: 16 German Students on Flight

French Interior Ministry(DIGNE, France) -- Sixteen students and two teachers from a high school in Germany were among the passengers on the Germanwings flight that crashed in a remote part of southern France Tuesday, according to a spokesperson for the city of Haltern, Germany.The plane was en route from Barcelona, Spain, to Dusseldorf, Germany, when it crashed in the Alps, near the town of Digne, according to the airline.The students, from Joseph King High School, had been returning from an exchange trip in Barcelona, Haltern spokesperson Florian Adamak said.This is the "darkest day in the history of our city," Haltern-am-See Mayor Bodo Klimpel said at a news conference.Klimpel said the school would not close on Wednesday, but "it won't be a routine day of classes."He said chaplains would be made available and "the students will have the opportunity to talk about the terrible tragedy.""You can imagine that tomorrow is a particularly difficult day for our teachers, because they have lost two colleagues," Klimpel said.The plane, an Airbus A320, was carrying 144 passengers -- including two babies -- and six crew members, Germanwings CEO Thomas Winkelmann said at a news conference.There were "apparently no survivors," said French President Francois Hollande.Germanwings' CEO said it is believed 56 Germans were on board, but "that figure may change."There were also Spanish and Turkish passengers, said Spanish King Felipe IV.The list of nationalities of the casualties will be released as soon as the airline is certain, Winkelmann said, adding that the victims' families will be informed before a list of names will be released.The cause of the accident has not yet been determined, the Germanwings CEO said. A black box from the plane was found, the Interior Ministry confirmed, and will be analyzed in the coming hours.

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Did Israel Spy on Nuke Talks Between US and Iran?

Did Israel Spy on Nuke Talks Between US and Iran?

Uriel Sinai/Getty Images(JERUSALEM) -- Relations between the White House and Israel may have taken another turn for the worse.Israel is strongly denying allegations it spied on confidential nuclear talks between Iran and the United States in order to build a case against a deal.The claims were made in a report by the Wall Street Journal, which says the White House uncovered Israel allegedly trying to share top secret details about the talks with U.S. lawmakers.A senior official in Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office told ABC News' Jordana Miller the allegations were "utterly false."The United States, along with other Western nations, is negotiating with Iran over an agreement to curtail its nuclear program in exchange for loosening sanctions. Many Republicans on Capitol Hill are opposed to a nuclear deal. They accuse Iran of seeking to build a nuclear bomb -- something Iran denies. Tehran insists it has a right to pursue peaceful nuclear power.

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NASA Satellites Capture Newborn Star’s Growth Spurt

NASA Satellites Capture Newborn Star’s Growth Spurt

E. Safron et al.; Background: NASA/JPL/T. Megeath (U-Toledo)(NEW YORK) -- NASA satellites have captured the explosive growth spurt of a baby star.Newborn stars spend about 150,000 years in their infancy nearly invisible to satellite imagery. The protostar -- named HOPS 383 -- lit up in just a few years, according to NASA.Using data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer satellite, astronomers were able to observe HOPS 383 as it got 35 times brighter from 2006 to 2008.The sudden outburst is believed to be the result of the star, which was first observed by astronomer Emily Safron, collecting more dust and gas.

It's suspected the prolonged outburst is the result of an accumulation of gas from its surrounding disk. Astronomers believe it's possible that the star then developed an extreme hot spot at the point of impact, causing the disk to heat up and allowing the celestial body to shine even brighter.HOPS 383 is located in the nebula of the constellation Orion around 1,400 light years from Earth -- where plenty of other young stars are still in their birth clouds.

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Masked Gunmen Open Fire at Vehicles on Kabul Highway

Masked Gunmen Open Fire at Vehicles on Kabul Highway

iStock/Thinkstock(KABUL, Afghanistan) — Masked gunmen opened fire on three passing vehicles on Kabul Kandahar highway Tuesday, killing 13 people including women and children. The incident happened in Sayed Abad district of eastern Wardak province, a region where many districts are controlled by the Taliban, though they’ve denied any involvement in the shootings. “The Islamic Emirate condemned this and it’s the act of the intelligence networks,’’ said Taliban spokesperson Zabiullah Mujahid said. He would not name the intelligence network to which he was referring, but insists the shootings were not carried by the Taliban.Tuesday’s incident happened on the same highway where, a month ago, masked gunmen kidnapped 31 Shiite passengers.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Amanda Knox Faces a New Court Battle

Amanda Knox Faces a New Court Battle

Ida Astute/ABC News(ROME) — Amanda Knox faces an all-too-familiar scenario this week, with her fate in the hands of an Italian court.The Washington state woman and her co-defendant and former boyfriend, Italian Raffaele Sollecito, have endured multiple trials for the 2007 slaying of British student Meredith Kercher.Italy’s Court of Cassation will decide Wednesday, possibly once and for all, whether Knox’s 2009 conviction should stand, or whether she should face yet another trial on appeal. If convicted, she could face a 28½-year prison sentence.

She discussed the possibility of prison in a January 2014 interview with ABC News Robin Roberts.“This really has hit me like a train,” Knox said after last year’s appeals court ruling. “I didn’t expect this to happen.”Knox, 27, was initially convicted in 2009. That conviction was overturned on appeal in 2011, and the acquittal was thrown out in 2013. Her original conviction was upheld by the appeals court last year.Sollecito, an Italian citizen, was stripped of his travel documents after the 2014 conviction. He is expected to be in court Wednesday. If the conviction is upheld, Sollecito will likely be arrested and taken to prison. He faces a 25-year sentence.Rudy Guede, a Perugian drifter with a criminal record for burglary, is serving a 16-year sentence for Kercher's murder. His fingerprints and shoeprints were found in blood at the crime scene and his DNA was inside Kercher. He could be released in the next few years.Knox has also been ordered to stand trial on a lesser charge, slander, in Italy, for claiming Italian police coerced her during her interrogation.Knox has tried to move past the legal challenges. She’s newly engaged, working in a bookstore and writing theater reviews for the West Seattle Herald.But she’s also in therapy, ABC News has learned, still trying to cope with a terrifying past and uncertain future.Through it all, Knox has maintained that she is innocent.The biggest unknown is whether Knox will be extradited and returned to an Italian jail if the conviction is upheld.“I will never go willingly back to the place where I -- I’m going to fight this to the very end,” she told ABC News in 2014.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Germanwings Plane Crash in France Leaves 150 Dead, Official Says

Germanwings Plane Crash in France Leaves 150 Dead, Official Says

Adam Berry/Getty Image(DIGNE, France) -- An Airbus operated by Germanwings crashed Tuesday in the Alps in southern France with 150 people on board, including two babies, the airline confirmed. The first images of the crash site emerged hours after the crash, which took place in a remote part of the French Alps. As night descended in France, the search and rescue operation was suspended for the day. Bodies and debris will be brought down from the crash site Wednesday morning, according to a French Interior Ministry spokesperson. French President Francois Hollande said there are "apparently no survivors." The passenger jet, an Airbus A320, crashed near the town of Digne as it traveled from Barcelona to Dusseldorf, Hollande said. The plane was carrying 144 passengers -- including 2 babies -- and six crew members, Germanwings CEO Thomas Winkelmann said at a news conference on Tuesday. Winkelmann said he feels "deep sorrow," adding that the victims' families will be informed before a list of names will be released. The list of nationalities of the casualties will be released as soon as the airline is certain, Winkelmann added. Hollande said, "I want to express my solidarity to the family of the victims. We do not yet know the identities of the victims. It is a mourning we have to go through because it is a tragedy that has happened on our soil." Spanish King Felipe IV, who is in France for a pre-scheduled meeting with Hollande, said the passengers were German, Spanish and Turkish. Germanwings said 67 Germans were on board. The State Department is reviewing whether there were any Americans on board. King Felipe had planned to stay in France for three days but now said he is returning to Madrid to launch a crisis center. The cause of the crash has not yet been determined, the Germanwings CEO said. The French Interior Ministry said the plane's black box has been found and that it will be analyzed in the coming hours. Lufthansa, which owns Germanwings, called the crash "an accident." "For the time being we are calling this an accident," a Lufthansa official said at a news conference in Barcelona on Tuesday. "Everything else is speculation." At a White House news conference, President Obama offered his thoughts and prayers to the people of Germany and Spain, saying, "American stands with them at this moment of sorrow." Obama said he has called German Chancellor Angela Merkel and hopes to speak with Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy of Spain to "express the condolences of the American people" and to offer U.S. assistance as they investigate this "awful tragedy." "Our teams are in close contact, and we're working to confirm how many Americans may have been on board," Obama said. The plane was flying at 38,000 feet -- its normal cruising altitude -- when it started to lose altitude and descended for 8 minutes, according to Germanwings. When the plane was at 6,000 feet, it lost contact with French radar. Lufthansa said the plane went into operation in 1990. It was sold to Lufthansa in 1991 and then sold to Germanwings in 2014.

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Get Ready to Play the Pluto Name Game

Get Ready to Play the Pluto Name Game

State Department photo/Public Domain(WASHINGTON) — If you're good at naming people, animals or things, you might want to try your luck with the geological components of the dwarf planet Pluto and its moon, Charon.NASA and the International Astronomical Union (IAU) would like your input, which is why they've set up the OurPluto website.There's just one small problem to be aware of before you log on. Scientists don't know yet what the geophysical features are on Pluto and Charon.Up until now, the best they've come up with is blurry blobs taken by the Hubble telescope.However, that's all due to change by mid-July when NASA's New Horizons is scheduled to fly by Pluto and Charon and photos will be sent back to Earth of craters, crevices, rifts and valleys.Those will be the geophysical features needing names, which can be selected from a long list of options on Our Pluto's website. You have until April 7 to participate.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Netanyahu Apologizes for Warning About Arab Voters

Netanyahu Apologizes for Warning About Arab Voters

State Department photo/Public Domain(JERUSALEM) — Hoping to mend some fences after his stunning victory last week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu apologized Monday for warning supporters prior to the election that Arab voters turning out "in droves" posed "a threat" to Israel's future.Speaking to a group of minority leaders, which did not include Israel's only Arab party, Netanyahu remarked, "I know the things I said a few days ago hurt some of Israel's citizens and hurt Israel's Arabs. I had no intention to do that. I apologize for it...I see all Israeli citizens as partners in the building of a thriving and secure Israel for all Israeli citizens."Ironically, some political observers believe that Netanyahu's fiery rhetoric was what snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.The political alliance, Joint Arab List, rejected the apology, suggesting that Netanyahu was being insincere.The group said in a statement that the prime minister's "apology is just empty words intended to preserve his racist regime."

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Playful Panda Cub Triplets Fight for Cuddle Time With Their Mom

Playful Panda Cub Triplets Fight for Cuddle Time With Their Mom

File photo. iStock/Thinkstock(GUANGDONG, China) -- They say good things come in threes, and that’s certainly the case with these adorable panda cubs. The playful panda triplets at China’s Chimelong Safari Park in Guangdong are the world’s only known surviving set of panda triplets on Earth, which not only means triple the cuteness for us, but triple the trouble for this mama bear named Ju Xiao. She is a first-time mother and she’s certainly got her work cut out for her, keeping the babies in line as they fight for her attention. Just as she pries one of them away, another one comes crawling up for a cuddle. Needless to say, the video with more than 42,000 views so far is unbearably cute.

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Australian Team Finds What Could Be World’s Largest Asteroid Impact Spots

Australian Team Finds What Could Be World’s Largest Asteroid Impact Spots

D. Seymour(SYDNEY) -- Two deeps scars discovered in the Australian Outback are believed to be the site of one of the largest asteroid impacts ever. The twin marks are believed to be indicators of what was once a 250-mile impact zone marking the moment the asteroid split into two pieces before impact, according to a study published in the journal Tectonophysics. "It's a mystery -- we can't find an extinction event that matches these collisions. I have a suspicion the impact could be older than 300 million years," Andrew Glikson, lead researcher and a professor at Australian National University, said in a statement. For example, evidence suggests a massive asteroid collision 65 million years ago led to the mass extinction of dinosaurs. While the craters in the Australian Outback have been covered over the course of time, the discovery came during a geothermal research project as a team drilled deep into the Earth's crust. What they found were remnants of rocks that had been turned into glass, hinting at the possibility of an extreme event that changed the composition of the rocks. Researchers looked even closer and found more evidence from Earth's crust. "There are two huge deep domes in the crust, formed by the Earth’s crust rebounding after the huge impacts, and bringing up rock from the mantle below," Glikson said. Researchers said the date of the impacts is unclear. However, they have evidence from surrounding rocks that puts it at 300 million to 600 million years old. Most confusing of all is that there is no evidence surrounding the rocks of a mass extinction, leading scientists to have more questions than answers.

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Tasmanian Fishermen Catch 580-Pound Swordfish After 6-Hour Battle

Tasmanian Fishermen Catch 580-Pound Swordfish After 6-Hour Battle

Team Choonachasa/Facebook(SYDNEY) -- A 580-pound swordfish was caught by Tasmanian fishermen after a six-hour tug-of-war in Australian waters.Kyle Longmore, 16, reeled in the giant fish after a “grueling” battle during the Coles Bay Classic fishing competition this past weekend, the Australian Broadcasting Company reported.“Kyle was very physically exhausted,” skipper Leo Miller told ABC, adding that Longmore spent six hours directly in the sun, and the team helped feed him while he was fighting the swordfish."We didn't think the fish was all that big at first but then it came up and jumped, and we knew it was a fair size,” Miller said. The fish jumped 23 times, getting closer and closer to their boat, he added.The team believes the 580-pound swordfish may be the largest of its kind ever caught in Australian waters by amateurs, ABC reported.

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Afghan President Thanks US Troops at Pentagon: ‘We Die, But We Will Never Be Defeated’

Afghan President Thanks US Troops at Pentagon: ‘We Die, But We Will Never Be Defeated’

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry poses with Afghan President Ashraf Ghanii, left, and Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdulla. State Dept(WASHINGTON) — Afghan President Ashraf Ghani visited the Pentagon Monday to thank the U.S. military for their sacrifices in Afghanistan since 2001, telling his audience that Afghanistan no longer wants to be a burden for the U.S. and that the people of Afghanistan will not succumb to terror. More than 600 service members were on hand in the Pentagon Courtyard Monday morning to hear Ghani and U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter.  Several members of the administration’s national security team were also in attendance, including Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, CIA Director John Brennan, Secretary of State John Kerry and Gen. John Campbell -- the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan. Speaking without notes, Ghani thanked the U.S. military for its efforts in Afghanistan and noted the 2,215 Americans who lost their lives in Afghanistan and the 850,000 who have served there. “You have been in the most remotest valleys, and the highest peaks, and the parched deserts, and beautiful valleys, but also in most demanding situations. Each one of you has left a legacy, but I also understand that Afghanistan has marked you. When you wake up at night, sometimes you're not sure whether you're back there or here. But what gratifies me as the president of Afghanistan is what I've had the honor to hear repeatedly from American veterans, I have left a piece of my heart in Afghanistan. Thank you.” He told the audience that they had touched the lives of each Afghan. “You were not there just to fight. [I’ll] come back to the fighting. You built schools, you built dams, you build roads, and while the physical infrastructure is great and it's changed lives, it is the attitude that you brought with it -- an attitude of caring, an attitude of discipline and sacrifice. And the Afghan people, but particularly the Afghan security forces, honor that attitude.” Ghani said one of his messages Monday was that “we are not going to be a burden. We do not now ask what the United States can do for us, if I can play on President Kennedy. We want to see what Afghanistan will do for itself, and for the world. And that means we are going to put our house in order. We're a front line state. We die on a daily basis. I've held more children in my arms who have been wounded, or killed in -- while playing volleyball, while watching a play in a school, while just simply walking to work.” His remarks were peppered with personal references to invited guests in the crowd selected for their sacrifice in Afghanistan. He also noted the constant violence in his country, but held out hope that it will not defeat the spirt of the Afghan people. “We die, but we will never be defeated. Terrorism is a threat, it's evil. But we, the people of Afghanistan, are willing to speak truth to terror by saying, ‘No, you will never overwhelm us, you will never subdue us, we are going to overcome.’” He invited American veterans to one day return to Afghanistan as tourists “re-visiting with your loved ones the peaks, the deserts, the valleys, the hopes of people that your loved ones touched so dearly,” he said. “Come back to us in some years and in that moment, our friends, millions of us will be able to say thank you to each one of you personally, shake your hands, and invite you to our homes.”Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Afghan President Thanks US Troops at Pentagon: ‘We Die, But We Will Never Be Defeated’

Afghan President Thanks US Troops at Pentagon: ‘We Die, But We Will Never Be Defeated’

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry poses with Afghan President Ashraf Ghanii, left, and Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdulla. State Dept(WASHINGTON) — Afghan President Ashraf Ghani visited the Pentagon Monday to thank the U.S. military for their sacrifices in Afghanistan since 2001, telling his audience that Afghanistan no longer wants to be a burden for the U.S. and that the people of Afghanistan will not succumb to terror. More than 600 service members were on hand in the Pentagon Courtyard Monday morning to hear Ghani and U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter.  Several members of the administration’s national security team were also in attendance, including Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, CIA Director John Brennan, Secretary of State John Kerry and Gen. John Campbell -- the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan. Speaking without notes, Ghani thanked the U.S. military for its efforts in Afghanistan and noted the 2,215 Americans who lost their lives in Afghanistan and the 850,000 who have served there. “You have been in the most remotest valleys, and the highest peaks, and the parched deserts, and beautiful valleys, but also in most demanding situations. Each one of you has left a legacy, but I also understand that Afghanistan has marked you. When you wake up at night, sometimes you're not sure whether you're back there or here. But what gratifies me as the president of Afghanistan is what I've had the honor to hear repeatedly from American veterans, I have left a piece of my heart in Afghanistan. Thank you.” He told the audience that they had touched the lives of each Afghan. “You were not there just to fight. [I’ll] come back to the fighting. You built schools, you built dams, you build roads, and while the physical infrastructure is great and it's changed lives, it is the attitude that you brought with it -- an attitude of caring, an attitude of discipline and sacrifice. And the Afghan people, but particularly the Afghan security forces, honor that attitude.” Ghani said one of his messages Monday was that “we are not going to be a burden. We do not now ask what the United States can do for us, if I can play on President Kennedy. We want to see what Afghanistan will do for itself, and for the world. And that means we are going to put our house in order. We're a front line state. We die on a daily basis. I've held more children in my arms who have been wounded, or killed in -- while playing volleyball, while watching a play in a school, while just simply walking to work.” His remarks were peppered with personal references to invited guests in the crowd selected for their sacrifice in Afghanistan. He also noted the constant violence in his country, but held out hope that it will not defeat the spirt of the Afghan people. “We die, but we will never be defeated. Terrorism is a threat, it's evil. But we, the people of Afghanistan, are willing to speak truth to terror by saying, ‘No, you will never overwhelm us, you will never subdue us, we are going to overcome.’” He invited American veterans to one day return to Afghanistan as tourists “re-visiting with your loved ones the peaks, the deserts, the valleys, the hopes of people that your loved ones touched so dearly,” he said. “Come back to us in some years and in that moment, our friends, millions of us will be able to say thank you to each one of you personally, shake your hands, and invite you to our homes.”

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Dinosaur Footprints Uncovered on Beach After Giant Tide

Dinosaur Footprints Uncovered on Beach After Giant Tide

File photo. iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A giant tide on France's North Atlantic coast on Saturday enabled paleontologists to find hundreds of dinosaur footprints on a beach in the Western region of Vendee.The 200 million-year-old footprints measure about 17 inches wide and are only visible when the tide is low. They were discovered in 1963 by a local engineer and chemist Gilbert Bessonnat.“This open-air museum of dinosaur footprints counts among the richest we have from the Jurassic era,” local authorities said on the city hall website.France's National Hydrographic Service was expecting more than 15.3 yards difference between low tide on Saturday afternoon and high tide in the evening.The trail would have been left by animals measuring between 8-feet 2-inches and 9-feet 10-inches, amateur paleontologists told French TV while visiting the site. A dozen different species are known to have lived on a 26,000-foot tall mountain, now a cliff eroding into a beach. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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