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Eurasian tree sparrow turns up in Regina, Canada

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This Eurasian Tree Sparrow is far from home, spotted in Regina this May. The bird is rarely seen in cooler climates.
Nick Selinger thought it was a day like any other when he went to check on the sparrows at his bird feeder.

But when the 12-year-old took a closer look, one of the sparrows didn't look like the others.

"I saw one of the birds had a black spot on its cheek," Selinger told CBC Saskatchewan's Blue Sky.

He was quite sure it was a Eurasian Tree Sparrow. His birding book confirmed that. Selinger's sighting is the first official sighting ever recorded in the province. The bird has been spotted only a handful of times in Canada.

"[I was] excited. When I went to bed that night, I thought did that bird really come here?"

But it turned out it wasn't just his imagination. The bird has been visiting his bird feeder every day since.

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What's causing those weird trumpet noises in the sky?

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A woman reacts to hearing a strange noise coming from the sky in Texas.
Have you heard those weird, apocalyptic trumpet-like noises coming from the sky? People all over the world say they have.

So what are they? The short answer is no one knows.

The latest video of the mystery comes from Germany and was posted to YouTube last month.

In it, the puzzled photographer sticks a camera out the window as a woman asks in German, "What is that?"

In the background is heard a metallic-type groaning sound coming from the sky as if someone just put the key in the ignition of a large, invisible Close Encounters of the Third Kind kind of vehicle and started it up. The video is all the more eerie because a young boy is standing motionless in the street as the noise amplifies.

Take a listen. What do you think that is?


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USGS: Magnitude 6.0 earthquake hits Northwest of Tonga

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  1. 2015-05-20 00:30:51 (UTC)
  2. 2015-05-19 20:30:51 (UTC-04:00) in your timezone
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Nearby Cities
  1. 128km (80mi) WNW of Pangai, Tonga
  2. 204km (127mi) N of Nuku'alofa, Tonga
  3. 632km (393mi) ESE of Lambasa, Fiji
  4. 655km (407mi) ESE of Suva, Fiji
  5. 722km (449mi) SSW of Apia, Samoa

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USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 6.7 - Pacific-Antarctic Ridge

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  1. 2015-05-19 15:25:21 (UTC)
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Nearby Cities
  1. 2144km (1332mi) N of Siple, Mount, Antarctica
  2. 3892km (2418mi) WSW of Puerto Natales, Chile
  3. 3912km (2431mi) WSW of Punta Arenas, Chile
  4. 3983km (2475mi) WSW of Ushuaia, Argentina
  5. 3257km (2024mi) S of Adamstown, Pitcairn
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Dog attacks across South Wales almost doubles in a year

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The number of dog attacks in South Wales have risen by almost 50% in the last year
The number of dog attacks reported in South Wales has almost doubled over the last year, according to police figures.

Statistics released by South Wales Police showed 39 dogs were seized in 2014-15 after allegedly being responsible for an attack injuring at least one person.

This is compared to 20 dogs confiscated for an aggravated offence under the Dangerous Dogs Act in 2013-14 and 10 dogs seized in 2012-13.

An aggravated offence is defined as an attack causing an injury to one or more person.

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10-month-old baby attacked by family dog in Hidalgo County, Texas

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A border collie
A 10-month-old baby is in the hospital after being attacked by a family dog, according to Linn-San Manuel Volunteer Fire Department Chief Elia Vicencio.

The Hidalgo County Sheriff's Department is investigating the case to determine what happened and if it could have been prevented.

The incident happened before noon, at the family trailer home at Valley Gateway RV Park. The park is 17 miles north of Edinburg.

Authorities said the dog was a border collie; the dog is one of three the family owns.

Vicencio was among those who responded to the incident. She told CHANNEL 5 NEWS, the mother and child met up with an ambulance from Valley EMS on Expressway 281. "They were actually already on the highway heading to the hospital when, I guess, the EMS people took the baby," she said.

The baby was taken to Doctor's Hospital at Renaissance.

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1,300 dead seabirds found on beach in Lenga, Chile

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A dead bird lies on the beach of Concepcion, 310 miles south of Santiago, Chile, May 18, 2015, one of 1300 birds of different species that were found dead on the shore.
At least 1,300 dead birds found on a beach in Chile is a mystery that officials may have finally narrowed down. MSN reports that Chilean authorities are investigating what killed so many seabirds belonging to the Procellariidae family.

It's possible that these birds may have drowned after getting trapped in fishing nets — or died from a disease related to bird flu. The country's Agriculture and Livestock Service (SAG) says that the bird flu isn't endemic to Chile.

The 1,300 dead birds on the beach were discovered Sunday afternoon by visitors to a small "black-sand beach in the southern town of Lenga, a cove with several hundred inhabitants who live mainly on fishing and tourism," the report states.

SAG planned to analyze the birds in an effort to determine their cause of death.

This isn't the first time several seabirds were found dead on the beach. Hundreds of birds were found dead in the around the same area back in 2010. At the time, experts learned they were killed after getting trapped in fishing nets.

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Mystery explosion rocks Centurion, South Africa

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Residents from Centurion are baffled by a mysterious explosion that rocked parts of the area during the early hours of Sunday.

Numerous attempts by Rekord to establish exactly what had caused the loud blast, which woke residents from their sleep, proved futile.

Residents from Rooihuiskraal, Wierdapark, Amberfield, The Reeds and other connecting areas all heard the same sound and felt the rumbling.

Some readers speculated that it was yet another ATM bombing, while others believed the tremors had been caused by a light earthquake, but authorities contacted by Rekord could shed no light on the cause or the origin of what sounded to residents like a loud blast.

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Landslide death toll rises to over 60 in Salgar, Columbia

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Salgar floods, Colombia, May 2015.
Colombia's emergency and disaster management services have been carrying out damage assessment and needs analysis after the massive floods and landslides that struck early on 18 May 2015 in the municipality of Salgar, in Antioquia.

In a statement from earlier today, 19 May 2015, Colombia's National Unit for Disaster Risk Management (UNGRD) said that 62 people have died and 40 have been injured, according to the latest official figures from the flood disaster.

According to local media, another body has since been recovered, bringing the death toll to 63. The bodies of the victims have been taken to the city of Medellin in order to expedite identification. It is thought that more people may still be missing, although it is still unknown exactly how many.


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A decade of 'trumpets in the sky' and other eerie sounds

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This recording of the trumpet-like sound shot in Germany shows a child in the street frozen with terror
A mysterious noise from the sky is continuing to baffle people all over the world - as well as giving those who hear it sleepless nights.

Sounding like a trumpet or a collective from a brass section of an orchestra, a selection of videos shot from the Canada to Ukraine, via the U.S., Germany and Belarus show strange goings on above us.

And the eerie sounds have been continuously heard at all different times and locations for almost a decade.

The first video posted on YouTube recording the unusual, unearthly sounds, was in 2008 when a user recorded the strange sounds in the sky from Homel, in Belarus.

That same year another anonymous user shared the 'ear-deafening' sounds that they insisted 'were not a hoax,' from a quiet neighbourhood believed to be in the U.S.

Kimberly Wookey from Terrace, British Columbia in Canada first captured the alien sound in June 2013, and since then she has managed to capture several recordings of the noise with her most recent being on May 7 this year.


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