The anonymous tipster who told cops about a 1,000-pound tiger inside a Houston home had broken into the abandoned building to smoke marijuana and initially thought he was hallucinating when he saw the caged big cat, officials said.
Authorities went to the residential home Monday and found the overweight female tiger in deplorable conditions inside a “rinky-dink” cage in the garage, Click 2 Houston reported.
Police said the garage was secured with a screwdriver and a nylon strap.
The tiger was tranquilized and taken to BARC Houston, a city organization dedicated to humane animal care, FOX26 Houston reported. They will then try to find a permanent home for the animal.
“There's an incredible network all across the United States and here in Houston and here in Texas. It's just finding the right combination and then transporting," Cottingham said.
Houston police are investigating who may have owned the animal.
Meanwhile, the Houston Zoo released a statement Monday saying that it was aware of the tiger but that it was not involved and would not be receiving the animal.
“The Houston Zoo is home to two Malayan tigers, Berani and Satu, and does not have the capacity to receive additional tigers,” the zoo said. “Fewer than 3,500 tigers of all tiger subspecies remain in the wild today, according to the Tiger Conservation Campaign. Malayan tigers surviving on the Malay Peninsula are critically endangered with an estimated population of 300 remaining in the wild.”
A person who entered an abandoned house in Houston’s Harrisburg/Manchester neighborhood looking for a quiet place to toke found a tiger instead, KPRC-TV reported on Monday.
According to KPRC, the anonymous tipster understandably believed they were hallucinating when they found the animal, a female that police said was shut in a tiny cage secured only by a “screwdriver and a nylon strap”:
The tipster said they were at the house to smoke marijuana and thought they were hallucinating when they first saw the tiger, according to police.
The tiger was found in a “rinky-dink” cage in the garage, which was not locked, police said. The garage was secured with a screwdriver and a nylon strap, according to police.
KTRK reported that when the tipster called 311 to report the animal, police also suspected they were under the influence of drugs—though investigating officers found both the tiger and “several packages of meat”:
“A concerned citizen called 311. They were trying to get into this house to smoke marijuana. We questioned them as to whether they were under the effects of the drugs or they actually saw a tiger. They saw a tiger in this building, this vacant house that’s obviously been abandoned for some time,” said Sgt. Jason Alderete, of [the Houston Police Department’s] Major Offenders, Livestock Animal Cruelty Unit.
While the tipster saw the tiger a week ago, it was only on Monday that Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care (BARC) officers and police found the animal. Who had put it there remains unclear.
The tiger was in “a pretty small cage inside basically a garage in a house that didn’t look like it was in the best shape,” Houston official Lara Cottingham told KPRC. “So it was important that we get it out of that situation.”
According to the Houston Chronicle, neighbors were totally unaware of the presence of the animal, with some speculating it was a pet and others saying that it posed a clear safety threat. Local resident Pablo Briagas told the paper, “I have my kids here. It’s dangerous for them to have (a tiger down the street). Even if they had it as a pet, that’s dangerous.”
The tiger is bound for a BARC shelter on a temporary basis, with Cottingham telling the Chronicle that their facility was “not designed to house big cats.” BARC officials have been in communication with a wildlife refuge but it will not be able to take in the animal until later this week, she added. KPRC-TV reported that the Houston Zoo said that it has no plans to take the animal in.
It’s not clear what subspecies of tiger the animal was, though the IUCN Red List classifies all tigers as endangered, with less than 4,000 and possibly as little as around 2,150 estimated to remain in the wild. However, trade in captive tigers is rampant, and the Chronicle reported in 2016 that some estimates have put their number in Texas at higher than the wild tally. While they are illegal to own in Houston, according to the paper, and are listed among the 19 species of “dangerous wild animals” subject to regulation in the state, ownership is essentially unregulated beyond an “easily” avoidable permitting process in “the unincorporated county and vast rural expanses.”
According to the Statesman, despite the thousands of tigers believed to be kept throughout the state, a Texas Department of State Health Services spokesman that only 50 were registered as of February 2018. Animal rights and conservation activists say the inconsistent patchwork of laws on tiger ownership in Texas—the state does not track which counties ban tigers, and county-level enforcement is sometimes loose—has resulted in serious consequences, the Statesman reported.
“The tragedy here is that we do have laws, but the laws are not effective in any reasonable manner,” Texas Humane Legislation Network advisory director Skip Trimble told the Statesman. “... You can buy them online, or you can buy them on the side of the highway, or you can trade them with somebody. There’s nothing that requires a sales slip for the seller. So the seller doesn’t have to report anything, and the buyer doesn’t have to report anything.”
Mark Kelly Announces Run for McCain Senate Seat in Arizona
Retired astronaut Mark Kelly says he's running to finish John McCain's term in the U.S. SenateRetired astronaut Mark Kelly says he's running to finish John McCain's term in the U.S. Senate.
FILE- In this Oct. 2, 2017, file photo former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., right, listens as her husband Mark Kelly, left, speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Kelly said Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, that he's running to finish John McCain's term in the U.S. Senate. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File) THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
BY JONATHAN J. COOPER, Associated Press
PHOENIX (AP) — Retired astronaut Mark Kelly, who rocketed to the national spotlight when his congresswoman wife Gabrielle Giffords was shot in a failed assassination attempt, announced Tuesday he's running to finish John McCain's last term in the U.S. Senate.
Kelly, 54, is a top Democratic recruit to take on Republican Martha McSally in one of the most closely contested Senate races of the 2020 election.
McSally is a former Republican congresswoman who was appointed to McCain's seat last year after she narrowly lost to Democrat Kyrsten Sinema. McSally leaned heavily on her record as the first woman to fly a combat mission as a fighter pilot, but she was hurt by her embrace of President Donald Trump.
If Kelly is nominated, the race would pit a Navy veteran and astronaut against a trailblazing Air Force pilot in the contest to replace McCain, a legendary Navy flyer who was famously shot down and held captive.
Democrats are eagerly watching the Arizona contest, having already defeated McSally in a Senate race just a few months ago.
Kelly and Giffords have for years pushed Congress to enact gun control measures with little success. They shifted their focus to state legislatures in recent years, helping to strengthen background checks and domestic violence protections, among other modest protections.
Giffords was severely wounded in a mass shooting on Jan. 8, 2011. The shooting at a Giffords meet-and-greet event outside a grocery store in Tucson left six dead and 13 injured. Shooter Jared Loughner was sentenced to life in prison.
Gov. Doug Ducey appointed McSally to the vacant Senate seat after his first appointee, former Sen. Jon Kyl, resigned after only a few months in office. The seat is a top target for Democrats because McSally just lost a Senate race in November and Democrats posted a strong showing in the November election, winning three statewide contests and picking up legislative and congressional seats.
The 2020 election will decide who finishes the last two years of McCain's term. The winner would have to run again for a full six-year term in 2022.
U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego of Phoenix is also considering a Senate run, which would likely set up a tough fight for the Democratic nomination.
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Former astronaut Mark Kelly to run for Arizona’s US Senate seat
PHOENIX – Former Navy astronaut Mark Kelly, who has been a champion of gun control since his wife was nearly killed in a mass shooting, said Tuesday that he was running for U.S. Senate in Arizona.
Kelly, a Democrat and husband to former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, made the announcement of his 2020 campaign in a tweet:
Kelly’s entry into the race comes days after former state Attorney General Grant Woods told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Bruce St. James and Pamela Hughes that he had decided not to run.
Democrat Kyrsten Sinema beat McSally in the November general election for the spot vacated by Jeff Flake.
Woods had changed political parties to become a Democrat after his longtime friend Republican Sen. John McCain died in August.
McSally was chosen to take over the remainder of the term that Jon Kyl had temporarily filled.
Under Armour (UA) Issues FY 2019 Earnings Guidance
Under Armour (NYSE:UA) issued an update on its FY 2019 earnings guidance on Tuesday morning. The company provided EPS guidance of $0.31-0.33 for the period, compared to the Thomson Reuters consensus EPS estimate of $0.35. The company issued revenue guidance of $5.349-5.401 billion, compared to the consensus revenue estimate of $5.38 billion.
UA stock opened at $19.15 on Tuesday. Under Armour has a fifty-two week low of $12.60 and a fifty-two week high of $23.28. The company has a market cap of $8.54 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 100.79 and a beta of 0.91.
Several analysts recently weighed in on UA shares. Piper Jaffray Companies set a $32.00 price target on Under Armour and gave the stock a buy rating in a research note on Thursday, December 13th. ValuEngine upgraded Under Armour from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research note on Saturday, January 19th. TheStreet upgraded Under Armour from a d+ rating to a c- rating in a research note on Tuesday, October 30th. Morgan Stanley set a $21.00 price target on Under Armour and gave the stock a hold rating in a research note on Tuesday, November 27th. Finally, Guggenheim restated a hold rating on shares of Under Armour in a research note on Wednesday, December 12th. Five analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have given a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company. Under Armour presently has an average rating of Hold and an average price target of $17.78.
About Under Armour
Under Armour, Inc, together with its subsidiaries, develops, markets, and distributes branded performance apparel, footwear, and accessories for men, women, and youth primarily in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Asia-Pacific, and Latin America. The company offers its apparel in compression, fitted, and loose types to be worn in hot, cold, and in between the extremes.
Under Armour shares climb premarket after earnings beat
An earlier version of this report incorrectly described net income as billion, not million. It has been corrected.
Under Armour Inc. shares UA, +3.60% soared 5% in premarket trade Tuesday before paring some of those gains, after the company beat earnings estimates for the fourth quarter and backed its 2019 guidance. The maker of athletic shoes and apparel said it had net income of $4.218 million, or 1 cent a share, in the quarter, after a loss of $87.9 million, or 20 cents a share, in the year-earlier period. Adjusted per-share earnings came to 9 cents, well ahead of the 4 cents FactSet consensus. Revenue edged up to $1.389 billion from $1.369 billion, also ahead of the FactSet consensus of $1.379 billion. Gross margin increased by 160 basis points to 45.0% from the prior year, boosted by product cost improvements, lower promotional actions and lower air freight costs. The company is still expecting full year EPS of 31 cents to 33 cents and for revenue to rise 3% to 4%, in line with guidance offered at a December 12 analyst meeting. Shares have gained 45.3% in the last 12 months, while the S&P 500 SPX, +0.07% has gained 2.0%.
Anti-Semitic Acts Hit France Amid Anti-Government Protests
Portraits of an Holocaust survivor tagged with swastikas.
This photo taken on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019 and provided by the Paris city hall of the XIIIth district shows mailboxes with swastikas covering the face of the late Holocaust survivor and renowned French politician, Simone Veil, in Paris, France. According to French authorities, the total of registered anti-Semitic acts rose to 541 in 2018 from 311 in 2017, a rise of 74 percent. (Mairie du XIIIth via AP) THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
BY SAMUEL PETREQUIN, Associated Press
PARIS (AP) — Portraits of a Holocaust survivor stained with swastikas. A memorial in honor of a Jewish man vandalized. A bagel shop with the German word "Juden" sprayed on its front window.
These are just a few of the hundreds of anti-Semitic acts that have been committed in France, which is home to the world's largest Jewish population outside Israel and the United States, in recent months.
According to French authorities, the total of registered anti-Semitic acts rose to 541 in 2018 from 311 in 2017, a rise of 74 percent.
A judicial official told The Associated Press on Tuesday that four investigations have been opened by Paris prosecutors after the latest incidents in the French capital last weekend. The person was not authorized to be publicly named because the investigations are ongoing.
"Anti-Semitism is spreading like a poison, like a venom," Interior minister Christophe Castaner said when attending Monday night a ceremony at the memorial of Ilan Halimi, a young Jewish man who was tortured to death back in 2006. Two trees planted at the scene where he was found dying in a Paris suburb have been vandalized.
"It's rotting minds, it's killing," Castaner said, vowing that the government would fight anti-Semitism.
Castaner did not link the rise of incidents to any specific groups. But some members of France's yellow vest anti-government movement are known for extremist views, and several anti-Semitic incidents have occurred amid the broad-based movement that started in November.
Frederic Potier, a French government official in charge of fighting anti-Semitism, racism and discrimination based on sexual orientation, said some far-right groups have managed to infiltrate yellow-vest demonstrations.
"Anti-Semitic tags up to nausea in the heart of Paris this weekend," Potier wrote in a message on Twitter with a picture of a Parisian wall with a derogatory inscription, insinuating that French President Emmanuel Macron was just a tool of a supposed Jewish plot.
"When the hatred of the Jews overlaps with the hatred of democracy, the vocabulary of the fachosphere (the sphere of fascists) is found on the walls," Potier wrote.
In a separate incident, one of the founders of bagel chain Bagelstein said the word "Juden" was painted on the window of one of their restaurants, although he insisted the inscription was found before Saturday's yellow-vest demonstrations in Paris.
In a speech to France's leading Jewish group last year, Macron pledged to protect the nation's Jews amid growing concerns about intolerance. In 2012, three children and a teacher from a Jewish school were killed by an Islamic extremist in the southwestern city of Toulouse. In 2015, four customers of a Paris kosher supermarket were slain by another extremist.
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The Chainsmokers to perform at INTRUST Bank Arena
Grammy Award-winning duo The Chainsmokers are coming to Intrust Bank Arena later this year.
The Chainsmokers will perform in Wichita on November 16.
Tickets start at 39.50 (plus applicable fees) and go on sale this Friday (February 15) at 10:00 a.m.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.selectaseat.com, by phone at 855-755-SEAT (7328) or in person at the Select-A-Seat Box Office at INTRUST Bank Arena.
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Wichita, Kansas – Grammy Award-winning artist/producer duo The Chainsmokers have announced their massive “WORLD WAR JOY” North American headline arena tour for fall. Multi-platinum band 5 Seconds of Summer, who is featured on The Chainsmokers’ latest single “Who Do You Love,” will be joining all dates along with rising pop star Lennon Stella, who is opening the show. The 41-city tour, produced by Live Nation, will kick off on September 25 in Cincinnati, OH and make stops in major cities across the U.S. and Canada before wrapping in Vancouver, BC on December 6. See full tour routing below. The show will stop at INTRUST Bank Arena in Wichita on November 16.
The tour announcement comes on the heels of The Chainsmokers’ latest single “Who Do You Love” featuring 5 Seconds of Summer. Released last week via Disruptor Records / Columbia Records, the track immediately shot to No. 1 on iTunes and has already accumulated nearly 14 million combined global streams to date. Additionally, the track was added to Spotify’s New Music Friday playlist in 37 countries, added to their largest playlist Today’s Top Hits and added to Today’s Hits on Apple Music.
The research vessel Petrel is perched on a spot in the South Pacific Ocean that was anything but peaceful 77 years ago. Then, it was the scene of a major World War II battle between the U.S. and the Imperial Japanese Navies. For the, it would be her last battle.
Now, researchers are revealing Petrel found the wreckage of the USS Hornet in late January – exactly what they were looking for. The ship was found more than 17,000 feet below the surface, on the floor of the South Pacific Ocean near the Solomon Islands. The USS Hornet is best known for launching the important Doolittle Raid in April of 1942 and its role in winning the Battle of Midway.
Richard Nowatzki, 95 now, was an 18-year-old gunner on Hornet when enemy planes scored several hits, reports CBS News' Mark Phillips.
"When they left, we were dead in the water," Nowatzki said. "They used armor piercing bombs, now when they come down, you hear 'em going through the decks … plink, plink, plink, plink … and then when they explode the whole ship shakes."
With 140 of her crew already dead, the order was given to abandon ship. The Hornet went to the bottom – three and a half miles down – which the crew of the Petrel has been scanning with a deep-sea sonar drone that sends back live pictures.
The drone brought back an image of something down there that's about the right size in about the right place. It looked like her but lots of ships went down around here. To be sure, they needed positive identification, which they got when they saw the Hornet's naval designation: CV-8.
"CBS This Morning" was able to share the discovery in real time with Richard Nowatzki in California – even finding the gun he was on during the attack.
"If you go down to my locker, there's 40 bucks in it, you can have it!" Nowatzki joked.
Nowatzki has enjoyed a long life since that day. Seeing the Hornet again and the evidence of the men who served -- a jacket hung on a hatch, somebody's wash kit complete with toothbrush – naturally made him reflect on those who hadn't been as lucky.
"I know I've been a very fortunate man," he said. "The actual fact that you can find these ships is mind boggling to me … I want to thank you for honoring me this way."
But it's the crew of the Petrel who were honored to find the Hornet and the final resting place of so many of her brave crew. Another wreck, and in turn, another war grave has been discovered. Its exact location is kept secret to protect it, but the memory now has a place and the loss has a memorial.
MANCHESTER UNITED thought they had dodged a bullet when Neymar was ruled out of their Champions League tie.
And the stats show just how much Paris Saint-Germain miss their Brazilian superstar when he is not playing.
Neymar, 27, signed for PSG for a world record £198million in 2017 and, along with Kylian Mbappe, has been in fine form ever since.
He has played in 53 of his side's 89 matches since joining and their record with the Brazilian in the team is staggering.
They have won 44, drawn four and lost five, scoring 181 goals and conceding 46, giving a win percentage of 83.0 per cent.
But in the 36 games Neymar has missed, PSG have won 26, drawn six and lost four, scoring 87 and conceding 26, at an win rate of 72.2 per cent, significantly lower.
The big difference is when the averages are compared, though.
PSG average 3.4 goals with Neymar and a whole goal fewer with 2.4 goals without him.
But some bad news for Manchester United, though, is that PSG shut up shop slightly more when Neymar is not playing, conceding 0.7 rather than 0.9 goals per game.
Neymar's absence until April following the metatarsal injury sustained in the Coupe de France last month - coupled with Edinson Cavani's injury - means boss Thomas Tuchel is expected to go with Mbappe up front on his own.
And goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is wary that PSG will struggle without their talisman.
He told CNN Sport: “I think this is a problem for us. I’m not sure if it’s a big problem or a little one.
“I must say that without a player of Neymar’s calibre, it’s going to be heavy going.
“Particularly because in the last two or three months he’s been in excellent condition – both physically and mentally – and he would have been of enormous help.
Weezer have teamed with Calpurnia – the indie rock band led by Stranger Things‘ Finn Wolfhard – for a nostalgic new video for their cover of a-ha’s “Take On Me.” The track appears on Weezer’s new self-titled covers record, also known as The Teal Album.
In the video, Wolfhard plays a young Rivers Cuomo, an aspiring rocker done-up with massive metalhead hair, who leads Calpurnia through Weezer’s rendition of “Take On Me” in the living room of his parents’ house. In a nod to a-ha’s famous music video, the clip jumps between live footage and intricate pencil animations of the band’s performance.
Weezer surprise-released The Teal Album in January, eight months after they scored a surprise hit with their fan-demanded cover of Toto’s “Africa.” The album also includes renditions of the Turtles’ “Happy Together,” Tears for Fears’ “Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid,” Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me” and more,
On March 1st, Weezer will release their 13th studio album, The Black Album, which was produced by TV On the Radio’s Dave Sitek. Weezer will embark on a North American tour in support of the LP March 8th in Louisville, Kentucky.