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January 2013 Archives

Ten rare Borneo pygymy elephants found dead

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Ten rare and endangered borneo pygymy elephants were found dead in a forest in Malaysia Tuesday with an unknown cause of death, new sources report.

Over the past three weeks the carcasses of the ten dead Borneo pygymy elephants have been found at the Gunung Forest Reserve in Borneo, according to the New York Times. The cause of death appears to be poisoning, but whether the poisoning was intentional is still unknown, USA Today reports.

Sabah environmental minister, Masidi Manjun, told USA Today that there are no signs that the Borneo pygymy elephants were poached for their tusks. Masidi Manjun also said in his statement to USA Today, "The death of these majestic and severely endangered Borneo elephants is a great loss to the state."

The World Wildlife Foundation estimates that less than 1,500 Borneo pygymy elephants are still alive, according to the New York Times.

Tornadoes rampage through U.S.

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Severe weather has continued to hit southern and central parts of the United States, news sources report.

Since the severe weather reports began Tuesday, over 400 reports of severe weather, including hail and high winds, have occurred, USA Today reports. Many of these reports include "numerous cars overturned" resulting from the high winds and tornadoes on Interstate 75, running between Georgia and Tennessee, CNN reports.

Areas such as Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, and the Carolinas have the greatest risk for tornadoes Wednesday. Overnight the storms are suspected to move to Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions of the United States, USA Today reports.

Earlier reports of damage from the severe weather include one death in Nashville, Tenn., an individual injured by lightning in Arkansas, and thousands without power in Tennessee, USA Today reports.

Hostess legacy will live on

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Hostess Brands has officially announced the companies that will own the rights to its products Monday, news sources report.

Hostess Brands announced that more of their products would be dispersed between McKee Foods, owners of Little Debbie snacks, and United States Bakery, said the New York Times. McKee Foods will own the rights to Hostess Brands sweets such as, Ring Dings, Yodels, and Devil Dogs for $27.5 million. While United States Bakery will own the rights to Hostess Brands' bread products, news sources report.

This official announcement did not contain any information about the fate of Hostess Brands' popular Twinkie. Though Hostess Brands have not officially reported that Twinkies may be sold to either Apollo Global Management or C. Dean Metropoulos & Co., sources from CNN confirm that "it's likely." Hostess Brands must consult with federal bankruptcy courts in order for an arrangement between these companies to occur.

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