WILLCOX, Ariz. (AP) — Wildlife conservationists have released new video footage showing what is believed to be one of three jaguars to be seen in the United States in the past few years.
The Center for Biological Diversity released the video taken this summer on Thursday, saying the big cat was the same one first seen on camera in November 2016.
The video also shows a black bear, deer, mountain lion, coati and black bear cub passing through.
Conservationists think the recent sightings are evidence that the jaguar is returning to the U.S. They’re suing to stop a proposed wall on the border, which they say will deter jaguars who migrate from south.
The Southwest was home to jaguars before habitat loss and predator control programs aimed at protecting livestock eliminated them over the last 150 years.
The Center for Biological Diversity says it doesn’t know the jaguar’s gender. The two others that have been seen recently are both male, and state officials have said it’s been decades since a female was here.
The first jaguar to be recently seen, dubbed as “El Jefe” — Spanish for “the boss” —popped up in the Whetstone Mountains in southeastern Arizona in 2011 when he was about 3 years old. He was seen again in the Santa Rita Mountains south of Tucson around September 2015.
A trail camera photo taken on Dec. 1 in a mountain range near Fort Huachuca, the Army installation about 75 miles southeast of Tucson, captured a second jaguar that was seen on camera again in January.
In March, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released a photo showing the third jaguar wandering through the Dos Cabezas Mountains in Arizona about 60 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border. That same jaguar was spotted this summer in the Chiricahua Mountains near Willcox.
Around seven jaguars have been documented in southern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico since 1996.
GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — Sugar Rodgers always wanted to play as herself in an NBA video game, but had to settle for putting “Rodgers” on the back of a male player.
For the first time, all 12 WNBA teams, plus All-Star rosters, are available in the new NBA Live 18 game, which will be released Friday. The Associated Press brought an advanced copy to a New York Liberty practice Saturday and let Rodgers and teammate Shavonte Zellous give it a test run.
“If you’re a little girl, you’ve got to be excited,” Rodgers said. “As a grown woman, I’m excited.”
Both players immediately checked their ratings. Rodgers, who earned the AP Sixth Woman of the Year award, was a little disappointed with her 80 overall grade.
“I think I’m an 85, almost a 90,” she said. “It is what it is.”
Minnesota star Sylvia Fowles has the highest rating among the women, earning a 93. She’s followed by Maya Moore, Diana Taurasi and Elena Delle Donne, who are one point behind.
“It feels good to know I’m rated at a high rate,” Fowles said. “The way I performed this year had a lot to do with that. I’m excited to play this game for the first time.”
WNBA teams and players can only be used in exhibition mode this year, and users can’t create new female players yet, either. The plan is to add new features for the women in future versions of the game.
The Liberty were still impressed by some of the details programmers got right, including their choice of shoe and hairstyle — Stefanie Dolson’s purple hair even made the cut. Officials will recognize the glare they get from Taurasi’s character after a foul call, and Brittney Griner has all of her tattoos. There’s even the WNBA’s “Watch me Work” campaign on the video boards and the WNBA Pride logo on the scorer’s table.
“To have our shoes that we wear in the games is awesome,” Zellous said. “Some of the players don’t look exactly how they look off the court, maybe next year they can get my dreads a little longer. It’s the first year, and it’s great.”
Rodgers did notice that players in the game tended to use their left hand more than in real life. Maybe that’s because WNBA rookie Kelsey Plum, who is left-handed, was one of the main people used by EA Sports for motion capture. She went to the studio in British Columbia in the summer of 2016 after her junior year of college.
The players were grabbed by the quality of the game. Zellous was animated at the controls, whooping and cheering each time her video game character touched the ball. Curious teammates stuck around to check their ratings, and many used their phones to post photos and video on social media.
“It’s going to continue to help our league grow,” Zellous said. “When they first announced this, everyone was so amazed. Finally something for the women, not just the men. When you have little kids looking up to us, and you have a video game to help that, it’s amazing.”
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BEIJING (AP) — Chinese internet users have flooded government social media accounts with thousands of angry anti-Islamic comments after unverified videos surfaced online showing an apparent riot by members of a Muslim minority in a northern city.
The furious comments posted this week on the official microblog sites of the Tangshan city police bureau, the Communist Youth League and elsewhere have centered on unconfirmed reports that dozens of Hui Muslims rioted at a highway toll station after a cleric from their community was beaten or hurt in a scuffle.
Calls to police and government offices at various districts in Tangshan city where the riot allegedly occurred rang unanswered Tuesday.
Users complained about having their posts about the riot scrubbed off Chinese microblogs, while internet searches of the terms “Muslim Tangshan” were blocked.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Video streaming player pioneer Roku is going public, hoping to raise money to expand into more households and fend off competitive threats from bigger technology companies.
Roku listed a $100 million fundraising target in a Friday regulatory filing. But that figure is likely to change after its investment bankers gauge the demand for its initial public offering of stock. Companies typically complete their IPOs two to four months after filing then getting approval from government regulators.
The documents provided the first peek at Roku’s finances and other previously confidential information.
Like many young tech companies, Roku is still unprofitable. Last year, it lost nearly $43 million on $399 million in revenue. Since its 2002 inception, Roku has amassed $244 million in losses.
The Los Gatos, California, company boasted 15 million active users at the end of June, but that number doesn’t reflect the total audience that watches online video through its streaming players, which are usually connected to large-screen televisions. That’s because multiple players can belong to the same account. People streamed 9.5 billion hours of video on Roku players last year, according to its IPO documents.
Roku generates most of its revenue from selling its streaming players, but it’s increasingly bringing in money from advertising and commissions from subscriptions and other transactions made on its devices. In an attempt to broaden its audience, Roku said it may cut the prices on its players and try to increase its revenue from advertising sales.
Pursuing that strategy may require more money, one of the reasons that Roku is going public now. The company currently has about $70 million in cash.
That isn’t much to combat Amazon, Google and Apple, Roku’s deep-pocketed rivals in the video-streaming player market.
Even though it’s much smaller, Roku has emerged as the U.S. market leader in streaming players, with a 37 percent share during the first three months of this year, according to the market research firm Park Associates. Amazon Fire TV ranked second with a 24 percent market share, followed by Google’s Chromecast at 18 percent and Apple TV at 15 percent.
Most of Roku is currently owned by Anthony Wood, its founder and CEO, and Menlo Ventures, a venture capital firm. Wood, who previously invented one of the first digital video recorders, owns a 28 percent stake in Roku and Menlo Ventures has a 35 percent stake.
On the 20th anniversary since the death of Princess Diana, we take a look back at the life of “The People’s Princess.”
In the video, Aric Harding plays a gentle, haunting melody on his piano, his face in shadow, the instrument highlighted by the sun and his legs planted in murky, brown water sloshing around his living room.
Harding had a friend record the video Tuesday in his Houston, Texas, home for his 13-year-old son, an avid piano player.
“I just wanted to make a quick video to show him that pianos works fine,” even in a flooded home, he said Thursday.
The family had evacuated days earlier, when floodwaters from Harvey started to seep in through the floorboards. Harding had returned to retrieve some beloved stuffed animals for his seven children, to offer them some comfort.
He posted the video on Instagram, where it has struck a chord with people from across the globe. He says many have told him it has helped them take a timeout from the chaos of the flooding.
“I was doing something simple, but it’s getting to be used for something that makes a difference for people and that’s awesome,” he said.
Since taking the video, people from the church where he works as a pastor and locals helped rip out the flood-soak innards of his home.
“Our front yard looks like an apocalypse, there’s just mounds of furniture and flooring,” he said.
He and his family don’t expect they’ll be able to return for months, but they’re taking solace in the community rallying to help those in need.
“I’ve met so many people and had real conversations with people I’ve never had chance to talk to before,” Harding said. “(Harvey will) change the city forever.”
Harding’s son chuckled at the video and told his dad the piano was badly out of tune. But they could be getting a new one soon.
“We have had a lot of piano offers,” Harding said.