Actor Paul Walker, best known for his roles in the "Fast & Furious" action films, died from "combined effects of traumatic and thermal injuries" in a car accident, the Los Angeles County coroner said on Wednesday. Walker, 40, was a passenger in a fiery one-car crash on Saturday in Santa Clarita, California, about 30 miles (50 km) northwest of Los Angeles. The driver of the Porsche Carrera GT, Roger Rodas, died of multiple traumatic injuries, the coroner said. As a result of Walker's death, Universal Pictures has put filming "Fast & Furious 7" on hold for an unspecified period.
The oldest known human DNA found yet reveals human evolution was even more confusing than thought, researchers say. These new findings could shed light on a mysterious extinct branch of humanity known as Denisovans, who were close relatives of Neanderthals, scientists added. Although modern humans are the only surviving human lineage, others once strode the Earth. These included Neanderthals, the closest extinct relatives of modern humans, and the relatively newfound Denisovans, who are thought to have lived in a vast expanse from Siberia to Southeast Asia.
BEIRUT (AP) — Gunmen assassinated a senior Hezbollah commander after he parked his car in his apartment building's garage Wednesday in Lebanon's capital, a major breach of the Shiite militant group's security as it struggles to maintain multiple fronts while it fights alongside President Bashar Assad's forces in Syria.
By Jane Sutton MIAMI (Reuters) - Dozens of whales were beached in the Everglades National Park in southwest Florida, and rangers and wildlife workers were trying to keep the animals stable until the tide rose enough to allow them to return to sea, a park spokeswoman said on Wednesday. About 30 whales were stranded in shallow water, and 10 more were on the shore, in a remote park of the Everglades near the Gulf of Mexico when the pod was first sighted Tuesday, park spokeswoman Linda Friar said. The animals were believed to be short-finned pilot whales, typically found in deep water in tropical and temperate areas. "Pilot whales are common stranders.
By Joseph Lichterman DETROIT (Reuters) - The Detroit Institute of Arts has between $452 million and $866 million of artwork that is owned or partially owned by the city, Christie's, the auction house said on Tuesday. Detroit was declared eligible for Chapter 9 bankruptcy restructuring on Tuesday, and it is possible that the city may seek to monetize some of the artwork. Christie's was retained by the city to appraise city-owned works as part of Detroit's bankruptcy case.