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Canadian ex-Afghan captive granted bail in assault case

Canadian ex-Afghan captive granted bail in assault caseA Canadian former hostage who has been charged with sexual assault, misleading police and making death threats after returning home from years in captivity in Afghanistan was granted bail Friday. Joshua Boyle, however, will be required to live with his parents in Smith Falls, near Ottawa, and under electronic monitoring. The court has banned the identification of Boyle’s alleged victims.



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Woman held captive by boyfriend escapes after slipping note to veterinary staff, police say

Woman held captive by boyfriend escapes after slipping note to veterinary staff, police sayPolice arrested a man accused of holding his girlfriend prisoner at gunpoint after the quick-thinking woman was able to slip a message to staff at a veterinary clinic.



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Lone Nigerian captive refused to convert for Boko Haram

Lone Nigerian captive refused to convert for Boko HaramLAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — The mother of the only Nigerian schoolgirl still in Boko Haram captivity after the extremists released 104 classmates said Thursday her daughter was blocked from boarding the vehicle to freedom and told to convert to Islam.



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Over $400,000 raised for siblings held captive in California torture house

Over $  400,000 raised for siblings held captive in California torture houseA multitude of fundraisers meant to benefit the 13 Southern California siblings rescued from abhorrent living conditions in January will hopefully offer the family a second shot at life.



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Listen to a captive killer whale named 'Wikie' mimic 'hello' back to scientists

Listen to a captive killer whale named 'Wikie' mimic 'hello' back to scientistsIn 2014, scientists hauled their recording equipment into Marineland, an aquatic theme park located in the French resort town of Antibes. They wanted to see if a 14-year old orca whale living there, named Wikie, could listen to a huge diversity of sounds — from humans, elephants, and whales — and then mimic these noises back. The experiment was designed to test the hypothesis,  supported by other studies, that killer whales and other cetaceans learn sounds in social settings.  According to their research, published today in the journal
Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Wikie successfully copied these sounds back to the researchers — although there's certainly no evidence she was ever truly "talking." SEE ALSO: Cloned monkeys born in Chinese lab pave way for new medical studies The team of scientists, which included neuroscientists and evolutionary researchers, wrote that their "main objective was to test whether the killer whales were capable of learning novel sounds through imitative learning…" Below is a recording of Wikie mimicking the sound of "hello," as spoken to her by trainers: Previously, sea-faring scientists documented different pods of wild whales using their own culturally distinct "vocal dialects" to communicate. Now, thanks to this new study, there's some direct experimental evidence about how these regional whale dialects may develop.  After seeing Wikie's ability to mimic a rich diversity of sounds, the researchers suggest that these intelligent animals can master their unique vocalizations through "social learning" — in other words, hanging out with each other and mimicking each others' sound and language.  While it’s still very much a mystery how different killer whales in disparate parts of the sea pass along unique sounds to their respective clans, they might be mimicking each other, similar to Wikie imitating the sounds of human voices. Wikie, though, has never seen the ocean, having spent her life in captivity at Marineland for nearly 18 years. According to the Marineland website, she's no longer performing alongside human trainers after an incident in which she "pushed a trainer underwater." Her captivity, while controversial —- SeaWorld announced in 2016 that it's completely phasing out its captive orca program — did afford the research team an opportunity to study whale intelligence and language. Not only was Wikie in a controlled environment, but as a trained whale, she could be instructed to listen to the researcher’s sounds. Three different set-ups were used to observe Wikie's behavior in the Marineland pool. This included Wikie responding to live sounds made by her son, Moana, as well as mimicking some never-heard-before sounds played through a speaker.   Image: royal society publishing The great limitation in this research, of course, is that only one whale was studied, and a trained whale at that. If more killer whales can be observed mimicking sounds, we'll know that this isn't simply a fluke — meaning just Wikie's unique ability to mimic sound.  Future opportunities to perform these studies in controlled settings, however, will grow increasingly limited as more theme parks, like SeaWorld, shutter their captive killer whale programs in response to public pressure. This means that scientists will need to seek answers to the many remaining questions by saying hello to these intelligent creatures in the wild. WATCH: Veterinarians are using fish skin to help heal bear paw burns from wildfires  



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Video Shows Captive California Siblings After Their Parents' Arrest

Video Shows Captive California Siblings After Their Parents' ArrestThe oldest son's transcript from a local college shows he had a near-perfect grade point average.



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13 siblings allegedly held captive at home by parents: Part 1

13 siblings allegedly held captive at home by parents: Part 1David and Louise Turpin pleaded not guilty to a combined 75 total counts, including charges of torture, child abuse and false imprisonment.



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New Images Released of the Texas Home Where Some of the Captive Siblings Used to Live

New Images Released of the Texas Home Where Some of the Captive Siblings Used to LiveDavid and Louise Turpin, accused of abusing their 13 children, face life in prison if convicted.



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No rules for California home schools, where 13 found captive

No rules for California home schools, where 13 found captiveLOS ANGELES (AP) — The Southern California home where authorities say two parents tortured their 13 children had doubled as a private school for the siblings but faced no government oversight and was never inspected by education officials.



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No rules for California home schools, where 13 found captive

No rules for California home schools, where 13 found captiveLOS ANGELES (AP) — The Southern California home where authorities say two parents tortured their 13 children had doubled as a private school for the siblings but faced no government oversight and was never inspected by education officials.



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