One man's art is another man's cruelty to animals.
The $45 million Aspen Art Museum is coming under fire for an art installation it has planned for this weekend's grand opening. Desert tortoises with iPads mounted on their backs will wander around the gala, displaying images of local ghost towns on the tablets. The pictures were actually taken by the tortoises during recent trips to the ghost towns.
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Critics have started a petition to stop the "barbaric" project, and it has already been signed by 1,000 people. Aspen resident Lisbeth Oden said she was disturbed by the photo she saw of a tortoise with an iPad; she used to work with tortoises and learned about the sensitivity of their carapaces. "To have anything attached to them is just not right," she told The Denver Post. "It is exploitation of animals for human enjoyment."
The museum is defending itself; spokeswoman Sara Fitzmaurice says that the tortoises were saved from an irresponsible breeder who had them living in harsh conditions. She also said the tortoises will be moved to educational and conservation facilities after the exhibit closes on Oct. 5, and that in the meantime they are being closely monitored by a veterinarian. That vet, Dr. Elizabeth Kremzier, released a statement supporting the project: "In my opinion, the tortoises have adapted well to their new habitat, and the iPads have not interfered in any way with their natural behavior." Catherine Garcia
Due to the 4th of July holiday, there wasn't a new Last Week Tonight Sunday, but host John Oliver was nice enough to give his fans a little something to tide them over until July 12. In a web only clip, Oliver did the opposite of what he normally does — instead of covering one topic over 15 minutes in a deep dive, he looked at 15 topics in one minute for a series of shallow dives. He touched on everything from banjoes ("they're just guitars whose parents are cousins") to bagels ("donuts that gave up on their dreams"), and hinted that next week, it's very likely he'll be back to business, taking on the TPP. Watch the clip below (warning: there's a bit of strong language and some risqué images). Catherine Garcia
After Listeria was found in a sample of chicken freeze-dried patties, pet food maker Stella & Chewy's voluntarily recalled several products for dogs and cats.
The company has a full list of recalled dinners and treats on its website. "The health and safety of our customers and their pets is always of the utmost importance to us," Stella & Chewy's said on Facebook. "We are accountable for everything we make and highly committed to the quality and integrity of our products. We are working with the FDA to further investigate and quickly address the situation."
Listeria causes flu-like symptoms in healthy people, including headache and nausea, and can be deadly for children and the elderly. Stella & Chewy's says that there have been no reports of illnesses in people or animals. Consumers who have pet food that is part of the recall should throw it away or return the item to where they purchased it for a full refund. Catherine Garcia
At least 13 people were killed and more than 30 injured Saturday when a shoe factory collapsed in eastern China, state media reports.
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The building was in the Zhejiang province city of Wenling, The Associated Press reports. Nine people were able to escape, and one person is still missing. The Wenling city government said that rescuers pulled 42 people out of the rubble, with nine later dying at the hospital. Four bodies were removed from the debris on Sunday. Catherine Garcia
For Carli Lloyd of Team USA, the Women's World Cup final game was one for the record books. After scoring in the third, fifth, and 16th minutes of play, Lloyd (#10) became the first player in history to score a hat trick in a Women's World Cup final. Her goal in the third minute was the fastest ever scored in a final, and she also became the first American to score in four straight World Cup games. "I'm so proud and so zapped at the same time," she told CNN. "It doesn't feel real. We just made history." The U.S. defeated Japan 5-2, earning their first Women's World Cup title since 1999. Check out photos of Team USA celebrating their big victory below. Catherine Garcia
Burt Shavitz, the co-founder of Burt's Bees whose face appeared on the company's packaging, has died. He was 80.
"We remember him as a bearded, free-spirited Maine man, a beekeeper, a wisecracker, a lover of golden retrievers and his land," the company said on its Facebook page. "Above all, he taught us to never lose sight of our relationship with nature." Shavitz co-founded Burt's Bees in 1984 with Roxanne Quimby, an art school graduate he met while hitchhiking. Quimby used his beeswax to make candles that she sold at fairs, and during their first year in business, the company earned $20,000, NBC News reports. Their most famous product, lip balm, was introduced in 1991.
The cause of Shavitz's death has not been announced. Catherine Garcia
A boating accident late Saturday night on the Ohio River in Louisville, Kentucky, has left two dead and three missing.
Donald Swinney, 52, and Mark Swinney Jr., 14, both died from drowning, officials said. The incident occurred as thousands gathered around the river for 4th of July festivities, The Courier-Journal reports. The pontoon boat hit a barge and capsized, authorities said, and four people, including three children wearing life jackets, were quickly rescued.
Because of river conditions, rescue teams have been unable to deploy divers to help in the search. The current is "extremely swift, and there's a lot of debris," Louisville Fire Chief Greg Frederick said. "It's challenging, even for our rescue boats, especially when you get close to the dam. You have to be extremely careful." The search will resume Monday. Catherine Garcia
At least 24 members of a family were injured in North Carolina Saturday when the deck they were standing on collapsed.
The group — with members ranging in age from 5 to 94 — gathered on the 24-by-12-foot deck of their beach house rental to take a family photo, authorities said. Five people are still hospitalized, two in critical condition. In a statement, Emerald Isle town manager Frank A. Rush Jr. said preliminary findings suggest the collapse was due to deteriorated nails on the 29-year-old house. "Although Emerald Isle is a busy and popular tourism destination, it prides itself on its 'family beach image' and 'small-town atmosphere,' and an incident of this nature affects our entire community deeply," he said.
The deck fell at least 10 feet, Emerald Isle Fire Chief Bill Walker told the Los Angeles Times. "It was basically a one-story house that was built on pilings," he said. Rush said no complaints have been filed over the condition of the home, and state law says it is the responsibility of a rental property owner or manager to routinely inspect their properties. Catherine Garcia