T. rex bones still for sale after bids fail

Las Vegas

T. Rex bones still for sale after bids fail

A fossilized Tyrannosaurus rex is still looking for a home after bidders failed to meet the minimum price Saturday at a Las Vegas auction. But auction house Bonhams & Butterfields is in negotiations with a number of institutions and individuals, and Tom Lindgren, the company's natural history director, said he's confident a sale will be completed in the next couple of weeks. The auctioneer had hoped bids would top $6 million for the T. rex dubbed "Samson." The highest bid at Saturday's auction at the Venetian hotel-casino was $3.7 million. Experts say the 170 fossilized bones discovered about 17 years ago in South Dakota represent more than half the skeleton of a 40-foot-long, 7.5-ton dinosaur that lived 66 million years ago.

SALT LAKE CITY

Mormons plan temple in Florida

Mormon church president Thomas Monson on Saturday announced plans to build five new temples in the United States and abroad. Temples will be built in Fort Lauderdale; Brigham City, Utah; Concepcion, Chile; Fortaleza, Brazil; and Sapporo, Japan, Monson said. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints already has 130 temples operating worldwide, most in the United States. Another 16 are either planned or under construction. The locations reflect the growth of the church, which has grown to 13.8 million members.

Italy

Premier: Mudslide toll could rise to 50

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Honduras: Interim President Roberto Micheletti told reporters Saturday that a dialogue is "beginning" between his supporters and those of President Manuel Zelaya, who was forced from office on June 28 by a military-backed coup and is now holed up in the Brazilian Embassy in Tegucigalpa.

Germany: The nation celebrated the anniversary of its reunification Saturday with festivals, concerts and parades across the country, which was separated into Soviet-aligned East Germany and NATO-allied West Germany for more than four decades until the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and official reunification in 1990.

Times wires

T. rex bones still for sale after bids fail

10/03/09 [Last modified: Saturday, October 3, 2009 11:15pm]

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