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Here's how Earth looked to astronauts aboard the SpaceX capsule

Here's how Earth looked to astronauts aboard the SpaceX capsule

(CNN)The view from space is just out of this world.NASA astronaut Victor Glover, one of the four astronauts aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule, posted a video on Twitter of the stunning view from Earth on his first-ever trip to space."My first video from space! Looking at the Earth through the window of Dragon Resilience," Glover said on . "The scale of detail and sensory inputs made this a breathtaking perspective!"The video shows Glover sitting by a window soaking in the view from outer space. The astronaut, who is serving as a pilot and second-in-command on the Dragon, said the view...

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Canadian officials warn drivers not to let moose lick their cars

Canadian officials warn drivers not to let moose lick their cars

(CNN)Canadians, officials have an important message for you: "Do not let moose lick your car."Yes, you read that right.Officials in Jasper, an alpine town in Canada's Alberta province, have put up signs asking motorists to avoid allowing moose to lick the salt, a treat moose find hard to resist, off their cars."They're obsessed with salt, it's one of the things they need for the minerals in their body," Jasper National Park spokesman Steve Young told CNN. "They usually get it from salt lakes in the park, but now they realized they can also get road salt that splashes onto cars."At the...

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An Iowa boy is selling baseball bats he makes from fallen trees to raise money for storm victims

An Iowa boy is selling baseball bats he makes from fallen trees to raise money for storm victims

Want more inspiring, positive news? Sign up for a newsletter for the good in life. It will brighten your inbox every Saturday morning. (CNN)After a in August, the city of Mount Vernon was left covered in fallen trees and other debris.That's when 12-year-old Tommy Rhomberg stepped up to the plate.Using fallen branches, Tommy designed and carved more than 200 baseball bats, to raise money for victims of the , known as a derecho. For each bat sold for $100, he donated $20 to the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation Disaster Relief Fund.Tommy came up with the idea on the day of the storm,...

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The National Guard has been deployed to El Paso to provide support with the morgue crisis

The National Guard has been deployed to El Paso to provide support with the morgue crisis

(CNN)Members of the Texas National Guard were mobilized to El Paso County, Texas, to help with the morgue crisis as the state battles a A team of 36 National Guard troops has been deployed to "provide mortuary affairs support," according to the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM).The team was mobilized Saturday morning "after completing an assessment of the situation on the ground in El Paso County this week," TDEM spokesman Seth Christensen told CNN."As we've seen a rapid increase in cases and hospitalizations, we are unfortunately also seeing a spike in deaths. We have been...

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Canadian officials warn drivers not to let moose lick their cars

Canadian officials warn drivers not to let moose lick their cars

(CNN)Canadians, officials have an important message for you: "Do not let moose lick your car."Yes, you read that right.Officials in Jasper, an alpine town in Canada's Alberta province, have put up signs asking motorists to avoid allowing moose to lick the salt, a treat moose find hard to resist, off their cars."They're obsessed with salt, it's one of the things they need for the minerals in their body," Jasper National Park spokesman Steve Young told CNN. "They usually get it from salt lakes in the park, but now they realized they can also get road salt that splashes onto cars."At the...

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FDA authorizes emergency use of the antibody cocktail given to Trump to treat Covid-19

FDA authorizes emergency use of the antibody cocktail given to Trump to treat Covid-19

(CNN)The US Food and Drug Administration on Saturday issued an for Regeneron's antibody cocktail to treat Covid-19 in high-risk patients with mild to moderate disease.President Donald Trump received the therapy, called REGEN-COV2, when he was for coronavirus. The treatment has to be infused into the bloodstream and is meant to mimic an immune response to infection.The cocktail reduced Covid-19-related hospitalizations and emergency room visits in some patients within 28 days of treatment, the FDA said in a Regeneron's chief executive officer, Dr. Leonard S. Schleifer, said in a that demand...

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Woman who spent 23 years in prison for a crime she says she didn't commit received an honorary bachelor's degree

Woman who spent 23 years in prison for a crime she says she didn't commit received an honorary bachelor's degree

Want more inspiring, positive news? Sign up for , a newsletter for the good in life. It will brighten your inbox every Saturday morning. (CNN)When Tyra Patterson was 19 years old, she was imprisoned for a crime she says she didn't commit. For 23 years, she spent her life locked in a prison cell. Patterson's convictions for murder and robbery have not been overturned, but while she's been working to clear her name, she has been making a difference in the lives of others. Now a free woman since getting released on parole on Christmas Day in 2017, she has completed her GED and speaks about...

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The girl who challenged Dave Grohl to a drum battle is co-writing a song to perform with the Foo Fighters

The girl who challenged Dave Grohl to a drum battle is co-writing a song to perform with the Foo Fighters

(CNN)The 10-year-old UK girl who challenged Dave Grohl to a drum battle three months ago is now co-writing a song to someday perform with the Foo Fighters front man and his band.Nandi Bushell, the young multi-instrumentalist who captured thousands of people's hearts after she began sharing videos of herself rocking out as she played the drums and guitar while screaming, immediately accepted his invitation during a video chat last week.During their -- in which Bushell met the rock legend for the first time and taught him how to scream while doing drumrolls -- Grohl asked her to perform with...

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An endangered white rhino was born at Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park

An endangered white rhino was born at Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park

(CNN)A white rhinoceros was born at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park, an important milestone for the near-threatened species.Kendi, the first rhino born at the park, in 1999, was pregnant for 16 months before giving birth to a male calf, the park on October 25.The adorable baby, who doesn't have a name yet, is the 11th white rhino born at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, according to a from Walt Disney."Calf and mother are doing well under the keepers' watchful eyes," the park said in the release. "While rhinos are gregarious by nature; for now, the calf is resting, nursing and...

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Scientists 3D print microscopic Star Trek spaceship that moves on its own

Scientists 3D print microscopic Star Trek spaceship that moves on its own

(CNN)A team of physicists at a university in the Netherlands have 3D-printed a microscopic version of the USS Voyager, an Intrepid-class starship from Star Trek.The miniature Voyager, which measures 15 micrometers (0.015 millimeters) long, is part of a researchers at Leiden University conducted to understand how shape affects the motion and interactions of microswimmers. Microswimmers are small particles that can move through liquid on their own by interacting with their environment through chemical reactions. The platinum coating on the microswimmers reacts to a hydrogen peroxide solution...

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Scientists have rediscovered a chameleon in Madagascar last seen 100 years ago

Scientists have rediscovered a chameleon in Madagascar last seen 100 years ago

(CNN)Scientists have found the Voeltzkow's chameleon in its natural habitat in northwestern Madagascar, the first time the species were rediscovered in over a century.Several living specimens of the evasive reptiles were spotted during a targeted expedition, researchers from Germany and Madagascar announced in a published on Friday."Our planet is probably facing the beginning of an enormous extinction of species, often referred to as the 'sixth mass extinction', the 'Holocene extinction' or the 'Anthropocene extinction'," researchers wrote."Rediscoveries of 'lost' species are very important...

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A couple got married at the Dunkin' drive-thru where they met

A couple got married at the Dunkin' drive-thru where they met

Want more inspiring, positive news? Sign up for , a newsletter for the good in life. It will brighten your inbox every Saturday morning. (CNN)A couple who met at a Dunkin' drive-thru three years ago got married at the same window where they first met, surrounded by friends, family and many, many donuts.As the general manager of a Dunkin' in Oklahoma City, Sugar Good is used to seeing hundreds of new faces a day. But there was one face in particular she just couldn't get out of her head. His name was John Thompson, and she memorized the time he would visit every morning, the details of his...

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Muslim advocacy group advises American Muslims against traveling to France amid tensions

Muslim advocacy group advises American Muslims against traveling to France amid tensions

(CNN)The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has issued an advisory against traveling to France as tensions rise following recent terrorist attacks."American Muslims, especially American Muslims who are noticeably Muslim, should avoid visiting France until its government stops fanning the flames of Islamophobia, prosecuting Muslim women for wearing religious clothing, and collectively punishing the entire Muslim community for the crimes of individual extremist," Edward Ahmed Mitchell, the deputy director of CAIR, told CNN."The French government must unite society to reject all...

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Gospel legend Bishop Rance Allen dies at age 71

Gospel legend Bishop Rance Allen dies at age 71

(CNN)Gospel music star Bishop Rance Allen died Saturday morning. He was 71."While recovering from a medical procedure at Heartland ProMedica [in Sylvania, OH], Bishop Rance Allen passed away around 3 AM this morning," said Allen's wife of 49 years, Ellen Allen, and his manager, Toby Jackson, in aThe world-renowned gospel singer and minister, known for the gospel hit "Something About the Name Jesus," formed The Rance Allen Group with his brothers Tom and Steve in 1969, according to."I wasn't expecting to hear this news this morning," Bryant Scott, the president of Allen's record label,...

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1 killed, 17 injured after hayride overturns in Illinois

1 killed, 17 injured after hayride overturns in Illinois

You have permission to edit this article.Welcome,2A hayride ended in tragedy after the driver lost control, killing one person and injuring others.(CNN) -- One person was killed and at least 17 others were injured after a hayride overturned on Saturday night in rural Hancock County, Illinois.A 32-year-old woman was killed in the accident, the Illinois State Police said in a press release Sunday.A green John Deere tractor was towing a trailer with more than 20 people in the back riding on square hay bales -- known as a hayride or hayrack ride -- when the vehicle "lost control and ran off the...

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A family that raised $2 million for their baby's life-saving medical treatment has received it for free

A family that raised $2 million for their baby's life-saving medical treatment has received it for free

Want more inspiring, positive news? Sign up for a newsletter for the good in life. It will brighten your inbox every Saturday morning. (CNN)A Canadian family that spent months for a one-time gene therapy treatment to save their daughter's life has received the treatment for free.Lucy Van Doormaal, now 7 months old, was born with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a genetic disease that causes infants' muscles to waste away, potentially killing them before age 2.After her family raised nearly $2 million to pay for a administered as a one-time infusion into a vein, Lucy was randomly selected by...

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Fierce Diablo winds and strongest fire weather this season force power cuts to nearly 400,000 customers in Northern California

Fierce Diablo winds and strongest fire weather this season force power cuts to nearly 400,000 customers in Northern California

(CNN)With the strongest Diablo winds and fire weather of the season predicted for Sunday, Pacific Gas & Electric says it will shut off power for at least 386,000 customers in Northern California."We are seeing a dangerous combination of factors with this forecast. High winds, extremely low humidity, record dry fuels on the ground and severe drought," said PG&E's Lynsey Paulo. The 2020 fire season has already proven devastating for the region, and meteorologists fear the windy, dry conditions will stoke the blazes already underway. The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a or much of...

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Authorities fear high winds, dry conditions will spread Northern California wildfires this weekend

Authorities fear high winds, dry conditions will spread Northern California wildfires this weekend

(CNN)Northern California is preparing for weekend weather conditions that threaten to extend an already devastating 2020 wildfire season.The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a for much of Northern California starting Sunday and into Tuesday for what the agency calls the "strongest event of the year so far."A red flag warning means damaging winds and extremely low humidity poses a for wildfires that can spread very quickly.The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) has increased staffing and has been coordinating with local fire agencies in pre-positioning fire...

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Joe Biden has his own island on 'Animal Crossing' where you can learn about his campaign

Joe Biden has his own island on 'Animal Crossing' where you can learn about his campaign

(CNN)As Election Day approaches, Joe Biden and his team are exhausting all efforts to reach voters -- even taking their campaign to a popular video game.The Biden Campaign on Friday launched new headquarters in "Animal Crossing: New Horizon," where players can visit an island called Biden HQ and learn all about the presidential candidate."Animal Crossing" is a life-simulation video game for Nintendo Switch in which players can explore deserted islands and develop them into communities full of anthropomorphic animals.On Biden HQ, players can visit the candidate's field office, where they're...

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Gay men have taken over the Proud Boys Twitter hashtag

Gay men have taken over the Proud Boys Twitter hashtag

(CNN)The Proud Boys hashtag, which members of the far-right group have been using, was trending Sunday after gay men on Twitter hijacked it and flooded the feed with photos of their loved ones and families and with memes.The by celebrating President Trump's reply at last week's debate, when he was asked to condemn White supremacists. The President instead used his allotted time to blame what he called "antifa and the left" for violence and to tell the Proud Boys to "." But now the gay men of Twitter are making the group's hashtag known for entirely different reasons.Matt Dechaine, one of...

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Twitter bans posts wishing for Trump death. The Squad wonders where that policy was for them

Twitter bans posts wishing for Trump death. The Squad wonders where that policy was for them

(CNN)The four progressive Democratic congresswomen known as expressed surprise on Friday night when Twitter posted about its policy against wishing harm or death to someone in light of President Trump's Covid-19 diagnosis. Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts have allabout the threats they receive on social media and say Twitter isn't doing enough about it. Responding to media reporting Friday about people wishing death to the President, a verified account run by Twitter's spokespeople...

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A kitten that looks like Baby Yoda was rescued from a California wildfire

A kitten that looks like Baby Yoda was rescued from a California wildfire

(CNN)The Force must have been with a kitten rescued in a Northern California wildfire as the feline bears a striking resemblance to Baby Yoda.Firefighters found the kitten, estimated to be about 2 to 3 weeks old, in the middle of the road while battling the North Complex Fire in Northern California on September 20.The kitten was covered in smoke and ash when she was taken to the Cal Oak Animal Shelter and examined by a veterinarian, North Valley Animal Disaster Group said on . The group named her, of course, Baby Yoda."As of last night, her foster has said she is doing great," North Valley...

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A Texas teacher was fired for wearing a Black Lives Matter face mask

A Texas teacher was fired for wearing a Black Lives Matter face mask

(CNN)A Texas teacher was fired for continuing to wear a face mask after school officials asked her to stop.Lillian White, an art teacher at , a public charter school in San Antonio, began wearing a face mask that read "Black Lives Matter" and "Silence is Violence" after the charter school reopened in the summer for in-person workdays amid the coronavirus pandemic. At the time, students were not on campus.White said she wore the mask to demonstrate her support for Black students and faculty, but also to advocate for an anti-racism action plan and a more diverse curriculum.Protests over...

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Pine-Sol cleaner has been approved to kill coronavirus on hard surfaces

Pine-Sol cleaner has been approved to kill coronavirus on hard surfaces

You have permission to edit this article.Welcome,(CNN) -- Pine-Sol's original cleaner has been approved by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a product that can kill the coronavirus on frequently used surfaces.The product was added to the expected to kill the virus after meeting the criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes Covid-19, an EPA spokeswoman told CNN via email on Sunday.Pine-Sol was tested by a third-party laboratory that showed the disinfectant can kill the virus within 10 minutes of being used on hard, nonporous surfaces, The Clorox Company...

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New Jersey counties are under quarantine for another reason: Invasive bugs

New Jersey counties are under quarantine for another reason: Invasive bugs

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. (CNN)Quarantine bugging you? Imagine how New Jersey residents feel.In addition to a series of , state authorities have placed eight counties under additional quarantine because of an exotic and invasive insect known as the spotted lanternfly.The insect, native to China and South Korea, poses a to more than 70 plant species, including fruit trees, vegetables and vines. It was first detected in Berks County, Pennsylvania, in 2014.Residents of the quarantined counties -- Warren, Hunterdon, Mercer,...

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