Amanda Jackson
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Several baseball players are opting out of the 2020 MLB Season, citing 'personal health and safety'

Several baseball players are opting out of the 2020 MLB Season, citing 'personal health and safety'

Several players have decided to opt out of the rescheduled Major League Baseball season due to health concerns amid coronavirus outbreak. Washington Nationals infielder Ryan Zimmerman and pitcher Joe Ross will not be playing the 2020 season, the team confirmed on Monday. Arizona Diamondbacks right-handed pitcher Mike Leake also has decided not to play this season, according to a statement from his agent. Monday night, Colorado Rockies outfielder Ian Desmond posted an emotional message on Instagram stating he will also be opting out of playing this season. The 34-year-old, who is biracial,...

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Effigy found in Oakland a day after mayor announced hate crime investigation on nooses

Effigy found in Oakland a day after mayor announced hate crime investigation on nooses

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. (CNN)A day afterwas opened into nooses found on trees in Oakland, California, a "fake body hanging from a noose" was reported in the same area, according to police.The effigy was found hanging in a tree near Lake Merritt on Thursday morning by a resident, according to a press release from the Oakland Police Department. The resident removed the effigy from the tree and called police, the release said.Police officers found "material stuffed in the shape of a human body with a rope tied around the torso...

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Nooses found hanging in Oakland trees to be investigated as hate crimes

Nooses found hanging in Oakland trees to be investigated as hate crimes

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. (CNN)A hate crime investigation is underway after several nooses were found hanging from trees in Oakland, California.The nooses were found around the area of Lake Merritt and have been removed, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said . Officers found a total of five ropes attached to various trees during a search of the area on Tuesday, according to Oakland Police Department."Symbols of racial violence have no place in Oakland and will not be tolerated," Schaaf said in a statement posted on Twitter. She added...

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Nooses found hanging in Oakland trees to be investigated as hate crimes

Nooses found hanging in Oakland trees to be investigated as hate crimes

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. (CNN)A hate crime investigation is underway after several nooses were found hanging from trees in Oakland, California.The nooses were found around the area of Lake Merritt and have been removed, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said . Officers found a total of five ropes attached to various trees during a search of the area on Tuesday, according to Oakland Police Department."Symbols of racial violence have no place in Oakland and will not be tolerated," Schaaf said in a statement posted on Twitter. She added...

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Over 40,000 pounds of ground beef recalled due to E. coli concerns

Over 40,000 pounds of ground beef recalled due to E. coli concerns

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. (CNN)A New Jersey company is recalling nearly 43,000 pounds of raw ground beef products because they may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the US Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Saturday.The raw ground beef products produced by Lakeside Refrigerated Services, a company in Swedesboro, New Jersey, were shipped to retail locations nationwide, The recalled products were produced on June 1 and have the establishment number "EST. 46841" inside the USDA mark of...

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When a woman said she saw a wolverine on a Washington state beach, a wildlife official didn't believe her

When a woman said she saw a wolverine on a Washington state beach, a wildlife official didn't believe her

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. (CNN)When a woman told a wildlife official she thought she'd seen a wolverine on the beach of Washington state's Long Beach Peninsula they didn't believe her.The elusive creatures live in remote mountainous areas and any sightings -- let alone on a beach -- are rare, according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).Then she showed them a picture. In the May 23 snap, a furry animal with distinctive markings appears to be eating the carcass of a marine animal that washed ashore.Jeff...

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Pool party at Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri shows people crowding closely together

Pool party at Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri shows people crowding closely together

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. (CNN)Video posted by a reporter shows partiers crowded together in a pool at the Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri, this Memorial Day weekend.Scott Pasmore, an anchor for CNN affiliate KTVK, shot the video at Backwater Jacks Bar & Grill in Osage Beach on Saturday.No covid concerns at the lake of the ozarks😳 — Scott Pasmore (@scottpasmoretv)The gathering violates social distancing measures intended to limit the spread of Covid-19. As part of Missouri's reopening plan announced earlier this month, but must...

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Drug smugglers used bottles of hand sanitizer to conceal meth shipments

Drug smugglers used bottles of hand sanitizer to conceal meth shipments

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. (CNN)Drug smugglers took advantage of the current pandemic to conceal methamphetamine in shipments of hand sanitizer and face masks sent to Australia, according to officials.Earlier this month, officers with the Australian Border Force found two kilograms of meth hidden in shipments of some of the most needed items during the coronavirus pandemic."We know criminals will go to any length to smuggle drugs into the country, so it's no surprise they're trying to use in-demand items such as masks and hand...

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North Carolina man wins $10 million on lotto ticket, the largest scratch-off prize in the state

North Carolina man wins $10 million on lotto ticket, the largest scratch-off prize in the state

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. (CNN)An iron worker in bought a scratch-off lottery ticket on the way home from work and won $10 million, Wade Harmon, from Kenly, stopped by a truck stop to play his luck on the lottery games Pick 3 and Pick 4 when he decided to purchase a single $30 scratch off ticket."I went home and fired up my grill and I said, 'Well I might as well scratch my ticket,'" said Harmon in a news release by lottery officials on Saturday. "I looked down and I said, 'Woah!'"Harmon claimed his prize, which is the largest...

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Oregon man saves his dog from bear attack

Oregon man saves his dog from bear attack

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. (CNN)A 72-year-old man and his dog are recovering after being attacked by a black bear in Oregon on Sunday, according to wildlife officials.The man and his dog were hiking on private timberland property near his home in Creswell when they encountered a male black bear standing about 20 feet away from them, according to the Officials did not identify them by name, but issued a press release about their survival.During their encounter, the dog started barking and ran toward the bear, the victim told...

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Remains of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest and his wife will be removed from a Memphis park

Remains of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest and his wife will be removed from a Memphis park

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. (CNN)The remains of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest and his wife will be removed from a Memphis park where a monument of him once stood.The decision to move their remains came after the Sons of Confederate Veterans, a non-profit organization of male descendants of Confederate veterans, agreed to drop a pending lawsuit against park owners, according to .Forrest, who was a slave trader and early Ku Klux Klan leader, and his wife, Mary Ann, had their graves at Health Sciences Park, where a...

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Michigan governor announces tuition-free educational program for essential workers

Michigan governor announces tuition-free educational program for essential workers

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. (CNN)Essential workers in Michigan that are helping on the front lines during the coronavirus pandemic may be given the opportunity to continue their educational pursuits for free, the state's governor said Wednesday.The program, titled "Futures for Frontliners, will be available to essential workers without a college degree, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said.The program will be offered not only to those working in hospitals or nursing homes, but also to grocery store employees, child care workers, sanitation...

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Michigan governor announces tuition-free educational program for essential workers

Michigan governor announces tuition-free educational program for essential workers

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. (CNN)Essential workers in Michigan that are helping on the front lines during the coronavirus pandemic may be given the opportunity to continue their educational pursuits for free, the state's governor said Wednesday.The program, titled "Futures for Frontliners, will be available to essential workers without a college degree, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said.The program will be offered not only to those working in hospitals or nursing homes, but also to grocery store employees, child care workers, sanitation...

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Man released from jail amid coronavirus concerns is arrested on a murder charge

Man released from jail amid coronavirus concerns is arrested on a murder charge

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. (CNN)Amid rising concerns of the coronavirus being spread in a Florida jail, many inmates were released early, including Joseph Williams. Now, the 26-year-old is back behind bars for several new charges including second-degree murder with a firearm, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. Williams was originally arrested March 13 for possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia, . He was March 19 to curb the spread of the virus in detention centers and protect inmates and staff. A day...

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WWE deemed an essential service, returns to live televised shows

WWE deemed an essential service, returns to live televised shows

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. (CNN)Professional sports in Florida are getting the green light to resume production after the Florida Governor's Office deemed them "essential services."This is being added to the same list that includes services such as grocery stores, hospitals, banks, utility companies and restaurants. The states that employees at professional sports and media production with a national audience can continue only if the location is closed to the general public. This essential service was added because it is...

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A Georgia bar owner removed $3,714 worth of bills stapled to the walls to give to her unemployed staff

A Georgia bar owner removed $3,714 worth of bills stapled to the walls to give to her unemployed staff

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds.Want more inspiring, positive news? , a newsletter for the good in life. It will brighten your inbox every Saturday morning. (CNN)Before the , Jennifer Knox would walk into her bar and soak in the sounds of people chatting while sipping on their drinks and listening to local musicians strum along on their guitars.Now, her restaurant, -- located in Tybee Island, Georgia -- is quiet, with no customers or employees in sight.Like many other restaurants, The Sand Bar had to close its doors after officials...

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A crisis mental-health hotline has seen an 891% spike in calls

A crisis mental-health hotline has seen an 891% spike in calls

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. (CNN)People all over the nation are trying to cope with the new normal of life during a pandemic. Many are dealing with health issues, unemployment, grief and facing uncertainty what the future holds.The , a federal crisis hotline, has seen a huge spike in calls of people seeking help recently. The national helpline, ran by the at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), provides counseling for people facing emotional distress during times of natural and human-caused...

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