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A mysterious 'A Team' just rescued dogs from a volcano's lava zone in La Palma

A mysterious 'A Team' just rescued dogs from a volcano's lava zone in La Palma

A mysterious 'A Team' rescued dogs trapped by lava from La Palma volcano A group describing itself as "anonymous animalists" seems to have entered a dangerous area and rescued the dogs, leaving a banner signed by the fictional commando group.Drone operators were preparing to launch a daring rescue mission to carry several dogs out of a volcano's lava zone when they realized something had changed: All of the dogs were already gone. It was apparently the work of a group of mysterious rescuers who left a spray-painted banner reading, "The dogs are fine." The message was signed "A Team." The...

October 21, 2021
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Amazon Will Stop Testing Job Seekers For Marijuana And Now Backs Legalizing Weed

Amazon Will Stop Testing Job Seekers For Marijuana And Now Backs Legalizing Weed

Amazon Won't Test Job Seekers For Marijuana Use The second-largest private employer in the U.S. is making the change as more states are moving to legalize cannabis or introduce laws banning employers from testing for it.Amazon will no longer test most job applicants for marijuana use in the latest sign of America's changing relationship with pot. Amazon, the second-largest private employer in the U.S., also says it now backs legalizing marijuana nationwide. "In the past, like many employers, we've disqualified people from working at Amazon if they tested positive for marijuana use," the...

June 2, 2021
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Biden Supports Cease-fire In Call To Netanyahu As Israel-Hamas Violence Escalates

Biden Supports Cease-fire In Call To Netanyahu As Israel-Hamas Violence Escalates

Calls Mount For Cease-Fire In Israel-Hamas Violence In Washington, calls for an end to the fighting have intensified, including among Democrats in Congress who support Israel and even some Republicans.The White House said that when President Biden talked to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday, he "expressed his support for a cease-fire and discussed U.S. engagement with Egypt and other partners towards that end." So far, the White House had declined to call for a cease-fire publicly, urging de-escalation and stating its support for Israel's self-defense. The White House said...

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May 17, 2021
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Andrew Brown Jr. Family Lawyers Say Video Shows An 'Execution'

Andrew Brown Jr. Family Lawyers Say Video Shows An 'Execution'

Andrew Brown Jr. Family Lawyers: Video Shows 'Execution' By Deputies Sheriff's deputies shot and killed Brown, a Black man, while carrying out warrants in Elizabeth City, N.C. Family lawyers say body camera video shows deputies firing while Brown poses no threat.Attorneys for Andrew Brown Jr.'s family said Monday they were frustrated only to be shown 20 seconds of body camera footage of sheriff's deputies shooting and killing Brown last week. But what they did see amounted to an "execution," family attorney Chantel Cherry-Lassiter told reporters. Sheriff's deputies shot and killed Brown, a...

April 26, 2021
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Trial Day 1: 'Mr. Derek Chauvin Betrayed This Badge'

Trial Day 1: 'Mr. Derek Chauvin Betrayed This Badge'

Derek Chauvin Jury Hears Opening Arguments And Witnesses To George Floyd Death : Live Updates: Trial Over George Floyd's Killing Opening arguments and witness testimony on the killing of George Floyd began 10 months after videos of his death sparked outrage and protests against racial inequality.The first day in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who is accused of killing George Floyd in May, featured an intense series of opening arguments, numerous photographs and videos of the killing, and testimony from three witnesses. The trial is starting in earnest...

March 29, 2021
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Derek Chauvin Trial: 14 Jurors Are Seated To Hear Case Of George Floyd Killing

Derek Chauvin Trial: 14 Jurors Are Seated To Hear Case Of George Floyd Killing

Derek Chauvin Trial: 14 Jurors Are Seated To Hear Case Of George Floyd Killing The jury includes three Black men, including two immigrants; one Black woman; two women who identify as multiracial; two white men; and six white women, Minnesota Public Radio reports.A 14th juror was selected in former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin's murder trial on Monday, one week before opening arguments are scheduled to begin on March 29. The court initially called for 12 jurors and at least two alternates; it could now add additional jurors to the panel in case anyone drops out. Chauvin, who is...

March 22, 2021
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Asian Grandmother Who Smacked Her Attacker With A Board Donates Nearly $1 Million

Asian Grandmother Who Smacked Her Attacker With A Board Donates Nearly $1 Million

Asian Grandmother Who Smacked Her Attacker With A Board Donates Nearly $1 Million The money will be donated to help defuse racism against the Asian American community. Xiao Zhen Xie's grandson wrote, "She insists on making this decision saying this issue is bigger than Her."Xiao Zhen Xie, the 75-year-old woman who was punched by a white man in San Francisco — and then fought back by smacking him with a board — will not keep the nearly $1 million that has been donated for her medical expenses. Her grandson says Xie insists on donating the money to help defuse racism against the Asian...

March 24, 2021
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Wisdom The Albatross, Now 70, Hatches Yet Another Chick

Wisdom The Albatross, Now 70, Hatches Yet Another Chick

Wisdom The Albatross, Now 70, Hatches Yet Another Chick "Each year that Wisdom returns, we learn more about how long seabirds can live and raise chicks," said the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Beth Flint.The world's oldest known wild bird, a Laysan albatross named Wisdom, has hatched yet another chick at Midway Atoll in the Hawaiian archipelago. Biologists first identified and banded Wisdom in 1956; she is at least 70 years old. Wisdom's latest chick successfully hatched in February, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's office in the Pacific Islands. "Wisdom laid her egg...

March 5, 2021
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New York Legislature Strips Cuomo Of Extraordinary Emergency Powers, With A Caveat

New York Legislature Strips Cuomo Of Extraordinary Emergency Powers, With A Caveat

New York Legislature Strips Cuomo Of Extraordinary Emergency Powers, With A Caveat It's the latest setback for Cuomo, who is facing a pair of political crises. But many of his critics say the legislation doesn't do enough to wrest power back from the executive branch.New York lawmakers voted to strip Gov. Andrew Cuomo of his extraordinary emergency powers on Friday, saying that current COVID-19 circumstances no longer justify the expansive powers Cuomo was granted last year. But the legislation also allows the governor to extend orders he has already issued. New York's and , both of which...

March 6, 2021
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Here's How The Small Business Loan Program Went Wrong In Just 4 Weeks

Here's How The Small Business Loan Program Went Wrong In Just 4 Weeks

Here's How The Small Business Loan Program Went Wrong In Just 4 Weeks Not-so-small companies like Shake Shack and organizations like the LA Lakers were able to get loans that were meant for suffering small businesses. What happened?Trish Pugh started an Ohio trucking company with her husband in 2015. Even for a small business, it's small — they had two drivers, counting her husband, until they let one go because of the coronavirus crisis. And so her company applied for a loan under the first, $349 billion round of the Paycheck Protection Program, which the federal government had set up to...

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May 4, 2020
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