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$25 Million Worth Of Giant Clam Shells Seized In The Philippines

$25 Million Worth Of Giant Clam Shells Seized In The Philippines

$25 Million Worth Of Giant Clam Shells Seized In The Philippines The raid Friday was the third giant clam bust in just over a month. Since the beginning of March, about $30 million worth of giant clams have been seized from illegal operations.More than 200 tons of fossilized giant clam shells, worth nearly $25 million, were seized in a joint law enforcement raid in the Philippines' province of Palawan Friday. The said the haul was the largest to date in the province. The Tridacna gigas, better known as a giant clam, or taklobo in the Philippines, is the largest living bivalve mollusk. They...

April 18, 2021
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From Bad To Worse: La Soufrière Volcano Continues To Erupt

From Bad To Worse: La Soufrière Volcano Continues To Erupt

From Bad To Worse: La Soufrière Volcano Continues To Erupt Experts predict the volcano eruption on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent will last for days, even weeks. Officials urge people to seek safety as rescuers search for those who haven't evacuated.Conditions on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent have worsened as volcano continues to push ash and debris into the atmosphere. Dozens of individuals have been rescued from the northern part of the island after refusing to evacuate last week. Officials are warning anyone still in the red and orange zones to flee as the mountain presents a...

April 12, 2021
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Johnson & Johnson To Oversee Vaccine Production At Baltimore Facility

Johnson & Johnson To Oversee Vaccine Production At Baltimore Facility

Johnson & Johnson To Oversee Vaccine Production At Baltimore Facility : Coronavirus Updates The site was producing substances for both the Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca vaccines. But following a mix-up, the facility will focus solely on producing ingredients for the J&J vaccine.The Biden administration has facilitated for Johnson & Johnson to assume "full responsibility" of a production plant after a mishap botched likely millions of doses-worth of COVID-19 vaccine. The company has pledged to deliver 100 million doses by the end of May. But on March 31, its quality...

April 4, 2021
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Switzerland Approves 'Burqa Ban' To Prohibit Some Face Coverings In Public

Switzerland Approves 'Burqa Ban' To Prohibit Some Face Coverings In Public

Swiss Vote To Ban Wearing Of Burqas In Public Swiss voters backed a ban on niqabs and burqas worn by a handful of Muslim women in the country. A Muslim advocacy group called it Islamophobic.Swiss voters approved a proposition Sunday banning facial coverings in public. Niqabs and burqas, worn by almost no one even among the country's Muslim population, will be banned outside of religious institutions. The new law doesn't apply to facial coverings for health reasons. Switzerland will join several European countries that have implemented a ban on facial coverings, including , , the Netherlands...

March 8, 2021
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California Set To Open Ballparks, Arenas And Theme Parks In April

California Set To Open Ballparks, Arenas And Theme Parks In April

California Set To Open Ballparks, Arenas And Theme Parks In April Attendance for sporting events, live music and theme parks will vary at the county level based on COVID-19 infection rates. Only in-state residents will be allowed to attend.The state of California updated its plans Friday to allow outdoor events at stadiums, ballparks and theme parks to begin to reopen April 1. Sports facilities and amusement parks will reopen at reduced capacity, contingent on county-level infection rates. The California Department of Public Health released its guidelines last August, which has dictated the...

March 6, 2021
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Journalists Detained For Covering Democracy Demonstrations In Myanmar Face Prison

Journalists Detained For Covering Democracy Demonstrations In Myanmar Face Prison

Journalists Detained For Covering Democracy Demonstrations In Myanmar Face Prison At least six journalists were arrested Saturday while covering protests against a military coup. They are charged with violating a public order law and could be sentenced up to three years in prison.At least eight journalists in Myanmar have been detained by authorities while covering protests against a coup that took place last month. Six of those journalists, including 32-year-old Associated Press reporter Thein Zaw, have been charged with violating a public order law. The Myanmar military of the country one...

March 2, 2021
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California Offers $2 Billion Incentive In A Push For In-Person Learning

California Offers $2 Billion Incentive In A Push For In-Person Learning

California Offers $2 Billion Incentive In A Push For In-Person Learning Public schools that don't offer in-person instruction for k-2 students by the end of the month will lose out on 1% of eligible funds every day that students remain out of the classroom.More California students may return to in-person learning after legislators promised $2 billion to public schools that return to campus before the end of the month. Most of California's 6.1 million students and 319,000 teachers haven't set foot in a classroom since the pandemic shut down schools across the state last March. But Gov. Gavin...

March 1, 2021
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Biden Administration Aims To Close Guantanamo Bay Prison

Biden Administration Aims To Close Guantanamo Bay Prison

Biden Administration Aims To Close Guantanamo Bay Prison Since 2002, the prison has housed members of al-Qaida and the Taliban. At its peak, Guantanamo Bay had almost 680 people detained at the installation.The White House announced Friday that President Biden hopes to shut down the prison at the Naval Station Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, a tall task that the Obama administration failed to do nearly a decade ago. The , also known as GTMO or "Gitmo," became identified with the mistreatment of prisoners in the early years of the Global War on Terror campaign. It first opened its doors to terrorism...

February 12, 2021
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Kroger Offers $100 Bonus To Employees Who Get Vaccinated

Kroger Offers $100 Bonus To Employees Who Get Vaccinated

Kroger Offers $100 Bonus To Employees Who Get Vaccinated Businesses across the country are encouraging employees to receive a coronavirus vaccine. Kroger Co. employees will receive a $100 bonus once they have been fully vaccinated.Updated at 12:59 p.m. ET Saturday The supermarket giant Kroger Co. announced Friday that employees who receive a COVID-19 vaccine will be rewarded with a $100 bonus. The one-time offer is available to all company associates, nearly individuals in 35 states, who provide proof of their vaccination to human resources, . Workers must have received the full...

February 6, 2021
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Scientists discover an ancient forest inside a giant sinkhole in China

Scientists discover an ancient forest inside a giant sinkhole in China

A giant sinkhole in China has an ancient forest growing inside The sinkhole spans an area nearly three football fields long and is deep enough to hide the Washington Monument. Explorers descended into the pit, where they found ancient trees and other plant life.Cave explorers stumbled upon a prehistoric forest at the bottom of a giant sinkhole in South China earlier this month. Sinkholes such as these are also known in Chinese as Tiankeng, or "Heavenly pit." At 630 feet deep, the sinkhole would hide the Washington Monument and then some. The bottom of the pit holds an ancient forest...

May 20
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