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US Olympic hopefuls will be allowed to protest racial and social injustice at trials

US Olympic hopefuls will be allowed to protest racial and social injustice at trials

(CNN)The and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) has who kneel for the national anthem at the Olympic trials in support of social or racial justice movements. The committee released guidance for the athletes, providing examples of the demonstrations that are allowed. They include raising a fist at the start line or podium, kneeling for the national anthem at the start line or podium, and wearing clothing that has social justice language such as "Black Lives Matter." Athletes may also advocate vocally for their causes. Sarah Hirshland, CEO of the USOPC, commended the work of the group's Council on...

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Lauren M. Johnson
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Man returns from shopping to find 15,000 bees in his car

Man returns from shopping to find 15,000 bees in his car

Stay Updated on Developing StoriesView in AppBy Lauren M. Johnson, CNN(CNN) A man who went shopping in New Mexico came back to find his car was full of bees. Thousands and thousands of them.He called 911, as anyone would do if they returned to a car full of insects.Fortunately for him, the firefighter who responded also happened to be a beekeeper.See moreThe man's car was overrun by the after he left his window down at an Albertson's grocery store on Sunday in Las Cruces, the fire department"Firefighters learned the owner of the car returned from shopping, placed groceries in his vehicle...

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Lauren M. Johnson
Apr 1
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San Francisco is guaranteeing monthly income for artists impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic

San Francisco is guaranteeing monthly income for artists impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic

(CNN)San Francisco is launching a pilot program that will guarantee monthly income for artists affected by Mayor London Breed announced the program on Thursday in It would guarantee monthly payments of $1,000 for around 130 San Francisco artists for six months beginning in May. The city partnered with the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) in an effort to reactivate the economy and the arts in San Francisco, according to the release. "The cash relief program will support artists living and working in the City of San Francisco who have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19...

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Mar 27
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A stray dog kept stealing a stuffed unicorn from a Dollar General, so animal control bought it for him

A stray dog kept stealing a stuffed unicorn from a Dollar General, so animal control bought it for him

(CNN)The cutest thief was rewarded after he continued to steal a purple unicorn from a Dollar General. The business in Kenansville, North Carolina, called on Sisu, a large male stray dog, because of his repeated thievery. He had come to the store five times to steal the same stuffed unicorn. However, instead of being left empty-handed, the Duplin County Animal Control officer who went to pick him up ended up buying the toy for Sisu instead. The department posted pictures on social media Monday of him cuddling his coveted treasure at the county animal shelter, and his story quickly went...

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Mar 27
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The American bald eagle population has quadrupled since 2009, report says

The American bald eagle population has quadrupled since 2009, report says

(CNN), once on the endangered species list, are now thriving, according to a recent .The US Fish and Wildlife Service said in a new report that bald eagles have quadrupled in size since 2009. Over 316,700 bald eagles, and more than 71,400 nesting pairs, were present in the lower 48 states during the 2019 breeding season, according to the report."This is truly a historic conservation success story," US Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland said in a news briefing. "The bald eagle has always been considered a sacred species to American Indian people and similarly it's sacred to our nation ......

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Mar 24
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No. 8 Loyola Chicago stuns No. 1 seed Illinois to advance to the Sweet 16

No. 8 Loyola Chicago stuns No. 1 seed Illinois to advance to the Sweet 16

(CNN)Illinois has become the first No. 1 seed to lose in the after being upset by No. 8 seed The RambIers defeated the Fighting Illini, 71-58, on Sunday to be the first team to advance to the Sweet 16. Loyola Chicago center Cameron Krutwig was among the top scorers, tallying 19 points and 12 rebounds, along with senior guard Lucas Williamson, who scored 14 points to lead the Ramblers to their second Sweet 16 appearance in three years. Before the game, famed Loyola Chicago 101-year-old team chaplain, , gave the men's team a prayer of inspiration: "As we play the Fighting Illini, we ask for...

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Mar 21
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Chicago surprises city with the traditional green river for St. Patrick's Day after saying the event was canceled

Chicago surprises city with the traditional green river for St. Patrick's Day after saying the event was canceled

(CNN)The wasn't supposed to flow for St. Patrick's Day in Chicago this year, but the city surprised its residents by carrying on the tradition unannounced. To help curb crowds again due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Chicago officials canceled the annual dying of the Chicago River event --- a longstanding St. Patrick's Day tradition. On Friday, lamented the lack of green for the holiday this year. However, Saturday morning, Mayor Lori Lightfoot shared an account announcing that the river was being be dyed that morning in honor of St. Patrick's Day. Happy St. Patrick's Day Weekend,...

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Chicago surprises city with the traditional green river for St. Patrick's Day after saying the event was canceled

Chicago surprises city with the traditional green river for St. Patrick's Day after saying the event was canceled

Stay Updated on Developing StoriesView in AppBy Lauren M. Johnson, CNN(CNN) The wasn't supposed to flow for St. Patrick's Day in Chicago this year, but the city surprised its residents by carrying on the tradition unannounced.To help curb crowds again due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Chicago officials canceled the annual dying of the Chicago River event --- a longstanding St. Patrick's Day tradition. On Friday, lamented the lack of green for the holiday this year.However, Saturday morning, Mayor Lori Lightfoot shared an account announcing that the river was being be dyed that morning in honor...

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Canada Post is sending every Canadian household a postcard to send to a loved one for free

Canada Post is sending every Canadian household a postcard to send to a loved one for free

AdvertisementCanada Post is sending every Canadian household a postcard to send to a loved one for freeHide TranscriptShow TranscriptWe've got mail. Euro Max has received colorful postcards from almost all over the world. But how are these wonderful little cards made in the first place? Photographer Engel Montmartre is in the Baltic seaside resort of Cala Munda, on the lookout for the perfect postcard motif. Here we have a nice reflection in the water. You can see the yachts mirrored in it. In the background there is the famous old lighthouse, the High Rises, a hotel, which is also a...

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A 7-year-old boy in Florida swam for an hour to get help for his dad and sister who were stranded in a river

A 7-year-old boy in Florida swam for an hour to get help for his dad and sister who were stranded in a river

(CNN)A 7-year-old boy in Florida is being hailed a hero after he swam ashore to get help when his sister and dad got swept away by a current. Steven Poust told that he anchored his boat on the St. Johns River in Jacksonville, Florida, to let his two children, Chase, 7, and Abigail, 4, swim, on Friday. All of a sudden, Abigail, who usually hangs out at the back of the boat, had to let go because the current was so strong, Chase said. The 7-year-old decided to also let go in order to try to keep her from drifting, but then he was stuck. Poust jumped in to try and help them, and told Chase to...

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May 31
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