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Four gray whales have been found dead in California's Bay Area within eight days

Four gray whales have been found dead in California's Bay Area within eight days

(CNN)Gray whales are visible just twice a year in California as they migrate from the southern tip of the West Coast up toward Alaska and back again. They delight residents as they appear briefly in coastal waters before returning to the open ocean. This spring, though, they've been washing up dead. The carcasses of four gray whales have been found around the San Francisco Bay Area in eight days -- an alarming string of deaths that constitutes an unusual mortality event, defined by the (NOAA) as a significant die-off of a marine species.Marine researchers don't know the reason for the spate...

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Oakland will give low-income families of color $500 per month, no strings attached

Oakland will give low-income families of color $500 per month, no strings attached

(CNN)Low-income families of color in Oakland, California, could receive some extra financial assistance over the next year and a half. Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf announced this week that the city will launch a guaranteed income project to give hundreds of Black and Indigenous families and people of color $500 per month for 18 months. The project's payments will be unconditional, and recipients may spend the money however they choose. The Oakland Resilient Families program is the latest trial of a "" system of wealth distribution, where residents are given a set amount of money per month to...

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Here's when the US will see a lot more vaccine doses

Here's when the US will see a lot more vaccine doses

(CNN)Millions more are on the way. Moderna, Pfizer and now Johnson & Johnson will -- more than one-third of the US population -- by the end of March, the pharmaceutical companies told a House subcommittee last week.Moderna plans to deliver 100 million doses by the end of the month, said Dr. Stephen Hoge, the company's president. It'll deliver another 100 million by the end of May and 100 million more by the end of July.Pfizer will deliver 120 million doses by the end of the month, 80 million more doses by the end of May and 100 million more by the end of July, said chief business officer...

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Traumatized and tired, nurses are quitting due to the pandemic

Traumatized and tired, nurses are quitting due to the pandemic

(CNN) was more than a career to Rachel Ellsworth. She says she was "called" to the work. For 10 of her 12 years in nursing, Ellsworth was an indefatigable intensive care nurse. The work energized her, and she felt privileged to witness some of the most important moments of people's lives, when their worlds shifted for better or worse. Though she did all she could to save them, she also found purpose in giving her patients a "peaceful, dignified death" when it was time. "I was the kind of person who went into work every day, like, literally, 'Let's go save lives,' for 12 years" she said. "I...

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Feb 25
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The bizarre and totally scientific way that alligators breathe in icy water

The bizarre and totally scientific way that alligators breathe in icy water

(CNN)Winter storms have battered the US this week, and many animals are . The cold-blooded alligator, though, is getting through the week with an unusual method of survival.This week, an employee at the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation posted of alligators frozen in water. A grim scene, maybe -- if their snouts weren't sticking out.It's called "icing," and it's how alligators breathe when submerged in freezing temperatures. While they may look dead in photos, they're surviving -- and in the middle of a fight of their lives.Read MoreThe "icing" response is tied to , which is...

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Feb 19
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The Los Angeles school board slashes its police force and diverts $25 million to services for Black students

The Los Angeles school board slashes its police force and diverts $25 million to services for Black students

(CNN)Los Angeles schools are responsible for school safety to combat systemic racism against Black students.The Board of Education overseeing the Los Angeles Unified School District voted Tuesday to slash $25 million from the Los Angeles School Police Department and cut 133 jobs, a spokesperson told CNN. Money will go from the police agency to a Black Student Achievement Plan to empower community groups, improve student literacy, and reduce the "over-identification of Black students in suspensions, discipline and other measures," according to the meeting agenda. The board for the nation's...

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A cheerleading competition that may draw 40,000 people raises concerns about a superspreader event

A cheerleading competition that may draw 40,000 people raises concerns about a superspreader event

(CNN)A massive national cheerleading competition is descending on downtown Atlanta this weekend. Around 40,000 youth cheerleaders, coaches and spectators from across the country are expected to attend -- prime conditions, according to CDC guidelines, for a possible . The will be held this Saturday and Sunday at the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC), a 3.9-million-square-foot facility in downtown Atlanta. "This weekend's event will bring an estimated 40,000 attendees, which will be our largest event held in our building since the start of the pandemic (using March 12, 2020, for reference...

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At least 15 people died in avalanches last week, the deadliest week of US avalanches on record

At least 15 people died in avalanches last week, the deadliest week of US avalanches on record

(CNN) was the mayor pro tempore of Eagle, Colorado. , a lover of all things outdoors, spent all the free time she had in the Utah snow. Army Ranger survived a helicopter crash in Iraq that crushed his foot but he learned to climb again, most recently on Alaska's Bear Mountain. Jessen, Moughamian and Nyman are three of the 15 people who between February 1 and February 8. It's the highest number of avalanche deaths recorded in a seven-day period since the US Forest Service's started tracking deaths, according to Karl Birkeland, the center's director.The most recent avalanche death happened...

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A man was killed at a baby shower in Michigan after a celebratory cannon exploded

A man was killed at a baby shower in Michigan after a celebratory cannon exploded

A man attending a baby shower was killed when a small cannon exploded in the back yard of a home near Flint, Michigan, police said. Evan Thomas Silva, 26, died Saturday after he was struck by shrapnel from the cannon, which was fired to "celebrate the baby's pending arrival," Michigan State Police said in a statement. When the cannon was fired by the homeowner, police said the cannon blew up, spraying metal shrapnel across the yard that struck Silva, three vehicles and the garage of the home in Gaines Township. Partygoers thought they'd built a clever gender reveal device. It turned...

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The Los Angeles Dodgers debut fully vaccinated seating section for home games

The Los Angeles Dodgers debut fully vaccinated seating section for home games

(CNN)Fully vaccinated fans won't have to maintain social distancing this weekend at Dodger Stadium.The , reigning World Series champs, designated two sections of its 56,000-seat stadium for fully vaccinated attendees starting Saturday. Guests from different households will be seated next to each other and masks are still required.To gain entry to the Dodgers-Padres match-up, fully vaccinated fans ages 16 and up will need to present proof that at least two weeks have passed since their final vaccine dose. If they're underage and not eligible to be vaccinated, they must prove they tested...

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