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  • A girl felt bad after taking a rock from a national park, so she mailed it back and apologized in an adorable letter

    After pocketing a rock as a souvenir from her trip to the Great Smoky Mountains, a young National Park visitor was feeling guilty. So she sent the rock back, along with an adorable letter — and the park rangers thanked her. In a Saturday Facebook post, rangers from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park shared the letter from the environmentally concerned traveler, who signed it Karina. “Deep Creek was awesome! I especially liked Tom Branch Falls,” the letter says. “I loved […]

  • 153 cases of severe lung disease in 16 states possibly linked to vaping, CDC says

    ATLANTA – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now aware of 153 possible cases of severe lung disease in 16 states that could be caused by vaping, the agency said Wednesday in an update to a multi-state investigation. The cases — reported from June 28 to August 20, 2019 — have popped up in California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan, North Carolina, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin. They have […]

  • Bird or bunny? This optical illusion is confusing the internet

    It’s a bird! It’s a rabbit! No, it’s definitely a bird. But hey, you be the judge. A video of a black animal getting a nice scratch is spreading quickly around the internet as people take sides in yet another great debate. Daniel Quintana, a scientist at the University of Oslo in Norway, is responsible for all this — he found the video on an image-sharing website on Sunday and tweeted it, saying, “Rabbits love getting stroked on their nose.” […]

  • Florida officials are investigating why panthers are seen stumbling and falling down

    There have been two confirmed cases of neurological damage in a panther and bobcat in Florida as of this month, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). The agency is investigating the cause of the disorder in the animals that is impacting their ability to walk. In trail camera footage, the animals can be seen stumbling and falling down almost unable to use their back legs. In total, the FWC said they have seen eight panthers (mostly […]

  • Walmart, a longtime seller of firearms, is reevaluating its position on guns

    Walmart founder Sam Walton was such a fan of firearms and hunting that Remington once named a shotgun after him. His company has long been one of the largest gun retailers in the United States. But in recent years, Walmart has reevaluated its relationship with guns. As mass shootings in America have become more frequent and more deadly, the companies that sell firearms have faced pressure to address gun violence. This month Walmart stores became the site of shootings. With […]

  • Texas parents sue school officials they say used Sharpie to cover son’s new haircut

    The parents of a middle school student are suing a Houston-area school district and school officials in federal court for allegedly coloring in his hair design earlier this year with a black permanent marker. According to the lawsuit filed Sunday, officials at the Berry Miller Junior High in Pearland, Texas, claimed the design in the then-seventh grader’s haircut violated the Pearland Independent School District’s dress code policy. The suit alleges, “They laughed as they took many minutes to color 13-year-old […]

  • Brazil’s Amazon rainforest is burning at a record rate, research center says

    Fires are raging at a record rate in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest, and scientists warn it could strike a devastating blow to the fight against climate change. The fires are burning at the highest rate since the country’s space research center, the National Institute for Space Research (INPE), began tracking them in 2013, the center said Tuesday. There have been a total of 72,843 fires in Brazil this year, with more than half in the Amazon region, INPE said. That’s more […]

  • Trump admin to allow longer detention of migrant families

    The Trump administration on Wednesday announced plans that could hold undocumented families detained together indefinitely, replacing the agreement that set a 20-day limit for holding children. The rule unveiled by acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan is part of the administration’s aggressive effort to revamp immigration laws as the number of families and unaccompanied minors crossing the US-Mexico border has increased. In recent months, the administration has proposed rules that could make it more difficult for immigrants to get green cards, worked to end […]

  • At least 27 people have been arrested over threats to commit mass attacks since the El Paso and Dayton shootings

    When authorities arrived Friday to arrest a 15-year-old in Florida after threats to commit a school shooting showed up on a video game platform, he told them he was joking, they said. “I Dalton Barnhart vow to bring my fathers m15 to school and kill 7 people at a minimum,” the boy wrote using a fake name, according to a Volusia County Sheriff’s Office report. The teen is one of more than two dozen people who have been arrested over […]

  • Is a recession coming? Here’s how to tell

    Warning bells are going off about a possible recession in America, perhaps in time for the 2020 election. The key to whether the US economy keeps growing or stalls rests largely on consumers, and whether or not they keep spending. So far, consumer spending has held up pretty well. That’s not surprising. Unemployment is near a 50-year low, and wages are growing strong. Because consumer spending accounts for about 70% of the nation’s economic activity, that’s all good news. “The consumer drives the economic […]

  • A scientific breakthrough at the Florida Aquarium could save America’s ‘Great Barrier Reef’

    The Florida Aquarium in Tampa, Florida, says they’ve made scientific history as a group of coral has successfully reproduced two days in a row for the first time in a lab setting. The milestone could have broad implications for “America’s Barrier Reef,” which is the third largest coral reef in the world and is found just off the coast of the Florida Keys. The successful result is part of what the aquarium calls “Project Coral” — a program designed in part […]

  • Larry King files for divorce after almost 22 years of marriage

    Larry King is seeking to end his marriage to his seventh wife. The 85-year-old former CNN host filed for divorce from Shawn King, 59, in Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday, according to paperwork obtained by CNN. The pair married on September 5, 1997, and their date of separation is listed as June 6, 2019, in the filing. The request for divorce cites irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split. This union marks King’s eighth marriage to seven women. […]

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