Seeing snow for the first time at 62: Brazilians revel in icy snap

RIO GRANDE DO SUL, BRAZIL (REUTERS) – Temperatures dropped across Brazil on Thursday (July 29) – with rare snowfall overnight in some places – as a polar air mass advanced toward the center-south of the global agricultural powerhouse, threatening coffee, sugarcane and orange crops with frost. Cars, streets and highways were blanketed in ice while people took the opportunity to […]

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Invasion of penis snakes as shy 2ft-long reptiles discovered in canal

A 'snake' named after the human penis has had scientists locked in research since a surprise discovery. Researchers were stunned to find the unusual two-foot-long eel-like creature in an American canal nearly two years ago on November 7, 2019. It led to fears the country was being invaded by the non-native 'penis snake' which were first known to exist in […]

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Jill Biden will undergo surgery on her foot at Walter Reed.

By Katie Rogers President Biden will travel with Jill Biden, the first lady, to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Thursday evening as she undergoes surgery on her foot. Dr. Biden was walking on a beach in Hawaii over the weekend when she stepped on an object that became lodged in her left foot, Michael LaRosa, her spokesman, said […]

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Target Giving Employees Another $75 Million

Target Corp. is reinvesting in its people.  The big-box retailer revealed Thursday that it is pumping another $75 million into its workforce, the firm’s sixth round of employee bonuses since the pandemic began.  “Our team members continue to deliver each and every day for our guests and one another,” Melissa Kremer, Target’s chief human resources officer, said in a statement. […]

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Justice for Vinny the Cat: Man distraught after pet shot dead

A distraught pet owner is seeking justice for his cat after the animal was allegedly shot dead on his property, which borders the Taumarunui golf club. Geoff Blackmore was clearing some rubbish behind his home in the central North Island town when he noticed a man sitting in a golf cart parked near the edge of some trees bordering the […]

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Opinion | 3 Questions That Must Be Answered for Mask Mandates to Work

By Jennifer Nuzzo and Beth Blauer Dr. Nuzzo is an epidemiologist at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Ms. Blauer is the executive director of the Johns Hopkins University Centers for Civic Impact. Despite hopes of a summer free from Covid-19 worry, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now recommending that vaccinated people wear masks in […]

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The Olympics has helped to boost the Peacock streaming platform.

The Tokyo Games may have been marred by a yearlong delay, a recent surge in coronavirus cases and the exit of marquee athletes, but the flurry of events and the rise in the medal count for the United States have helped Peacock, Comcast’s fledgling streaming service. As of this week, the service had 54 million accounts and about 20 million […]

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U.S. economy returns to pre-pandemic level; labor market healing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. economy grew solidly in the second quarter, pulling the level of gross domestic product above its pre-pandemic peak, as massive government aid and vaccinations against COVID-19 fueled spending on goods and travel-related services.FILE PHOTO: Guests enjoy outdoor dining in the Manhattan borough of New York City, U.S., May 23, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin OchsThe pace of GDP […]

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Concerns grow about the plight of a former U.S. Marine imprisoned in Russia

Paul N. Whelan, the former U.S. Marine sentenced in Russia to 16 years in prison on espionage charges, has not been able to contact his family or the U.S. Embassy since July 4, and relatives and members of Congress are increasingly concerned about his well-being. “He’s not been heard from,” said Representative Haley Stevens, Democrat of Michigan who represents Mr. […]

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