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Four rescued from boat hanging over dam in Texas reservoir

NBC NEWS — Four were rescued from a boat that was caught partially hanging over a dam in a Texas reservoir on Thursday. Austin-Travis County EMS said crews were responding to s dam in the Colorado River near Lady Bird Lake at about 2:30 p.m. after receiving multiple calls about a boat “up against the dam” that “looks like it’s going to go over the dam.” Originally tweeted by ATCEMS (@ATCEMS) on June 10, 2021. When crews arrived, they found a small blue motor boat hanging over the dam with four people inside, NBC News reports. Crews lowered life vest down...

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Alcohol companies made an estimated $17.5 billion from underage drinkers in 2016, study says

FORT MYERS, Fla. / CNN — Alcohol companies made an estimated $17.5 billion in sales in the United States from underage drinkers in 2016, with the products of three companies — AB InBev, Molson Coors Beverage Co., and Diageo — accounting for nearly 45% of underage youth consumption, a new study found. “A study of this kind hasn’t been done in some 20 years, and it shows that the alcohol industry is making billions of dollars from the sale of alcohol to minors,” the author of the study, Pamela Trangenstein, an assistant professor at the Gillings School of Global...

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Millions tune in to watch herd of wandering elephants in China

For more than a week, China has been gripped by a herd of 15 marauding elephants, who are large, lost, and wrecking havoc in the country’s southwest. Millions have tuned in to live streams of the elephants, which have trekked more than 310 miles across the country since escaping from a nature reserve in South China last year, CNN reports. And online, netizens have followed transfixed as the elephants trampled crops, causing more than a million dollars worth of damage, and roamed through towns, prompting local residents to stay inside. More than 8 million people watched a video captured...

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Meth production surged in Asia during COVID-19 pandemic, report says

CNN — Asian drug cartels adapted fast to the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, flooding markets with synthetic narcotics worth tens of billions of dollars even as the global economy ground to a halt, a new United Nations report shows. Methamphetamine seizures in East and Southeast Asia surged 19% from 2019 to a new record high, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime report found. The organization did not put a dollar figure on the meth trade’s value in 2020, but it was believed to be worth between $30 billion and $61 billion in 2019, according to the UNODC. “While the pandemic has caused...

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Coast Guard rescues 3 people after high winds push pink flamingo raft away from shore

KODIAK, Alaska. / CNN — Three friends, two dogs and one giant inflatable flamingo were rescued after getting swept out into an Alaska bay on Saturday, officials said. Coast Guard crews conducted the rescue mission when a birthday celebration at White Sands beach in Kodiak went wrong. It was a birthday Hollie Spence said she’ll never forget — and she is thankful to be alive. Spence, along with her roommate, Lepa Sega, and Lepa’s brother, Nation, climbed onto a 10-foot inflatable pink flamingo float with their two dogs in a shallow area of the beach. Spence, who was celebrating...

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Websites, apps globally hit by major internet outage

Several websites and apps around the world went down on Tuesday after Fastly, a major content delivery network, reported a widespread failure. Fastly supports news sites and apps like CNN, the Guardian, the New York Times, and many others. Fastly, a cloud service provider, also provides content delivery for Twitch, Pinterest, HBO Max, Hulu, Reddit, Spotify and other services, reported CNN. Other major sites that were affected include Amazon, Target, and the UK government website — Gov.uk. Fastly said the problem appeared to be related to an outage at the company. On its service status...

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Jeff Bezos to go to space on first crewed flight of Blue Origin rocket

Jeff Bezos will be going to space on the first crewed flight of the New Shepard, the rocket ship made by his space company, Blue Origin. The flight is scheduled for July 20, just 15 days after he’s set to resign as CEO of Amazon, reported CNN. Bezos’ younger brother, Mark, will also be on the flight. “Ever since I was five years old, I’ve dreamed of traveling to space,” Bezos, 57, said in a Monday morning Instagram post. “On July 20th, I will take that journey with my brother. The greatest adventure, with my best friend.” If all goes according to plan,...

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Scammers using new FEMA program to steal personal information, BBB reports

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Scammers are using a new United States Federal Program as a chance to steal personal information from grieving family members, a scam alert from the Better Business Bureau warns. People have reported getting a call, email, or text message from someone claiming to be from the Federal Emergency Management Agency or another government agency. The scammer claims to be part of the official COVID-19 Funeral Assistance program.   The faux government official claims that you qualify for financial assistance. But first, they need some information to “register” you for the program....

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Federal judge overturns California’s ban on assault weapons

A federal judge overturned California’s longtime ban on assault weapons on Friday in a ruling that likened the AR-15 to a Swiss Army knife. Assault weapons have been banned in California since 1989, according to the ruling. The law has been updated several times since it was originally passed, CNN reports. According to the ruling by US District Judge Roger Benitez of San Diego, the assault weapons ban violates the Second Amendment’s right to bear arms and deprives Californians of owning assault-style weapons commonly allowed in other states. Benitez issued a permanent injunction...

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“Person of interest” identified in disappearance and death of teenager Molly Bish

(CNN) –A “person of interest” has been identified in the 2000 death of Massachusetts teenager, officials announced on Thursday. The announcement by the Worcester County District Attorney’s office comes just weeks before the 21st anniversary of the disappearance of Molly Bish on June 27, 2000. Francis “Frank” P. Sumner Sr, who was previously convicted of sexual assault and kidnapping, is being investigated after law enforcement recently received new information. Sumner died in 2016. Bish’s parents said they are hopeful there will a resolution to the...

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