McDonald’s Begins Phasing Out Plastic Toys In Happy Meals

McDonald’s plans to “drastically” reduce the plastic in its Happy Meal toys worldwide by 2025. The burger giant said Tuesday it’s working with toy companies to develop new ideas, such as three-dimensional cardboard superheroes kids can build or board games with plant-based or recycled game pieces. McDonald’s said it’s also exploring using recycled plastic toys […]

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Meteorologist Karl Bohnak Fired After Refusing To Get Vaccinated Against COVID-19

WLUC TV6 meteorologist Karl Bohnak said he was fired for refusing to get a COVID-19 vaccine as mandated by his employer, joining other media figures who have also declined the jab. “Many of you have taken one of these injections, and that is absolutely your right. It is also my right to choose the medical options […]

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Volcano Erupts On La Palma In Spain’s Canary Islands

LOS LLANOS DE ARIDANE, Spain (AP) — A volcano on Spain’s Atlantic Ocean island of La Palma erupted Sunday after a weeklong buildup of seismic activity, prompting authorities to speed up evacuations for 1,000 people as lava flows crept toward isolated mountain homes. The Canary Islands Volcanology Institute reported the eruption near the southern end […]

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The World’s Largest Tree At Risk As California Wildfires Head Toward Giant Sequoia Groves

THREE RIVERS, Calif. (AP) — Crews were watching the weather this weekend as they battled California wildfires that have burned into some groves of ancient sequoias as they try to protect the world’s largest tree. The National Weather Service issued a weather watch for critical fire conditions in the Sequoia National Park in the Sierra […]

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Hundreds Of Migrating Birds Die After Crashing Into NYC Buildings

NEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds of birds migrating through New York City this week died after crashing into the city’s glass towers, a mass casualty event spotlighted by a New York City Audubon volunteer’s tweets showing the World Trade Center littered with bird carcasses. This week’s avian death toll was particularly high, but bird strikes on Manhattan […]

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Trump Moved A Public Land Agency’s HQ Out West. Biden Is Moving It Back To DC.

The Biden administration will relocate the headquarters of the federal Bureau of Land Management back to Washington, D.C., as part of a broader effort to “rebuild and strengthen” the agency after years of “upheaval” under President Donald Trump, the Interior Department announced Friday. The Trump administration made a big to-do of moving BLM’s headquarters to […]

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All The Lions And Tigers At D.C.’s National Zoo Have Tested Positive For COVID-19

The lions and tigers at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., have tested positive for COVID-19. Six African lions, a Sumatran tiger and two Amur tigers all received “presumptive positive” results for the coronavirus, the zoo announced in a Friday press release. That means the animals had positive laboratory test results, but they need to be confirmed by […]

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Thai Taxi Drivers Idled By COVID-19 Lockdowns Turn Car Roofs Into Gardens

BANGKOK (AP) — Taxi fleets in Thailand are giving new meaning to the term “rooftop garden,” as they utilize the roofs of cabs idled by the coronavirus crisis to serve as small vegetable plots. Workers from two taxi cooperatives assembled the miniature gardens this week using black plastic garbage bags stretched across bamboo frames. On […]

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Fire Crews Wrap World’s Largest Tree In Fire-Resistant Blanket Amid California Wildfire

THREE RIVERS, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters wrapped the base of the world’s largest tree in a fire-resistant blanket as they tried to save a famous grove of gigantic old-growth sequoias from wildfires burning in California’s rugged Sierra Nevada. The colossal General Sherman Tree in Sequoia National Park’s Giant Forest, some other sequoias, the Giant Forest […]

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101-Year-Old Maine Woman Has No Plans To Stop Hauling Lobsters

ROCKLAND, Maine (AP) — When Virginia Oliver started trapping lobster off Maine’s rocky coast, World War II was more than a decade in the future, the electronic traffic signal was a recent invention and few women were harvesting lobsters. Nearly a century later, at age 101, she’s still doing it. The oldest lobster fisher in […]

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