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US officials warn of danger of feral hogs heading across the border from Canada

US officials warn of danger of feral hogs heading across the border from CanadaUS officials have warned that feral hogs heading across the border from Canada may pose a danger to the local environment. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) reported that sightings of the feral animals on the US-Canadian border have increased in recent years.  At least eight of the wild animals have been sighted just north of Lincoln County, Montana, this summer, officials said.  Several agencies, including Wildlife Services, the Montana Invasive Species Council, the National Feral Swine Program and the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks department fear the wild pigs could cause significant damage to the landscape. Officials warned the animals can often be aggressive, breed rapidly, and difficult to catch.  The feral pigs pose a risk to the local agriculture industries as they often destroy farm land and crops as they root for food. They also have the potential to spread diseases to domestic livestock, although no disease has been detected in the team in Canada. Female hogs typically have more than a dozen piglets in each litter and full grown hogs can weigh anywhere between 120lb to 400lbs.  Dale Nolte, from the USDA’s National Feral Swine Program, described the prospect as “a disaster”. “Multiple people say that if we were to design an invasive species that would do the most widespread damage, feral swine aren’t too far off from being the perfect specimen,” he told local newspaper Daily Inter Lake.      Ryan Brook, an assistant professor at the University of Saskatchewan, blamed the southern migration of the feral pigs on poor monitoring systems in the province, which are allowing numbers – and the spread of the animals – to grow unchecked.  “Saskatchewan is a very high functioning pig factory and the populations are exploding with very minimal efforts to control them,” he told the Daily Inter Lake. “Lack of serious action in Saskatchewan is the single greatest threat to Montana.” Legit question for rural Americans – How do I kill the 30-50 feral hogs that run into my yard within 3-5 mins while my small kids play?— Willie McNabb (@WillieMcNabb) August 4, 2019 The warning of a potential hog invasion prompted amusement on social media, with users highlighting a viral tweet last month by a man arguing assault weapons were necessary to manage the feral populations. “How do I kill the 30-50 feral hogs that run into my yard within 3-5 mins while my small kids play?” he asked on Twitter, prompting widespread mockery at the time.



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Relatives, officials attend mass for Mugabe in Singapore

Relatives, officials attend mass for Mugabe in SingaporeRelatives and government officials attended a mass for Zimbabwe’s ex-president Robert Mugabe in Singapore on Tuesday after arriving in the country where he died to collect his body. Mugabe, a guerrilla leader who swept to power after Zimbabwe’s independence from Britain and went on to rule for 37 years until he was ousted in 2017, died on Friday, aged 95. Family members and officials arrived in Singapore, where he was treated for several months before dying, early Tuesday on a chartered flight.



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The mysterious spate of vape-related deaths and illnesses continues to grow, confounding experts. Here's what officials knew and when.

The mysterious spate of vape-related deaths and illnesses continues to grow, confounding experts. Here's what officials knew and when.The CDC is investigating at least 450 possible cases of vape-related illnesses in 33 states across the US. The illnesses have led to at least 5 deaths.



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North Korean leader berates officials over typhoon prep

North Korean leader berates officials over typhoon prepNorth Korean leader Kim Jong Un has berated officials for their “easygoing” attitude to the approach of Typhoon Lingling, state media reported. The powerful storm is expected to make landfall in the North on Saturday afternoon after passing off the coast of South Korea, according to Seoul’s Korea Meteorological Administration. Kim convened an emergency meeting on Friday and said “dangerous circumstances” caused by the typhoon were “imminent”, but that many in positions of authority were ill prepared, the North’s KCNA news service said later that day.



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White House officials, Washington Post spar over coverage of Trump

White House officials, Washington Post spar over coverage of TrumpWhite House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said on Twitter on Friday the Post had not reported on a Trump measure. Others pointed out that it had.



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St. Louis officials offered $100K reward for unsolved child murders. Then two more kids were shot

St. Louis officials offered $  100K reward for unsolved child murders. Then two more kids were shotOfficials in St. Louis offered a $ 100,000 reward for information in a recent string of child murders. Then two more kids were killed.



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An innocent man spent months in jail after customs officials thought honey he brought back from Jamaica was liquid meth

An innocent man spent months in jail after customs officials thought honey he brought back from Jamaica was liquid methLeon Haughton told The Washington Post he was jailed for 82 days after customs officials in Baltimore alleged that the three jars of honey were meth.



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Jeffrey Epstein: At least eight jail officials knew he was not to be left alone in cell

Jeffrey Epstein: At least eight jail officials knew he was not to be left alone in cellAt least eight US Bureau of Prisons staffers knew strict instructions had been given not to leave multimillionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein alone in his cell, yet the order was apparently ignored in the 24 hours leading up to his death, according to people familiar with the matter.That so many prison officials were aware of the directive – not just low-level correctional officers, but supervisors and managers – has alarmed investigators assessing what so far appears to be a stunning failure to follow instructions, these people said, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss ongoing investigations. They declined to identify the eight.



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Jeffrey Epstein: At least eight jail officials knew he was not to be left alone in cell

Jeffrey Epstein: At least eight jail officials knew he was not to be left alone in cellAt least eight US Bureau of Prisons staffers knew strict instructions had been given not to leave multimillionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein alone in his cell, yet the order was apparently ignored in the 24 hours leading up to his death, according to people familiar with the matter.That so many prison officials were aware of the directive – not just low-level correctional officers, but supervisors and managers – has alarmed investigators assessing what so far appears to be a stunning failure to follow instructions, these people said, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss ongoing investigations. They declined to identify the eight.



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Venezuelan officials reached out to discuss Maduro exit: US

Venezuelan officials reached out to discuss Maduro exit: USVenezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaido said Wednesday his rival Nicolas Maduro had been made to look ridiculous by insisting he had authorized back channel talks with Washington, only for a top US official to reveal it was Caracas who had made the initial approach behind the president’s back. The sole aim of the secret talks was to discuss Maduro’s exit from power and organizing free elections, US National Security Advisor John Bolton said Wednesday. Bolton’s comment came after Maduro said he had authorized the contacts with high level US officials, casting them as a long-standing initiative that he was aware of and had approved.



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