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Man 'shot polar bear and left its body outside his home for five months'

Man 'shot polar bear and left its body outside his home for five months'A man has been charged with killing a polar bear and leaving the body to rot outside his home in Alaska for five months.Christopher Gordon, 35, allegedly shot the animal dead when it ventured into his front yard to try and eat some butchered whale meat.He then failed to report the polar bear carcass or attempt to “harvest” it for food between December 2018 and May this year.Gordon also allowed the bear to be covered with snow, which resulted in one of its legs being ripped off by a passing snowplough.Finally, on 22 May, he burned the carcass at the village dump in Kaktovik.He is now facing up to one year in prison and a $ 100,000 (£80,000) fine if convicted of the federal crime of “knowingly taking a polar bear in a manner unlawful under the Marine Mammal Protection Act”.Prosecutors say that the killing of the bear was not done in legal self defence and that he “left the harvestable remains to waste”.“Gordon allegedly left butchered whale meat outside in front of his yard of his residence for a substantial period of time, which attracted polar bear, as well as other animals to his front yard,” said federal prosecutor Ryan Tansey.“He then allegedly shot and killed the polar bear because it was trying to eat the improperly stored whale meat.”Gordon has also been charged with the state offence of wasteful taking of a marine animal.The investigation was carried out by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.Gordon declined to comment about the case and is scheduled to appear in court in Fairbanks in August.Kaktovik, with a population of just over 250, has experienced increasing encroachment by polar bears in recent years due to the disappearing Arctic sea ice.As a result it has become a popular tourist destination, with more than 2,000 people visiting the village during 2017.“These bears are getting used to people,” said council member Mike Gallagher. ”They’re domesticated.”Additional reporting by Associated Press



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Trump fans in violent clashes with communists after American flag burned outside White House during 4th of July celebrations

Trump fans in violent clashes with communists after American flag burned outside White House during 4th of July celebrationsTwo people have been arrested after a violent clash between Trump supporters and a group of communists following a flag burning in front of the White House yesterday.Protesters wearing t-shirts of Bob Avakian, chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party USA, burned the American flag while chanting “America was never great” before fighting with counter-protesters wearing MAGA hats, according to USA Today.The arrests came about two hours before Donald Trump paid tribute to the US military during a speech for his “Salute to America” event for Fourth of July.The US Secret Service said one person was arrested for felony assault on a police officer and malicious burning, while the other was arrested for hindering a police investigation and resisting arrest.Some of the pro-Trump counter-protesters identified themselves as members of the Proud Boys, a far-right group whose members describe themselves as “western chauvinists”.Two uniformed Secret Service officers also suffered minor injuries while attempting to make the arrests.Although it is not illegal to burn a US flag, the Secret Service said the burning occurred beyond the limits of a permit issued by the National Park Service.One of the arrested flag burners is believed to be Gregory “Joey” Johnson, a member of the Revolutionary Communist Party who won a court case in 1989 arguing that flag burning was protected speech under the First Amendment of the US Constitution.Speaking on 3 July outside the White House, Mr Johnson said: “[The US flag] is a symbol of empire, it’s a symbol of oppression, it’s a symbol of slavery, it’s a symbol of genocide, it’s a symbol of invasion, it’s a symbol of occupation, it’s a symbol of torture. This rag of empire deserves to be burned.”Mr Trump has been accused of wasting money with the Salute to America event and politicising the Fourth of July celebration ahead of his 2020 presidential campaign.The National Park Service diverted nearly $ 2.5m (£2m) in entrance and recreation fees intended for improving parks to cover costs for the event, according to the Washington Post.However, the full cost of the event, which was open to the public free of charge, has not been revealed.Despite the clashes earlier in the day, demonstrations at the Lincoln Memorial were largely peaceful.Protesters in Washington brought out the inflatable “Trump baby blimp”, last seen during Trump protests in London, and a 16-foot tall robot depicting Mr Trump sitting on golden toilet.



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Hong Kong protesters block road outside Carrie Lam's office to demand she step down

Hong Kong protesters block road outside Carrie Lam's office to demand she step downThousands of protesters laid siege to the Hong Kong Chief Executive’s office on Monday in the latest escalation of a long-running standoff with the government over a controversial new extradition law. The mostly young demonstrators closed down a main road near the city’s waterfront as they stood outside Carrie Lam’s office and called for her to resign and scrap the bill which would allow suspects to be sent to mainland China for trial in its opaque justice system. Dressed in the black and sheltering from heavy rain under colourful umbrellas, the determined remnant from a march of an estimated two million people on Sunday threatened to block the road until the law was withdrawn. The latest demonstration added to the growing pressure on Ms Lam to step down over her poor handling of Hong Kong’s biggest political crisis since its handover to China in 1997. On Monday Lu Kang, a spokesman for China’s foreign ministry, said Beijing would continue to support the embattled leader. However, a senior Hong Kong government official revealed that China, which would lose face over her resignation after handpicking Ms Lam for the job, would not let her leave the post even if she wanted to. “It’s not going to happen,” the official told Reuters. The demonstrations show little sign of abating despite Lam's apology and indefinite suspension of the law Credit: Reuters With the demonstrations showing little sign of ending and activists rejecting her apologies for misjudging the public mood and her gesture to indefinitely suspend the law, Ms Lam appeared on Monday to have been backed into a political corner with no obvious way out. The calls for her resignation were invigorated by Joshua Wong, 22, one of Hong Kong’s most renowned pro-democracy activists, after his surprise release from jail where he had been serving a two-month sentence for obstructing the clearance of a protest camp during mass rallies five years ago. The charismatic Mr Wong, who became the face of the 2014 “Occupy” movement, revived the spirits of protesters outside the Hong Kong parliament with the rallying cry that he was ready to re-join the frontline of their campaign. “I am proud of each and every Hong Konger that we are sending a loud and clear message to President Xi Jinping and Chief Executive Carrie Lam that we are not weak,” he said to loud cheers. “We want to send a message about the power of the people!” Mr Wong asked supporters to allow him time to figure out his next move after his stint in jail, but many hope he will further galvanise the protests which have spontaneously snowballed into a mass civil resistance movement despite the lack of a clear figurehead or strategy. The uproar over the extradition bill highlights public fears that Beijing is chipping away at rights and freedoms in the former British colony despite the promise of a special autonomous status when China took control 22 years ago. Mr Wong made clear as he left prison on Monday that his political struggle ran much deeper than abolishing the extradition bill. “It is a long-term battle for us to fight for democracy under the suppression of the Communist party of China,” he told a waiting media scrum. Bonnie Leung, a leader of the Civil Human Rights Front – one of the main groups behind the mass rallies – told The Telegraph that Mr Wong’s involvement could help elevate the flourishing campaign “to the next level,” especially among the younger generation who were inspired by his activism. “I believe that Joshua Wong coming back and joining this campaign will only encourage people to persist and to throw out more great and creative ideas,” she said. But Ms Leung added that international pressure was also crucial for the movement’s survival. “Concern from all around the world is important because this is for justice, for freedom, and people need to speak up for these values,” she said.



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Presidential candidate Andrew Yang thinks way outside the box on climate change, artificial intelligence and more

Presidential candidate Andrew Yang thinks way outside the box on climate change, artificial intelligence and moreAndrew Yang, the entrepreneur turned 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, has thought through issues big and small, and because he has crossed the 65,000 individual donor threshold to participate in the Democratic debates, we’ll likely be hearing more about his ideas in the next year.



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Easter Islanders seek outside help for iconic statues 'leprosy'

Easter Islanders seek outside help for iconic statues 'leprosy'The giant heads, carved centuries ago by the island’s inhabitants, represent the living ancestors of Easter Island’s Polynesian people – the Rapa Nui – and have brought it UNESCO World Heritage Site status. Dozens of giant “Moai” statues dominate the hillsides surrounding the island’s Rano Raraku wetland, but they are facing the threat of what locals describe as a kind of leprosy, white spots that are appearing on their iconic facades. The statues must also contend with coastal erosion, rising sea levels, high winds and damage from freely roaming livestock.



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The Post-it wall outside Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's office got so big she had to move it

The Post-it wall outside Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's office got so big she had to move itWe all know Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is working hard to make some serious changes in Congress, but in her down time she's making a few adjustments to her personal office decor.On Tuesday, the 29-year-old announced on Twitter that she was told to remove the encouraging Post-it notes supporters had been leaving on the wall outside her office. But before you get too upset, know that she simply moved the sweet notes inside, which means now she can stare at them while she works."RIP our Post-it wall :( We were told it had to be taken down…" Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter. "So we moved it inside instead ."> RIP our post-it wall :( > > We were told it had to be taken down… > > So we moved it inside instead pic.twitter.com/qw3RMfPDeU> > — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 12, 2019SEE ALSO: The mighty power of the simple Post-It Note protestAfter sharing a photograph of the notes outside her office alongside another of the notes relocated inside her office, Ocasio-Cortez replied to an inquiry about the wall.When asked about the idea behind the Post-it note wall, the congresswoman said, "It just appeared one day.""Some mothers came by & left 2-3 encouraging notes on my plaque. We left them up, bc it was great to read those little encouraging words every morning," she went on. "Soon, more Post-its came. It became a little ritual for the public, so we left stacks out for people."> It just appeared one day. Some mothers came by & left 2-3 encouraging notes on my plaque. > > We left them up, bc it was great to read those little encouraging words every morning. > > Soon, more post-its came. It became a little ritual for the public, so we left stacks out for people. t.co/In2i93a9mL> > — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 12, 2019As mentioned in a previous article, Ocasio-Cortez received dozens of kind notes signed by people from states across the country, including California, Arizona, Georgia, West Virginia, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Louisiana, and more. The notes had short messages on them like, "America needs more of you! Keep killing it girl!" and  "I'm wearing my hoops today! 4U." Ocasio-Cortez expressed how grateful she was for the notes on several occasions.The notes will no longer be able to welcome Ocasio-Cortez into her office, but it's nice to know she'll still be able to glance at them from her desk every day. WATCH: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is giving Twitter classes to fellow Democrats



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FedEx worker found frozen to death outside Illinois facility

FedEx worker found frozen to death outside Illinois facilityAuthorities in Illinois say the bitter cold played a role in the death of a FedEx employee whose body was found on Thursday morning.



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Iowa student dies after being found unconscious outside in minus 51 degree wind chills

Iowa student dies after being found unconscious outside in minus 51 degree wind chillsAn 18-year-old University of Iowa student died after he was found unresponsive



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Iowa student dies after being found unconscious outside in minus 51 degree wind chills

Iowa student dies after being found unconscious outside in minus 51 degree wind chillsAn 18-year-old University of Iowa student died after he was found unresponsive



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Americans warned not to go outside as Polar vortex grips Midwest with record low temperatures

Americans warned not to go outside as Polar vortex grips Midwest with record low temperaturesTens of millions of people in the United States are bracing for a potentially life-threatening deep arctic chill forecast to hit swaths of the country on Wednesday. Companies have told their workers to stay home, schools are closed and hundreds of flights have been canceled. The US Postal Service – known for its commitment to bringing the mail whatever the weather – has even reportedly suspended deliveries in Iowa due to the severe cold. Temperatures in almost a dozen states stretching more than 1,200 miles (1,930 kilometers) from the Dakotas to Ohio were forecast to be the coldest in a generation, if not on record. "One of the coldest arctic air mass intrusions in recent memory is surging south into the Upper Midwest before spreading across much of the eastern two-thirds of the country," the National Weather Service said. The Chicago skyline is seen from the North Avenue Beach at Lake Michigan Credit:  REUTERS "Expect frigid temperatures, bitterly cold and life-threatening wind chills, likely leading to widespread record lows and low maximum temperatures from the Upper Midwest to the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley." The cause is a swirl of arctic air that broke away from the polar vortex that usually encircles the North Pole. The National Weather Service forecast temperatures between -10 to -40 degrees Fahrenheit (-23 to -40 Celsius) by Wednesday across the Midwest, with wind chills making it seem as cold as -65 degrees Fahrenheit in one area of Minnesota. Chicago, America's third largest city, was expected to be colder than parts of Antarctica. A pedestrian walks by the frozen Chicago River  Credit:  REUTERS Authorities in Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin put emergency measures in place to handle the frigid weather. "We need everyone to do your part and make sure you and your families are prepared," said Illinois Governor JB Pritzker. Americans were asked to stay home if possible Wednesday, when temperatures are expected to be at their coldest. Scores of schools, businesses and government agencies announced closures in multiple states. "People exposed to extreme cold are susceptible to frostbite in a matter of minutes," warned the NWS. Lawrence Gottlieb of the University of Chicago Medical Center said the threat was significant "when temps fall below zero, especially when there is a strong wind." Some 160 warming centers were opened in Chicago, where temperatures could potentially equal or exceed the all-time record of -27 degrees Fahrenheit. With the wind chill, it would feel like -40 or -50, officials said. "They are life-threatening conditions and temperatures," Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel told a news conference. In Minneapolis, officials allowed residents to stay on public buses and trains for warmth. The @NWSDesMoines regarding the upcoming cold in the Upper Midwst and Great Lakes: "This is the coldest air many of us will have ever experienced." t.co/OykrGHmgoU— Capital Weather Gang (@capitalweather) January 27, 2019 In the northeastern and southern United States, snow was falling. A cold emergency was declared in the US capital Washington, with additional services put on for the homeless. In Atlanta, some 300 flights were canceled Tuesday as the city prepares for the Super Bowl and more than 400 were canceled in Chicago, a major regional hub for US airlines. In Canada, the icy temperatures – stretching from Manitoba in the western Prairies region to the Atlantic seaboard – prompted a rare "hazardous" cold warning from the government. Environment Canada reported record-breaking snowfall at the Ottawa airport, where some 50 flights were canceled, with an accumulation of nearly a meter (more than three feet). An additional 200 flights were canceled at Toronto's airport. Scientists say climate change is causing more extreme weather, and one theory for polar vortex chills is that arctic air currents usually trapped around the North Pole are weakened and dislodged by a warming climate. WC MN we’re dealing w/some limited visibility in the open areas. Remember to turn those headlights & taillights ON and #MoveOver for those on the shoulder. This area was I-94 about 10 miles east of Moorhead. Road info t.co/UtVIO3kuBrpic.twitter.com/yZG4NRC5Th— Sgt. Jesse Grabow (@MSPPIO_NW) January 29, 2019 President Donald Trump used the occasion to again voice skepticism about climate change, tweeting: "What the hell is going on with Global Waming? (sic) Please come back fast, we need you!" But the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which operates NWS, tweeted, "Winter storms don't prove that global warming isn't happening," with a link to a 2015 explanatory article.



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