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Dozens of whales wash up on Icelandic beach

Dozens of whales wash up on Icelandic beachDozens of beached whales have been discovered on a secluded stretch of sand in west Iceland where people rarely tread. The eerie photographs show what appears to be around 20 pilot whales, partially buried in the sand and rotting on Löngufjörur beach. A pilot from Reykjavík took the photographs while ferrying American tourists around the island. The morbid discovery was only made this week by air as the area is inaccessible by car and has few visitors, except the occasional hiker. Edda Elísabet Magnúsdóttir, a marine biologist and whale specialist, told local news website Iceland Monitor that it was hard to confirm when the mammals washed up on the beach. “The most important thing to look at is that these are deep-sea whales, common at the continental margin,” she said.  “They mainly feed on squid, which is why they’re good at diving deep. When they enter shallow waters, most of them have a tendency to become disoriented. They use echolocation for orientation, for finding one another, estimating the depth, and so on. "But a sloping, sandy bottom appears to increase their disorientation. There are numerous examples of them having beached where there is such a sandy, sloping bottom.” She added that pilot whales tend to swim in close-knit groups, which increases the risk of a large number being beached at once. It comes after 145 pilot whales were found stranded on an island in New Zealand, of which half were already dead. The other half had to be put down.



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Utah teacher forces student to wash off Ash Wednesday cross

Utah teacher forces student to wash off Ash Wednesday crossSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A teacher in the predominantly Mormon state of Utah was placed on administrative leave after she forced a Catholic student to wash off the Ash Wednesday cross from his forehead.



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Utah teacher on leave after forcing student to wash off Ash Wednesday cross

Utah teacher on leave after forcing student to wash off Ash Wednesday crossA Utah school district has placed a teacher on administrative leave for forcing a student to remove the Ash Wednesday cross from his forehead.



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Honda's pickup trucks recalled because they can catch fire from car wash soap

Honda's pickup trucks recalled because they can catch fire from car wash soapThe Honda pickup is subject to a new recall to fix faulty fuel pumps that can crack when exposed to acids in car-wash detergents.



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FDA: Thoroughly wash avocados before eating to avoid listeria

FDA: Thoroughly wash avocados before eating to avoid listeriaThe FDA said the only way to prevent bacteria and dirt from transferring from the peel to the insides is to wash the skins throughouly before prepping.



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Red Tide sparks state of emergency in Florida as turtles, porpoises, and sharks wash ashore dead

Red Tide sparks state of emergency in Florida as turtles, porpoises, and sharks wash ashore deadFor many communities in seven counties along Florida’s gulf coast, daily reports of “Dead Fish: Heavy” have become commonplace as toxic algae has bloomed, killing sea life, scaring tourists, and making breathing difficult for locals. The bloom, known as a red tide, have forced Florida Governor Rick Scott to promise $ 1.5 million in emergency funding and declare a state of emergency in seven counties from Tampa Bay to the fringe of the Everglades. The algae bloom has led to grotesque scenes along the beaches in the red tide’s path: Popular beaches have been scattered with dead fish, porpoises, eels, turtles, manatees, and even a 26-foot whale shark.



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U.S. Fast Food Chains Wash Their Hands of E. Coli Romaine Scare

U.S. Fast Food Chains Wash Their Hands of E. Coli Romaine ScareMost of your favorites have released statements.



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Hundreds urged to wash clothes after UK nerve agent attack

Hundreds urged to wash clothes after UK nerve agent attackBy Henry Nicholls and Alex Fraser SALISBURY, England (Reuters) – Hundreds of people who visited the Zizzi restaurant or the Mill pub in the English city of Salisbury were told on Sunday to wash their clothes after traces of nerve agent used to attack a former Russian spy last week were found at both sites. Public Health England said there was no immediate health risk to anyone who may have been in either the restaurant or the pub, but their was a small chance that any of the agent that had come into contact with clothing or belongings could still be present in minute amounts and contaminate skin. Former double agent Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33, have been in hospital in a critical condition since March 4, when they were found unconscious on a bench in the southern English cathedral city of Salisbury.



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Customers Told to Wash Clothes as Traces of Contamination Found in Russian Spy Attack

Customers Told to Wash Clothes as Traces of Contamination Found in Russian Spy AttackA Russian ex-spy and his daughter were recently poisoned with a nerve agent



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Correction: Deadly Car Wash Shooting-The Latest story

Correction: Deadly Car Wash Shooting-The Latest storyMELCROFT, Pa. (AP) — In a story Jan. 30 about the shooting deaths of four people at a car wash, The Associated Press, relying on information from state police, misspelled the first name of one of the female victims. She was Cortney Snyder, not Courtney.



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