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Dozens of dogs rescued from South Korea meat trade; arrive safe in Pittsburgh

Published: Monday, March 27, 2017 @ 8:51 AM

A dog rescued from the South Korea meat trade is now in Pittsburgh.
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A dog rescued from the South Korea meat trade is now in Pittsburgh.(via WPXI)

After a 7,000-mile journey, dozens of dogs rescued from the South Korea meat trade are now safe in Pittsburgh.
The animals landed at JFK International in New York and were picked up by the Pittsburgh Aviation Animal Rescue Team.

While eating dog is on the decline in South Korea, about 30 million are slaughtered in Asia every year.

"These dogs were in the worst deplorable conditions you can imagine and, today, they have hope. Today, they're going from danger to safety in Pittsburgh,” Jonathan Plesset, of PAART, said. 

Most of the dogs will go to South Hills Pet Rescue to be checked out, then they’ll be put up for adoption.

PAART, a not-for-profit organization that provides air and ground rescue for at-risk dogs, cats and other animals. Its mission is transporting animals from danger to safety to provide them with a second chance.

Amal, George Clooney donate $1 million to anti-hate group after Charlottesville violence

Published: Wednesday, August 23, 2017 @ 12:58 PM

Amal and George Clooney attend the Celebrity Fight Night In Italy Benefitting The Andrea Bocelli Foundation and The Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center Gala on September 7, 2014 in Florence, Italy.  (Photo by Andrew Goodman/Getty Images for Celebrity Fight Night)
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Amal and George Clooney attend the Celebrity Fight Night In Italy Benefitting The Andrea Bocelli Foundation and The Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center Gala on September 7, 2014 in Florence, Italy. (Photo by Andrew Goodman/Getty Images for Celebrity Fight Night)(Andrew Goodman)

George and Amal Clooney have donated $1 million to Southern Poverty Law Center, a non-profit that strives to put an end to domestic hate groups and extremists, in response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, earlier this month.

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“What happened in Charlottesville, and what is happening in communities across our country, demands our collective engagement to stand up to hate,” the actor and humanitarian lawyer said in a joint statement.

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On Aug. 12, a rally in Charlottesville turned violent when a group of white nationalists clashed with counterprotesters. One woman was killed when a car plowed into the crowd at the rally.

According to Reuters, the donation comes from the Clooney Foundation for Justice, which the couple created in 2016 to promote justice worldwide in courtrooms and classrooms.

Southern Poverty Law Center President Richard Cohen released a statement thanking the Clooneys for “standing with (the organization) at this critical moment in our country’s fight against hate.”

Maria Menounos to join Miss America judge panel

Published: Wednesday, August 23, 2017 @ 1:18 PM

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Not long after revealing she was diagnosed with a brain tumor and stepping down from her on-air position with E! News, Maria Menounos has joined the Miss America judging panel, PEOPLE magazine reported.

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Menounos, who was Miss Massachusetts Teen USA in 1996, will be joined by five other celebrities to choose the winner of the 97th annual competition, which is set to air on September 10. A seventh judge will be announced closer to the competition.

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Actress Molly Simms, 2014 Miss America winner and human rights advocate Nina Davuluri, former “American Idol” winner Jordin Sparks, PEOPLE editor-in-chief Jess Cagle and country star Thomas Rhett have also been tapped as judges for this year’s competition.

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The winner of Miss America will be given a full college scholarship. And judges won’t only look for beauty in this competition. They will also take lifestyle and fitness, talent, interview and evening attire into consideration.

“I’m so excited to be a judge at this year’s competition and am happy to participate alongside an organization that is an advocate for women’s education. I’m looking forward to seeing all the young women who have come this far and hearing more about them and their interests,” Simms said following the announcement.

Sparks added in a statement: “I am honored to participate as a judge for the Miss America competition this year. I understand the pressure that a competition brings and I’m lucky it’s given me the unique perspective on the hard work that the contestants have to put in to get to this point. No doubt they are all strong women and I look forward to hearing the platforms they represent.”

“Bachelor” host Chris Harrison will serve as the host of Miss America which will air live from Atlantic City, New Jersey on September 10.

Actress Maria Menounos attends "The Fate Of The Furious" New York Premiere at Radio City Music Hall on April 8, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)(Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

Thousands of Atlantic salmon escape fish farm in San Juan Islands

Published: Wednesday, August 23, 2017 @ 12:45 PM

An Atlantic salmon is pictured here. Washington State officials are encouraging fishermen to catch as many Atlantic salmon as possible after thousands escaped from a fish farm in the San Juan Islands.
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An Atlantic salmon is pictured here. Washington State officials are encouraging fishermen to catch as many Atlantic salmon as possible after thousands escaped from a fish farm in the San Juan Islands.(The Sydney Morning Herald/Fairfax Media via Getty Images)

A fish pen containing 305,000 farmed Atlantic salmon collapsed over the weekend in the San Juan Islands, raising fears about the potential that native Pacific salmon will be negatively impacted.

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The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife estimated that between 4,000 and 5,000 fish escaped the damaged pen off Cypress Island when it first became compromised Saturday.

The farm's owner, Cooke Aquaculture Pacific, said the farm then collapsed entirely on Sunday, trapping most of the fish inside.

Both the company and state officials did not expect disease to be transferred to native salmon because the farmed fish are considered healthy. Ron Warren, fish program assistant director for WDFW, said the farmed salmon had not received meal with antibiotics in more than a year.

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"That's a good indicator of a good healthy lot of fish," Warren said.

Warren expects the fish will make their way to fresh water areas, particularly in north Puget Sound, but predicted the biggest native impact on local wild salmon would be new competition for food.

He said there was no evidence that Atlantic salmon have successfully interbred with native wild salmon in Western Washington, but that "we don't like to test that theory.”

State officials encourage recreational anglers to catch the salmon, which are about 8-10 pounds each.

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The state says there is no size or catch limit for Atlantic salmon.

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Queen, Freddie Mercury biopic cast set

Published: Wednesday, August 23, 2017 @ 12:47 PM

September 1976:  British rock group Queen at Les Ambassadeurs, where they were presented with silver, gold and platinum discs for sales in excess of one million of their hit single 'Bohemian Rhapsody', which was No 1 for 9 weeks. The band are, from left to right; Brian May, John Deacon (standing), Roger Taylor and Freddie Mercury (Frederick Bulsara, 1946 - 1991).  (Photo by Ian Tyas/Keystone/Getty Images)
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September 1976: British rock group Queen at Les Ambassadeurs, where they were presented with silver, gold and platinum discs for sales in excess of one million of their hit single 'Bohemian Rhapsody', which was No 1 for 9 weeks. The band are, from left to right; Brian May, John Deacon (standing), Roger Taylor and Freddie Mercury (Frederick Bulsara, 1946 - 1991). (Photo by Ian Tyas/Keystone/Getty Images)(Ian Tyas/Getty Images)

Rami Malek, the star of USA’s “Mr. Robot” was already tapped to play Queen’s flamboyant lead singer Freddie Mercury. The movie now has the rest of the iconic band cast.

Ben Hardy, who was in “X-Men Apocalypse”, will be portraying the band’s drummer, Roger Taylor. Gwilym Lee, of “The Tourist,” will be Brian May. Joe Mazzello from “Jurassic Park” will round out the band as John Deacon, according to Queen’s website announcement.

From L to R: Rami Malek, Joseph Mazzello, Ben Hardy, Gwilym Lee(Getty Images)

L to R: Freddie Mercury, John Deacon, Roger Taylor, Brian May(Getty Images)

The movie, which is being directed by X-Men director Bryan Singer, will be called “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

Singer has said he plans on recreating Queen’s iconic moments, like the 1985 Live Aid performance.

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There had been a shake-up in casting. Originally Sacha Baron-Cohen was set to play Mercury, but after arguments between himself and May and Taylor, he dropped out and Malek took his place, NME reported.