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14-year-old boy witnesses federal 'cyanide bomb' kill his dog

Published: Tuesday, March 21, 2017 @ 1:04 AM

14-Year-Old Witnesses Federal Cyanide Bomb Kill Dog

A cyanide trap intended to kill coyotes injured a 14-year-old boy and killed his dog Thursday, police said. 

The Idaho boy and dog were walking behind their home when the device exploded, the Idaho State Journal reported. 

The boy was knocked to his back and later taken to the hospital for cyanide poison testing. The dog died in front of the teen, the Journal reported. 

"Seeing something like that stays with you," the boy’s mother, Theresa Mansfield, told the Journal. 

The trap, often called a "cyanide bomb," was placed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a predator control device. It’s very dangerous to animals and humans, police said.

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The incident is being investigated, police said.

Read more at the Idaho State Journal

Alabama Senate race live updates: Roy Moore vs. Doug Jones

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 7:59 AM

MIDLAND CITY, AL -   People wait for the arrival of Republican Senatorial candidate Roy Moore to speak during a campaign event at Jordan's Activity Barn on December 11, 2017 in Midland City, Alabama. Mr. Moore is facing off against Democrat Doug Jones in tomorrow's special election for the U.S. Senate.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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MIDLAND CITY, AL - People wait for the arrival of Republican Senatorial candidate Roy Moore to speak during a campaign event at Jordan's Activity Barn on December 11, 2017 in Midland City, Alabama. Mr. Moore is facing off against Democrat Doug Jones in tomorrow's special election for the U.S. Senate. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)(Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

MOBILE, Alabama – Twice booted from his position as state supreme court chief justice and dogged by allegations he pursued teenage girls when he was in his 30s, Roy Moore will find out Tuesday if the people of Alabama are willing to look past the scandals and send him to Washington as their next senator.

As Alabama’s special election neared the finish line on Monday, Moore, with the help of former aide to President Donald Trump, Steve Bannon, renewed his call for voters to help him “clean the swamp.” 

Moore’s opponent, Democrat Doug Jones, on Monday campaigned with NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley. Barkley told supporters that Alabama has, “got to stop looking like idiots to the nation.” 

The race, a special election being held to fill the Senate term of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, has garnered national attention as allegations of sexual misconduct by Moore surfaced. 

Eight women have come forward to say Moore acted inappropriately toward them when they were in their teens and he in his 30s. He has denied the allegations.

Before his run for the Senate seat, Moore gained national attention when he was twice removed from his position as Alabama’s chief justice for violating judicial orders. 

If Jones wins Tuesday, he will be the first Democrat to do so in 20 years when the state’s last Democratic Senator, Howell Heflin, retired. 

Look for live updates here throughout the day and full coverage of election returns beginning at 4 p.m. ET.

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Baby formula recalled over salmonella contamination

Published: Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 12:01 PM

International Baby Formula Recall Issued Over Salmonella Contamination

One of the world’s largest dairy groups has ordered a global recall of millions of baby milk products over fears of salmonella bacteria contamination.

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Lactalis is pulling millions of products made since mid-February and shipped to markets including China, Greece, Pakistan and Britain, according to a company list

Products in the United States are not affected. 

French health officials said 26 infants have gotten sick since Dec. 1. Those cases were linked to products branded Picot SL, Pepti Junior 1, Milumel Bio 1 and Picot Riz.

“(Lactalis is) sincerely sorry for the concern generated by the situation and expresses its compassion and support to the families whose children fell ill,” the company said in a statement.

Salmonella can cause abdominal cramps, diarrhea and fever. Most people are able to recover without treatment.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Hitler-themed homework assigned to middle-schoolers angers parents

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 7:22 AM

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Parents in a Chicago suburb are furious after their kids brought home a homework assignment called “If You Give Hitler a Country.” The assignment reportedly told the students to “create a comic strip for little kids that exemplifies Europe’s appeasement towards Hitler.”

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At Woodland Middle School in Gurnee, Illinois, eighth-grader Michael Masterton told WGN that “everyone in the class was given the paper and it tells you all the requirements.” His mother, Kelly, was a bit more taken aback by the homework, telling the Chicago station, “I asked him, ‘Did you ask the teacher if you could use these images?’ and he said yes. … I’m not sure what the appropriate manner is to use a swastika.” The concerned mother posted the image to her Facebook page and said, “[I] don’t think [the teacher] did it to be anti-Semitic. I think she was trying to teach that there was propaganda. ... It did not come through that way.”

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On the handout, a cartoon character is shown wearing a Nazi uniform and sporting an Adolf Hitler mustache while giving a Nazi salute. Michael told NBC Chicago that he asked for an alternative assignment, saying, "Some kids were being a bit immature and trying to make this assignment a little bit funny, and it’s disgusting.”

School board president Carla Little apologized in a statement and said the assignment was aimed at teaching students about the appeasement negotiations between the Nazis and opposing countries and the events leading up to World War II. Kelly said she’s not satisfied with the school's explanation and wants to know “that they’re not going to go ahead and give more assignments and make light of it.”


California wildfires: Why you shouldn’t intervene with wildlife

Published: Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 3:16 PM

At Least Six Wildfires Burning Across Southern California

Days after a video of a man appearing to rescue a wild rabbit from California wildfire flames made headlines, numerous experts are saying his actions weren’t a good idea.

Video taken Dec. 7 in La Conchita, California, showed an unidentified man dressed in shorts and a hoodie corralling a wild rabbit  along Highway 1. 

Related: Man saves wild rabbit from California wildfires

California Fish and Wildlife spokesman Peter Tira told the San Francisco Chronicle that animals have natural ways of staying safe during wildfires. 

“If you encounter a wild animal in your neighborhood, leave it alone,” says Tira. “Fire or no fire, just let the animals be.” 

“Fire is something animals have to deal with constantly,” Tira added.

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Tira also debunked a viral message going across social media that urges people to leave out water for animals escaping the flames. It has various iterations but generally has this message.

“Northern Californians, please be aware that wild animals are fleeing the fires and they may show up in your yards. The Forestry Department is urging you to bring your domestic animals in at night and let the wild ones pass through. Please put out buckets of water for them – they are scared, exhausted, and have also lost their homes – they need to refuel.”

Related: California wildfires force thousands to evacuate

The Scaramento Bee reported that The U.S. Forest Service and California Department of Fish and Wildlife have both dismissed the message as untrue. Both organizations recommend people don’t intervene with wildlife.

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John Griffin, director of urban wildlife for the Humane Society of the United States, told, an internet urban myth debunking website, that interfering with wildlife could create unforeseen issues.

“In this situation, it’s just better not to have an intervention, because (animals) are extremely resilient and they’re aware of other food or water sources,” Griffin said. “Trying to interfere with that -- you don’t know that interfering won’t cause an issue. If they’re truly injured and require assistance, that’s a different set of circumstances.”

Related: Photos: California wildfires burn thousands of acres, force evacuations

Tira said domestic animals are not at an increased risk of falling prey to wild ones and that there is a low chance of wild animals showing up in people’s yards.

The best thing people can do when they see wildlife they believe to be in need of human help is contact their local animal control.