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Miami-Dade police to take over search efforts at the Surfside condo building collapse site

Miami-Dade police to take over search efforts at the Surfside condo building collapse site

Firefighters are turning over the search and recovery efforts at the Surfside condo building collapse to the Miami-Dade Police Department, officials said Friday. The Miami-Dade Fire Rescue had been in charge at the site of the now-leveled residential building in the South Florida community. But that is now changing, according to a news release from…MORE

A Missouri hospital just hit its all-time high for Covid cases. But the county fair that attracts thousands won’t be canceled

A Missouri hospital just hit its all-time high for Covid cases. But the county fair that attracts thousands won’t be canceled

Amy Tignor remembers the crowds that attended the Ozark Empire Fair’s rides, concerts and livestock shows in past years. A resident of Springfield, Missouri, since 2005 and the owner of a local brewery, Tignor said nothing could “drag her there” this year, even though she’s fully vaccinated. “As you’re sitting in a crowd, six out…MORE

Fire whirls, ‘pyro’ clouds, and hazy skies: Extreme fire behavior is a preview of what’s to come

Fire whirls, ‘pyro’ clouds, and hazy skies: Extreme fire behavior is a preview of what’s to come

Dozens of wildfires currently blazing across the West have been exhibiting extreme fire behavior: demonstrating alarming rotational patterns and wafting smoke across the country while also creating their own weather. Given 2020’s historic wildfire season, the early return of the destructive flames puts 2021 on pace to be another potentially record-shattering year for blazes. Human-caused…MORE

Mask mandates are back on the table as Covid-19 surges nationwide

Mask mandates are back on the table as Covid-19 surges nationwide

While the need for mask wearing never fully dissipated during the pandemic, guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in May that removed restrictions for vaccinated individuals was a welcome harbinger of a possible return to normalcy. Now, with Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations increasing throughout the nation, safety precautions such as mask…MORE

Olympic protests are nearly as old as the Games themselves. So why are officials so hesitant to allow them?

Olympic protests are nearly as old as the Games themselves. So why are officials so hesitant to allow them?

The Tokyo Olympics — after a long delay — are finally happening. The opening ceremony formally kicked off the Games Friday and sporting events are underway. There’s nothing but excitement in the air, according to IOC Athletes’ Commission Chair Kirsty Coventry. In her statement Tuesday, Coventry painted a rosy picture, saying “The Village is looking…MORE

Hula-Hoops are trending, but it’s not your childhood version

Hula-Hoops are trending, but it’s not your childhood version

Instead of spinning hoops around the waist as kids have done for decades, Hula-Hoop dancers have some new moves as the trend returns. They are now throwing them into the air and twirling them around the body. Some use bright, flashing hoops. Others use multiple hoops at the same time. One influencer can hoop while…MORE

The latest on the Tokyo Olympics

The latest on the Tokyo Olympics

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Minneapolis voters will decide whether to replace the police department with a public safety department

Minneapolis voters will decide whether to replace the police department with a public safety department

Minneapolis city officials voted Friday to approve the language of a ballot measure that will ask voters in November whether the city’s police department should be replaced with public safety department. The Minneapolis City Council approved the ballot question language, which will be presented to residents in the municipal general election on November 2, 2021.…MORE

Before a wildfire grew into an out-of-control blaze, the Forest Service decided to let it burn
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Before a wildfire grew into an out-of-control blaze, the Forest Service decided to let it burn

A massive wildfire raging out of control in the rugged mountains straddling the California-Nevada border, tearing through tens of thousands of acres was initially determined by US Forest Service officials to not be a threat and allowed to burn. The lightning-sparked Tamarack Fire, first discovered on July 4 in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, was initially…MORE

At least nine of the 20 largest US school districts are making masks optional for students
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At least nine of the 20 largest US school districts are making masks optional for students

As the new school year quickly approaches, at least nine of the 20 largest school districts in the US are making masks optional for students in school while another nine are requiring masks. Two districts remain undecided with just weeks left until schools plan to open their doors. With varying rules for indoors and outdoors,…MORE

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