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Rockefeller, the tiny owl that captured our hearts, is back in the wild

There may have been mixed feelings about the Rockefeller Christmas tree this year, but there was nothing of the sort for the tiny, adorable owl that was found in it. Rocky — short for her nickname of “Rockefeller” — was released back into the wild after spending several days at the Ravensbeard Wildlife Center, where…

Fred Sasakamoose, Indigenous NHL trailblazer, dies at 86 after battle with Covid-19

Fred Sasakamoose, the National Hockey League’s first Indigenous player, died Tuesday at 86, according to his son Neil Sasakamoose, who delivered the news in an emotional video on Facebook. Fred Sasakamoose’s death came five days after being hospitalized in Saskatchewan, Canada, with Covid-19. “This Covid virus just did so much damage into his lungs, he…

California prosecutors say thousands of people, including inmates, fraudulently applied for stimulus money and may have cost the state $1 billion

Thousands of inmates throughout California — including death row inmates — may have bilked the state’s unemployment benefits system of up to a billion dollars in what prosecutors called “the largest ever taxpayer fraud to occur in this state’s history.” Murderers, rapists, child molesters and serial killers are among thousands of prisoners implicated in a…

Toronto Zoo polar bear promoted to ‘honorary master corporal’ by the Canadian Army

The Canadian Army is celebrating the promotion of one of its furriest members. Juno the polar bear, who lives at the Toronto Zoo, was adopted by the army shortly after she was born on Remembrance Day 2015. Polar bears are the army’s official mascot, and given her birthdate, she was named for the Canadian landings…

Hal Ketchum, legendary country music artist, dies at 67 after battle with dementia

Country music singer Hal Ketchum passed away at the age of 67 on Monday night due to complications from dementia, his wife said. “With great sadness and grief we announce that Hal passed away peacefully last night at home due to complications of dementia,” Ketchum’s wife, Andrea, confirmed in a post on the late singer’s…

Local restaurant in Cleveland is shocked when a customer leaves a $3,000 tip

A local restaurant in Cleveland received a holiday surprise as it was voluntarily closing due to the increase of Covid-19 cases in Ohio. Brendon Ring, who owns staple local establishment Nighttown, told CNN that he was having lunch at his restaurant when a semi-regular customer came over and left his check at his table that…

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo reverses course on family Thanksgiving plans amid backlash

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo canceled his Thanksgiving plans after facing criticism for planning to have a holiday meal with his mother amid escalating numbers of Covid-19 cases. On Monday, Cuomo told WAMC’s radio host Alan Chartock that his 89-year-old mother, Matilda Cuomo, was planning on traveling to join him in Albany, along with two…

Purdue Pharma pleads guilty to federal criminal charges related to nation’s opioid crisis

Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, pleaded guilty Tuesday to three federal criminal charges related to the company’s role in creating the nation’s opioid crisis. Purdue Pharma board chairman Steve Miller pleaded guilty on behalf of the company during a virtual federal court hearing in front of US District Judge Madeline Cox Arleo. The counts…

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