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Houston deputy’s wife and stepchild shot by gunman inside their apartment, police say

An off-duty deputy’s wife and his 4-year-old stepdaughter were shot early Sunday morning when a gunman forced entry into their Houston, Texas, home and opened fire, according to Police Chief Troy Finner. At about 2:20 a.m. Sunday, Houston police responded to an “officer assist” call on West Dallas Street where the suspect, described as a…

1 person is killed and at least 5 are wounded in an Oakland, CA, shooting, police say

One person was killed and at least five others were wounded in a shooting Saturday evening near Lake Merritt in Oakland, California, according to police. When the shooting occurred at around 6:20 p.m., resources from the Oakland Police Department (OPD) were already in the area monitoring for public safety as a crowd of approximately 1,000…

Covid-19 pandemic magnifies workforce crisis in veterinary field

Madison Vollbracht says she burned out after five years working as a veterinary technician. Her work was already grueling before the Covid-19 pandemic — staff shortages, long hours, little pay and no overtime. But the pandemic sparked a dramatic increase in pet adoptions, “Covid puppies and kittens,” as Vollbracht calls them, as well as a…

1 person is dead after a truck hit pedestrians at a Florida Pride parade

Two pedestrians at a Pride parade near Miami on Saturday were hit by a truck, leaving one dead and the other injured, according to police. “Both males were taken to Broward Health Medical Center, where one was pronounced deceased,” said Fort Lauderdale Police Department detective Ali Adamson at a Saturday night press conference. The second…

A Wyoming woman died after falling 200 feet off a cliff during a sunrise hike

A woman died this week after she fell more than 200 feet from a Wyoming peak while on a sunrise hike with her husband, according to the Sheridan County Sheriff’s Office. In a post on Facebook, the sheriff’s office said it received a report Tuesday at about 5:50 a.m. local time that a woman —…

He jumped into a bay to save a toddler. This week, he got a special honor

The Air Force’s Thunderbirds honored a man Friday who jumped into an Ocean City, Maryland, bay last month to save a toddler. Jonathan Bauer was selected to ride in the back seat of an F-16 as part of the Thunderbirds’ “Hometown Hero,” program, local officials said. “Jonathan Bauer is our hometown hero for the ……

Five shot, one fatally, in downtown Anchorage, Alaska

Police in Anchorage, Alaska, are investigating after five people were shot, one of whom later died. On Saturday at 2:43 a.m., Anchorage police responded to the 300 Block of Gambell Street in reference to a shooting, according to a news release from the department. When they arrived, officers found five adult victims, three males and…

Sesame Street introduces family with two gay dads during Pride Month

There are some new faces on “Sesame Street” and they’re bringing a new layer of diversity to the decades-old children’s show. The show dropped its Family Day episode Thursday on HBO Max (which, like CNN, is owned by WarnerMedia) and YouTube. The episode featured a family with two gay dads. On the episode, Nina introduces…

Buffalo Bills’ Cole Beasley says he’d rather retire than get Covid-19 vaccine

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley, in a challenge to the National Football League’s new Covid-19 training camp and preseason protocols, tweeted that he’d rather retire than get a vaccine. “Everyone — Hi, I’m Cole Beasley and I’m not vaccinated!,” he wrote in a post Friday that he called a “Public Service Announcement.” “I will…

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