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The Latest: California police ask for help to find boy

This undated photo posted on the South Pasadena, Calif., Police Department's Facebook page shows Aramazd Andressian, Jr., as they seek the public's help in locating him. Authorities throughout Los Angeles County are searching for the 5-year-old, reported missing after paramedics found his father passed out in a park. Police in South Pasadena say the boy's mother reported Saturday, April 22, 2017, that her estranged husband had failed to drop the boy off at a pre-arranged meeting place. (South Pasadena Police Department via AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on a missing boy whose father was found passed out in a Los Angeles County park (all times local):

5:00 p.m.

Police in Southern California are asking for anyone with information about a missing 5-year-old boy who was with his father to come forward.

South Pasadena Police Chief Art Miller said at a news conference Sunday that...


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Brooklyn moves to help minor offenders avoid deportation

New York (AFP) - The public prosecutor's office in the New York borough of Brooklyn will change the way it deals with minor infractions by undocumented immigrants to lessen their risk of expulsion under the Trump administration, it said Monday.

Brooklyn's acting district attorney, Eric Gonzalez, said in a statement that his office would do everything possible to help those accused of minor crimes "avoid disproportionate collateral consequences such as deportation."

The attorneys in his office will be instructed that when possible, "if an appropriate disposition or sentence recommendation can be offered that neither jeopardizes public safety nor leads to removal or to any other disproportionate collateral consequence," they should recommend that option, Gonzalez said.

Assistant district attorneys are being told to "consider alternative offenses the defendant can plead to" -- different...


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Pulse-Pounding Video Shows Girl Falling Out of Church Bus

Dashcam video has captured the harrowing moment a little girl fell out the back door of a church bus in Arkansas.

Ryan Ciampoli was driving behind the vehicle when its rear exit door suddenly swung open, with a 4-year-old clinging to the handle.

Read: Driver Arrested in Death of Boy With Autism Who Was Left on Bus for Entire School Day

The child tried to hold on, but quickly crumpled to the ground, where she laid, blocking traffic.

Ciampoli slammed to a stop and ran to the child, his training as an EMT immediately kicking in.

He bent over her and was thankful to see she was moving, but she was badly hurt.

“She had a gash on her forehead and her teeth were broken in. It was very hard to see her in such pain,” he said. “She hit it hard right on her face, so her lips were bloody and bruised.”

She had also broken her jaw.

The girl was identified as Emily Rose Turner of Arkansas.

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China uncovers environment breaches - NEWS.com.au

More than two thirds of the companies investigated by China in its latest campaign against pollution have violated environmental rules, a environment ministry official says.

China launched a campaign earlier this month aimed at "normalising compliance" in 28 cities in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, a major pollution hotspot.

Tian Weiyong, head of the monitoring department at the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP), said on Friday 4077 firms had already been investigated as part of the campaign, and 2808 firms were found to have violated environmental rules, 69 per cent of the total.

China is in the fourth year of its "war on pollution", but the MEP has traditionally struggled to impose its will on powerful industrial enterprises and growth-obsessed local governments.

It has drawn up new laws and standards, increased the range of punishments and boosted its monitoring and...


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Unsafe work environment contributed to student violence incident at ... - The Canberra Times

The ACT's work safety watchdog has slapped an improvement notice on the education directorate after a Tuggeranong student allegedly threatened a teacher and destroyed school property.

Teacher and staff safety had been compromised by a student focused risk management system, according to the WorkSafe ACT caution.

The Australian Education Union's Glenn Fowler said the profession had to adjust its mindset of believing a child's right ... The Australian Education Union's Glenn Fowler said the profession had to adjust its mindset of believing a child's right to an education eclipsed staff safety. Photo: Jeffrey Chan

A Worksafe ACT spokeswoman said the improvement notice had been issued to ensure safe working environments at ACT public schools.

The watchdog had since extended the notice, which remains in place.

Police were called to the school after receiving reports of property damage on February 20.

The notice was issued after a WorkSafe ACT investigation into the incident found the directorate failed to...


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Consider the environment - Shepparton News

For more than a quarter of a century, the Goulburn Valley Environment Group has played a role in maintaining environmental assets in Shepparton.

‘‘Our aim is to protect what vegetation we have left,’’ GVEG president John Pettigrew said.

‘‘Focusing on our rivers, streams and remnant vegetation, we spend our time objecting to projects, commenting on government strategies and playing a proactive role in planning for the future.’’

Mr Pettigrew, a retired fruit grower from Bunbartha, said the group’s biggest concern right now was the burning off of stumble in paddocks in rural areas.

‘‘It’s not just unnecessary, it affects the air quality throughout the region and releases carbon into the atmosphere,’’ he said.

Today is Earth Day, an annual event celebrated worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection, but for Mr Pettigrew ‘‘every day was Earth day’’.

‘‘We recognise and...


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Ex-child soldier wins environment prize - BBC News

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Image caption Ranger Rodrigue Katembo has been kidnapped and attacked and has suffered mock executions while protecting the Virunga National Park in the DRC

An ex-child soldier who has spent years risking his life to fight illegal mining and wildlife poaching has been given a prestigious award.

The Goldman prize for park ranger Rodrigue Mugaruka Katembo, from the Democratic Republic of Congo, honours "environmental defenders" worldwide.

It comes as new analysis shows more environmental activists were killed in the last year than ever before.

Mr Katembo is one of several winners of this year's award.

He has...


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Sacred Canyon rock engravings offered better environmental protection in SA Flinders Ranges - ABC Online

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Sacred Canyon, an Aboriginal site with ancient rock engravings in South Australia's Flinders Ranges, is being offered better environmental protection.

The boundary of Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park is being extended to help preserve the site, Environment and Conservation Minister Ian Hunter said.

"Our natural environment is an integral part of our state's identity and it is critically important as the habitat for threatened species of national, state and regional conservation significance," he said.

"Protection was requested by Adnyamathanha members of the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park co-management board and the Adnyamathanha people."

Adnyamathanha Traditional Land Association chief executive Vince Coulthard said the decision was pleasing.

"Sacred Canyon...


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Australian farmer wins global environmental award - ABC News ... - ABC Online

Mid-shot of ederly woman standing next to field of crops with right hand on wire farm fence

A farmer from the Upper Hunter Valley in New South Wales has today been bestowed a significant international environmental award.

Wendy Bowman has received the Goldman Environmental Prize in the United States, and is the first Australian to be honoured in almost 15 years.

Previously won by former Greens leader, Bob Brown, the award recognises unsung individuals who are striving to protect the natural environment in the face of overwhelming odds.

For almost three decades, the tenacious Hunter Valley cattle producer has been fighting to save prime farmland, water, and rural villages from the impacts of open-cut coal mining — inspiring a community movement along the way.

She said receiving the award was an unexpected surprise.

"When I got the phone call, I was in shock, because I...


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Filipino priest backs working with rebels on environment - Vatican Radio

Fr. Edwin Gariguez, head of the social action secretariat of Philippine Catholic bishops, expressed support for a government plan to work with communist New People's Army (NPA) in implementing projects that will protect the environment.

Father Edwin Gariguez said the initiative of Environment Secretary Gina Lopez will "help open a window for peace."

"That's a very good initiative and move in pursuing the peace process while seeking to collaborate with stakeholders for social change for we need to seek and open windows for dialogue and lasting peace," Father Gariguez said.

Lopez announced on April 20 a plan to enlist the help of rebel fighters in implementing projects in mining communities, especially in the southern province of Agusan del Norte.

"I already asked [President Rodrigo Duterte] if I can work with the NPA," Lopez told a business forum. She said she already met with a...


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Scientists reveal a new mechanism mediating environment-microbe-host interactions - Phys.Org

Scientists reveal a new mechanism mediating environment-microbe-host interactions
Dr. Meng Wang is an associate professor of the Huffington Center On Aging at Baylor College of Medicine. Credit: Baylor College of Medicine

Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine have uncovered a new mechanism showing how microbes can alter the physiology of the organisms in which they live. In a paper published in Nature Cell Biology, the researchers reveal how microbes living inside the laboratory worm C. elegans respond to environmental changes and generate signals to the worm that alter the way it stores lipids.

"Microbe-host interactions have been known for a long time, but the actual molecular mechanisms that mediate the interactions were largely unknown," said senior author Dr. Meng Wang, associate professor of molecular and human genetics at Baylor and the Huffington Center On Aging. "Microbes living inside another organism, the host, can respond to changes in the...


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Band together for the environment - Shanghai Daily (subscription)

PROTECTING the environment allows us, as students, to engage in environmental issues concerning people globally. Through learning and opportunities to meet other students and discuss our concerns about the environment, we can critically look at the issues with a local and global point of view.

Before finding a solution to a particular situation, we consider how we, as students, could help within our school and community.

At my school, Yew Chung International School, a student-led environmental club allows us to explore and discuss environmental issues, but also to reach set goals. The club tries to reach an annual target of planting 1,000 trees in the deserts of Mongolia to prevent desertification. To reach this goal, we all apply our personal knowledge and skills to create innovative and engaging ideas for fundraising and generating awareness.

Nowadays, there is a high demand for...


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North Korea says ready to strike U.S. aircraft carrier

By James Pearson and Ju-min Park

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea said on Sunday it was ready to sink a U.S. aircraft carrier to demonstrate its military might, as two Japanese navy ships joined a U.S. carrier group for exercises in the western Pacific.

U.S. President Donald Trump ordered the USS Carl Vinson carrier strike group to sail to waters off the Korean peninsula in response to rising tension over the North's nuclear and missile tests, and its threats to attack the United States and its Asian allies.

The United States has not specified where the carrier strike group is as it approaches the area. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Saturday it would arrive "within days" but gave no other details.

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North Korea remained defiant.

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Police search for missing boy in California; father arrested

This undated photo provided by the South Pasadena, Calif., Police Department shows Aramazd Andressian Sr., whose 5-year-old boy has been missing. South Pasadena Police Chief Art Miller said at a news conference Sunday, April 23, 2017, that investigators have had a difficult time getting answers from Andressian. He was arrested Saturday after paramedics found him passed out in a park. Officials have said the boy's mother reported Saturday that her estranged husband, Andressian, had failed to drop the boy off at a pre-arranged meeting place. The parents are divorcing and share custody. (South Pasadena Police Department via AP)

SOUTH PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Police in Southern California on Sunday finished their search of a park where the passed-out father of a missing 5-year-old boy was found over the weekend and are asking for anyone with information to come forward.

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Sirens and silence as Israel remembers Holocaust

Jerusalem (AFP) - Israelis stood silent and sirens rang out for two minutes on Monday as the country held its annual remembrance of the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust.

Drivers exited their cars and buses ground to a halt, while students at schools marked the two minutes of silence that began at 10:00 am (0700 GMT).

Israeli radio and television stations have aired testimony, documentaries and films on the genocide carried out by the Nazis since Sunday night.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened to destroy those who call for the destruction of Israel in a speech at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial to mark the start of commemorations on Sunday night.

"Iran and the Islamic State want to destroy us, and a hatred for Jews is being directed towards the Jewish state today," he said.

"From being defenceless people, we have become a state with a defensive capacity that is...


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Cop Apprehends 2 Pygmy Goats Caught Wreaking Havoc and Eating Cat Food in Garage

Maine police took some unlikely suspects into custody over the weekend after they were wreaking havoc in a woman’s garage and eating all her cat food.

Read: Mom Arrested After Cops Find 4 Tigers, Cougar, Fox and Skunk Roaming Free in Her Home

Louis and Mowgli are the names of the two pygmy goats apprehended by the Belfast Police Department Sunday morning.

“I’ve never had passengers like that before,” arresting officer Sgt. Daniel Fitzpatrick told InsideEdition.com of his pygmy perps. “They were very personable, so it was nice.”

Fitzpatrick explained the two pygmy goats were wandering free around the town when a local decided to corral them and keep them in her garage until she found their owners.

What seemed like a good idea took a turn for the worst when Louis and Mowgli started jumping up and down on her cat cages, eating her cats’ food and wandering around.

That’s when she called...


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China uncovers environment breaches - NEWS.com.au

More than two thirds of the companies investigated by China in its latest campaign against pollution have violated environmental rules, a environment ministry official says.

China launched a campaign earlier this month aimed at "normalising compliance" in 28 cities in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, a major pollution hotspot.

Tian Weiyong, head of the monitoring department at the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP), said on Friday 4077 firms had already been investigated as part of the campaign, and 2808 firms were found to have violated environmental rules, 69 per cent of the total.

China is in the fourth year of its "war on pollution", but the MEP has traditionally struggled to impose its will on powerful industrial enterprises and growth-obsessed local governments.

It has drawn up new laws and standards, increased the range of punishments and boosted its monitoring and...


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Consider the environment - Shepparton News

For more than a quarter of a century, the Goulburn Valley Environment Group has played a role in maintaining environmental assets in Shepparton.

‘‘Our aim is to protect what vegetation we have left,’’ GVEG president John Pettigrew said.

‘‘Focusing on our rivers, streams and remnant vegetation, we spend our time objecting to projects, commenting on government strategies and playing a proactive role in planning for the future.’’

Mr Pettigrew, a retired fruit grower from Bunbartha, said the group’s biggest concern right now was the burning off of stumble in paddocks in rural areas.

‘‘It’s not just unnecessary, it affects the air quality throughout the region and releases carbon into the atmosphere,’’ he said.

Today is Earth Day, an annual event celebrated worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection, but for Mr Pettigrew ‘‘every day was Earth day’’.

‘‘We recognise and...


Read full article on News GN Environment


Read more: Consider the environment - Shepparton News

Unsafe work environment contributed to student violence incident at ... - The Canberra Times

The ACT's work safety watchdog has slapped an improvement notice on the education directorate after a Tuggeranong student allegedly threatened a teacher and destroyed school property.

Teacher and staff safety had been compromised by a student focused risk management system, according to the WorkSafe ACT caution.

The Australian Education Union's Glenn Fowler said the profession had to adjust its mindset of believing a child's right ... The Australian Education Union's Glenn Fowler said the profession had to adjust its mindset of believing a child's right to an education eclipsed staff safety. Photo: Jeffrey Chan

A Worksafe ACT spokeswoman said the improvement notice had been issued to ensure safe working environments at ACT public schools.

The watchdog had since extended the notice, which remains in place.

Police were called to the school after receiving reports of property damage on February 20.

The notice was issued after a WorkSafe ACT investigation into the incident found the directorate failed to...


Read full article on News GN Environment


Read more: Unsafe work environment contributed to student violence incident at ... - The Canberra Times

Sacred Canyon rock engravings offered better environmental protection in SA Flinders Ranges - ABC Online

External Link: Sacred Canyon is a spectacular part of outback SA

Sacred Canyon, an Aboriginal site with ancient rock engravings in South Australia's Flinders Ranges, is being offered better environmental protection.

The boundary of Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park is being extended to help preserve the site, Environment and Conservation Minister Ian Hunter said.

"Our natural environment is an integral part of our state's identity and it is critically important as the habitat for threatened species of national, state and regional conservation significance," he said.

"Protection was requested by Adnyamathanha members of the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park co-management board and the Adnyamathanha people."

Adnyamathanha Traditional Land Association chief executive Vince Coulthard said the decision was pleasing.

"Sacred Canyon...


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