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Monthly Archives: January 2021

Colombia’s ‘cocaine hippos’ must be culled, scientists say — but not everyone agrees

(CNN) Colombia’s best-known drug trafficker, Pablo Escobar, may have been killed in 1993 but his influence continues to be felt in the country, sometimes in unexpected ways. Hippopotamuses brought to Colombia as part of Escobar’s private zoo at his ranch, Hacienda Napoles, have bred so successfully that there is serious concern over […]

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Washington state taps Starbucks for help with Covid vaccine rollout

[NBC NEWS, AP] The coffee giant has committed a team to work full time on expediting its home state’s vaccine distribution. Aiming to boost the slow pace of administering Covid-19 vaccinations, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said Monday that the state has turned to Starbucks for help streamlining logistics and setting a new […]

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Man lived inside Chicago’s O’Hare airport for 3 months before detection

[Chicago Tribune] CHICAGO — A California man who police said claimed to be too afraid to fly due to COVID-19 hid out for three months in a secured area of O’Hare International Airport until his weekend arrest, prosecutors said Sunday. Aditya Singh, 36, is charged with felony criminal trespass to […]

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Auction bids are topping $57,000 for a rare $20 banknote with Del Monte sticker on it

(CNN) How can a $20 bill be worth over $57,000? Because of a printing mishap. The “Del Monte note,” a rare $20 banknote with a banana sticker on it, is currently for sale through Heritage Auctions, a Dallas-based auction house. Currency collectors are paying close attention and breaking previous bidding […]

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Credit card firm Capital One fined for violating U.S. anti-money laundering law

(Reuters) – Credit card firm Capital One Financial Corp has been fined $390 million for engaging in what the U.S. government called willful and negligent violations of the Bank Secrecy Act, an anti-money laundering law, a Treasury Department bureau said on Friday. The Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) […]

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Get A Free Bag Of Marijuana With Your Covid-19 Vaccine

[Forbes, Getty Images] Cannabis activists in Washington, D.C. are planning to offer a free bag of marijuana to those receiving the vaccine for Covid-19, the group DC Marijuana Justice announced this week. The free cannabis giveaway, dubbed Joints for Jabs, is being arranged to coincide with vaccine clinics expected to […]

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FBI warns ‘armed protests’ being planned at all 50 state capitols and in Washington DC

(CNN) The FBI has received information indicating “armed protests” are being planned at all 50 state capitols and the US Capitol in Washington, DC in the days leading up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20, according to an internal bulletin obtained by CNN. The news comes as security […]

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Amazon employees call for company to cut ties with Parler after deadly U.S. Capitol riot

[CNBC, Getty Images] A group of Amazon corporate employees is calling on the company to stop providing cloud services to Parler, a social media app popular with Trump supporters, following the deadly riots at the U.S. Capitol earlier this week.“We cannot be complicit in more bloodshed and violent attacks on […]

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3 reasons why bitcoin has doubled in less than a month – and why experts think it won’t repeat its 2017 crash

[Business Insider, Reuters] Bitcoin has more than doubled in less than a month, leaving analysts and investors stunned and concerned about a possible market bubble.In many ways the token’s rally in recent months is crucially different than the surge seen three years ago, as buyers now range from casual day traders to […]

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