ST. LOUIS — The number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized in southwest Missouri's Greene County has surpassed the highest levels seen in the winter. The county's previous record of 237 COVID-19 patients was set on Dec. 1. On Monday, the health department reported 251 coronavirus patients in the county's hospitals. Missouri reported 1,020 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, and the seven-day average was the highest since Jan. 29, according to a Post-Dispatch analysis. More than 2.8 million Missourians have received a first dose of vaccine, or 46.1% of the state's total population. Of those, about 2...
Toa, the baby orca who captured hearts after he was found stranded in New Zealand waters, has lost his fight for survival, conservationists confirmed Saturday.
The killer whale, less than 2.5 metres (eight feet) long and believed to be four to six months old, became front-page news when he washed ashore near the capital Wellington after becoming separated from his pod nearly two weeks ago.
He was unweaned, and hundreds of people volunteered to assist with round-the-clock care as he was unable to survive alone in the ocean.
Conservationists, who named the orca Toa -- Maori for "warrior" -- housed him in a makeshift pen at the seaside suburb of Plimmerton, where he was fed via a special teat every four hours while an air and sea search was mounted to find his mother.
Whale Rescue, an organisation that had been helping care for Toa, posted on social media that his condition rapidly deteriorated on Friday night.
"Vets on site rushed to his aid but were unable to save him," the statement said.
Department of Conservation marine species manager Ian Angus said they were aware that the longer Toa was in captivity and away from his mother, the more likely it was his health would deteriorate.
"Toa passed quickly, surrounded by love with his last days made as comfortable as possible," Angus said.
"Throughout this amazing effort, we've all been united in wanting to do the best for Toa. Finding and reuniting him with his pod was still our goal as we headed into the weekend.
"This calf had captured hearts, and no one wanted to believe that he didn't have a fighting chance."
Despite being known as killer whales, orcas are actually the largest species of dolphin, with males growing up to nine metres.
Recognisable by their distinctive black and white markings, they are listed as critically endangered in New Zealand, where their population is estimated at 150-200.
Pods of orcas are relatively common in Wellington Harbour, where they have been observed hunting stingrays.
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A strong earthquake shook the Philippines on Saturday, the US Geological Survey reported, but it was deep, and local authorities said they did not expect damage.
The 6.7-magnitude quake struck off the main island of Luzon at 4:48 am (2048 GMT) at a depth of 112 kilometres (70 miles), USGS said.
It was followed a few minutes later with a 5.8-magnitude quake in the same region that was also deep.
"It's very strong, we're alarmed," said police Major Ronnie Aurellano in Calatagan municipality, Batangas province, which is south of Manila and near the epicentre of the quakes.
"It's raining very hard here as well, but our people here are used to earthquakes. They're aware of the duck, hold and cover when there's an earthquake."
"We're checking low-lying areas in case there's a tsunami," he added.
The Philippine seismological agency said it did not expect damage. And there was no tsunami warning or threat, according to the US Tsunami Warning System.
"It's not as strong compared to the previous quakes here -- there's no damage reported to us," said police Corporal Bernie Faderogao in nearby Mabini.
"Our sliding door was just slightly shaken but it didn't break."
The archipelago is regularly rocked by quakes due to its location on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", an arc of intense seismic activity that stretches from Japan through Southeast Asia and across the Pacific basin.
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Fox News is still making efforts to support former President Donald Trump and his children. So, when one host attempted to call out the former president's children for ethics violations, you can probably imagine how the rest of the network's panel hosts responded.
On Friday, July 23, political strategist and Fox News contributor Jessica Tarlov weighed in on the ethical violations Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner have been accused of as she highlighted the conflict of interest regarding the business profits they made while working in government: a move that is typically frowned upon.
Referring to the investigation conducted by Citizens For Ethics, Tarlov highlighted that the couple made "hundreds of millions" while working in government.
"We cannot have this conversation and completely ignore the fact that Trump children, Ivanka and Jared… made hundreds of millions of dollars while they were serving in government posts," Tarlov noted as she noted that Ivanka managed to get "dozens" of preliminary trademarks approved in record time.
Tarlov's remarks come months after the Citizens For Ethics investigation which highlights the problem with their earnings. Although they opted not to receive government salaries, their advantage simply from having government posts was far more beneficial.
"Both Kushner and Trump announced they would not take a salary while working for the government in an attempt to shut down nepotism concerns," the organization wrote. "While their supporters marked this as a public sacrifice, the massive amount of money they made on the side undercuts that argument, as government salaries would have been less than 1% of their income."
According to an assessment of Ivanka and Jared's financial disclosures, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) noted that the couple "reported between $172 million and $640 million in outside income while working in the White House."
Jessica: We cannot have this conversation and completely ignore the fact that Trump children, Ivanka and Jared… mad… https://t.co/94lcytBkrO— Acyn (@Acyn) 1627076649.0
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