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French director red-faced after pink flamingo disaster

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A French director said Monday he would abandon filming at a Mediterranean wetlands after a pilot sparked a panic among a huge flock of pink flamingos, causing hundreds of them to abandon their eggs.

The pilot of an ultralight aircraft was scouting locations for Nicolas Vanier’s film “Give Me Wings” in the Camargues region this month when he zeroed in on the only wild flock of flamingos in France.

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“A flight plan had indeed been given to the pilot indicating the precise areas to avoid,” Vanier told AFP, adding that the operator was not directly employed by his production company.

“They wanted to have some fun by making the birds scatter — I was outraged,” he said.

The France Nature Environnement association filed a complaint for damage to a protected species, saying the disruptions during the key brooding season led one of every 10 pairs to abandon their nests.

“The presence of this emblematic species… required the utmost precautions to be taken,” the association said.

“Five hundred pairs of the 4,500 in the colony definitively abandoned their egg,” it said.

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Vanier, also a writer and adventurer known for films including “Wolf” and “The Last Trapper”, offered to make amends by sponsoring a flamingo flock and inviting environmental groups to help present the film and use it for educational purposes.

That apparently wasn’t enough to settle the controversy, and Vanier said he would finish filming his new movie — about a scientist’s passion for wild geese — in Norway.

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‘It’s all distractions’: CNN panel obliterates GOP for totally refusing to discuss Trump’s conduct

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A CNN panel on Thursday obliterated House Republicans for once again completely ignoring the substance of allegations against President Donald Trump and instead throwing out numerous distractions intended to deflect attention from the president's actions.

"It's been distractions about the Bidens, it's been distractions about conspiracy theories about Ukraine's involvement in the election," said CNN legal analyst Carrie Cordero. "Yesterday, it was distractions about FISA and FISA so-called abuse. It was distractions from Congressman Gohmert reading calls from 1943! It's been all distractions and they won't wrestle with the actual conduct."

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Even though Fox News hosts like Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Tucker Carlson and Jeanine Pirro aggressively support President Donald Trump more often than not, he often takes to Twitter to complain when the right-wing cable news channel gives him a hard time. His main targets at Fox News include Judge Andrew Napolitano and Chris Wallace, both of whom have been highly critical of Trump at times. And when Wallace spoke at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday night, he didn’t hesitate to call out Trump’s bitterly anti-media rhetoric.

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A recent shooting at a kosher deli in a New York suburb was fueled by "anti-Semitism" and a hatred of police, New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said Thursday.

"We believe the suspects held views that reflected hatred of Jewish people as well as hatred of law enforcement officers," he told journalists.

Authorities had previously stopped short of characterizing Tuesday's firefight, which left six people including two suspects dead, in Jersey City as motivated by anti-Semitism.

On Thursday Grewal also said authorities had evidence that the suspects had expressed interest in the fringe Black Hebrew Israelite movement, which has voiced hostility toward Jewish people.

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