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Man carries dead raccoon into McDonald’s — forcing restaurant to shut down for sanitizing

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A San Francisco McDonald’s was shut down temporarily after a man carried a dead raccoon dripping blood into the fast food restaurant.

Another customer posted video on Facebook of the bizarre incident Sunday morning that shows the mentally ill man carrying the dead animal into the restaurant and begging for help, reported San Francisco Chronicle.

“The guy came in screaming, ‘Help, help, help!'” said Chris Brooks, who frequently stops at that restaurant for breakfast. “He came to the counter, and I thought it was a dog at first. The employees told him to leave, and he went and sat down with it.”

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The video shows the man get up and walk around the restaurant, leaving the dead animal lying on a table.

“There was blood on the table and blood on the floor and, with people walking around, you could see them tracking the blood around,” he added.

The 54-year-old Brooks told the newspaper that homeless people frequently go to the restaurant for food and to escape the cold, and he said about two dozen customers were in the McDonald’s when the man brought the raccoon inside.

Police responded about 7 a.m. to the incident, and a department spokesman said the man was evaluated for mental health but did not meet the criteria for psychiatric detention.

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Officers were not able provide details about the man’s housing situation.

McDonald’s said the restaurant was closed for about two hours while employees sanitized the dining area, and the health department cleared the business for full operations that afternoon.

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US ‘lies’ slammed after Mike Pompeo blames Iran for drone attacks without proof

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Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Mousavi forcefully rejected Sunday unsubstantiated charges by by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and US Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) regarding the recent drone attacks that caused serious damage to two crucial Saudi Arabian oil installations.

“It has been around 5 years that the Saudi-led coalition has kept the flames of war alive in the region by repeatedly launching aggression against Yemen and committing different types of war crimes, and the Yemenis have also shown that they are standing up to war and aggression,” Seyyed Abbas Mousavi said in a statement.

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Why are college students so stressed out? It’s not because they’re ‘snowflakes’

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College student stress is nothing new. Anxieties over homesickness, social pressures, challenging course loads and more have been a common feature of the U.S. college experience for decades. But, without question, student stress levels and psychological distress are measurably worse than before. According to a national study published earlier this year in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology, major depression among young adults (18-25) rose 63 percent between 2009 and 2017. They also report that the rate of young adults with suicidal thoughts or other suicide-related outcomes increased 47 percent from 2008 to 2017.

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Kaiser healthcare workers plan for nation’s largest strike since 1997

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More than 80,000 Kaiser Permanente emergency medical technicians, nurses, respiratory therapists and other staffers are threatening to walk out of work next month, in what could be the nation's largest strike since 1997.

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