MIAMI — Visitors hiking the Mahogany Hammock Trail in Everglades National Park earlier this month spotted an unfamiliar snake. It turned out to be a brand new invasive species. The hikers alerted park staff of the sighting. Park staff and biologists from the United States Geological Survey’s Fort Collins Science Center captured the snake, which was identified as a non-native Central American milk snake. It appears to be a solo snake, good news for a park and Everglades ecosystem overrun by exotic invasive reptiles. “This individual is thought to be a released pet because of its docile behavior...
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By Jonathan Allen MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) - A medical expert testifying in defense of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin told the jury on Wednesday he believed that George Floyd's death during last May's arrest was the result of heart disease making his heart beat erratically. Dr. David Fowler, who was Maryland's chief medical examiner until his retirement in 2019, said the exhaust fumes of the police car against which Chauvin restrained Floyd on the road may also have contributed to Floyd's death. Fowler appeared to dispute the findings of the Hennepin County medical examiner, who ...
GOP legislators are pushing anti-vaxx bills devised by group associated with infamous 'Demon sperm' doctor
A new report from Vice News documents how a "fringe" anti-vaccination group has succeeded in getting Republican state legislators to push bills that the website says are "stuffed with misinformation and conspiratorial language."
In total, Vice News has found that GOP state lawmakers in Wyoming, Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota, and South Carolina have pitched legislation that uses very similar language to model legislation crafted by a group called America's Frontline Doctors, which the publication describes as "a pseudo-medical collection of physicians and not-at-all-physicians devoted to spreading the worst possible information about COVID."
The group's model legislation explicitly seeks to ban so-called "vaccine passports," and also bars employers -- including hospitals -- from forcing their workers to get vaccinated as a precondition of doing their jobs.
America's Frontline Doctors last year gained public notoriety when it held a press conference that featured Dr. Stella Immanuel, a hydroxychloroquine-promoting physician who has made bizarre claims about women getting sick from having sexual relations with demons, while also making demands that Dr. Anthony Fauci provide her with a personal sample of his own urine.
The U.S. Department of Justice will not file charges against a U.S. Capitol police officer who fatally shot a woman during the Jan. 6 insurrection.
The officer has been cleared of criminal wrongdoing for fatally shooting Air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt as she tried to breach a set of doors leading to the Speaker's Lobby, just outside the House chamber where some lawmakers were sheltered during the violent siege, reported the Washington Post.
Investigators said there was not enough evidence to prove the 35-year-old Babbitt's civil rights were violated, and said it was reasonable for the officer to believe he was firing in self-defense or to defend members of Congress and their aides.
Prosecutors did not release the officer's name.
Cell phone video from inside the Capitol shows Babbitt and a group of Donald Trump's supporters trying to break through barricaded doors with a helmet, their feet and a flagpole.
An officer wearing a suit and surgical mask then fired a single shot as Babbitt, who was wearing a Trump flag as a cape, tried to crawl through a broken glass pane into the Speaker's Lobby, and she later died from her wound.
"The investigation revealed no evidence to establish beyond a reasonable doubt that the officer willfully committed a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 242," the Justice Department said in a statement. "Specifically, the investigation revealed no evidence to establish that, at the time the officer fired a single shot at Ms. Babbitt, the officer did not reasonably believe that it was necessary to do so in self-defense or in defense of the Members of Congress and others evacuating the House Chamber. Acknowledging the tragic loss of life and offering condolences to Ms. Babbitt's family, the U.S. Attorney's Office and U.S. Department of Justice have therefore closed the investigation into this matter."
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