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  • Video captures the sound of joy when a baby’s hearing aid is turned on

    When the video starts, 4-month-old Georgina silently stares at the camera. Then her mother says, “OK, so we’ve just turned your hearing on. Can you say hello to everybody?” Georgina’s response is immediate — and heart-melting. She enthusiastically squeals a long, high-pitched “hi” of her own. When she turns her head, you can see the hearing aids in her tiny ears. Paul Addison, Georgina’s dad, posted the video on Twitter because he wanted the world to know the joy his […]

  • Pensacola naval base shooting ‘appears to be a terrorist attack,’ White House official says

    PENSACOLA, Fla. — The motive behind a 21-year-old gunman’s attack on Naval Air Station Pensacola still remains undetermined, but the FBI is treating it as “an act of terror,” a member of the agency said. Working under the “presumption that this was an act of terrorism” will allow agents to take advantage of certain investigative techniques, FBI Special Agent in Charge Rachel Rojas said. Mohammed Alshamrani, a Saudi Arabian Air Force officer who had been in flight training at the base […]

  • Russia banned from 2020 Olympics and 2022 World Cup over doping scandal

    The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has unanimously agreed to ban Russia from major international sporting competitions — notably the Olympics and the World Cup — for four years over doping non-compliance. WADA’s compliance review committee (CRC) had suggested several sanctions because of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency’s (RUSADA) failure to cooperate fully during probes into Russian sport. WADA’s executive committee decided to uphold the recommendations at a meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland on Monday. Russian whistleblower Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov, who was influential in […]

  • Golden Globe 2020 nominations revealed

    LOS ANGELES — The nominees for the 77th Golden Globe Awards were announced Monday. Netflix led in nominations, thanks to a strong showing from the films “Marriage Story” and “The Irishman.” The dramas were nominated for six and five awards respectively. In the television categories, “Chernobyl,” “The Crown,” and “Unbelievable” all led with four nominations each. Once again no women were nominated in the best director category and Jennifer Lopez, who has been hailed for her performance in the film […]

  • At least 5 dead, 10 missing after volcanic eruption in New Zealand

    Desperate efforts are underway to locate any additional survivors of a deadly volcanic eruption on New Zealand’s White Island Monday, which killed at least five people and injured at least a dozen more. The eruption took place with little warning early Monday afternoon local time while dozens of tourists from nearby cruise ship Ovation of the Seas were touring the volcano. New Zealand is located in one of the world’s most tectonically-volatile regions. Vulcanologists said that while the eruption was relatively small […]

  • Sailors killed at Pensacola Navy base saved lives when they ran toward the gunman, officials say

    Three US Navy sailors were killed when they “didn’t run from danger” after a gunman opened fire at a US Navy base in Florida, US Navy officials said. “When confronted … they ran towards it and saved lives. If not for their actions, and the actions of the Naval Security Force that were the first responders on the scene, this incident could have been far worse,” said Capt. Tim Kinsella, the base commander officer. The sailors were Airman Mohammed Sameh […]

  • “Sensitive Santa” makes sure kids with autism and sensory disabilities join in the holiday fun

    PITTSTON, PA (WNEP) — Many children wait all year to see Jolly Old Saint Nicholas. We’ve all seen the long lines of people at shopping malls waiting to take a picture with Santa and ask for that perfect Christmas gift, but for children with autism and other sensory disabilities, it’s not a lot of fun. “They’re overstimulated by too much light, too much noise. You go to a mall and it’s crowded and you get a little anxious? Amplify that […]

  • Officials: 3 US Navy sailors killed in the Pensacola Navy base saved lives when they ran toward gunman

    PENSACOLA, Fl. — Three US Navy sailors were killed when they “didn’t run from danger” after a gunman opened fire at a US Navy base in Florida, US Navy officials said. “When confronted … they ran towards it and saved lives. If not for their actions, and the actions of the Naval Security Force that were the first responders on the scene, this incident could have been far worse,” said Capt. Tim Kinsella, the base commander officer. The sailors were […]

  • Dozens of polar bears swarm Russian village in search of food

    Dozens of polar bears have crowded a village in Russia’s far east in search for food, forcing public events to be canceled and humans to shelter inside. About 60 polar bears descended on Ryrkaypiy in Russia’s remote Chukotka region, Tatyana Minenko, the head of the village’s “bear patrol” told Russian state news agency RIA Novosti. The polar bears are eating the carcasses of walruses that have remained on the village’s shores since the fall, the Russian branch of the World […]

  • Rare red and white cardinals spotted in Texas

    CENTRAL TEXAS (WTKR) — This northern cardinal was caught and banded by members of the Inland Bird Banding Association in central Texas. The bird shows apparent bilateral gynandromorphism, a rare abnormality that causes it to have female plumage on one side of its body and male on the other. Such birds have both an ovary and a testis, says the IBBA. In October, an extremely rare yellow northern cardinal was spotted in Port St. Lucie, Florida. Tracy Workman, an art […]

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