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19 CHILDREN. TWO TEACHERS. These are the faces of the shooting victims at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. Police have not formally identified them, but some family members are sharing their stories and pictures. What we know about these precious lives lost: https://bit.ly/3LMQon5
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K-9 featured in Netflix’s ‘Rescued by Ruby’ euthanized
A Rhode Island dog whose inspiring story of going from shelter dog to life-saving police K-9 became the subject of a recent Netflix movie has been euthanized

A Rhode Island dog whose inspiring story of going from shelter dog to life-saving police K-9 became the subject of a recent Netflix movie has been euthanized.

State Police said Sunday K-9 Ruby was put down Friday following a “sudden, acute, and untreatable illness.” She was 11 years old.

Col. Darnell Weaver, superintendent of the state police, expressed gratitude for K-9 Ruby’s years of service.

“K-9 Ruby dedicated her life to serve the citizens of Rhode Island and make a positive impact on every person she ever interacted with,” he said in a statement. “She became a symbol of hope for all shelter dogs, showing the world what a shelter dog can do when just given love and the chance to shine.”

Ruby served with the Rhode Island State Police for 11 years and was handled by Corporal Daniel O’Neil, Weaver said.

Part Australian shepherd and part border collie, Ruby was one of the first shelter dogs trained to serve with the Rhode Island State Police. She participated in numerous search-and-rescue missions and made many public appearances during her career.

Ruby gained notoriety in 2017 when she located a teenage boy who was severely injured while hiking in the woods. The boy turned out to be the son of the animal shelter volunteer who had fought to keep her from being put down.

“She was a total knucklehead,” shelter volunteer and dog trainer Patricia Inman had told The Associated Press of Ruby, who had been returned by five families for being too rambunctious before O’Neil adopted the then-eight-month-old in 2011.

Ruby earned national recognition for the rescue — the American Humane Hero Dog organization named her the nation’s “Search and Rescue Dog of the Year” — and her story was made into the 2022 Netflix movie “Rescued by Ruby.”

“She had a full, happy, and wonderful life, not only as a trooper, but as part of a loving family,” Weaver said. “She worked right until the end and never gave up doing what she loved most — making people smile.”

Ruby lived with O’Neil and his family and will be honored privately, police said.

“She was given a chance and she’s been doing everything she can to pay it back,” O’Neil said earlier this year. “You have this dog that was given up on, and she’s changed so many people’s lives.”

Despite her lauded search-and-rescue career, Ruby’s mischievous spirit was irrepressible: Three years ago, she bolted near a state park, turning up safe and sound after a 19-hour search. More recently, she returned from a bathroom break with a live skunk writhing — and spraying — in her jaws.

The antics were part of what made Ruby, well, Ruby. Above all, she was a good dog.

“If you show them love and compassion and you give them a certain type of stability, they’ll show their true colors,” O’Neil had said.

Pope Francis was wheeled into a meeting with nuns and religious superiors from around the world in Rome.
It was the first time he had been seen using a wheelchair in public.
ElonMusk: “I hope that even my worst critics remain on Twitter, because that is what free speech means”

Musk says he has secured $46.5 bln in funding for Twitter bidApril 21 (Reuters) – Elon Musk on Thursday said he has lined up $46.5 billion in debt and equity financing to buy Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) and is considering taking his offer directly to shareholders, a filing with U.S. regulators showed.Musk himself has committed to put up $33.5 billion, which will include $21 billion of equity and $12.5 billion of margin loans against some of his Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) shares to finance the transaction. He is chief executive officer of electric vehicle maker Tesla.Musk, the world’s richest person according to a tally by Forbes, on April 14 presented a “best and final” cash offer of $43 billion to Twitter’s board of directors, saying the social media company needs to be taken private to grow and become a platform for free speech. read moreBut Twitter failed to respond to his offer and adopted a “poison pill” to thwart him. Musk also is considering a tender offer to buy all company stock from shareholders but has not decided whether to do so, according to the filing on Thursday. read moreMusk, Twitter’s second-largest shareholder with a 9.1% stake, has said he could make big changes at the micro-blogging company, where he has a following of more than 80 million users.Shares of Twitter rose less than 1% on news of the funding, indicating that the market is still skeptical about the deal.Shares of Tesla climbed more than 3% and the value of Musk’s 172.6 million Tesla shares rose by over $5 billion on Thursday following a strong quarterly report. On Wednesday, he qualified for compensation in the form of stock options now worth about $24 billion after Tesla hit profit and revenue performance targets. read moreIt is unclear whether Musk would sell shares in Tesla to cover the $21 billion equity financing. Musk “may sell, dispose of or transfer” unpledged Tesla stocks at any time, according to a margin loan commitment letter.Banks, including Morgan Stanley, have agreed to provide another $13 billion in debt secured against Twitter itself, according to the filing.A spokesperson for Twitter acknowledged receipt of Musk’s proposal.”As previously announced and communicated to Mr. Musk directly, the board is committed to conducting a careful, comprehensive and deliberate review to determine the course of action that it believes is in the best interest of the company and all Twitter stockholders,” the Twitter representative said in a statement.Ryan Jacob, chief investment officer at Jacob Asset Management, which holds Twitter shares, said Musk’s latest filing would push Twitter’s board to respond.”They had to consider the seriousness of the offer, and this filing may do that,” he said. “It’s going to be hard for them to ignore it.”Josh White, assistant professor of finance at Vanderbilt University and a former financial economist for the Securities and Exchange Commission, said the funding would likely “put pressure on Twitter’s board to either find a White Knight, which is unlikely, or negotiate with Musk to obtain a higher value and remove the poison pill.”The offer from Musk has drawn private equity interest in participating in a deal for Twitter, Reuters reported this week, citing people familiar with the matter.Apollo Global Management Inc (APO.N) is considering ways it can provide financing to any deal and is open to working with Musk or any other bidder, while Thoma Bravo has informed Twitter that it is exploring the possibility of putting together a bid. read moreThe New York Post said on Thursday that Thoma Bravo was in talks with Musk for a joint deal. Thoma Bravo did not respond to a request for comment.Musk has made a number of announcements on the platform, including some that have landed him in hot water with U.S. regulators.In 2018, Musk tweeted that he had “funding secured” to take Tesla private for $420 per share – a move that led to millions of dollars in fines and him being forced to step down as chairman of the car company to resolve claims from the U.S. securities regulator that he defrauded investors.

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@BarackObama: Since the day he took office, President Joe Biden has been working to improve the Affordable Care Act. As part of the American Rescue Plan, he lowered the cost of healthcare even further for millions of people. He made signing up easier. He made outreach to those who didn’t know they could get covered a priority. And as a result of these actions, he helped a record 14.5 million Americans get covered during the most recent enrollment period. This is what happens when you have an administration that’s committed to making a program work.

Last week, the Biden-Harris administration took a step further to fix a glitch in the regulations that will lower premiums for nearly 1 million people who need it and allow 200,000 more uninsured Americans to get access to coverage.

I’m grateful to President Biden, Vice President Harris, and everyone else who has worked so hard to write this next chapter of the ACA, and make it everything it can be.

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The Academy’s Board of Governors banned Will Smith from attending any Academy event or program, including the Oscars, for 10 years.

The Academy’s Board of Governors banned Will Smith from attending any Academy event or program, including the Oscars, for 10 years. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Board of Governors has banned Will Smith from attending any academy event or program, including the Oscars, for 10 years.”The Board has decided, for a period of 10 years from April 8, 2022, Mr. Smith shall not be permitted to attend any Academy events or programs, in person or virtually, including but not limited to the Academy Awards,” reads a letter from the academy, signed by Academy President David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson, announcing the decision.This disciplinary decision comes after the viral moment at the 2022 Oscars when Smith walked on stage and slapped presenter Rock for a joke he had made about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.The academy apologized for how the incident was handled on its part, saying it was “unprepared for the unprecedented.”The letter also said this outcome is “a step toward a larger goal of protecting the safety of our performers and guests, and restoring trust in the Academy.” The academy concluded by saying it hoped this “can begin a time of healing and restoration for all involved and impacted.”Smith responded in a statement, saying, “I accept and respect the Academy’s decision.”Rock’s joke was about Pinkett Smith starring in “G.I. Jane 2” because of her shaved head. This was a reference to a nonexistent sequel to the 1997 film “G.I. Jane,” which starred Demi Moore as a character who shaved her head when becoming the first woman to enter Navy SEAL training.Pinkett Smith has been outspoken about her struggle with alopecia, a condition which results in hair loss. A longtime friend of Rock told ABC News the comedian was unaware of Pinkett Smith’s alopecia.After returning to his seat, Smith yelled at Rock twice, saying, “Keep my wife’s name out your f—— mouth.”The Academy’s Board of Governors was originally scheduled to meet on April 18 to explore disciplinary proceedings against Smith for what they described in a statement from March 30 as “violations of the Academy’s Standards of Conduct, including inappropriate physical contact, abusive or threatening behavior, and compromising the integrity of the Academy.”In the same statement, the academy called the altercation between Smith and Rock a “deeply shocking, traumatic event to witness in-person and on television.” The academy also said Smith had been “asked to leave the ceremony and refused,” acknowledging they could have “handled the situation differently.”The meeting date was moved up this week by Rubin.Will Packer, producer of the 94th Academy Awards, told “Good Morning America” in an interview, which aired April 1, that the Los Angeles Police Department was ready to arrest Smith at the Oscars.”The LAPD came and needed to talk to Chris. And so they came into my office and they were laying out very clearly what Chris’ rights were,” he said. “They were saying, ‘This is battery. We will go get him. We will go get him right now, you can press charges, we can arrest him.’”Packer recalled Rock being “dismissive” of the options presented to him and insisting he was “fine.”Rock addressed the slap at his first comedy show after the Oscars, briefly touching on it when he asked the audience at the March 30 event, “How was your weekend?” “I don’t have a bunch of s— about what happened,” he continued. “I had like a whole show I wrote before this weekend. I’m kinda processing what happened. So at some point, I’ll talk about that s—.”While suspension and expulsion from the academy were listed as possible disciplinary outcomes of the Academy’s Board of Governors meeting, Smith resigned his academy membership on April 1.Smith said in a statement he was “heartbroken” over the incident and that he had “betrayed the trust of the Academy,” adding that he will “fully accept any and all consequences” that the Board of Governors “deems appropriate.””I have directly responded to the Academy’s disciplinary hearing notice, and I will fully accept any and all consequences for my conduct,” Smith added, calling his actions “shocking, painful, and inexcusable.” Rubin responded to Smith’s resignation on behalf of the academy, saying it had been “received and accepted.”Smith had previously apologized to Rock on March 28, calling himself “a work in progress.””Violence in all of its forms is poisonous and destructive,” he wrote. “Jokes at my expense are a part of the job, but a joke about Jada’s medical condition was too much for me to bear and I reacted emotionally.””I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong,” Smith continued. “I am embarrassed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be. There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness.”During his Oscars acceptance speech for winning best actor for his role in “King Richard,” Smith apologized to the academy and his fellow nominees in a heartfelt acceptance speech. He addressed the controversial moment indirectly but did not say Rock’s name or apologize to him, saying “love will make you do crazy things.”After the show, the academy tweeted, “The Academy does not condone violence of any form. Tonight we are delighted to celebrate our 94th Academy Awards winners, who deserve this moment of recognition from their peers and movie lovers around the world.” The LAPD told ABC News after the ceremony it was “aware” of the altercation, but no police report had been filed.Pinkett Smith briefly reacted to the altercation on March 29, sharing an Instagram post which read, “This is a season for healing and I’m here for it.”

In a first-person essay published by New Beauty magazine on April 4, the actress and Food Network host revealed that her “mental health has improved immensely” since she ditched the scale. https://www.facebook.com/analysisnytimes

In a first-person essay published by New Beauty magazine on April 4, the actress and Food Network host revealed that her “mental health has improved immensely” since she ditched the scale.
Valerie Bertinelli is opening up about mental health.
In a first-person essay published by New Beauty magazine on April 4, the actress and Food Network host revealed that her “mental health has improved immensely” since she ditched the scale.
“I stopped weighing myself when I finished writing my book, which was a big thing for me, and I haven’t gotten on a scale since,” Bertinelli wrote. “My clothes still fit; my jeans still zip up. I guess I was afraid that if I didn’t see what number I was and if I wasn’t able to keep an eye on it, that I would balloon up … but that hasn’t happened.””I feel like once that gets on its full journey, then maybe my body will follow. Maybe I’ll want to eat more fruits and vegetables, and drink less alcohol, and eat less sugar, and put things in my body that make both my body and my mind feel better,” she added. “It’s all a test and we’ll see how it works, but I do know that my mental health has improved immensely because I stopped looking at the scale every morning — and that’s the first big step for me.”
The “One Day At A Time” actress has been vocal about her struggles with her weight and body image. Last year, Bertinelli took a stand against body-shamers in an Instagram video after a follower told her that she needed to lose weight.
Bertinelli’s post resonated with many who then started sharing some of their own struggles. Celebrities also commended her for being open about her experience.
“For me, the big thing is my weight — it’s the thing that holds me back,” Bertinelli wrote in her essay for New Beauty. “But I want to start feeling the same about myself — no matter what weight I am. I don’t have to wait until I’ve lost weight to be kind to myself and to be kind to others.”
“It shouldn’t matter what I look like,” she added. “I’m trying to make that a reality in my life, and then, hopefully, my body will follow.”

Twitter said in a regulatory filing that it entered into an agreement with Musk that will give the billionaire a seat on its board, with the term expiring at its 2024 annual shareholders meeting.
Musk, either alone or as a member of a group, won’t be allowed to own more than 14.9% of Twitter’s outstanding stock for as long as he’s a board member and for 90 days after.
Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal said in a tweet that the company had been talking to Musk in recent weeks and “it became clear to us that he would bring great value to our Board.”
“He’s both a passionate believer and intense critic of the service which is exactly what we need on @Twitter, and in the boardroom, to make us stronger in the long-term,” Agrawal continued.
Did you happen to look up and notice weird UFO-looking clouds? Those clouds are called lenticulars and are common as a result of gusty winds flowing across the mountains creating mountain waves. Check out this photo from Ventura one of our forecasters took! #CAwx #coolclouds
📸 While most awards were handed out ahead of time, the #Grammys filled its live telecast to the brim with amazing performances from some of today’s biggest stars.
Billie Eilish delivered a powerful rendition of her song “Happier Than Ever,” alongside her brother, FINNEAS. She used the moment to pay tribute to Taylor Hawkins, the late drummer of the Foo Fighters, with an image of him on her T-shirt.
This year marked the first time the star-studded show was held in Las Vegas.
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DETROIT — General Motors is recalling nearly 682,000 compact SUVs because the windshield wipers can fail.The recall covers the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain from the 2014 and 2015 model years.Ball joints in the wiper module can rust, causing one or both wipers to fail, increasing the risk of a crash.Dealers will inspect the module and repair or replace it if needed. Owners will be notified by letter starting May 2.

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The body of a Nevada teenager who was allegedly kidnapped from a Walmart parking lot over two weeks ago has been found, authorities say.The body of a Nevada teenager who was allegedly kidnapped from a Walmart parking lot over two weeks ago has been found, authorities said.Naomi Irion, 18, was last seen inside her car outside a Walmart in Fernley, Nevada, outside Reno, on March 12, according to the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office. Surveillance video captured a man getting into the driver’s seat of her car and leaving in an unknown direction with Irion in the passenger seat.A tip regarding her disappearance led investigators to a remote part of neighboring Churchill County on Tuesday, where they found a “possible gravesite” and recovered the body of a woman from the scene, authorities said. On Wednesday, the remains were identified as Irion’s by the Washoe County Medical Examiners Office.No further information is being released at this time due to the ongoing investigation, authorities said.”We would like to extend our sympathy and condolences to the Irion family and thank all the volunteers for their hard work in trying to find Naomi and bring closure to the family,” the Churchill County Sheriff’s Office and the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office said in a joint statement.Irion was waiting for a shuttle bus on March 12 around 5 a.m. to take her to her job at Panasonic Energy of North America in the Reno area. Her brother reported her missing the following day when she did not come home from work.The sheriff’s office initially characterized her disappearance as “suspicious in nature.” After locating her car on March 15 in an industrial park about a mile from the Walmart, the sheriff’s office said investigators found evidence suggesting her disappearance was “criminal in nature.”A suspect in the alleged kidnapping was arrested last week. Troy Driver, 41, of Fallon, Nevada, has been charged with first-degree kidnapping and is being held on $750,000 bail following his first court appearance Wednesday, according to Reno ABC affiliate KOLO.The FBI was offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to Irion’s location. The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office also released multiple photos and a video of the man authorities say entered Irion’s car in hopes of identifying him.Driver’s next hearing is scheduled for April 5, KOLO reported.

Bruce Willis’ family has announced the actor has been diagnosed with aphasia.
The 67-year-old actor’s ex-wife, Demi Moore, and his daughters shared a photo of him on Instagram on Wednesday with a lengthy message on his health.
“To Bruce’s amazing supporters, as a family we wanted to share that our beloved Bruce has been experiencing some health issues and has recently been diagnosed with aphasia, which is impacting his cognitive abilities,” their message began. “As a result of this and with much consideration Bruce is stepping away from the career that has meant so much to him.”
According to the Mayo Clinic, aphasia is “a condition that robs you of the ability to communicate,” and the disorder can impact one’s “ability to speak, write and understand language, both verbal and written.”
“This is a really challenging time for our family and we are so appreciative of your continued love, compassion and support,” the message from the actor’s family continued. “We are moving through this as a strong family unit, and wanted to bring his fans in because we know how much he means to you, as you do to him.”
“As Bruce always says, ‘Live it up,’ and together we plan to do just that,” they continued.

📸 Salvadoran gang members of the Mara Salvatrucha MS and the Mara Barrio 18 are seen during a search by security teams in a prison in Quezaltepeque, in the department of La Libertad, in El Salvador.
Will Smith apologizes in acceptance speech after Chris Rock confrontation.
Will Smith wins best actor after Chris Rock confrontation

Will Smith is an Academy Award winner for his performance in “King Richard.”

“In this time in my life, in this moment, I am overwhelmed by what god is calling on me to do and be in this world,” Smith said.

“Art imitates life, I look like the crazy father just like they said,” he continued, referencing a seemingly heated confrontation he had with comedian Chris Rock. “Love will make you do crazy things.”

Earlier in the show, the actor left many speechless after a seemingly heated moment on stage between comedian Rock.

Rock, who was presenting the award for best documentary feature, first addressed a few nominees of the evening including Javier Bardem and his wife, Penelope Cruz, then mentioned Will Smith and his wife, Jada Pinkett-Smith.

“Javier Bardem and his wife are both nominated,” Rock said. “Now, if she loses, he can’t win. He is praying that Will Smith wins, like, please lord, Jada, I love you. ‘G.I. Jane 2,’ can’t wait to see it, alright?”

Viewers were left stunned when Smith took the stage and appeared to strike Rock after the comedian’s remark. Many took to social media to question if the moment was rehearsed or a genuine reaction from Smith.

While presenting later in the night, Sean “Diddy” Combs mentioned the moment, stating “Will and Chris, we’re going to solve that like family … But right now we’re moving on with love.”

Smith was then shown in the crowd laughing at Combs’ comments.

“I want to apologize to the Academy,” Smith said about the moment on stage. “I want to apologize to my fellow nominees.”

Patrick Jackson, husband of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, wears Benjamin Franklin-themed socks as he attends his wife’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing.
A person watches the sunrise from The Edge observation deck at Hudson Yards on the first day of spring on March 20, 2022 in New York City.

Happy First Day of Spring! In the northern hemisphere, the Spring equinox occurs when the sun crosses the equator line, heading north. What that means for us in Los Angeles is longer days and warmer weather. With more beach days expected, it is important to note that Spring is also a time when some of the most hazardous ocean conditions present themselves. An uneven ocean floor and deep inshore holes continue to exist as a result of large Winter swells. With many hazards existing and elevated surf conditions continuing be sure to:- Swim/ Surf / Bodyboard infront of an OPEN Lifeguard Tower- Check in with a Lifeguard for an update on Ocean & Beach conditions 20/03/22

Wishing all a Happy St. Patrick’s Day! ☘ A Beach Hazard Statement is in effect through this afternoon due to elevated surf conditions. Check in with a Lifeguard for an update on conditions before getting in the water! Los Angeles County Fire Department, Lifeguard Division
HOP OF THE MORNING: Revelers in party spirit ahead of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin, Ireland.
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JUST IN: A preliminary 7.3 magnitude earthquake was felt in Japan late Wednesday, occurring just off the coast from Fukushima.The Japan Meteorological Agency issued a high-tide warning, and no tsunami alert was immediately issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.A strong earthquake struck off the coast of Japan late Wednesday, triggering a tsunami threat.Preliminary reports put it at a 7.3 magnitude. The earthquake occurred just off the coast from Fukushima.A tsunami threat was issued for the east coast of Honshu, Japan, by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center based on preliminary earthquake parameters. The center warned of possible hazardous tsunami waves for coastal communities within 186 miles of the epicenter.A tsunami is not expected in California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia or Alaska, according to the U.S. National Tsunami Warning Center. (16/3/22)

A powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake has hit off the coast of Fukushima in northern Japan, triggering a tsunami advisory.TOKYO — A powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake shook off the coast of Fukushima in northern Japan on Wednesday evening, triggering a tsunami advisory.The Japan Meteorological Agency said the quake struck 60 kilometers (36 miles) below the sea.The region is part of northern Japan that was devastated by a deadly 9.0 quake and tsunami in 2011 that also caused a nuclear disaster.There are no immediate reports of casualties or damage. (16/3/22)