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Rocks Blasted Out of Fissure From Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano
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2018-05-18    0 views
Rocks were blasted out of a fissure on Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano on Wednesday, May 16, as seen in this video.
The US Geological Survey said the rocks and large pieces of splatter reached a height of 500 feet.
Kilauea’s volcanic activity is expected to continue, experts told CNN. A similar series of events occurred in 1924 and the volcanic activity lasted two and a half weeks.
Credit: US Geological Survey via Storyful
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Hail Stones Bounce 'Like Pop Corn' Near Belle Fourche
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2018-05-18    0 views
Hail Stones Bounce 'Like Pop Corn' Near Belle Fourche
Hail bounced “like popcorn” at a high school track meet in Belle Fource, South Dakota on May 17.
Lenessa Keehn, who filmed the storm, said she was attending a track meet at a high school in Belle Fourche.
A local weather station warned of thunderstorms, high winds, and large hail stones in the area.
Credit: Lenessa Keehn via Storyful
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Ready, aim, fire: Perth restaurant gives patrons water pistols to ward off seagulls
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2018-05-17    0 views
Annoyed with seagulls pestering their patrons, a restaurant in the Australian city of Perth has given its outdoor customers water pistols to help stop the birds from ruining their waterfront dining experience.

Owner of 3Sheets restaurant, Toby Evans told Nine Network on Wednesday (May 16) that the seagull problem was not usually this bad and something needed to be done to make sure their paying customers weren't scared away.

The seagulls congregate near the waterfront restaurants at Hillary's Boat Harbour hoping that patrons might throw them a bite or scavenging leftovers.

Evans decided to arm patrons, adding one water pistol per table on Saturday, May 12, and customers say the method works.

"We didn't have to throw anything at them or run for cover," said one customer.
Treasured Tigers Moving to Tasmania From Symbio Wildlife Park
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2018-05-17    0 views
These tigers are about to experience a sea journey to colder climes – an experience much removed from their native tropical habitat in Indonesia.
Sumatran siblings Cinta and Jalur, currently living at Symbio Wildlife Park, will cross the Bass Strait on June 6 to settle in at their new Tasmanian home.
The breed is listed as critically endangered.
Symbio representatives said Cinta and Jalur are ambassadors for the conservation of their species, and the move will play a vital role in broadening awareness of their plight.
The nine-year-old pair were moved to Symbio Wildlife Park from Auckland Zoo seven years ago as part of a regional captive management breeding program.
Staff at Symbio have planned a big farewell weekend for the duo on June 2 and 3.

Credit: Symbio Wildlife Park via Storyful
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Multiple Deaths in Riau Police Station Attack
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2018-05-16    0 views
Multiple Deaths in Riau Police Station Attack
At least four men were shot and killed by police officers after they tried to attack a police station in Pekanbaru, the capital of Indonesia’s Riau province, on May 16, according to Indonesian news website Detik.
According to Channel NewsAsia, at least one of the attackers was wielding a sword and wounded two officers, while another allegedly had a bomb strapped to his body.
Police arrested at least one man, while four others fled the scene.
This footage shows the police station from the view of a passing driver.
Credit: info truck via Storyful
Police Officer Uses Shield to Help Snapping Turtle Cross The Road
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2018-05-14    0 views
Police Officer Uses Shield to Help Snapping Turtle Cross The Road
Hamilton Township Police Department released dashcam footage on Wednesday, May 9, of one of its officers using a riot guard to shepherd a snapping turtle across a road.
The video showed that the turtle lived up to its name and and the shield came in useful. “On occasion, it is necessary for a police officer to utilize a shield while on duty, but we’re not sure a snapping turtle was ever thought to be one of those occasions! Watch as Sgt. Robell safely guides this big fella across the street,” Hamilton Township Police Department said in a Facebook post sharing the video.

Credit: Township of Hamilton Police Department via Storyful
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Dust Devil Whirls Through Ontario Softball Match
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2018-05-14    0 views
Dust Devil Whirls Through Ontario Softball Match
A dust devil made a dramatic interruption to a charity softball match in Barrie, Ontario, Canada, on Sunday, May 13.
Michael Walley captured footage of the dust devil churning up red dust from the baseball diamond at the Slo-pitch For Autism event.
Credit: Michael Walley via Storyful
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Eating Mice To Survive: A North Korean Refugee Tells Her Story
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2018-05-11    0 views
Walking through the Korean War Memorial in Washington, D.C., Grace Jo remembers a pivotal point in her childhood in North Korea, what she calls 'the almost dying moment.'

On the brink of starvation, she and her brother burned so hot with fever that they could only find relief on the cold concrete floor of their home in rural North Korea.

Dealing with hunger was a way of life, one in which six newborn mice were seen as the best medicine to stave off malnutrition.

Memories like these keep Jo from having faith in North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's push for peace after years of threatening his neighbors and the United States with his nuclear arsenal. He will meet with president Donald Trump on June 12 in Singapore in the first ever summit of a sitting U.S. president with a North Korean leader.

"Even though they say it's peaceful and even though they say they will work more in both countries for developing their good relationship with each other, I don't think it will benefit to North Korean people directly unless the current regime get completely changed and there is no Kim's regime more exist in North Korea," she said.

According to the George W. Bush Presidential Center, the population of North Korea is 24 million. As of 2016, only approximately 200 North Korean refugees had been resettled in the U.S.

Now 26 and an American citizen, Jo arrived in the U.S. in 2008 as a refugee, having finally escaped the Kim regime, known for human rights violations deemed "morally reprehensible" by the State Department.

Severe famine in North Korea in the 1990s took its toll on Jo's family. Her two younger brothers died of starvation, as did her grandmother, whose dying wish for a potato went unfulfilled. Jo's older sister disappeared. Her father escaped to China to find food. Caught, he was returned to North Korea. He was tortured and starved to death in a North Korean jail.

With her father's death in 1997, finding food in North Korea became even more difficult. When Jo was six, her mother decided the only hope for her and her two remaining daughters was to forge a new life in China.

Over the course of 10 years, they lived a secretive and transient existence trying to avoid the authorities, but again and again, the family was caught and repatriated to North Korea, where they were tortured.

Their luck turned when a Korean-American pastor raised money to bribe North Korean officials for their release. In 2008, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) rescued the family from China and settled them as refugees in the U.S.

Jo is now a student at Montgomery College in Maryland and works as an assistant in a dentist's office. She also helps run NKinUSA, an organization her sister founded to help rescue North Koreans from their country and establish new lives.

Dressed in an elegant black suit and matching shoes, Jo seems a world away from her childhood home. But the plight of North Koreans remains close to her heart.

With the meeting between Kim and Trump on the horizon, she said she hopes the struggles of North Koreans are not buried amid perceived progress towards denuclearization and peace.

"The current regime and current system will not give freedom to North Korean people. And because of that, North Korean people still suffer, will die and the history will keep repeat again and again."
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Now Free, Americans Detained By North Korea Greeted by Trump
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2018-05-10    0 views
WASHINGTON—Three Americans took their first breaths of freedom as they stepped off their plane in Maryland early Thursday morning.

The three, who had been imprisoned in North Korea, were greeted by President Donald Trump and the First Lady on the tarmac at Andrews Air Force Base. Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen Pence also attended.

"This is a special night for these three really great people and congratulations on being in this country," Trump said to the press who were waiting to capture the monumental moment.

"And I must tell you, I want to pay my warmest respects to the parents of Otto Warmbier who was a great young man who really suffered."

Asked about the progress made with Kim Jong Un, Trump said, "Well we’re starting off on a new footing."

"This is a wonderful thing that he released the folks early ... a lot of very good things have happened.

"I really think he [Kim] wants to do something. I think he did this because he wants to do something and bring their country into the real world. I really believe that.

"A lot of progress has been made, and we’ll see what happens," Trump said, referring to the upcoming summit with Kim in few weeks time.
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