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LOS ANGELES | Barrier isn’t trapping trash in Pacific Ocean after months

LOS ANGELES — A floating device deployed three months ago to corral a swirling island of trash between California and Hawaii has not swept up any plastic waste — but the young innovator behind the project said Monday that a fix was in the works. Boyan Slat, 24, who launched the Pacific Ocean cleanup project, … Continue reading LOS ANGELES | Barrier isn’t trapping trash in Pacific Ocean after months

BLADENBORO, N.C | Worries about ballot security overshadow disputed House race

BLADENBORO, N.C — Six months ago, election officials in rural North Carolina’s Bladen County resolved to tighten security at their headquarters and protect the ballots stored there by installing an alarm and video cameras and securing an unlocked door that leads to another government office. The fixes never got done before Election Day. The then-chairman … Continue reading BLADENBORO, N.C | Worries about ballot security overshadow disputed House race

WAYNESBORO, Va. | Expert: Rare snake with 2 heads found in Virginia has died

WAYNESBORO, Va. — A wildlife expert says a rare, two-headed snake found several months ago in Virginia near the nation’s capital has died. The Washington Post reports state herpetologist JD Kleopfer said in a Facebook post this week that the snake had died. He says it passed away peacefully last week for no apparent reason, … Continue reading WAYNESBORO, Va. | Expert: Rare snake with 2 heads found in Virginia has died

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif  | California gunman: From Marine to divorcee living with mom

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif.  — Ian David Long began his adult life by enlisting in the Marines and getting married. Years after a divorce and a discharge and months after shouting brought a mental health expert to his door, Long killed 12 people at a country music bar outside Los Angeles. Long, 28, was a former … Continue reading THOUSAND OAKS, Calif  | California gunman: From Marine to divorcee living with mom

HONOLULU | Scientists find tiny baby octopus floating on Hawaii trash

HONOLULU — Hawaii scientists found two tiny baby octopuses floating on plastic trash they were cleaning up as they monitored coral reefs. Marine ecologist Sallie Beavers of Kaloko-Honokohau (KAH-loh-koh Hoh-noh-KOH-how) National Historical Park said Wednesday that the octopuses were the size of green peas. She believes they were likely either day octopus or night octopus, … Continue reading HONOLULU | Scientists find tiny baby octopus floating on Hawaii trash