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Monday September 20th, 2021 day edition

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Three critically endangered killer whales that frequent B.C.'s waters are now pregnant.

There are currently only 74 southern resident orcas left, down from more than 90 in the 1970s.

The three pregnancies are in what scientists call the "J-pod," a group of southern resident killer whales.

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"The first year is critical; killer whales have a 50-50 chance of survival especially in the first year.".

Southern resident killer whales are distinct from northern resident populations, as well as transient orcas.

"The southern residents are iconic for us," McInnes said, "and we're really hoping that there's some survival for the new calves ahead. »

California reports lowest COVID-19 case rate in the country

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California, which at one point was the country's epicenter of COVID-19, is now the state reporting the lowest positivity rate per 100,000 people, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University.

As of Saturday evening, 24.99 new confirmed cases were reported for every 100,000 people in California, Johns Hopkins University data found.

We now have the lowest COVID case rate in the nation. »

Lawsuit seeks $1 million after Michigan teacher cuts girl’s hair

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Lawsuit seeks $1 million after Michigan teacher cuts girl’s hair.

The father of a 7-year-old Michigan girl whose hair was cut by a teacher without her parents’ permission has filed a $1 million lawsuit against the school district, a librarian and a teacher’s assistant.

“She said ‘but dad, it was the teacher.’ The teacher cut her hair to even it out.”. »

European Union-style bloc pitched for Latin America, Caribbean

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MEXICO CITY, Sept 18 (Reuters) - Latin American and Caribbean nations should aspire to a bloc like the European Union, Mexico's president and other leaders said at a summit on Saturday, in a bid to wrest influence away from the Washington-based Organization of American States (OAS).

"In these times, CELAC can become the principal instrument to consolidate relations between our Latin American and Caribbean nations," he said in a cavernous ballroomat Mexico's ornate national palace where leaders took turns speaking and some sparks flewbetween ideological adversaries.

"We should build in the American continent something similar to what was the economic community that was the beginning of the current European Union," the leftist Lopez Obrador said. »