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Saturday October 23rd, 2021 evening edition

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A suspected poacher found dead in a South African national park is believed to have been killed by an elephant, park officials said.

"Initial investigations suspect that the deceased was killed by an elephant and left behind by his accomplices," the statement said.

The Rangers did not find any animals killed in the immediate area, the spokesperson said.

Kruger National Park is South Africa's largest wildlife sanctuary, encompassing nearly 5 million acres.

In the first half of 2020, 166 rhinos were poached in South Africa, with 88 in Kruger National Park.

There are 3,529 white rhinos and 268 black rhinos left in Kruger National Park, according to South African National Parks.

Between July and September, there was a nearly 30% increase in the number of poachers arrested in the park compared with the same period last year, according to South African National Parks. »

Record 21 humpback calves spotted in Salish Sea over feeding season as whale numbers rebound

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A record number of humpback whale calves have been spotted in the Salish Sea off the coast of British Columbia and Washington state this summer and fall, researchers say.

The Pacific Whale Watch Association (PWWA) says 21 calves have been photographed or tallied by watchers and researchers in the Salish Sea this feeding season.

A male calf called Malachite surfaces in the Salish Sea during this year's feeding season. »

Warrant: Baldwin didn’t know weapon contained live round

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Hutchins was fatally shot by Alec Baldwin Thursday on the New Mexico set of the western film "Rust."

Instead, the gun was loaded with live rounds, and when Baldwin pulled the trigger Thursday on the set of a Western, he killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

In 2015, an actor staging a historical gunfight in Tombstone, Arizona, was shot and wounded with a live round during a show that was supposed to use blanks. »

Justice Sonia Sotomayor criticizes colleagues for allowing Texas abortion ban to remain in effect

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(CNN) Justice Sonia Sotomayor sent a strong reminder Friday that she is not a justice looking to carve out compromises with a conservative majority.

Still, she writes to illuminate her colleague's missteps with the hope that someday her dissents will become majority opinions.

On Friday, after the court allowed Texas' ban on abortion after six weeks -- a law that is in direct conflict with Roe v. Wade -- to remain in place, she was straightforward. »