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A tornado touches down in a grassy field beside a dirt road. Storm chaser Quincy Vagell captured this image during a tornado on May 23, 2024 in Eldorado, Oklahoma. Vagell has been storm chasing since 2014.
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It’s been an above-average spring for tornadoes and other severe storms in the Midwest and Great Plains. Experts say a big reason is that weather conditions were ripe for tornado-forming storms.
At a one-day workshop run by the Care School for Men in Bogotá, Colombia, male medical students at Sanitas University learn how to cradle a baby. This class of participants consists of medical students, but the usual enrollees are dads of all types.
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An innovative program in Colombia gives men a chance to master the skills needed to be a hands-on dad — and become closer to their kids along the way.
Dr. Aimee Daily is the new president and CEO of Children’s Miracle Network
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Dr. Aimee Daily is the new president and CEO of Children’s Miracle Network. She is also a Springfield native. She spoke to Community Voices about her personal experiences which led her to Children’s Miracle Network. She also explained how local donations and rounding up at the checkout benefits HSHS St. John's Children's Hospital in Springfield.
U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland testifies before the House Judiciary Committee in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill on June 4, 2024 in Washington, D.C. Facing a contempt vote in the House, Garland pushed back against false accusation that the Justice Department is behind the prosecution and subsequent conviction of former U.S. President Donald Trump in New York, and that falsehoods and "conspiracy theories" are harming the rule of law.
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It is hard to escape the impression that the more Congress holds people in contempt, the more people have contempt for Congress.
Rodent trainer Neema Justin, 33, shares a moment with an African giant pouched rat after an exercise in detecting illegal wildlife products at the Apopo training facility in Morogoro, Tanzania. Apopo's staff often form close bonds with their rats.
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A vendor sells 2024 Donald Trump campaign souvenirs at the Turning Point Action USA conference in West Palm Beach, Florida, on July 15, 2023.
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The four original members of R.E.M. — Mike Mills, Michael Stipe, Bill Berry and Peter Bucks — reunited and performed at the 2024 Songwriters Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
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On Thursday morning, Mike Mills said that it would take "a comet" for R.E.M. to get back together. But on Thursday night, R.E.M. got back together to perform the band's unexpected 1991 hit at the Songwriters Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
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