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A New Zealand city is taking its official wizard off the payroll after over 2 decades

A New Zealand city is taking its official wizard off the payroll after over 2 decades

The Wizard of New Zealand, also known as Ian Brackenbury Channell, casts a "spell" during a television interview in Christchurch, New Zealand, in March 2011. His contract with the city will end in December after more than two decades.The Christchurch City Council will end its contract with Ian Brackenbury Channell, reportedly the world’s only state-appointed wizard. The “Wizard of New Zealand” has had a long and unique career.

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A New Zealand city is taking its official wizard off the payroll after over 2 decades

United States commits another 17 million COVID vaccine doses to the African Union

United States commits another 17 million COVID vaccine doses to the African Union

The vial of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. The White House says Thursday that the U.S. will commit 17 million additional doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to the African Union.The U.S. donation from its domestic supplies comes on top of the 50 million doses previously donated to Africa, which world health officials say is 500 million doses short of its goal.

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United States commits another 17 million COVID vaccine doses to the African Union

Federal judge rejects a government bid to delay Purdue Pharma's bankruptcy settlement

Federal judge rejects a government bid to delay Purdue Pharma's bankruptcy settlement

A federal judge says work to implement the controversial bankruptcy deal for Oxycontin-maker Purdue Pharma may continue.Judge Colleen McMahon was expected to halt work on the controversial settlement that would give immunity from opioid lawsuits to the Sackler family. Instead she allowed work on the plan to go ahead.

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Federal judge rejects a government bid to delay Purdue Pharma's bankruptcy settlement

A woman was given 4 days in jail for getting too close to grizzlies in Yellowstone

A woman was given 4 days in jail for getting too close to grizzlies in Yellowstone

A Grizzly bear mother and her cub walk near Pelican Creek in 2012 in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.Samantha Dehring, age 25, has pleaded guilty to willfully remaining, approaching and photographing wildlife within 100 yards. She also received a one-year ban from the national park.

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A woman was given 4 days in jail for getting too close to grizzlies in Yellowstone

Oil pipeline damage may have happened months before the massive oil spill

Oil pipeline damage may have happened months before the massive oil spill

A worker cleans oil-contaminated sand in Newport Beach, Calif., this week.Coast Guard investigators say an underwater Southern California oil pipeline was likely struck by an anchor as long as a year before a major leak spilled tens of thousands of gallons of crude.

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Oil pipeline damage may have happened months before the massive oil spill

20 attorneys general file a complaint to block the Postal Service's strategic plan

20 attorneys general file a complaint to block the Postal Service's strategic plan

A USPS logo is seen on a mailbox in New York City.The changes the Postal Service plans include slower delivery of some first-class mail and higher holiday-period pricing — changes the states want regulators to review.

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20 attorneys general file a complaint to block the Postal Service's strategic plan