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This kindergarten class has raised and set free 18 orphaned turtles

A kindergarten class in Stone Harbor, N.J., recently said bon voyage to a group of 18 orphaned turtles as part of a program to rescue, raise and release the diamondback terrapins.

For more than 20 years, teeny kindergarteners have met their tiny turtles at the beginning of the school year and helped raise them before setting them free around this time of year. The latest batch has just been released into the wild.

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Amber Heard says social media was a factor for her defamation trial jury

Amber Heard, the ex-wife of Johnny Depp who lost the high-profile defamation case earlier this month, said she told the truth in her testimonies and social media may have influenced the jury's decision.

"Of course, 'til my dying day, [I] will stand by every word of my testimony," she told NBC's Savannah Guthrie. "I think (the) vast majority of this trial was played out on social media. I think that this trial is an example of that gone haywire, gone amok, and the jury's not immune to that."


U.K. vows more Rwanda deportation flights after legal setback

The British government vowed Wednesday to organize more flights to deport asylum-seekers to Rwanda, after a last-minute court judgment grounded the first plane due to take off under the contentious policy.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said "preparation for the next flight begins now" despite legal rulings that none of the migrants earmarked for deportation could be sent to the East African country.


Election denier Marchant is the Republican nominee for Nevada secretary of state

Updated June 15, 2022 at 2:06 AM ET

Jim Marchant, a former Nevada state lawmaker who has made Donald Trump's baseless claims about fraud in the 2020 election a cornerstone of his own campaign, is the Republican nominee to oversee voting in the swing state, according to a race call by The Associated Press.


Trump ally Adam Laxalt wins Nevada's Republican U.S. Senate primary

Adam Laxalt, a former Nevada attorney general, won the Republican U.S. Senate primary in the state Tuesday, according to a race call from The Associated Press.

He will take on incumbent Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto in November in a high-stakes race as Democrats try to hold on to their slim majority in the upper chamber.


Southern Baptists agree to keep list of accused sex abusers

ANAHEIM, California — The Southern Baptist Convention voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to create a way to track pastors and other church workers credibly accused of sex abuse and launch a new task force to oversee further reforms in the nation's largest Protestant denomination.

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With Roe on the precipice, Americans are having more abortions

The number of patients seeking abortions in the U.S. rose in 2020, reversing some 30 years of decline in the number of abortions.

That finding, in a report released by the Guttmacher Institute on Wednesday, comes as the Supreme Court appears poised to overturn decades of precedent guaranteeing abortion rights.

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Trump gets a split decision in South Carolina as Rice is beaten, while Mace survives

Updated June 14, 2022 at 11:40 PM ET

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Former President Donald Trump has gone 1-for-2 in his endorsements of challengers to incumbent members of Congress from South Carolina.

Rep. Tom Rice, one of just 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump after the Capitol riot, has been defeated in a GOP primary by a Trump-backed challenger.


U.S. House passes a major wildlife conservation spending bill

A bill to conserve endangered species — from the red-cockaded woodpecker to the snuffbox mussel — was passed by the U.S. House in a 231-to-190 vote on Tuesday.


Coinbase lays off 18% of its workforce. The CEO cites an upcoming crypto winter

The cryptocurrency exchange platform Coinbase laid off about 18% of its workforce — or about 1,100 people — on Tuesday, the company announced.