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Dirt bikers call in emergency air rescue

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. (FOX26) - Two dirt bikers requested an emergency rescue after experiencing possible heat-related injuries in the Diablo Foothills Regional Park. According to CHP Air Operations, helicopter H-20 spotted the dirt bikers using positioning coordinates near China Wall. A paramedic was lowered to the people in need of...
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762-HP 'Hydrocar' Can Travel On Both Land And Sea

It's not every day that you visit an automotive auction and come across a hydrocar. Not to be confused with hydrogen-powered vehicles like the new Toyota Mirai, 'The Hydrocar' - as it is described on Barrett-Jackson's listing - is essentially a vehicle that can be used both at sea and on land. Unless you can afford a Lamborghini and a matching luxury yacht, the hydrocar is an all-in-one solution. The model featured here took a decade to build and is powered by a 527-cubic-inch Chevrolet engine generating a titanic 762 horsepower and 712 lb-ft of torque.
Monterey, CAEast Bay Times

Monterey: Willow Fire continues to burn in remote Big Sur mountains

MONTEREY — Firefighters continued Sunday to battle a blaze in Monterey County that threatened a historic Zen Buddhist mountain retreat and burned some 2,000 acres. The blaze, named the Willow Fire, has been burning on “steep, rugged and brushy terrain” since it ignited in the Ventana Wilderness northwest of the Arroyo Seco recreation area around 8 p.m. Thursday, sending billowing plumes of smoke across the area.
Foreign PolicyThe Guardian

The US’s greatest danger isn’t China. It’s much closer to home

China’s increasingly aggressive geopolitical and economic stance in the world is unleashing a fierce bipartisan backlash in America. That’s fine if it leads to more public investment in basic research, education, and infrastructure – as did the Sputnik shock of the late 1950s. But it poses dangers as well. More...
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China's Saudi oil imports plunge 21%

BEIJING, June 20 (Reuters) - China's imports from Saudi Arabia fell 21% in May from a year earlier but retained their top ranking among suppliers for a ninth month in a row, customs data showed on Sunday. Shipments from Saudi Arabia were 7.2 million tonnes last month, or 1.69 million...
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China has administered more than 1 billion Covid-19 vaccine doses

CNN — China has administered more than 1 billion Covid-19 vaccine doses, an astonishing milestone that comes as the country rolls out an unrivaled inoculation drive. A total of 1,010,489,000 doses have been given as of Saturday, China’s National Health Commission (NHC) said in a statement. Those doses are almost...
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China’s efforts to save its wandering elephants are laudable, but let’s not forget its bloody conflicts with the giants

Wild elephants are awe-inspiring — even if they’re trying to kill you, as I discovered in 2004. At the time I was studying how poachers and loggers threaten native mammals in Africa’s Congo Basin. I was sneaking up on a herd of forest elephants when they suddenly charged, rushing at me like enraged, out-of-control bulldozers. With the angry animals hot on my heels, I barely escaped by diving into a tangle of vines, shuddering with fear but oddly enthralled by it all, too.
POTUSNew York Post

Biden official says US will not issue ‘threats’ to China amid COVID probe

The Biden administration will not take a hard line with China about cooperating in an investigation into the origins of COVID-19, the White House’s national security adviser admitted Sunday. “We are not at this point going to issue threats or ultimatums. What we’re going to do is continue to rally...
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US sends Taiwan 2.5 million vaccine doses, tripling pledge

TAIPEI, Taiwan — The U.S. sent 2.5 million doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to Taiwan on Sunday, tripling an earlier pledge in a donation with both public health and geopolitical meaning. The shipment arrived on a China Airlines cargo plane that had left Memphis the previous day. Health Minister...
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Taiwan welcomes US vaccine aid, bolstering its COVID fight

TAIPEI, June 20 (Reuters) - Taiwan welcomed 2.5 million COVID-19 vaccine doses from the United States on Sunday as help from a true friend, more than doubling the major semiconductor-producing island’s arsenal of shots as it deals with a cluster of domestic infections. Washington, competing with Beijing to deepen geopolitical...