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Clash of ideals in Kansas foster system

Family | State agency imposes transgender ideology on foster families
by Kiley Crossland
Posted 8/09/19, 04:46 pm

The child welfare agency in Kansas wants foster parents to affirm the gender identities of transgender children. But the move could significantly decrease the number of available families in a state with a record-high number of foster children.

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Inventor flies hoverboard across English Channel

by Hannah Harris
Posted 8/05/19, 01:21 pm

There are many ways to cross the English Channel, including ferries, the “Chunnel,” and the freestyle stroke. But Franky Zapata came up with a new mode of channel transport on Sunday, flying his kerosene-fueled hoverboard the 22 miles in 22 minutes, with just one stop to refuel. The French Flyman and his team had worked 16-hour days after a failed refueling attempt last month landed him in the channel’s frigid waters.

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Europe wilts in sweltering heat

by Leah Hickman
Posted 7/26/19, 11:44 am

Droves of Europeans are jumping into fountains, lakes, rivers, and the ocean to get relief from a record-busting heat wave. On Thursday, two drug dealers called Belgian emergency officials for help when they accidentally locked themselves in a quickly overheating shipping container full of cocaine at the port in Antwerp. Railway companies advised commuters to avoid train travel because the extreme heat could cause the steel tracks to buckle under trains. And a 66-year-old woman died in Belgium, apparently while basking in the sun.

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