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2. Supreme Court of Canada says bankrupt energy companies must clean up old oil, gas wells before paying off creditors

The receiver wanted to sell Redwater's profitable wells to pay off the company's debts and leave the non-producing ones to Alberta's industry-funded Orphan Well Association, which handles the cleanup of sites whose owners have gone bankrupt. The list includes provinces concerned about the implications - Saskatchewan, British Columbia, and Ontario - as well as environmental groups, Alberta farmers concerned about wells on their land, and the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. The Orphan Well Association currently has more than 3,000 wells in its inventory, up from about 700 in 2015.


3. 778.686$ raised to buy unprotected peat forest containing 4% of population of Orangutans, flat-headed cats, many other critical species AND conserving indigenous people's lands!

136 species of birds have been identified in the region, including the Endangered Storm's Stork and the Vulnerable Wallace's Hawk-eagle and Great Slaty Woodpecker. Challenges The Kalimantan lowlands of southern Borneo have been extensively cleared during the past quarter-century, primarily to expand plantation agriculture for palm oil and wood-pulp and through massive forest fires in drained peat swamp forests. Livelihoods in the region include fishing, farming, rubber cultivation, collection of forest products such as damar and rattan and gold mining.


4. Dutch church Hosts Nonstop 96-day vigil to Confirm that a family of refugees sheltered Inside the church would no longer face immediate deportation

On Wednesday afternoon, a Dutch church's nonstop 96-day vigil finally came to an end after its organizers received confirmation that a family of refugees sheltering inside the church would no longer face immediate deportation from the Netherlands. Taking advantage of an obscure Dutch law that forbids the police to interrupt church services, ministers at Bethel Church in The Hague had been running a round-the-clock liturgy since Oct. 26 in order to prevent the five members of the Tamrazyan family from being arrested and sent back to Armenia. After a third deportation order was upheld, the Tamrazyans fled to a small church north of The Hague before moving a few days later to Bethel Church.




7. House Democrats Unveil Social Security Expansion Bill With Unprecedented Support

John Larson, Conor Lamb and Jahana Hayes are introducing the Social Security 2100 Act on Wednesday, legislation that would expand Social Security benefits across the board and prolong the program's solvency for the next 75 years and beyond. The bill is being rolled out on the 137th birthday of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who established Social Security as part of his New Deal in 1935.The bill already has the support of more than 200 House Democrats, including House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal, who relied on Social Security payments to help pay for college after his father died. Larson holds out some hope that President Donald Trump, who promised to protect Social Security from cuts as a candidate, might strike a deal to close Social Security's funding gap with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.


8. Special Olympics golfer Amy Bockerstette goes viral after making par on one of golf's most famous holes

Introducing Amy Bockerstette, a Special Olympics golfer with one heckuva sand game. During a Tuesday practice round, Bockerstette was plucked from the crowd by the event's defending champ, Gary Woodland, to play TPC Scottsdale's par-3 16th. And in front of thousands of fans with the cameras rolling, the Phoenix resident produced a par that quickly went viral. Not surprisingly, Bockerstette is an accomplished golfer.


9. School Districts In Kansas Commit To Finding 'Dignified Housing' For Homeless Students

Center and Hickman Mills school districts in south Kansas City are launching a new initiative to help stabilize homeless students and their families. School districts have to pay to get homeless students to class, even if their family ends up in a shelter miles away. Several South Kansas City churches, including Evangel, Colonial Presbyterian and Blue Hills have agreed to partner with the school districts for a soft launch this spring.


10. While on Route, UPS Driver Pulls over & rescues Dog from Frozen Pond

Despite his full schedule, all was mostly normal until Arens heard a strange sound. "There were duck decoys floating in the pond and I'm guessing she was curious about them and that's how she got into the situation," Arens said. Arens has been working as a UPS driver for over a decade, and considers the dogs he gets to meet along his route a perk of the job.


11. A local boy was bullied wearing a Pikachu costume and our community held a costumed walk to support him!

An Oregon boy is getting support from his community after he was bullied for wearing his inflatable Pikachu costume. The City of Independence says several others rallied behind the boy, showing their support by holding a costume parade through the neighborhood. "They rallied to support Pikachu in a costume parade," the city said in a tweet.


12. Lyft Offers Free Rides To Warming Shelters in the Midwest

MINNEAPOLIS - Lyft announced Tuesday its drivers will offer free rides to warming centers for those seeking refuge from the cold. The company is partnering with Greater Twin Cities United Way 2-1-1 to provide two rides for up to $25 each for those escaping extreme cold. Riders can use the code MSPJAYDEN19 to access the rides through 11:59 p.m. Friday.


13. Minnesotan Church Helps Homeless During Bitter Blast, Even Marries One Couple

St. Andrew's Church has a long-term track record running homeless shelter for families in Oakdale and Hugo. WCCO spoke with another couple who was also living in their car at the same rest stop. Washington County social worker Allison Kier visits the large numbers of homeless at the rest stop regularly.



15. Charlotte/Matthews NC woman leaves free handmade scarves on benches, fences, trees and statues across uptown for those in need.

CHARLOTTE, NC - Matthews resident Marie Connolly rounded up some of her friends to pass out scarves in uptown Charlotte this past weekend. "It's one of those things like if you want to see good in the world, you might as well put some out there," said Connolly. The Matthews resident and her friends left the scarves on benches, fences, trees and statues across uptown.



17. China’s lunar lander and rover ‘wake up’ after two-week nap

The rover and the lander of the Chang'e-4 probe have been awakened by sunlight after a long "Sleep" during the first extremely cold night on the moon, the China National space Administration announced on Thursday. The lander awakened at 8:39 p.m. Wednesday, and the rover, Yutu-2, awoke at about 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, surviving their 1st lunar night after making the first-ever soft landing on the far facet of the moon, said CNSA. China's Chang'e-4 probe, launched on Dec. 8 in 2018, landed on the Von Karman Crater in the South Pole-Aitken Basin on the far side of the moon on January. During the first lunar day, the lander and the rover photographed each other, and a camera installed on the top of the lander took 360-degree panoramic photos on the surrounding of the probe.


18. Indiana coffee shop offers free cup of joe for a good deed

Every day at Café Fresco a small staff bustles behind the counter brewing coffee and inspiration with handwritten encouragement on its cup sleeves. "Believe there is good in the world. Be the good," is owner Breanne Zolfo's favorite. Zolfo estimates she's given out thousands of free cups of coffee.


19. Michigan natural gas customers help avert a natural gas crisis during cold snap

Consumers Energy reduced the gas supply to industrial customers throughout the day Wednesday, but the load was still not dropping because of the extreme temperatures, she said. The plea went about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday to everyone in the Lower Peninsula with a mobile device, even those not serviced by Consumers Energy, Poppe said. Some customers have reported low gas pressure, causing furnaces to not fire properly, but Garrick Rochow, Consumers Energy senior vice president of operations, said those were unrelated to the problems with the Ray facility.


20. Couple Stumble on 1950s Suitcase Full of Cash Hidden in a Wall While Renovating Basement

When they opened up the ceiling above the cinderblock wall, they spotted it: a small, tin suitcase tucked snugly between a beam and a water pipe above the wall where they were renovating. To the couple's amazement it certainly wasn't sports cards that had been hidden above the wall. If the money found was any indication, it had been hidden in the wall since then; some of the bills had barely entered circulation when they were hidden away, apparently, and the entire lot was extremely rare to add to the value of the cash-which added up to around $23,000!


21. Behrouz Boochani: detained asylum seeker wins Australia's richest literary prize

The winner of Australia's richest literary prize did not attend the ceremony. Behrouz Boochani, whose debut book won both the $25,000 non-fiction prize at the Victorian premier's literary awards and the $100,000 Victorian prize for literature on Thursday night, is not allowed into Australia. In 2017 and 2018, women won each category, and they dominated the winners' list again this year, with Elise Valmorbida winning the fiction prize with The Madonna of the Mountains; Kendall Feaver winning the drama prize for her play The Almighty Sometimes; Kate Lilley winning the poetry prize for Tilt; Victoria Hannan winning the $15,000 unpublished manuscript prize for Kokomo; and Bri Lee winning the people's choice award for her memoir Eggshell Skull.


22. Could an immunotherapy treatment from Israel cure cancer?

Ten years ago, Dr. Michael Har-Noy, founder and CEO of a Jerusalem-based startup developing an immunotherapy treatment that could potentially cure cancer, lamented that the fight against the dreaded disease "Is a battle we are losing." Today, Har-Noy's company is getting closer to turning the tide. Immunotherapy is the only current mode of treatment that could actually cure cancer, Har-Noy says. In addition to AlloStim, Har-Noy and his team are working on a cancer vaccine called CryoVax that combines AlloStim with cryoablation for tumors that resist initial treatment, as well as a personalized cancer vaccine dubbed AlloVax.


23. Microsoft's 2019 Super Bowl Ad Will Put a Smile on Your Face

It's Super Bowl season, and big brands are coming out with their Super Bowl ads. Microsoft is one of the latest companies to release its Super Bowl ad, and it's focused entirely on accessibility. The ad highlights Microsoft's Xbox Adaptive Controller, a special Xbox controller that is built to let almost anyone play games on the Xbox One.


24. Colorado law would bar convicted animal abusers from owning pets

People convicted of animal abuse could be banned from owning, babysitting or living with an animal if a Denver Democrat's bill becomes state law. HB19-1092 would give judges the discretion to prohibit adults and juveniles convicted of misdemeanor animal abuse from "Owning, possessing, caring for, or residing with an animal of any kind" for a certain number of years. Currently, Valdez said, judges don't have a lot of discretion when it comes to the pets of people who mistreated an animal.