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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Conservation workers and volunteers in New Zealand have managed to refloat six surviving stranded whales and are hoping they’ll soon swim away into deeper water.
Ten pygmy killer whales were found stranded Sunday at Ninety Mile Beach on the North Island. Two whales later died there.
On Monday evening, crews transported the remaining animals on hay-lined trailers to Rarawa Beach where the sea conditions were calmer. They refloated them on the high tide today. Two of the whales beached themselves again and were euthanized.
Department of Conservation ranger Jamie Werner said the remaining whales were swimming about 400 meters from the shoreline and were being monitored.
Workers were hoping for a better outcome than from an unrelated stranding over the weekend in which all 145 pilot whales died.
ALABAMA MALL SHOOTING
HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Demonstrators upset with the police shooting of a black man at an Alabama shopping mall have blocked one of the busiest roads in the state.
Several dozen protesters holding signs and chanting blocked heavily traveled U.S. 31 at Interstate 459 last night.
The site is near the Riverchase Galleria, where a police officer killed 21-year-old Emantic “EJ” Bradford Jr. on Thanksgiving night.
Hoover police shot Bradford while responding to a shooting that wounded two people at the mall. They later said Bradford wasn’t the gunman in the shooting although he had a gun that officers saw.
SCHOOL GUARD - RAPE
CLEVELAND (AP) — Police say a security guard at a Cleveland high school has been charged with raping multiple students.
Authorities say the 29-year-old guard at East Tech High School is charged with rape and is being held in jail on $300,000 bond. A spokeswoman for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District tells Cleveland.com the security guard is on unpaid leave pending the outcome of the case.
Court records say the man forced a 15-year-old girl to perform oral sex on him in one case. Officials say the suspect tracked the victims on social media and sent them several inappropriate messages.
A sex crimes detective wrote in court filings that it is anticipated more students will come forward.
NYC PARALLEL PARKER LOSES CONTROL
NEW YORK (AP) — Police say a driver trying to parallel park on a New York City street lost control of his minivan and struck several pedestrians standing next to a fruit stand, killing one person and injuring six others.
It happened shortly before 7 p.m. last night in Manhattan’s Chinatown.
Police say the injured pedestrians were hospitalized, including one in critical condition.
Video shows a dark-colored minivan speeding down a street in reverse.
Police say the driver is in his 70s and remained at the scene. Police say he may have mistaken the gas pedal for the brakes.