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  • Instagram(NEW YORK) -- Are your former colleague's workout selfies bringing you down?Or your college roommate's constant pictures of their newborn adorable but just too much at times?Instagram's got your back.The social media platform rolled out a new feature Tuesday where users will be able to mute any account they follow.
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  • KSAT-TV(SAN ANTONIO) -- A rhesus macaque monkey gave handlers the slip at San Antonio Airport, officials confirmed to ABC News.The crafty primate, named Dawkins, managed to extricate itself from a crate on Monday after arriving at the Texas airport aboard American Airlines Flight No. 1014 from Chicago's O'Hare Airport, airport spokesman Rich Stinson said.Staff members from Born Free USA's Primate Sanctuary in Cotulla, Texas, were at the airport to meet Dawkins but he broke free, leading to a pursuit to bring him to safety."We had folks from our sanctuary there to meet him," Prashant Khetan, CEO of Born Free USA, a 50-year-old conservation nonprofit, told ABC News. "They always had eyes on Dawkins the entire time."The airport's employed wildlife biologist, Animal Care Services personnel and a veterinarian from the Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation all helped the Born Free members bring the primate back to its cargo cage."He is completely under control and should be at our sanctuary soon," Khetan said.Khetan confirmed that Dawkins will hopefully "live there for the rest of his life" at Born Free USA's Primate Sanctuary, which boasts 186 acres of roaming land to give wildlife "a safe, permanent home.""The focus of animal care at the sanctuary is to provide conditions in which the captive populations of macaques, baboons, and vervets are allowed to live out the remainder of their lives with extensive freedom of movement, choice of food, and choice of companions, in accordance with their social nature," the site reads.He will be joining some 600 macaques, vervets, and baboons, confirmed Khetan.The primate's original itinerary traced him back to Boston's Logan International Airport, where he'd been sent from Brown University.In a statement, the Brown confirmed that they sent a rhesus macaque to a Texas sanctuary as part of the university's attempt to "seek homes for non-human primates who are retired from research protocols.""The macaque that was en route to Texas when its enclosure became open was being transported from Brown to an animal sanctuary as part of the university’s commitment to animal well-being," the statement reads.American Airlines acknowledged that the primate "inadvertently became free of his cage."Before he was brought back into his cage, the airline assured Dawkins was safely contained."He is currently in an isolated area where it is safe, away from all of our team members and customers," according to the statement. “We are working closely with the San Antonio Aviation Department and officials from the San Antonio Zoo. Officials from the zoo are now on site to ensure his safety and wellbeing as he continues his journey to his new home at the primate sanctuary.”Khetan said that Dawkins was experiencing a great deal of anxiety."There was a ton of stress on Dawkins," he said. "He reacted to the stress."Khetan said that an investigation is underway to determine "when Dawkins got out."Dawkins' escape illustrates the need to help animals remain in the wild, Khetan said."There is so much unpredictability and that's what we're seeing here," he said. "That's why we fight to prevent keeping animals in captivity."
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  • Netflix(NEW YORK) -- Former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama have inked a multiyear deal with Netflix, the streaming service announced Monday.According to a tweet from Netflix, the Obamas will produce films and series for Netflix, which could include scripted series, unscripted series, docu-series, documentaries and features.Netflix did not elaborate on the terms of the agreement."One of the simple joys of our time in public service was getting to meet so many fascinating people from all walks of life, and to help them share their experiences with a wider audience," former President Obama said in a statement obtained by The Chicago Tribune. "That's why Michelle and I are so excited to partner with Netflix -- we hope to cultivate and curate the talented, inspiring, creative voices who are able to promote greater empathy and understanding between peoples, and help them share their stories with the entire world."Added his wife, Michelle Obama: "Barack and I have always believed in the power of storytelling to inspire us, to make us think differently about the world around us, and to help us open our minds and hearts to others," said Michelle Obama. "Netflix's unparalleled service is a natural fit for the kinds of stories we want to share, and we look forward to starting this exciting new partnership."This is not the first deal the Obamas have signed since they left the White House in early 2017. That February, Penguin Random House announced that the company would publish books by both Barack and Michelle Obama. Though Penguin Random House did not provide details of their contract with the Obamas, it has been reported that the rights were reportedly purchased for $60 million.
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  • USPS(WASHINGTON) -- Scratch-and-sniff stamps are coming to a post office near you, the United States Postal Service announced on Monday.With the warm summer weather moving in, Americans love to cool off with a refreshing ice pop on a hot day, bringing inspiration to the latest Forever stamp from the USPS. The colorful stamps feature different designs, shapes and flavors of ice cream pops.The watercolor illustrations of the treats are the work of Margaret Berg of Santa Monica, California, while art director Antonio Alcala designed the stamps with Leslie Badani, both of Alexandria, Virginia. Each stamp is designed with two different ice cream pops on it, with 10 different designs in the booklet.The Frozen Treats Forever stamps will be introduced in Austin, Texas, at the Thinkery Children’s Museum on June 20 at 6 p.m. CDT in a special dedication ceremony.
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  • Amazon.com(WASHINGTON) -- President Trump’s top economic adviser said Trump 'may feel that there's some unfairness going on' in regard to Amazon but said he couldn't comment in detail on the president's concerns about the giant online retailer because he hasn't been deeply involved in those discussions.Larry Kudlow, director of the National Economic Council, was responding to ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos'asking about a new Washington Post report that the president has personally pressed the U.S. Postmaster General to double the rate of postal charges on the giant online retailer whose CEO, Jeff Bezos, also owns The Washington Post."The president has tweeted about Amazon a lot," Stephanopoulos said. "Is it appropriate for the president to be singling out companies like this?"Kudlow responded, "Well, look. I'm not -- that not in my lane, OK. I can't really comment specifically. I haven't looked at that."Stephanopoulos pressed, "Well, it comes under the National Economic Council, doesn't it?"Kudlow said, "Well, I suppose so, but again I haven't been involved in that discussion. Look, the president is a man of many opinions. I think you know that. I think we all know that. It's up to him. He may be carrying this ball. I can't comment directly on it."Stephanopoulos asked about previous claims by Trump that the U.S. Postal Service is losing billions of dollars to Amazon."That simply isn't true," Stephanopoulos said to Kudlow. "Isn't it your responsibility to advise him of the facts?""If he asked me directly, it would be," Kudlow responded. "A lot of people looked at these numbers, and there are many different opinions about the validity of many different numbers, George."The economic council director continued, "I have not been deeply involved in Amazon. The president may feel, look, he may feel that there's some unfairness going on here."Stephanopoulos said many people are concerned that Trump may be targeting Amazon because of Bezos' owning The Washington Post."That is what a lot of people are concerned about here ... Amazon has not cost the postal service any money. And in fact, the president is targeting them because Jeff Bezos owns The Washington Post even though that has nothing to do with Amazon. That's what they say is inappropriate."Kudlow said, "To be honest with you, I have seen numbers. You can probably do this on both sides. A lot of the numbers, by the way, have not been made available. We'll see."
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