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WATCH: Woman with Down syndrome who dreams of being TV meteorologist makes debut

A 21-year-old woman with Down syndrome who dreams of becoming a television meteorologist has made her first on-air appearance.

Mélanie Ségard of France was invited to France 2 last week after launching a social media campaign to make her dream a reality.

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Ségard launched a social media campaign titled “Mélanie Can Do It.” With some help from Unapei, Ségard was able to report the weather on-air for France 2 last Tuesday.

“I’m different, but I want to show everyone I can do a lot of things,” she wrote on her Facebook page.

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To prepare for the big moment, Ségard shadowed France 2 meteorologist Anaïs Baydemir.

Last Tuesday, she successfully delivered the weather with confidence.

“It’s a good reminder that people with intellectual disabilities are just as capable of any other person!” Unapei wrote online.

>> Watch Mélanie’s weather forecast below

Americans unhappier than ever before, UN global report finds

Happiness in America is on the decline, according to a new report released Monday.

The U.N.’s “World Happiness Report” launched just in time for International Day of Happiness on March 20, a U.N. holiday established in 2012 and celebrated around the world Monday.

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But according to the new report, happiness in America has decreased over the years. Since the U.N.’s first report in 2012, the nation has fallen three spots.

To come up with the happiness rankings, analysts examined answers to a specific question from the 2014-16 Gallup World Poll, a popular, massive survey with respondents from 155 different countries.

Approximately 2,000-3,000 people from each country participated.

>> RELATED: U.S. no longer a top-5 country in the world 

The question (included below) asks respondents to rate their lives on a scale of zero to 10 across six factors: life expectancy, generosity, social support, freedom, corruption and GDP.

Please imagine a ladder with steps numbered from zero at the bottom to 10 at the top. Suppose we say that the top of the ladder represents the best possible life for you, and the bottom of the ladder represents the worst possible life for you. On which step of the ladder would you say you personally feel you stand at this time, assuming that the higher the step the better you feel about your life, and the lower the step the worse you feel about it? Which step comes closest to the way you feel?

According to the report, these happiness measures are often used by governments, organizations and civil society to inform their policy-making decisions.

With an average rank of 7.537, the happiest country in the world is Norway, according to the poll.

The least happy on the list is the Central African Republic, which scored an average happiness rank of 2.693.

As for America, the country fell to No. 14 from No. 11 in 2012 with a current average happiness rank of 6.993. 

According to the World Happiness Report, the reasons for America’s reduced happiness in a nutshell are declining social support and increased corruption.

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Though individual incomes have increased roughly three times since 1960, “measured happiness” has not risen.

America’s problems with rising income inequality, distrust with the government, how the country reacted to the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the nation’s “deteriorating” educational system are some possible factors cited in the report.

“America’s crisis is, in short, a social crisis, not an economic crisis,” the report’s authors wrote.

Learn more about the World Happiness Report and its methodology.

Adam Schiff’s opening statement: There is ‘direct evidence of deception' between Trump’s campaign and Russia

Rep. Adam Schiff, (D-Calif.), laid out a case against Donald Trump and his associates Monday during the House Intelligence Committee’s hearing on Russian interference in the presidential election.

Here is Schiff’s opening statement:

 “Thank you, Mr. Chairman.

I want to thank Director Comey and Admiral Rogers for appearing before us today as the committee holds this first open hearing into the interference campaign waged against our 2016 Presidential election.

Last summer, at the height of a bitterly contested and hugely consequential Presidential campaign, a foreign, adversarial power intervened in an effort to weaken our democracy, and to influence the outcome for one candidate and against the other. That foreign adversary was, of course, Russia, and it acted through its intelligence agencies and upon the direct instructions of its autocratic ruler, Vladimir Putin, in order to help Donald J. Trump become the 45th President of the United States.

The Russian “active measures” campaign may have begun as early as 2015, when Russian intelligence services launched a series of spearphishing attacks designed to penetrate the computers of a broad array of Washington-based Democratic and Republican party organizations, think tanks and other entities. This continued at least through winter of 2016.

While at first, the hacking may have been intended solely for the collection of foreign intelligence, in mid-2016, the Russians “weaponized” the stolen data and used platforms established by their intel services, such as DC Leaks and existing third party channels like Wikileaks, to dump the documents.

The stolen documents were almost uniformly damaging to the candidate Putin despised, Hillary Clinton and, by forcing her campaign to constantly respond to the daily drip of disclosures, the releases greatly benefited Donald Trump’s campaign.

None of these facts is seriously in question and they are reflected in the consensus conclusions of all our intelligence agencies.

We will never know whether the Russian intervention was determinative in such a close election. Indeed, it is unknowable in a campaign in which so many small changes could have dictated a different result. More importantly, and for the purposes of our investigation, it simply does not matter. What does matter is this: the Russians successfully meddled in our democracy, and our intelligence agencies have concluded that they will do so again.

Ours is not the first democracy to be attacked by the Russians in this way. Russian intelligence has been similarly interfering in the internal and political affairs of our European and other allies for decades. What is striking here is the degree to which the Russians were willing to undertake such an audacious and risky action against the most powerful nation on earth. That ought to be a warning to us, that if we thought that the Russians would not dare to so blatantly interfere in our affairs, we were wrong. And if we do not do our very best to understand how the Russians accomplished this unprecedented attack on our democracy and what we need to do to protect ourselves in the future, we will have only ourselves to blame.

We know a lot about the Russian operation, about the way they amplified the damage their hacking and dumping of stolen documents was causing through the use of slick propaganda like RT, the Kremlin’s media arm. But there is also a lot we do not know.

Most important, we do not yet know whether the Russians had the help of U.S. citizens, including people associated with the Trump campaign. Many of Trump’s campaign personnel, including the President himself, have ties to Russia and Russian interests. This is, of course, no crime. On the other hand, if the Trump campaign, or anybody associated with it, aided or abetted the Russians, it would not only be a serious crime, it would also represent one of the most shocking betrayals of our democracy in history.

In Europe, where the Russians have a much longer history of political interference, they have used a variety of techniques to undermine democracy. They have employed the hacking and dumping of documents and slick propaganda as they clearly did here, but they have also used bribery, blackmail, compromising material, and financial entanglement to secure needed cooperation from individual citizens of targeted countries.

The issue of U.S. person involvement is only one of the important matters that the Chairman and I have agreed to investigate and which is memorialized in the detailed and bipartisan scope of investigation we have signed. We will also examine whether the intelligence community’s public assessment of the Russian operation is supported by the raw intelligence, whether the U.S. Government responded properly or missed the opportunity to stop this Russian attack much earlier, and whether the leak of information about Michael Flynn or others is indicative of a systemic problem. We have also reviewed whether there was any evidence to support President Trump’s claim that he was wiretapped by President Obama in Trump Tower – and found no evidence whatsoever to support that slanderous accusation – and we hope that Director Comey can now put that matter permanently to rest.

Today, most of my Democratic colleagues will be exploring with you the potential involvement of U.S. persons in the Russian attack on our democracy. It is not that we feel the other issues are not important – they are very important – but rather because this issue is least understood by the public. We realize, of course, that you may not be able to answer many of our questions in open session. You may or may not be willing to disclose even whether there is any investigation. But we hope to present to you and the public why we believe this matter is of such gravity that it demands a thorough investigation, not only by us, as we intend to do, but by the FBI as well.

Let me give you a little preview of what I expect you will be asked by our members.

Whether the Russian active measures campaign began as nothing more than an attempt to gather intelligence, or was always intended to be more than that, we do not know, and is one of the questions we hope to answer. But we do know this: the months of July and August 2016 appear to have been pivotal. It was at this time that the Russians began using the information they had stolen to help Donald Trump and harm Hillary Clinton. And so the question is why? What was happening in July/August of last year? And were U.S. persons involved?

Here are some of the matters, drawn from public sources alone, since that is all we can discuss in this setting, that concern us and should concern all Americans.

In early July, Carter Page, someone candidate Trump identified as one of his national security advisors, travels to Moscow on a trip approved by the Trump campaign. While in Moscow, he gives a speech critical of the United States and other western countries for what he believes is a hypocritical focus on democratization and efforts to fight corruption.

According to Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence officer who is reportedly held in high regard by U.S. Intelligence, Russian sources tell him that Page has also had a secret meeting with Igor Sechin (SEH-CHIN), CEO of Russian gas giant Rosneft. Sechin is reported to be a former KGB agent and close friend of Putin’s. According to Steele’s Russian sources, Page is offered brokerage fees by Sechin on a deal involving a 19 percent share of the company. According to Reuters, the sale of a 19.5 percent share in Rosneft later takes place, with unknown purchasers and unknown brokerage fees.

Also, according to Steele’s Russian sources, the Trump campaign is offered documents damaging to Hillary Clinton, which the Russians would publish through an outlet that gives them deniability, like Wikileaks. The hacked documents would be in exchange for a Trump Administration policy that de-emphasizes Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and instead focuses on criticizing NATO countries for not paying their fare share – policies which, even as recently as the President’s meeting last week with Angela Merkel, have now presciently come to pass.

In the middle of July, Paul Manafort, the Trump campaign manager and someone who was long on the payroll of Pro-Russian Ukrainian interests, attends the Republican Party convention. Carter Page, back from Moscow, also attends the convention. According to Steele, it was Manafort who chose Page to serve as a go-between for the Trump campaign and Russian interests. Ambassador Kislyak, who presides over a Russian embassy in which diplomatic personnel would later be expelled as likely spies, also attends the Republican Party convention and meets with Carter Page and additional Trump Advisors JD Gordon and Walid Phares. It was JD Gordon who approved Page’s trip to Moscow. Ambassador Kislyak also meets with Trump campaign national security chair and now Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Sessions would later deny meeting with Russian officials during his Senate confirmation hearing.

Just prior to the convention, the Republican Party platform is changed, removing a section that supports the provision of “lethal defensive weapons” to Ukraine, an action that would be contrary to Russian interests. Manafort categorically denies involvement by the Trump campaign in altering the platform. But the Republican Party delegate who offered the language in support of providing defensive weapons to Ukraine states that it was removed at the insistence of the Trump campaign. Later, JD Gordon admits opposing the inclusion of the provision at the time it was being debated and prior to its being removed.

Later in July, and after the convention, the first stolen emails detrimental to Hillary Clinton appear on Wikileaks. A hacker who goes by the moniker Guccifer 2.0 claims responsibility for hacking the DNC and giving the documents to Wikileaks. But leading private cyber security firms including CrowdStrike, Mandiant, and ThreatConnect review the evidence of the hack and conclude with high certainty that it was the work of APT28 and APT29, who were known to be Russian intelligence services. The U.S. Intelligence community also later confirms that the documents were in fact stolen by Russian intelligence and Guccifer 2.0 acted as a front. Also in late July, candidate Trump praises Wikileaks, says he loves them, and openly appeals to the Russians to hack his opponents’ emails, telling them that they will be richly rewarded by the press.

On August 8th, Roger Stone, a longtime Trump political advisor and self-proclaimed political dirty trickster, boasts in a speech that he “has communicated with Assange,” and that more documents would be coming, including an “October surprise.” In the middle of August, he also communicates with the Russian cutout Guccifer 2.0, and authors a Breitbart piece denying Guccifer’s links to Russian intelligence. Then, later in August, Stone does something truly remarkable, when he predicts that John Podesta’s personal emails will soon be published. “Trust me, it will soon be Podesta’s time in the barrel. #Crooked Hillary.”

In the weeks that follow, Stone shows a remarkable prescience: “I have total confidence that @wikileaks and my hero Julian Assange will educate the American people soon. #Lockherup. “Payload coming,” he predicts, and two days later, it does. Wikileaks releases its first batch of Podesta emails. The release of John Podesta’s emails would then continue on a daily basis up to election day.

On Election Day in November, Donald Trump wins. Donald Trump appoints one of his high profile surrogates, Michael Flynn, to be his national security advisor. Michael Flynn has been paid by the Kremlin’s propaganda outfit, RT, and other Russian entities in the past. In December, Michael Flynn has a secret conversation with Ambassador Kislyak about sanctions imposed by President Obama on Russia over its hacking designed to help the Trump campaign. Michael Flynn lies about this secret conversation. The Vice President, unknowingly, then assures the country that no such conversation ever happened. The President is informed Flynn has lied, and Pence has misled the country. The President does nothing. Two weeks later, the press reveals that Flynn has lied and the President is forced to fire Mr. Flynn. The President then praises the man who lied, Flynn, and castigates the press for exposing the lie.

Now, is it possible that the removal of the Ukraine provision from the GOP platform was a coincidence? Is it a coincidence that Jeff Sessions failed to tell the Senate about his meetings with the Russian Ambassador, not only at the convention, but a more private meeting in his office and at a time when the U.S. election was under attack by the Russians? Is it a coincidence that Michael Flynn would lie about a conversation he had with the same Russian Ambassador Kislyak about the most pressing issue facing both countries at the time they spoke – the U.S. imposition of sanctions over Russian hacking of our election designed to help Donald Trump? Is it a coincidence that the Russian gas company Rosneft sold a 19 percent share after former British Intelligence Officer Steele was told by Russian sources that Carter Page was offered fees on a deal of just that size? Is it a coincidence that Steele’s Russian sources also affirmed that Russia had stolen documents hurtful to Secretary Clinton that it would utilize in exchange for pro-Russian policies that would later come to pass? Is it a coincidence that Roger Stone predicted that John Podesta would be the victim of a Russian hack and have his private emails published, and did so even before Mr. Podesta himself was fully aware that his private emails would be exposed?

Is it possible that all of these events and reports are completely unrelated, and nothing more than an entirely unhappy coincidence? Yes, it is possible. But it is also possible, maybe more than possible, that they are not coincidental, not disconnected and not unrelated, and that the Russians used the same techniques to corrupt U.S. persons that they have employed in Europe and elsewhere. We simply don’t know, not yet, and we owe it to the country to find out.

Director Comey, what you see on the dais in front of you, in the form of this small number of members and staff is all we have to commit to this investigation. This is it. We are not supported by hundreds or thousands of agents and investigators, with offices around the world. It is just us and our Senate counterparts. And in addition to this investigation, we still have our day job, which involves overseeing some of the largest and most important agencies in the country, agencies, which, by the way, are trained to keep secrets.

I point this out for two reasons: First, because we cannot do this work alone. Nor should we. We believe these issues are so important that the FBI must devote its resources to investigating each of them thoroughly; to do any less would be negligent in the protection of our country. We also need your full cooperation with our own investigation, so that we have the benefit of what you may know, and so that we may coordinate our efforts in the discharge of both our responsibilities. And second, I raise this because I believe that we would benefit from the work of an independent commission that can devote the staff and resources to this investigation that we do not have, and that can be completely removed from any political considerations. This should not be a substitute for the work that we, in the intelligence committees should and must do, but as an important complement to our efforts, just as was the case after 9/11.

The stakes are nothing less than the future of liberal democracy.

We are engaged in a new war of ideas, not communism versus capitalism, but authoritarianism versus democracy and representative government. And in this struggle, our adversary sees our political process as a legitimate field of battle.

Only by understanding what the Russians did can we inoculate ourselves from the further Russian interference we know is coming. Only then can we help protect our European allies who are, as we speak, enduring similar Russian interference in their own elections.

Finally, I want to say a word about our own committee investigation. You will undoubtedly observe in the questions and comments that our members make during today's hearing, that the members of both parties share a common concern over the Russian attack on our democracy, but bring a different perspective on the significance of certain issues, or the quantum of evidence we have seen in the earliest stages of this investigation. That is to be expected. The question most people have is whether we can really conduct this investigation in the kind of thorough and nonpartisan manner that the seriousness of the issues merit, or whether the enormous political consequences of our work will make that impossible. The truth is, I don’t know the answer. But I do know this: If this committee can do its work properly, if we can pursue the facts wherever they lead, unafraid to compel witnesses to testify, to hear what they have to say, to learn what we will and, after exhaustive work, reach a common conclusion, it would be a tremendous public service and one that is very much in the national interest.

So let us try. Thank you Mr. Chairman, I yield back.”

 

Neil Gorsuch confirmation hearing: What time; what channel; live-stream

Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump’s nominee for the vacant U.S. Supreme Court seat, will face senators Monday as his confirmation hearing begins.

Gorsuch, a judge on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, is likely to face several days of hearings in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

He  will fill the seat left vacant by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in February, 2016 if he is confirmed.

Here’s what to expect Monday.

What time: The hearing begins at 11 a.m. ET

What channel: CSPAN 2 will carry the hearing live.

Live-stream: The Senate Judiciary Committee will live-stream the hearing here.

Who will introduce him: Gorsuch will be introduced by three people: Sen. Michael Bennet, (D-Colo.); Sen. Cory Gardner, (R-Colo.); and Neal Katyal, former acting solicitor general of the United States.

James Comey’s testimony: Live updates

FBI Director James Comey will testify Monday before a House Intelligence Committee hearing into allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Comey will likely be asked about President Donald Trump’s claims that former President Barack Obama ordered a wiretap of Trump Tower in New York City during the run-up to the November election. 

Here’s what to expect Monday.

What time: The hearing begins at 10 a.m. ET

What channel: CSPAN, along with the other cable news channels will carry the hearing live.

How long will it last: It is scheduled to last until 1 p.m. ET

Anyone else testifying: Michael Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency, will also be testifying.

Is it live-streamedIt will be live-streamed on the HPSCI website. 

Live updates:

7 things to know now: Comey to testify; Clinton’s return; March Madness brackets blown

Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and world today.

What to know now:

1. Comey to testify: FBI Director James Comey will testify before the House Intelligence Committee on Monday morning as hearings into allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election get underway in Washington. Comey is expected to be asked at the public hearing about any investigations of the new administration and about President Donald Trump’s statement that his campaign was wiretapped. Also scheduled to testify is Michael Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency.

2. Gorsuch hearings: Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s nominee for the vacant Supreme Court seat, begins confirmation hearings Monday. Gorsuch, a judge on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, would fill the seat of Justice Antonin Scalia who died in February 2016. Gorsuch is likely to face several days of hearings.

3. Out of the Woods: Hillary Clinton told a group on Friday that she was “ready to come out of the woods,” and return to the American political scene. Clinton joke about being spotted while taking walks in the woods around her New York home, and told people gathered at a St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Scranton, Pa., "I'm like a lot of my friends right now; I have a hard time watching the news.” Clinton urged those there to get involved in the political process. "I do not believe that we can let political divides harden into personal divides. And we can't just ignore or turn a cold shoulder to someone because they disagree with us politically," she said.

4. Breslin dies: Columnist and author Jimmy Breslin died Sunday in New York. Breslin, who first became famous for a column about the man who dug the grave for President John F. Kennedy, was 88. He spent his career in New York City, and won a Pulitzer Prize for his columns about the famous, the infamous and, in most cases, the everyday man. 

5. Brackets blown: Millions of people across the country let out a groan at the same time Saturday, when their NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament bracket was blown up as returning champion Villanova lost to Wisconsin. There were other upsets – Duke lost to South Carolina and Michigan defeated Louisville. There was a blown call that likely sent Northwestern home early. After it was all over, the field was cut down to the “Sweet 16.” The tournament continues Thursday.  

And one more

Spring arrived Monday morning at 6:28 a.m. E.T. with the vernal equinox – the moment the Sun crosses the celestial equator and heads toward the Tropic of Cancer. There’s more daylight, and, according to forecaster, it will be a warm spring.

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Scientists say eating cheese can help weight loss

Here is some Gouda news for people who want to lose weight but love cheese.

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Scientists said eating cheese does not raise a person’s cholesterol level and could even help you lose weight, the Sun reported.

In a study conducted in Ireland, scientists discovered that people who ate plenty of cheese do not have a higher cholesterol level than those who did not. The study used 1,500 adults, who kept a four-day food diary and were asked to note how many dairy products they consumed.

Their blood samples were then analyzed for cholesterol levels and other metabolic health problems, the Sun reported. Scientists found that the adults with a lower body mass index ate more dairy.

Current health guidelines suggest eating foods high in saturated fat increases the risk of high cholesterol and heart attacks, The Sun reported

That is often caused by an unhealthy diet or having a family history of stroke or heart disease. However, lower blood pressure was associated with eating cheese more than other products like yogurt and milk, the Sun reported.

Dr. Emma Feeney, Food for Health Ireland’s program manager, told the Sun that  “Simply looking at individual foods does not reflect the real story. What will really impact on our metabolic health, is the overall pattern in which whole foods are consumed.”

 

Man shot dead after taking soldier’s gun at Paris airport  

A man has been shot dead after grabbing a soldier's gun at Orly airport in Paris, the BBC reported Saturday.

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French officials said the airport was evacuated after the gunman fired shots inside the terminal, the Express reported. 

He was killed by the security forces in a shop after seizing the weapon in the airport's southern terminal, the BBC reported. Nobody else was injured, officials said.

The Paris prosecutors' office confirmed later Saturday that its anti-terrorism section has taken over the investigation, The Associated Press reported. 

The man was on a watch-list of radicalized individuals and had been involved in a shooting hours earlier in the north of Paris, the BBC reported.

The attacker was known to police and intelligence services, and was involved in a shooting at a police traffic stop north of Paris that morning, Interior Minister Bruno Le Roux said at a news conference.

A police officer injured during the traffic stop incident is undergoing treatment but is not seriously injured, he said.

Passengers wrote on Twitter that they had heard gunshots in the south terminal and police were carrying out a security operation as they were told to flee.

A police spokesman wrote on Twitter: "Ongoing police operation. Do not cross the security perimeter, follow the instructions."

Passengers were told not to come to the airport, the Mirror reported, and all flights were redirected to Charles DeGaulle Airport, officials said.

Officials said the man approached a group of soldiers patrolling the airport and made off with the gun into a shop.

At that point shots were fired and the man was killed. His motivation is not yet known.

Witnesses told the AFP news agency that the airport was evacuated soon after the shooting.

"We had queued up to check in for the Tel Aviv flight when we heard three or four shots nearby," Franck Lecam said.

Paris police were investigating whether the incident was linked to a shooting earlier Saturday during a traffic stop north of Paris, according to The Associated Press. The Paris police office says a man fired birdshot at officers who stopped him, wounding one in the face. He then fled and stole a woman's car after threatening her with a weapon. That car was found near Orly, the AP reported.

In an incident last month, a man wielding knives lunged at soldiers at Paris's Louvre museum before being shot and injured.

Orly is the second largest airport in Paris.

 

‘Life changing’ amount of gold coins found hidden in old piano

Proving that not all treasure is found in a treasure chest and not all pots of gold are found at the end of a rainbow, a hoard of gold has been found in an old piano.

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The piano’s owners sent the musical instrument off to be retuned and repaired in Shropshire, England, before Christmas. Repairmen found a collection of full and half sovereigns that date all the way back to 1847, according to BBC News.

Peter Reavill, liaison officer for the British Museum's Portable Antiquities Scheme at Shropshire Museums told BBC News the coins had “the potential of yielding a life-changing sum of money.” 

“It is a lifetime of savings and it's beyond most people,” he said.

The full sovereign is worth at least 220 Euros, or $236.37, according to Alexandra Whittaker, who works in communications at London auction house Fellows & Sons.

“If one was particularly special, like if it had something wrong with it, or there were fewer minted that year, then it would be worth a lot more,” she said.

An inquest is being held in an effort to determine whether the finding can officially be declared a treasure.

If the inquest finds that the coins were hidden with the intent of eventually being found, it would be considered a treasure and become property of the Crown, according to BBC News. If the owner of the coins, or their heirs, can prove ownership, the Crown’s claim will be void.

The inquest will end April 20.

Puppy training as bomb detector shot at New Zealand airport

A 10-month-old puppy training to be an explosives detector dog was shot and killed Friday by police after getting loose from its handler at New Zealand’s Auckland Airport, CNN reported.

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Reuters reported that 16 domestic and international flights were delayed when the bearded collie and German shorthaired pointer mix, named Grizz, escaped from his handler and was on the loose for three hours.

The puppy was being trained to detect explosives.

"The dog was clearly distressed and wouldn't let anyone near it, so the decision was made to shoot the dog," Auckland Airport spokeswoman Lisa Mulitalo said.

The airport tweeted updates about the delay, initially saying that the dog had been caught.

New Zealand Aviation Security Service spokesman Mike Richards said police shot and killed the dog.

SAFE for Animals ambassador Hans Kriek questioned why Grizz was not tranquilized rather than being shot, CNN reported.

A spokesman for the Civil Aviation Authority told CNN that the dog “was on an initial airport environment socialization program as part of his training ... The airport Emergency Operations Center was activated and a full search was commenced.”

Richards said darkness outside made it hard to get the puppy.

"Of course it was dark for most of the time it was on the run. They tried everything they could, but just couldn’t lure the dog back. I think it was just freaked out," Richards said.

The CAA spokesman echoed similar statements: “We tried everything: Food, toys, other dogs, but nothing would work ... In these difficult circumstances the Airport's Emergency Operations Center team decided to have the dog destroyed.”

“Ultimately they have to call the police in to shoot the dog, and the police have access to tranquilizer guns, and there's also a zoo nearby that would have one as well. So we don't understand why they didn't do that,” Kreik said.The airport said it would investigate questions about tranquilizer use.

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