CROWN Act: What the legislation is and what advocates say it will do



Dyree Williams, 17, of East Bernard, Texas, is just one of many Black Americans who have felt discriminated against over their hair.

Advocates say the CROWN Act would help people like Williams.

The CROWN Act stands for Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural hair.

The bill would protect against bias based on hair texture and protective styles, including locs, cornrows, twists, braids, Bantu knots and Afros.

What the legislation would do and why advocates feel it’s vital

The bill being considered in Congress would ban race-based hair discrimination in employment and for those participating in federally assisted programs, housing programs, and public accommodations.

The bill passed the US House last month but needs to be approved by the US Senate, before it’s sent to President Joe Biden‘s desk.

“A lot of people are not aware that race-based hair discrimination exists,” said Esi Eggleston Bracey, who leads Unilever’s beauty and personal care portfolio and is a co-founder of the CROWN Coalition, which champions the legislation.

There are “implicit and explicit biases” against natural hair “deeply ingrained in workplace norms and society at large,” New Jersey Democrat Cory Booker, a Senate sponsor of the CROWN Act, said in a statement.

Although existing federal law prohibits race-based discrimination, “our current legislation or interpretation of it is insufficient, so the additional protection is needed,” Eggleston Bracey told CNN.

She raised the case of Williams in Texas, saying there was “no recourse for him” in a state without the protections included in the CROWN Act.

Policies, such as the high school dress code policy that barred Williams from wearing his hair braided or twisted, don’t “give us access to employment, that’s financial empowerment, it doesn’t give us access to education, which is knowledge to better ourselves,” Eggleston Bracey said. “People need to understand this is not superficial. …This is identity. And it puts us, it puts Black people under the microscope, and subjects us to humiliation, unfair inspection that’s undeserved. And all of that wears on our self-esteem.”

Black women are 80% more likely to believe that they must change their natural hair to “fit in at the office,” according to a 2019 study commissioned by personal care brand Dove, a co-founder of the CROWN coalition. The same study found that Black women’s hair was over three times more likely to be perceived as unprofessional.

“Natural Black hair is often deemed ‘unprofessional’ simply because it does not conform to White beauty standards,” New Jersey Democrat Bonnie Watson Coleman, the bill’s sponsor in the House, said in a statement. “Discrimination against Black hair is discrimination against Black people.”

Supporters of the CROWN Act say it would prevent against a larger trend across the US, with more and more Black students saying they were being penalized for their hairstyles.

The problem lies in the policies, experts say, which don’t necessarily take into account an increasingly diverse student body, to the detriment of mostly Black and biracial schoolchildren.

As CNN previously reported, there have been a number of high-profile cases in recent years of Black students receiving punishment for their hairstyles.

In Williams’ case, the new high school he moved to in February in East Bernard, Texas, had a dress code policy in its handbook that states “boy’s hair may not extend below the eyebrows, below the tops of the ears or below a conventional standup shirt collar, and must not be more than one-inch difference in the length of the hair on the side to the length of the hair on top.”

The handbook, which has been removed from the district’s website, goes on to say: “This includes but [is] not limited to tall hair styles, side swept bang styles, and long hair dangling over shaved sides or shaved back of the head. This also includes mullets and mullets in the making. Braided hair or corn rows will not be allowed. No extremes in hair styles.”

CNN made several attempts to reach the East Bernard High School and the school district, but has not heard back.

In 2020, Louisiana high school senior Asia Simo was kicked off her school’s cheer team after she accumulated demerits for having her hair out of uniform, which led to her eventual dismissal.

That same year in Texas, high school senior DeAndre Arnold was told he couldn’t walk at graduation unless he cut his dreadlocks and complied with the school district’s dress code that states male student’s hair must be shorter than the top of a T-shirt collar.
In 2019, an elementary school in Georgia came under fire after a hairstylist shared photos that the school used to show “appropriate” and “inappropriate” hairstyles for students.
And in 2018, Andrew Johnson, a Black high school wrestler in New Jersey, was told by a referee to cut off his dreadlocks because it wasn’t in compliance with league regulations or forfeit a match.

Most school administrators and school boards cite policies and regulations as reason for their actions and maintain their rules aren’t meant to be discriminatory.

Democratic Rep. Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, a co-sponsor of the bill, said in a floor speech in March: “For too long, Black girls have been discriminated against and criminalized for the hair that grows on our heads and the way we move through and show up in this world.”

She added, “Whether you are a student in a classroom, an employee in the workplace, or the next Supreme Court Justice or the speaker pro [tempore], you deserve to show up as your full self, rocking your crown with your head held high.”

Where the legislation stands

So far, 15 states and more than 40 municipalities have enacted their versions of the CROWN Act. California, in 2019, was the first state to pass the legislation, according to the CROWN Coalition. The US Virgin Islands this month became the first US territory to enact the bill.
Last month, the Democratic-led US House passed the federal version of the CROWN Act in a 235-189 vote, with 14 Republicans joining with Democrats to approve the bill. The fate of the bill in the 50-50 Senate remains unclear.

Republican opponents of the legislation have said that federal law already covers this kind of discrimination and that Democrats should be focusing on other issues, such as inflation and high gas prices.

The Biden administration has said it “strongly supports” the CROWN Act and “looks forward to working with the Congress to enact this legislation and ensure that it is effectively implemented.”

“State legislation, having that concurrent with the federal legislation, actually provides more coverage, it makes sure even small businesses are covered, not just the larger businesses,” Eggleston Bracey told CNN, adding that state action “creates even more momentum for the federal legislation.”

CNN’s Leah Asmelash contributed to this report.



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Beats Fit Pro, S’well and LifeStraw: Best online sales right now


This weekend, you’ll find a deal on Beats Fit Pro, a discounted S’well water bottle and savings on LifeStraw. All that and more below.

$199.95 $179.95 at Amazon

The Beats Fit Pro are the Goldilocks of headphones: They blend all of the AirPods Pro’s best features with a stylish, secure and workout-friendly design. Right now you can take advantage of the first sale we’ve ever seen on these headphones. With a great discount and Underscored’s seal of approval, why not try them out?

$136 $99 at Thirdlove

With nearly 49,000 reviews and a solid 4.5-star ranking, the bra is available in a whopping 80 sizes (from bands 30 to 48 and cups AA to I) and nine colors. Stats aside, what makes this bra unique is the second-skin fit, incredibly soft micro jersey, ultrathin memory foam cups and beautiful design. Best of all, when you snag this versatile bra in a bundle of two, you’ll score massive savings.

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Sporting myriad helpful features, the Fitbit Inspire 2 is our top fitness tracker choice for anyone who wants better clarity and more robust data about their health, fitness and wellness lifestyle. Usually going for around $100, it’s now $30 off at Amazon, just in time for warm weather movement.

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Whether you’re a camping aficionado or you just like to be prepared, it never hurts to have a LifeStraw on hand. The wildly popular personal water filter, which boasts 65,000 5-star ratings, removes 99.999% of bacteria, waterborne parasites and microplastics. Lightweight and effective, it’s a top seller among Underscored readers year after year. Get out into nature with a discounted LifeStraw filter, an essential for any outdoors trip.

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Blending gorgeous aesthetics with impressive thermoregulation, S’well water bottles are a great way to stay hydrated on the go. Our testers found that S’well bottles are hands down the best water bottles at keeping drinks at your desired temperature (we’re talking piping hot or refreshingly cool). So if you’re headed back to the office or anywhere else, this is a great companion for your beverage of choice.

More deals to shop

• As with all Dyson vacuums, the Dyson V8 Fluffy offers top-of-the-line suction and whole-machine HEPA filtration — plus, it’s $200 off at Walmart right now.

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• Amazon’s discounted Echo Show 5 combines a 5.5-inch HD display with solid speakers and all the power of Alexa.

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Blink outdoor video cameras and doorbells are an affordable way to outfit your home with reliable security. Choose from among the brand’s bestselling products, all seeing discounts right now.

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• All the best brands are 20% off at Sur La Table when you use code MOM20 through May 2.

Deals you may have missed

Emart 10-Inch Selfie Ring Light

$29.99 $20.99 at Amazon

This is the lowest price we’ve seen this year on the Emart ring light, our pick for the best overall ring light. With tons of lighting and placement adjustments, this ring light gives you the flexibility to get great, consistent lighting for video calls, streaming, selfies or any content creation need.

Braun No-Touch Forehead Thermometer

$59.99 $28.80 at Amazon

Our top digital thermometer pick is down to the lowest price we’ve ever seen. The Braun No-Touch can be held up to 2 inches away, and there’s a positioning sensor that shines a light on your forehead to ensure you’re on the right point of the head when taking temperature. With an option to silence any noise and an LED display that can be seen in the dark, the Braun No-Touch thermometer offers everything you need — plus some — in a thermometer.

Microsoft Office Lifetime License

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Right now you can get a lifetime license of Microsoft Office Home & Business for just $49.99. Whether you use Office for home or business purposes, or on a Mac or Windows computer, this is a fantastic deal on a computer essential. With instant delivery and download on MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Teams and OneNote, this deal is hard to beat.

Apple Magic Keyboard 

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Convert your iPad into a laptop with the Apple Magic Keyboard — it’s the perfect lightweight accessory that delivers a seamless typing experience. The keyboard attaches magnetically to the back of the iPad and provides a full set of keys and a trackpad. Ultra portable and convenient for everyday use, the Magic Keyboard is currently at the lowest price we’ve seen on Amazon.

Dash Tasti-Crisp Air Fryer

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Dash Tasti Crisp Air Fryer

Our pick for the best affordable air fryer is even more budget-friendly right now, thanks to a discount on Amazon. Though the Dash Tasti-Crisp lacks the presets, settings and modes that higher-end options have, its solid performance and compact footprint make it a perfect choice for apartments. This is the lowest price we’ve seen on this model since Black Friday, so don’t miss this opportunity to save.

Dreamsky Alarm Clock 

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This is a great price drop on an alarm clock we love, the DreamSky. An easy-to-use alarm clock without any bells and whistles to get in the way, the DreamSky is simple, durable and highly readable, and will get you out of bed in the morning with a loud beep that isn’t too startling. Now just $16.99, this is a useful addition to your nightstand that won’t break the bank.

Anker Soundcore Life Q20 Headphones

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In our editors’ testing, the Anker Soundcore Life Q20 headphones earned the title of best budget option. Normally priced at just $60, the headphones offer surprisingly powerful noise-canceling ability, plus terrific comfort and sound quality to boot. Now discounted at just over $50 when you clip the on-page coupon, the Soundcore Life Q20 will outperform their price even more.

Instant Pot Pro Plus, 6-Quart 

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Our pick for the best pressure cooker, the 6-quart Instant Pot Pro Plus is currently down to $149.95. With an intuitive interface featuring 10 preset functions and app control, this model promises to be the holy grail of small kitchen appliances — and it delivers on a lot of its promise. Even novice cooks can easily achieve great results on a wide variety of recipes.

Our Place

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Internet-favorite brand Our Place is known for stylish direct-to-consumer cookware that promises to replace up to eight of your kitchen pots and pans in just one vessel. Right now the brand is offering 20% off all its bestselling products, including the much-loved Always Pan, the recently launched Perfect Pot and more.



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Country music legend Naomi Judd, of the Grammy-winning duo The Judds, has died



“Today we sisters experienced a tragedy. We lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness. We are shattered,” Ashley Judd said in a statement on Twitter. Ashley Judd’s publicist verified the statement to CNN.

“We are navigating profound grief and know that as we loved her, she was loved by her public,” the statement added. “We are in unknown territory.”

Naomi and her daughter, Wynonna, began singing together as a professional act in the early 1980s, eventually producing a string of major hits, including “Mama He’s Crazy” and “Love Can Build a Bridge.”

The Judds completed what was billed as a Farewell Tour in 2011, but announced earlier this year a 10-date “Final Tour” that was scheduled to begin in September.

They performed together publicly for the first time in years earlier this month at the CMT Music Awards. The duo was scheduled to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame Sunday.

Over the course of seven years, The Judds won five Grammys and had 14 No. 1 singles, according to the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Younger daughter Ashley Judd later became a celebrity in her own right as an actress.

This story is developing.



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The best robot mops in 2022


A robot mop — much like a robot vacuum, but armed with a water tank and microfiber cloths or mop pads that wipe your floor in place of or in addition to a dust bin — can be incredibly useful as part of your regular cleaning.

We tested eleven models — three dedicated mops and eight mop-vacuum hybrids — to find the most effective and efficient automated assistants to help you keep your floors clean.

Best robot mop overall

The compact, inexpensive iRobot Braava jet 240 is simply the best robot mop for the money. While it doesn’t have the smarts of more expensive models and can’t do double duty as a vacuum, its efficient design and simple pattern-based navigation deliver impressive cleaning.

Best robot vacuum and mop combo

The Bissell SpinWave Wet and Dry Robot Vacuum is an attractive and capable robot mop-vacuum with good performance, Wi-Fi connectivity and superior mopping ability to the other hybrid models we tested.

Best luxury robot vacuum and mop combo

The Ecovacs Deebot X1 Omni offers the best hands-off cleaning experience, fast and accurate mapping and won’t mop your carpeting. The cleaning station empties the robot’s dustbin, cleans its mop, and refills the water tank.

$199 $179 at Amazon

iRobot Braava jet 240

For the price, the iRobot Braava jet 240 is the best robot mop we tested. For keeping your hard floors neat and tidy without you having to manually mop every day, the iRobot Braava jet 240 is a handy, affordable tool to have in your cleaning closet.

The iRobot Braava jet 240 won our hearts with its compact design before we even started mopping. It’s small, lightweight, (3 pounds) and has a handle so you can easily carry it from room to room. Its low 3.3-inch profile allows it to get under furniture and into hard to reach places, while the squared-off edges mean it can get into corners and along baseboards in a way that round robots just can’t. It even did a good job maneuvering around a toilet base. It also uses a removable rechargeable battery so there’s no need to take up valuable floor space with a charging dock.

Despite its small size, the Braava jet 240 delivered a big clean. With a vibrating cleaning head (like our favorite affordable hybrid, the Bissell SpinWave) and the ability to use cleaning solution (iRobot’s solution only) in the water tank, the Braava jet 240 actually mops the floor rather than simply using a cloth to wipe it down with water. The robot uses proprietary cleaning pads (available in both disposable and washable varieties) that, when attached to the bottom of the robot, tell it which cleaning mode to begin. There are three cleaning modes to choose from: dry sweeping, damp sweeping and wet mopping.

Even though the robot isn’t Wi-Fi connected and lacks smart features (you can, if you like, control the robot via Bluetooth from the iRobot Home app), it uses an efficient cleaning pattern that covers the whole kitchen floor, especially along the baseboards. The jet 240 impressively maneuvered around a hallway carpet cleaning the open floor alongside it whole avoiding ever going onto the carpet. This is something many of the more expensive, advanced hybrid robot mops could not do. If you need to, you can create a virtual “wall” to confine the Braava jet 240 to a single space just by pushing two buttons on the robot itself — very convenient indeed.

It did great on tile and hardwood floors, leaving no streaks as it cleaned up cat-litter dusted paw prints, though on a tile floor we noticed some water accumulation on some of the grout, as the cleaning pads don’t apply enough pressure to reach into crevices. It dried quickly but it’s not clear the grout is getting as clean as the floor is. And while it couldn’t handle dried dirt and tougher stains as well, none of the robot mops excelled in that area.

$399.99 at Amazon

Bissell SpinWave Wet and Dry Robot Vacuum

The Bissell SpinWave Wet and Dry Robot is the only robot mop we tested in this category that uses dual spinning pads, which were far more effective in our testing than the standard flat mop pads employed on the other models. The SpinWave did a great job getting up dirt and splatter spots from my tile kitchen floor and didn’t leave streaks on the hardwood floors. It was the only model that didn’t make me feel like my kitchen had just been lightly Swiffered with a damp cloth.

While all the other robots we tested call for using only plain water in the water tank, the SpinWave can use cleaning products, and Bissell includes a trial size bottle of multi-surface floor cleaner in the box (you can buy other floor- and task-specific formulations through the Bissell app or online: pet multi-surface with Febreze, wood floor cleaner and one for tough messes and odors).

The SpinWave has sensors to help it automatically detect and avoid carpeting when it’s mopping. This wasn’t perfect — it did end up mopping onto the edge of a dining room carpet — so if you’re using it in an open floor plan home with a mix of hardwood or tile surfaces and carpeting, we recommend keeping an eye on it if you’re running it through the whole house (we carried it from kitchen to bathroom for mopping sessions).

You’ll need to swap tanks (the robot comes with a dry tank for vacuuming and a wet tank for mopping) to use the SpinWave as a vacuum and a mop. You can’t do both at the same time as you can with some of the more expensive models (though it does pick up some solid debris while mopping). The circular mop pads attach to the bottom of the water tank and are easily removed for washing.

In vacuum mode, the SpinWave uses a rotating brush roll and dual spinning edge brushes on the bottom to help pick up debris and pet hair in vacuum mode. I found it did a pretty good job on low pile carpet and hardwood floors. three suction power levels — low, mid and max are available.

While the SpinWave may lack the more advanced features found on pricier models, like mapping and the ability to set virtual keep out zones, The Bissell app gives you access to some connected features like remote controls, selection of cleaning modes and power levels and scheduled cleaning. You can also set the SpinWave to mop in auto mode, and the robot will run straight rows, or you can use spot mode for concentrated messes and spills.

If mopping the floors is something you do regularly, and you’re looking for a hybrid model that doesn’t cost a fortune, the Bissell SpinWave Wet Dry is the right robot for you, delivering one of the best mopping experiences — and certainly the best experience for the money — we found in a robot mop-vac.

$1,549 at Amazon, Ecovacs or BestBuy

Ecovacs Deebot X1 Omni

Truthfully, no one really needs a $1,500 robot house cleaner, and it’s reasonable to ask if you should spend so much on a robot that isn’t able to wash your dishes or bring you a drink. But the Deebot X1 Omni is the best we’ve seen of a new generation of robots. Its advanced AI object detection and laser mapping really works, and it offers the most hands-off user experience I’ve ever had. Combine that with powerful vacuuming and mopping capabilities and an auto-empty docking station that cleans the mop pads and refills the water tank, and you may find yourself finding ways to justify spending the money.

Choosing between the Ecovacs Deebot X1 Omni and its close competitor, the Roborock S7 MaxV Ultra, is difficult because they both performed so well in navigating and mapping as well as in our cleaning tests. Both pair their respective companies’ top-end robot with an advanced dock that auto-empties and auto-fills the robot, theoretically giving you a totally hands-off cleaning experience (at least on a daily basis; at longer intervals you’ll have to empty and refill the dock itself.

Based on our testing, the Deebot X1 robot wins out over the Roborock S7 MaxV with a sleeker look, a smaller footprint and — significantly since this is a major downside of cheaper robot mops — an unerring ability to detect and avoid carpets. In our testing, it got to the very edge of the carpeting and turned around each time/ We wanted to give it a cat treat and say, ‘good robot!’

First and foremost, the Deebot X1 does a great job mopping and vacuuming. Dual spinning mop pads provide better scrubbing capability than the flat cloth style used on other robots so that it cleans much more than surface dirt. It picked up coffee, dried ketchup and other stains better than the other robots I tested.

The Deebot’s mix of detection systems, mapping software and effective automation and remote control really made it stand out. Mapping was a huge pain point on the other robots we tested, often taking two or three attempts to get the house mapped and even then sometimes failing or losing the map entirely. The Deebot X1 Omni, on the other hand, mapped our testing house near-perfectly in 12 minutes. This made it super easy to use the app to set rooms and to create dividers and no-go zones (though it sometimes took a few tries to rename zones and rooms within the Deebot’s app).

Using both a Lidar scanner and an AI-backed camera system, the Deebot excelled in our testing at object avoidance. It never bumped into furniture, even in a dark room, and it made its way around obstacles like pet toys. You can also view the camera’s output as a live feed if you want to check in when you’re not home, and you can even use 2-way audio if you might want to communicate with someone remotely. The floor-level perspective is great for recording video of pets (you can steer the robot remotely to get an optimal point of view). You can record 15-second clips on your phone using the app, though there’s no cloud storage (for privacy reasons) and the robot always announces when the camera has been turned on or off.

The Deebot has its own proprietary voice assistant, YIKO (pronounced ee-Koh), which lets you give the robot more specific commands than those available through Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant (which it also supports). You can say “OK Yiko” to stop and start a mopping or vacuuming session, send it to a specific room or ask it to clean a certain area. YIKO worked well in our testing, though it occasionally responded to unrelated conversations, asking me what we wanted it to clean.

The Deebot X1 Omni auto-empty docking station has tanks for both dirty and clean water, as well as one for dust and debris, making for a relatively massive unit, 5 inches taller than the corresponding Roborock S7 MaxV Ultra dock, though the Omni dock’s bags and tanks are larger in capacity, meaning you’ll have to deal with filling and emptying less often. Also, despite its taller profile, the Deebot Omni base station is not as deep as the Roborock Ultra, and the robot docks farther inside the base, taking up less space in the room. Clear tanks make it easy to see how much dirty water has been collected and when it’s time to top off the clean water container. There’s also a hidden container for extra bags and cleaning tools.

The robot always returned to the docking station when mopping was finished, and automatically washed the mopping pads and re-filled the water tank. It also air dries the mop pads, so they don’t smell mildewy. You can set how long you’d like the drier to run but it does make a little humming noise while it’s drying.

The Deebot X1 Omni isn’t perfect. It lacks a dedicated spot-cleaning or edge-cleaning mode (though you can use app or voice controls to have it clean a specific area, which takes a few extra steps). It only used plain water to clean; you can’t use any sort of soap or floor-cleaning solution. And, of course, it’s very expensive. But if you want near-flawless navigation and a virtually hands-off wet and dry cleaning experience, the Deebot X1 Omni delivers.

Is a robot mop worth your money?

If you’re looking to save the effort of regular manual mopping and you have a lot of hard floors, a robot mop can help you keep things clean much in the way a robot vacuum can. Like a robot vacuum, a mopping robot is best thought of as a way to make weekly or monthly cleanings easier rather than as a full-on floor care solution. Like their single-purpose vacuuming cousins, even the most high-tech robot can’t reach every corner of your home and will not replace your full-size canister vacuum or upright vacuum.

And no mopping robot is going to get your floors as clean as a handheld mop or sponge and a little elbow grease. There’s not a whole lot of scrubbing taking place, for one thing (think Swiffer more than mop), and the majority won’t pick up sticky, greasy messes since they are only using water to clean. They do help, but you have to be realistic about your expectations.

Hybrid robot mop-vacuums are worth it if you lack the space for both devices. All of these will work as typical robot vacuum cleaners, picking up pet hair from the floors and low pile carpeting, even under furniture, and will mop your hard floors as well, keeping the house tidy, though all of the models we tested except for the most expensive occasionally mopped our carpets (if we wanted to wet-clean those, we’d rather have a carpet cleaner), so they require supervision if this is a concern, and you might want to plan on carrying them to locations where they are needed.

Now that the next generation of home cleaning robots has entered the field, we wouldn’t recommend spending more unless you can really afford one of the next-generation models, with more complete base stations and more elaborate automation, mapping and location features,

Mapping technology is a pain point for many of the last-generation high-end robots  (like the Ecovacs Deebot T8+ and Roborock S7+) and you can’t use the high end features you’re paying for until the mapping is done. The good news is that the next-gen robots are superb at mapping, so if you want all those features and obstacle avoidance as well as the ability to avoid carpeting while mopping, splurge on the newer Ecovacs Deebot Omni X1 or Roborock S7 MaxV Ultra. Otherwise, stick with the far less expensive iRobot Braava jet 240, or if you want something that also vacuums, get the Bissell SpinWave.

These more advanced hybrid mop vacuums, like the Ecovacs Deebot X1 and Roborock S7 MaxV Ultra, really do perform as advertised, offering hands-off autonomous house cleaning once you set them up (though as with the cheaper models, you’ll still have to take care of periodic deep cleaning the old-fashioned way). But if  more hands-off cleaning is what you’re looking for, these might be worth the splurge. You just need to figure out which of their features are more important to you.

If you’re interested in the most effective robot mop — say you have more hard floors than carpets and don’t mind attaching the mopping pads when you want to mop, the Ecovacs Deebot Omni X1 has more useful features, like the ability to self-dry the mopping pads and an on-board voice assistant for robot control.

If you have lots of low pile carpeting and want a robot that’s a good vacuum and can take care of a smaller amount of mopping on a single pass through your house without having to swap out tools, get the Roborock S7 MaxV Ultra, which can lift its mop while it goes over the carpets.

How we tested

We looked at 11 models with a wide variety of features and price points, and at two more full-featured next generation units, which claim to do it all; mop, vacuum, empty the dust bin, refill the water tank and wash the mop for you.

With each robot, we looked at how well it mopped and vacuumed, and how easily it transitioned between the two. Wi-Fi connected robots were also judged on the effectiveness and ease of use of their apps, how well they did at mapping the house and how easy it was to define and use virtual boundaries.

Each model was given multiple runs across mostly low-pile carpeting and hardwood floors in an approximately 1,500-square-foot home with two furry cats. We looked at how well they mopped the floor and whether they were able to detect and avoid carpeting.

Other robot mop-vacuums we tested

iRobot Braava jet m6

$449.99 $349 at Amazon

iRobot’s more advanced Braava jet m6 adds Wi-Fi and a lot of smart features that might make sense if you also have an advanced Roomba vacuum, but from a mopping perspective it performs identically to the cheaper Braava jet 240.

The Braava jet m6 has a larger water tank so you don’t have to fill it as often and the see-through tank means you always know when it needs to be refilled, but we recommend saving some money and buying the cheaper Braava jet 240 unless you already have (or plan to buy) an i-series, s-series or 900 series Roomba and plan to use the Imprint LInk feature to coordinate vacuuming and mopping between the two devices.

More advanced smarts let the m6 map your house, understand keep-out zones, respond to voice commands and navigate obstacles and stairs. It will dry sweep or wet mop floors, like the 240, and you can adjust how much water or cleaning solution it sprays as it goes. It cleans the room in efficient, neat rows and covers every inch of the floor, including edges without ever going on carpeting. It can also target specific areas within a room and head back to the dock to recharge when necessary.

Roborock S7 MaxV Ultra

$859.99 at Amazon and Roborock for S7 MaxV robot only; $1,159.99 at Amazon and Roborock for S7 MaxV Plus (including Auto-Empty Dock). The Ultra dock is currently out of stock, but should be available in May.

The Roborock S7 MaxV Ultra (which combines the Robortock S7 MaxV robot vacuum and the Ultra self-cleaning docking station) is a next-generation home cleaning system that competes directly with (and cleans just as well as) the Ecovacs Deebot X1 Omni. Like that system, once you set up the S7 MaxV Ultra, you shouldn’t have to deal with it until you need to fill or change out tanks in the docking station, meaning you can let it work on its own for weeks at a time.

The Roborock has many of the same features as the Deebot X1, such as advanced, AI-based object and obstacle detection using a combination of LIDAR and optical cameras, a live streaming camera that lets the robot do double duty as a mobile security camera, and fast and accurate home mapping. It is a big jump in technology and features from the Roborock S7+.

While on the Deebot X1 you need to swap out tools when you want to mop, you can leave the mopping pads on the S7 MaxV and it can transition from vacuuming mode to mop mode automatically during a single run, so long as your carpet isn’t too deep. This feature (called “VibraRise”) was introduced on the last-generation high-end Roborock units like the S7+ and it lifts the mop brushes by 5mm when it senses low pile carpeting so it doesn’t mop the carpet as it vacuums. If the carpet is taller than that and the mop heads are still attached, the S7 MaxV simply avoids it, much as the Deebot X1 would during a mopping run). The mop pad is also lifted off the floor as the robot charges so it air dries (the Ultra dock doesn’t have a forced-air dry function like the Deebot X1’s Omni dock).

In practice, the Roborock S7 MaxV Ultra system was reasonably effective, though neither the Roborock or the Ecovacs can really clean every floor surface in your whole house in a single pass unless you have the specific mix of low-pile carpet and hard floors that the Roborock is designed for. The S7 MaxV Ultra did a really nice job on hardwood floors, mopping the whole width of the pad and leaving no streaks, something the less expensive robots had difficulty with.

The Ultra Empty Wash Fill Dock is very large and bulky, made of black plastic and leaves the three tanks exposed rather than hidden away as it is on the Deebot Omni dock, and it’s just not as pleasing a design aesthetically. The water tanks are not see-through either, so to check the water levels, you need to pull them out and open them up to see in. The power cord in the back is very thick and long and there’s not enough space behind the dock to coil it, making it difficult to push it up against a wall. You’ll need a lot of clearance for this massive cleaning system and even given that it has less capacity than the Ecovacs system.

For now, despite the very useful VibraRise system, for most households we’d give the edge in next-generation robot mop-vacuuming hybrid technology to the Ecovacs Deebot X1 Omni

Roborock S7+

$949.98 at Amazon and Roborock

The Roborock S7+, the company’s previous top-of-the-line unit, doesn’t have the advanced AI object-avoidance capabilities or security camera functions of the new S7Max Ultra, but it’s about as good as previous-generation models get.

The S7+ vacuums well, with increased suction as it detects carpeting. The robot uses “Sonic Mopping,” a function that vibrates the mopping pad very quickly (the company claims 3,000 vibrations per minute) to break up dirt. In our testing this wasn’t able to handle dried dirt or greasy spills, but it does have a useful ‘high intensity mopping’ mode for better spot cleaning.

As the S7+ passed over carpeting the indicator light on the robot changed from blue, for mopping mode, to white, for vacuum mode, though our carpets did get ever-so-slightly damp. This wasn’t out of line with our expectations since the function is only meant to work with very low-pile carpets. The auto-empty dock adds simplicity and convenience to using the robot. It automatically empties the robot’s dust bin when it returns to the charging station.

Though it uses LIDAR navigation to efficiently map the house, it had trouble getting started. Initially, it wanted to go through the same room a few times while never making it to the bedroom, and if it needed to go back to recharge, it started the mapping process over. It did finally complete a map, and we were able to use the app to set no-mop zones and cleaning schedules, and adjust suction power of the vacuum and the amount of water flow when mopping. Like other robots, you can create invisible walls and see the route the robot is taking.

The S7+ is available with a slightly simpler auto-empty dock, which the company claims you shouldn’t have to manually empty for up to 8 weeks (depending of course on how dirty your house gets, how many pets you have and how much they shed, and so forth).

The Roborock S7+ is a really good, well-designed hybrid robot with unique features but the $949 price tag is too high compared to the equally capable Ecovacs Deebot T8+ which sells for $200 less. You can buy just the S7 robot for $649 if you can live without the self-emptying feature.

Ecovacs Deebot OZMO T8+

$749.99 $499.99 at Best Buy

Like the Roborock S7+, the Ecovacs Deebot T8+ is a capable hybrid robot mop-vac with an auto-empty station. It can vacuum and mop at the same time using separate dry and wet tanks. You can run it with or without the mop attachment on.

Ecovacs says the T8 can automatically detect and avoid carpeting when the mopping pad is on, but it didn’t always detect them in my testing. Since it can’t raise its mop like the Roborock can, it wound up mopping parts of the carpets before we pulled it away.

It automatically boosts the suction power when it’s vacuuming carpeting and does a good job picking up pet hair. It’s quiet and handles door sills better than other models and does a good job maneuvering around furniture.

The Auto-Empty Station is smaller than the Roborock’s though it will still hold about 8 weeks worth of debris, depending on usage. It worked well but we did have one instance of cat hair getting stuck in the suction tube and we had to clean it out by hand.

Like other connected robots, once you map your home, you can set scheduled cleanings, create boundaries, virtual walls and control the water flow in each room while mopping. And just like other connected robots, mapping was an exercise in frustration. It took multiple tries, going over the same rooms, and recharging over and over until it finally completed.

iLIFE A11

$399 at Amazon

The iLIFE A11 does only an average job cleaning. It did well picking up cat hair but left some cat litter on the bathroom floor. It also left some hair on low pile carpeting. This won’t replace your standalone vacuum but for a scheduled quick run through the house in between deeper cleanings, this will get the job done.

As with most last-generation robots, the A11 can map your home, and be controlled via an app or by a hardware remote, and also as is usual, the mapping process can be frustrating but once you complete it, it will store up to three maps in memory. You can set zones, so the robot mops in one zone and only vacuums in another. The A11 also has LIDAR-based smart navigation to avoid objects in its path.

Its two-in-one dustbin holds both water and debris so it can vacuum and mop in a single pass. The two-in-one dustbin can be replaced with a larger, dedicated dust bin if you just want to use the A11 as a vacuum.

The app lets you adjust power and mode while vacuuming and mopping. You can increase the suction of the vacuum from eco to standard to turbo and adjust the amount of water that is dispensed in mopping mode. You can do the same on the remote control, along with switching between edge mode and spot clean.

One warning: it doesn’t come with a protective base to keep things dry under the robot while docked, so you’ll want to take off the mopping cloth after each use if your charging base is on a wood floor.

iLIFE Shinebot W450

$349.99 at Amazon

The iLIFE Shinebot W450 does a good job mopping floors, but it didn’t perform as well as the similar iRobot Braava jet m6 or cheaper and simpler Braava jet 240. It’s a mopping robot with smart navigation and an app that lets you adjust cleaning modes and target the area you want cleaned, but at 11-inches round and 4.7-inches high, it’s not going to get under furniture, near baseboards, under cabinets and around toilets.

In addition, for a robot that’s supposed to simplify your life,  it requires way too much work to use it.  You’ll have to open the robot to access and fill the tank, and it’s difficult to put back together (we managed to spill a tank of water on the floor). Once charged, in order to start a cleaning run, you need to manually lift it off its charging base and place it on the floor you want cleaned. It has a handle to carry and move it, but it can’t start itself or return to the dock to recharge on its own.

It’s really too bad as once the W450 gets to cleaning it does a good job. It has two tanks, one to collect dirty water and one for clean water so it’s not just pushing dirt around. First it sprays (water and cleaning fluid, if you’re using it) then it scrubs with a roller brush, sucks away the dirty water and wipes off any residue water, so your floors dry really quickly. Of course, then you have to empty and wash the dirty water tank when it’s done.

ILIFE V8s

$169 at Amazon

The V8s is an older model in the ILIFE product line, and has dropped in price to where it no longer feels overpriced for what it can and can’t do. That said, while it is a capable mop, as a hybrid it has trouble navigating around carpet, and you are better served confining it to your kitchen or other hard-floored rooms, or sticking with a dedicated mop robot. As a vacuum, it’s actually a good hard-floor pet hair option because of its suction tube design, but the lack of roller brushes means it can’t handle low-pile carpet, cutting into its potential versatility.

In our open plan test home, The V8s did a good job mopping the kitchen floor but unfortunately, as it went from kitchen to dining room to living room ( transitioning  from hardwood floors to low pile carpeting), it couldn’t detect the low pile carpeting and went right over it, squirting water along the way.

This ILIFE robot uses a suction tube, much like a traditional vacuum cleaner, rather than the roller or bristle brushes used on other robots. This lets it do a better job than some of the other models we tested cleaning up pet hair as the debris is sucked up right into the bin without getting tangled up in a roller brush. It does great on hardwood and tile floors, but the downside of having no roller brush is that it doesn’t do a very thorough job on low pile carpeting.

It can’t vacuum and mop in a single pass, so you have to swap out the dustbin and water tank each time you change modes. It also doesn’t come with a floor mat so if you leave it on the charging base with the water tank attached you might end up with water stains on your floor. We recommend putting in the dust tank and letting the water tank empty and dry between uses.

EUFY RoboVac X8 Hybrid

$649 at Amazon

The Eufy RoboVac X8 Hybrid is a Wi-Fi connected robot mop-vacuum hybrid with high-end features like smart navigation and in-app mapping and scheduling, but it only does an average job vacuuming and mopping. To make space for the water tank, the dust bin is slightly smaller than the standalone X8 vacuum we reviewed in our test of the best robot vacuums, and the mop functionality is lacking. There are no mop-specific controls so you can’t adjust how much water is put down for a specific task.

Mapping was frustrating and inconsistent. While you can create no-go zones to keep the mop off your carpeting, these didn’t persist in memory during our testing, and were ignored as the robot ran.

In its favor, the Eufy X8 Hybrid lets you mop and vacuum in a single pass, which certainly makes it more efficient. Some of the other units require you to swap out the dust bin and water tank each time you change from vacuum to mop, and it includes a translucent mat to protect your floor if you keep the mop cloth on while charging the device.



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Tim Ryan looks to overcome Democratic headwinds in Ohio


“The perception of the party,” Ryan said bluntly in an interview, “is much different now than it was when I started.”

Ryan is the presumptive Democratic Senate nominee in Ohio, all but certain to win his party’s primary on Tuesday against Morgan Harper, an attorney and former senior adviser at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. While the Republican race is far murkier — author J.D. Vance is seen as the front-runner after securing former President Donald Trump’s endorsement, but a range of candidates are vying for an upset — Ryan is preparing to accomplish a markedly more difficult task in November: Running as a Democrat in a red-trending state in a likely difficult election cycle for the party.

For years, Ohio Democrats have looked to assure national party officials that the state is not a lost cause, but elections after elections have complicated that pitch. No Democrat other than Sen. Sherrod Brown has won nonjudicial statewide office in Ohio since 2008, and President Barack Obama, in 2012, was the last Democratic presidential nominee to win Ohio. In 2020, Democrat Joe Biden became the first candidate in the last 60 years to win the White House without winning the state.

The trends have left many Democrats wondering if it is even worth vying for statewide office in the Buckeye State anymore, effectively writing off a state once seen as a key political bellwether.

The blame, said Ryan, lies with the same national Democrats now casting Ohio as a lost cause.

“We have not done a good job as a party of letting people know that we’re fighting for them and haven’t done the policies over the years that we necessarily needed to be done. And so, a lot of Democrats in key counties, drifted away,” said Ryan, who is making his first statewide run.

Ryan’s political story, in many ways, is the story of Ohio. The Democrat was first elected to Congress in 2002, representing a Northeast Ohio district that included his hometown of Niles, along with union-heavy Democratic bastions Youngstown and Warren. While Ryan initially dominated in his races — including in his home county of Trumbull — his margins began to fall as Republican strength in Ohio grew. In 2020, Ryan won with just 53% of the vote, his lowest showing in his district since his first election in 2002 (when his Democratic predecessor, James Traficant, ran as an independent and siphoned off 15% of the vote).

The shift was most stark in Trumbull County. Throughout much of Ryan’s term, Democratic presidential candidates won around 60% of the vote there — until Trump ran for president. In 2016, Trump surprised Ohio’s political world by winning Trumbull County by 6 points. He followed that up four years later by carrying the county by 10 points.

To Dan Polivka, chairman of the Trumbull County Democratic Party, Trump was a sign of how a slow political shift could speed up in just a few cycles.

“The national issues got trickled down on some of the local elections,” Polivka said of 2016 and 2020. “I still think there is a Democratic base here and a lot of support for a good Democrat. But the national issues now trickle down locally and that never happened before.”

Ryan has been eyeing a jump from the House for years. After winning another term in 2018, he explored a presidential run, eventually making it official in 2019. The bid was short-lived — Ryan only qualified for two Democratic primary debates due to low polling and his run ended less than a year after it began.

‘I’ve got my own record’

To Ohio Democrats, there is plenty of blame to go around to explain the state’s shift.

Former Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, one of two Democrats running for governor this year, said she recently sought to reassure operatives at the Democratic Governors Association that Ohio was still winnable for the right Democratic candidate.

Why Democrats are desperate to prove Ohio isn't a lost cause

“I think my husband says it best: Democrats like to run resumes, not run people that are really connected to humans,” Whaley said. “That is what we have done for a long time. We have run really smart guys and not people who are connected to the working class.”

Whaley lauded Ryan’s appeal to working-class voters, arguing that she had the same appeal to voters in the Eastern reaches of the state.

“We’re both from communities that are forgotten and ignored, both by state government and federally,” Whaley said. “We are both from places that are forgotten and ignored. We both have a working-class chip on our shoulder.”

As Ryan looks at his chances in November, the issues are both personal and atmospheric.

For years, he has been one of the highest-profile Democratic elected officials in Ohio. But Ryan is largely unknown outside his corner of Ohio, something he has attempted to address by completing an 88-county tour over his first year as a Senate candidate.

And Ryan is making his first statewide run at a time when unified Democratic control of Washington has soured voters, in Ohio and nationwide, on the party.

Ryan is confident he has the kind of profile Ohioans are looking for. When asked about running as a Democrat in this moment, he touted his past actions, such as running against Nancy Pelosi for House Democratic leader in 2016, quarreling with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders during Ryan’s ill-fated presidential bid and opposing then-President Obama over trade policy in 2015. He then noted that while he took on Trump, he also stood by him on trade, the creation of the Space Force and combating China.

“I’ve got my own record,” Ryan said. “I’ve been doing this a while, and so I’m not as tied to the Biden agenda only because I’ve got a 20-year record of doing things. … I’ve got a really good story to share with the Ohio voters that’s not tied to Biden. And so, I’ve got some room.”

Ryan put this message in a recent television ad, in which he blamed “both parties” for “wasting time on stupid fights.” That, for Ryan, is where the Republican Senate primary comes in.

That contest has been fierce. Before Trump endorsed Vance, most of the candidates were openly gunning for the former President’s backing, trading attacks over who best represented the MAGA agenda. Once Trump lent his support to Vance, the contest became a microcosm of the fight for the Republican Party, with several outside groups drawing Trump’s ire for backing former Ohio state treasurer Josh Mandel and a candidate in the form of state Sen. Matt Dolan accusing his opponents of debasing themselves to seek the former President’s backing.

'It's created a bit of chaos': How Trump's involvement is shaking up the Ohio Senate race

“You know, the Columbus TV station doesn’t just go to Republicans,” Ryan said, joking that a range of voters, from moderate Republicans to Democrats, have been activated by what he called a “divisive” GOP primary that focused on “very narrow issues.”

No matter who emerges from the Republican primary, Ryan plans to run on the economic populist issues he believes can still win over voters who backed Trump just two years ago. That path looks like this: Focus on economics, avoid culture wars that Republicans want to highlight and be prepared to stand up to your own party.

Central to that plan is also standing up to China, something that has drawn the ire of Asian American groups, who recently accused Ryan of using a 30-second ad to push “sinophobic rhetoric” that pits “nativists against those within the #AAPI community.”

“It is us versus China, and instead of taking them on, Washington is wasting our time on stupid fights,” Ryan says in the ad.

Ryan has not backed away from the controversy and told CNN that the response worries him that Democrats aren’t prepared to do what is needed to win in a state like Ohio.

“This is the competition,” Ryan said. “And if we can’t have a national conversation about the red China communist government trying to displace us, looking the other way when Russia invades Ukraine and trying to outfox us at every turn … then we’re all going to be speaking Mandarin in 10 or 15 years.”





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Andy Cohen welcomes his second baby via surrogate


Cohen posted a picture of himself smiling with his new bundle of joy on Instagram on Friday. Lucy was born at 5:13 p.m. in New York City and weighed in 8 pounds, 13 ounces, according to Cohen.

“Her big brother can’t wait to meet her!” wrote the host. “Thank you to my rock star surrogate (ALL surrogates are rockstars, by the way) and everyone who helped make this miracle happen. I’m so happy.”

Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen let their sons meet for the first time virtually
Cohen’s first child, a son named Benjamin Allen Cohen, was born in February 2019, also via surrogate.
“Family means everything to me, and having one of my own is something I’ve wanted in my heart for my entire life,” Cohen said when he first announced he would become a father. “And though it’s taken me longer than most to get there, I cannot wait for what I envision will be the most rewarding chapter yet.”





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‘Refusal to evacuate could be a fatal decision.’ Officials urge residents in northern New Mexico to leave ahead of a rapidly growing blaze


The Calf Canyon Fire began last week and combined with the Hermits Peak Fire, which was already burning near Las Vegas, New Mexico. By Saturday morning Calf Canyon had scorched more than 97,000 acres — a huge size jump from the roughly 65,800 acres it had burned a day before. The blaze was 32% contained Saturday, according to the interagency reporting website InciWeb.

The rapid spread of flames prompted evacuation orders Friday for areas across and near San Miguel County, including Big Pine, Gallinas, Lower Canyon Road, Trout Springs, Hot Springs and East and West Sapello, officials said.

Many communities in the county remained under evacuation orders Saturday, as did others in neighboring Mora County, according to a news release from the Office of Emergency Management of San Miguel County and the City of Las Vegas.

“This emerging situation remains extremely serious and refusal to evacuate could be a fatal decision,” officials said in the release.

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham also appealed to residents to heed evacuation orders, saying on Twitter, “buildings can be replaced, but you can’t.”
The spreading flames were pushed Friday by “high wind speeds” in two directions: east toward Las Vegas and south across Gallinas Canyon, according to the New Mexico Fire Information website.
“We were watching the fire march a mile, about, every hour,” said Jayson Coil, an operations section chief with the Southwest Area Incident Management Team, during a Saturday briefing.

The area of Hot Springs began evacuating Friday afternoon as flames approached, Coil said. The area of Mineral Hill began evacuating around midnight, Coil said, after the southernmost part of the fire pushed past previous containment lines.

The blaze was about three quarters of a mile to the closest house in Mineral Hill during the Saturday briefing, Coil said.

On the east side of the blaze, there was a new threat Saturday for areas including Las Tusas, Manuelitas and the Sapello area, Coil added.

2 wildfires have combined in New Mexico as fires also rage in Arizona and Nebraska
And fire conditions are expected to worsen.
While the northern part of the state was expected to get a break from strong winds Saturday, more powerful winds were forecast to return Sunday along with “more critical fire weather conditions,” the Albuquerque National Weather Service said.

More than 1,000 people were battling the Calf Canyon and Hermits Peak Fires, and officials are investigating what may have started the flames.

A little further north, the Cooks Peak Fire, which started roughly two weeks ago, is still burning.

The blaze has scorched more than 56,000 acres and was 56% contained Saturday morning, according to the fire information website.
The fires are part of a series of devastating blazes that have torched parts of the state in recent weeks.
The state has seen wildfires burn more acres so far this year — more than 173,000 — than in seven of the last eight years, according to statistics from the Southwest Coordination Center.

And it could get worse. The peak of the fire season in New Mexico is not until June, with the months that usually have the highest number of fires being June, May, July and April, in that order.

CNN’s Monica Garrett contributed to this report.





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A dolphin was impaled with a ‘spear-like object’ in Florida


The bottlenose dolphin was found dead on Fort Myers Beach, Florida. NOAA first learned about the animal on March 24, and staff from the the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission recovered the animal, said the agency in a news statement.

An examination determined that the dolphin was impaled with a “spear-like” object above its right eye while it was still alive. The dolphin, a lactating adult female, died from the trauma.

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According to NOAA, the dolphin’s wound indicates it was killed while in a “begging” position which “is frequently associated with illegal feeding.” Feeding dolphins can threaten the animals’ health and also sometimes lead them to become aggressive toward humans, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says.

NOAA told CNN that as of April 29 there were no new leads in the case.

Any witnesses are urged to call the NOAA Enforcement Hotline at (800) 853-1964.

Feeding, harming, harassing, and killing wild dolphins is prohibited in the United States under the Marine Mammal Protection Act, says NOAA, and violations are punishable with up to $100,000 in fines and up to 1 year in jail per violation.



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Up to a quarter million Ford Explorers recalled for rollaway risk




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Up to a quarter million Ford Explorers are being recalled due to a mechanical problem that can cause the SUV to roll away while it’s parked, according to documents from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The document said a bolt in the rear axle mounting could fracture and cause the driveshaft to disconnect, increasing the risk of the vehicle accidentally rolling away while parked when the parking brake is not on.

Affected vehicles include various 2020-2022 Explorer models, including the Explorer Hybrid and Explorer Plug-In Hybrid. Some 2020-2021 Explorer Police Interceptor SUV and hybrid models are also affected by the recall.

The NHTSA said dealers will replace any necessary parts or update the electronic parking brake software free of charge. Owners are expected to be notified through the mail beginning on June 6.

Ford did not immediately respond for a request for comment.



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Des Moines, Iowa day care shut down, man charged with marijuana possession


A man was arrested at a day care earlier this month for drug-related offenses, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.David Lee was arrested on April 22. He was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.That day care, located on Southeast Eighth Court, has been shut down. The arrest left parents wondering how drugs got into a place meant for children.The few people in the area KCCI spoke with said they have no idea what’s going on, nor could they remember seeing anything suspicious. Court documents show officers found drugs inside the residence on April 22. Thirteen bags filled with marijuana, empty packaging and a digital scale were found. That led investigators to believe those involved did plan to deliver marijuana. According to the Department of Human Services Child Care Client Portal, the address is linked to a registered day care. Lee is not listed as the day care provider. KCCI spoke to the provider over the phone Friday night. She tells us Lee is her brother. The woman went on to say the drugs were not hers, claiming she was baffled when they were found. She says she loves the kids she watches and would never put them in harm’s way.KCCI reached out to the Iowa Department of Human Services to see the status of the day care. A spokesperson told us they learned of the allegation back on April 22. DHS continues to evaluate the complaint. More news:

A man was arrested at a day care earlier this month for drug-related offenses, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

David Lee was arrested on April 22. He was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.

That day care, located on Southeast Eighth Court, has been shut down.

The arrest left parents wondering how drugs got into a place meant for children.

The few people in the area KCCI spoke with said they have no idea what’s going on, nor could they remember seeing anything suspicious.

Court documents show officers found drugs inside the residence on April 22. Thirteen bags filled with marijuana, empty packaging and a digital scale were found.

That led investigators to believe those involved did plan to deliver marijuana.

According to the Department of Human Services Child Care Client Portal, the address is linked to a registered day care.

Lee is not listed as the day care provider. KCCI spoke to the provider over the phone Friday night. She tells us Lee is her brother. The woman went on to say the drugs were not hers, claiming she was baffled when they were found. She says she loves the kids she watches and would never put them in harm’s way.

KCCI reached out to the Iowa Department of Human Services to see the status of the day care. A spokesperson told us they learned of the allegation back on April 22. DHS continues to evaluate the complaint.

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