It's Earth Day, and here's the reality

Climate change is a real part of our daily lives. New research and studies from just over the past six months highlight the latest facts about the human-caused shift to our global weather systems and its effects on our planet. There is no longer any question that rising temperatures and increasingly chaotic weather are the work of humanity. There's a 99.9999% chance that humans are the cause of global warming, a February study reported. That means we've reached the "gold standard" for certainty, a statistical measure commonly used in particle physics.

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Armed civilians detained migrants at the border

A New Mexico who is a member of the armed volunteer border patrollers detained undocumented immigrant, is slated to appear in court on Monday following his arrest. The FBI arrested Larry Mitchell Hopkins, 69, Saturday for charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammo. He is expected to appear Monday in the U.S. District Court in Las Cruces. Hopkins previously identified himself as the National Commander of the United Constitutional Patriots, a group that drew the Ire of the American Civil Liberties Union and New Mexico's Attorney General, Hector Balder, after he began to detain migrants who they encounter, who crossed into U.S. territory

"Viper" and "Stinger," of the United Constitutional Patriots-New Mexico Border Ops, patrol where the bollard fence in Anapra, N.M., ends. The group has been camped at the border for a few months. Members say they are helping the Border Patrol. (Photo: Mark Lambie / El Paso Times)

Got an old car seat? Get a coupon.

Target's popular car seat trade-in event returns Monday. From April 22 through May 4, Target stores will accept and recycle car seats, including infant seats, convertible seats, car seat bases, harness or booster car seats. In exchange for the old car seat, customers get a coupon for a 20% off baby gear. Since Target introduced its first car deal in April 2016, half a million car seats and more than 7.4 million pounds of materials have been recycled. Nowhere near a Target but want to help the planet? A website dedicated to recycling car seats has state-by-state options.


This 2-year-old girl unbuckled her own car seat to grab a toy from the back of the car. But when she reached across the back seat, she found herself in a tight situation.

He weaponized an iguana

A man in Ohio tried to weaponize a live iguana when he spun the lizard over his head and flung it at a restaurant manager, breaking the reptile's leg, police say. Arnold Teeter, 49, was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and cruelty to animals in connection with the incident at a Painesville, Ohio, restaurant, the city police department. "Upon handcuffing, the officers located an estimated 2 foot iguana from under his sweatshirt," the department said. It was not immediately clear if Teeter had an attorney and his next court date was set for Monday.

This photo provided by Painesville police shows an officer holding an iguana at the police station on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 in Painesville, Ohio. Police say an unruly client at a restaurant pulled the iguana from under his shirt, swung it around and threw it at the manager. Police say they apprehended the suspect a few blocks away in the city roughly 30 miles (48 kilometers) northeast of Cleveland. Authorities did not say what provoked the attack. (Photo: Painesville Police Department via AP)

Look up for them Lyrid meteor shower

The Lyrid meteor shower is coming to the sky near you, though a bright moon can interfere with your sky watching . Experts say that the peak will come early Monday morning or Monday night to Tuesday morning. The meteor shower sometimes bombards the sky with up to 100 meteors per hour, which are known as outbursts. The Lyrids appear every year from about April 16 to 25, according to NASA said they have been observed for more than 2,700 years, making them one of the oldest known showers.

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