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November 2021: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

In November, floods and landslides killed at least one person and cut all rail access to Canada’s largest port in the city of Vancouver, a spokesperson for the port said at the time. That weather event plus new rains are causing the port to experience big delays, officials say. The Vancouver Port Authority says Vancouver is Canada’s largest port and the third largest in North America by tonnes of cargo. A spokesperson for the Port of Vancouver says the weather events significantly disrupted rail and truck movement due to widespread flooding throughout the Metro Vancouver and Fraser Valley regions. Mudslides, cars trapped between debris flows with hundreds of people trapped and later rescued and widespread flooding of highways throughout southwestern B.C. caused all main highway routes to the Metro Vancouver area to be closed all happened at once in mid-November. The city continues recovery.

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21 November 2021

Five people were killed and more than 40 injured when an SUV plowed into a parade and spectators in Waukesha, Wisc. on Sunday, November 21, 2021. There was no immediate known connection to international or domestic terrorism, local officials said. They are also saying there does not appear to be any connection to the recent Kyle Rittenhouse trial verdict that was announced last week in Kenosha, Wisc. The incident occurred while townspeople were watching an annual parade. The police chief, Daniel P. Thompson, said his team is working with the Waukesha County Medical Examiner’s Office to identify victims. He also said there is “a person of interest in custody.” Some of the dead included members of a dance group performing in the parade. A post on the Facebook page of the Dancing Grannies said this: “Our group was doing what they loved, performing in front of crowds in a parade putting smiles on faces of all ages, filling them with joy and happiness. While performing the grannies enjoyed hearing the crowds cheers and applause which certainly brought smiles to their faces and warmed their hearts. Those who died were extremely passionate Grannies. Their eyes gleamed…..joy of being a Grannie. They were the glue….held us together. Our hearts are heavy at this most difficult time, as more information and updates become available it will be posted. Please keep them their families, friends, the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies and everyone who lives have forever changed in your thoughts and prayers.” The Waukesha Police department stated, “The scene is still fluid, and the investigation is ongoing. The community mourns the loss of our community members and those injured.” Darrell E. B rooks Jr., 39, was later identified as the only suspect and is believed to have acted alone.

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15 December 2021: The Singhu Border, India

For more than a year, travel was restricted along the The Singhu Border on Delhi-Chandigarh highway. But, on Wednesday 15 December Delhi Police allowed traffic to pass and opened two lanes at Singhu border. The police dismantled all the barricades that were erected to prevent protesting farmers from moving towards the nation’s capital. “It has been decided that Singhu border be opened from Delhi side also. It has been opened for all vehicles,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (outer north) Brijesh Yadav said. The Singhu Border on Delhi-Chandigarh highway had been the center of a farmers’ protest against the three central farm laws. Farmers began leaving the protest site on the Delhi-Haryana border on Saturday after the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) suspended the agitation following the repeal of the farm laws and the government conceding to its other demands. “Only one part of the road was opened. The traffic was opened only for smaller vehicles such as bikes as the road needs to be repaired at many parts which has been damaged due to the protest. It is high time the authorities repair the stretch soon and open the traffic properly,” Jitin Dabas, a resident of Singhu village said in a local news report. Local commuter, Ashwani Tiwari said it was a welcome move for those travelling to Haryana and Punjab.

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7 October 2021: Near the Mexico/U. S. Border

Authorities in Mexico discovered 652 Central American migrants in six trailers near their border with the United States. The trucks had stopped at a military checkpoint on a highway between Ciudad Victoria and Monterrey in the northern state of Tamaulipas. The state public safety agency said Friday that four suspects were arrested. Reports said that there were 564 Guatemalans, as well as migrants from Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Belize. Half of those found in the trucks were children, nearly 200 of those children were not accompanied by an adult. The trailers were padlocked, which forced authorities to move them to state police facilities to cut them open. The Red Cross reported that 40 migrants were evaluated for dehydration and malnutrition.

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9 October 2021: Near Nueva Concepción, Guatemala

More than one hundred people were found screaming inside an abandoned shipping container on the side of a road, in Guatemala recently. The 126 people were found at dawn between the towns of Nueva Concepción and Cocales after passersby reported hearing screams inside the container. Authorities say they were likely left there by their smugglers who had been paid to take them into the US via Mexico. More than 100 of those discovered were from Haiti, a country that has recently been stricken with multiple crises, but there were also people from Nepal and Ghana. “We heard cries and knocks coming from inside the container,” when they arrived on the scene, a police spokesperson said. “We opened the doors and found inside 126 undocumented people.”

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6 September 2021: Sarasota, Florida

Police arrested a man after he tried to steal a semitrailer at a convenience according to The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office. Around 5:30 a.m., a truck was making a delivery to market on Beneva Road when a man entered the store, asked to use a cell phone and caused a disturbance, the store manager told investigators. That man, later identified as Luke Franks, 22-year-old, walked out of the store toward the delivery truck. Onlookers told the driver of the truck as he left the store that Franks was inside the truck and trying to start it. The driver saw the perpetrator in the driver’s seat, trying to get the truck into gear. The driver engaged the air brake, which prevented it from moving, according to a probable cause affidavit.

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17 September 2021: San Francisco, California

A man was apparently randomly punched in the face at San Francisco bus stop. The brazen attack happened while Risley Biserra was waiting for the bus at Geneva and Mission. He was punched in the face and suffered swelling, a black eye and what appeared to be broken capillaries on his nose, reports say. Biserra says he missed several days of work recovering and said he believes he was targeted because of his race. Biserra is from the Phillipines.

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28 July 2021: Bartow County, Georgia

A Fedex truck crashed through a median onto Joe Stella Drive located below the Interstate I-75. Georgia State Police reported the truck, carrying two trailers, burst into flames, and caused fire damage to the I-75 overpass bridge.

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21 September 2021: New York City

A special task force of the New York City Police broke up an allegedly prolific car theft ring in the Bronx and Manhattan. Nine people were arrested and 12 stolen vehicles were seized. The arrests were the culmination of a two-year investigation, authorities said. Early on Sept. 21, New York Metro rode and NYPD officers worked together to execute the operation. Detectives from the task force spread across the Bronx, targeting individuals who allegedly ran the illegal operation as well as the businesses that, sometimes unknowingly, store the stolen vehicles. According to police sources, the group used a new technology that allows them to digitally clone car key fobs to gain access without damaging the vehicles.

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25 September 2021: Houston, Texas

A 16-year-old Texas boy driving a pickup struck six cyclists who were training for an Ironman race on Saturday, 25 September. The victims were training on Saturday morning when the young driver approached their group, slowed down the truck and then accelerated to blow exhaust smoke at them, a witness said. Four of the riders had to be hospitalized, authorities said. Two of the victims were helicoptered from the scene.