CNN’s New York offices evacuated. Scientists create edible honey bee vaccine. Ohio father teaches daughter a lesson about bullying [r/news, Episode #8]

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CNN’s New York offices evacuated due to a bomb threat

Police and CNN have issued an all-clear message after the network’s New York offices and studios were evacuated Thursday night because of a phoned-in bomb threat.

“The NYPD has now given us the all clear, and employees have been permitted to return to the building,”CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker said in an internal memo to staff. “The building is secure and safe for everyone to return in the morning.”

“We appreciate the swift action by the local authorities, and the patience and professionalism of all the employees who were impacted.”

The threat was not substantiated, the New York Police Department tweeted.

The threat came Thursday night when a caller indicated there were five devices in the building, according to a law enforcement source.

Several fire alarm bells rang inside CNN’s New York newsroom, signaling an evacuation after the call was received shortly before 10 p.m., the company’s security said.

Staffers evacuated the CNN New York offices in the Time Warner Center building and Don Lemon’s “CNN Tonight,” which had been on a commercial break, was taken off the air.

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Scientists create edible honey bee vaccine to protect them from deadly diseases

The first-ever vaccine for insects now exists, thanks to scientists at the University of Helsinki in Finland hoping to save one of the most crucial pollinators in the world: the honey bee.

The vaccine, which is edible, “protects bees from diseases while protecting global food production,” the university said in a news release.

The disease is the “most widespread and destructive of the bee brood diseases,” the university added.

To distribute the vaccine, scientists place a sugar patty in the hive, which the queen then eats over the course of about a week. Once ingested, the pathogens in the patty are then passed into the queen’s eggs, “where they work as inducers for future immune responses,” the university explained in the statement.

The vaccine — which is not yet sold commercially, according to Bloomberg — is also significant because it was once not thought possible to develop a vaccine for insects, as these creatures’ immune systems do not contain antibodies.

Redditors add that According to all known laws of aviation, there is no way a bee should be able to fly. Its wings are too small to get its fat little body off the ground. The bee, of course, flies anyway because bees don’t care what humans think is impossible.

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24 Amazon workers sent to a hospital after robot accidentally unleashes a bear spray

The two dozen workers were treated at five local hospitals, Robbinsville Township communications, and public information officer John Nalbone told ABC News. One was in critical condition while 30 additional workers were treated at the scene.

All of the workers were expected to be released from the hospital within 24 hours, WABC reported Thursday.

The official investigation revealed “an automated machine accidentally punctured a 9-ounce bear repellent can, releasing concentrated Capsaican,” Nalbone said. Capsaicin is the major ingredient in pepper spray.

The fulfillment center was given the all clear by Wednesday evening.

The company said the safety of employees is always their top priority.

“All of the impacted employees have been or are expected to be released from the hospital within the next 24 hours. The safety of our employees is always our top priority and a full investigation is already underway. We’d like to thank all of the first responders who helped with today’s incident,” Amazon said in a statement Wednesday night.

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Ohio father teaches daughter a lesson about bullying by making her walk 5 miles to school

An Ohio dad made his 10-year-old daughter walk five miles to school in the December cold to teach her a lesson after she was kicked off her school bus for bullying.

“Let me make this extremely clear: Bullying is unacceptable, especially in my household,” Matt Cox said.

Cox posted a video to his Facebook page Monday of his daughter as she trudged alongside the road as he followed behind her in his car. By Thursday, more than 340,000 people have shared the video, and it’s been viewed 15 million times.

Some did criticize the punishment as being too harsh, while others agreed with making the girl walk, but didn’t think Cox should have posted publicly about it.

Cox shared that the trek served its purpose. He wrote his daughter “still has all her extremities intact is happy and healthy and seems to have a new outlook on bullying as well as a new appreciation for some of the simple things in life she used to take for granted.”

Reddit users add that he read somewhere–possibly on Reddit (or maybe CNN’s article comments, when they had them)–that when the user in question was a child he bullied another classmate because the classmate frequently wore the same outfits to school each day, due to being in poverty. When the user’s parents found out their son was a bully and why he was bullying, they punished him by forcing him to wear the exact same clothes, right down to his underpants, to school every day for an entire school week.

He said he never bullied that boy–or anyone else–ever again.