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Government workers collecting garbage from a beach in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, last week. Photo: Erika Santelices/AFP/Getty Images

Stunning images surfaced online showing garbage and plastic waste covering a beach in the Dominican Republic following days of heavy rain, reports the New York Times.

The details: Sixty tons of garbage have reportedly been collected since last week, and local reports said about 1,000 workers and heavy equipment such as including cranes, removed dozens of tons of trash over the weekend. During heavy rains, some trash that has been dumped into rivers washes onto the shore, but even more goes out into the ocean, Cyrill Gutsch of Parley for the Oceans told the Times.

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Prosecutors “haven’t ruled out” charging school officials in Michigan shooting

Michigan school officials had the legal grounds to search alleged shooter Ethan Crumbley's backpack and locker but did not to do so, Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald told CNN Monday.

Catch up quick: Crumbley has been charged with numerous felony counts related to terrorism and murder after opening fire at Oxford High School, killing four students and wounding seven other people.

Stuck jet stream brings blowtorch December in Lower 48, frigid Alaska

Short-term climate outlook for Dec. 13-19, 2021, from the Climate Prediction Center at NOAA. (NOAA/CPC)

The Lower 48 states have seen record-shattering warmth so far this December, with temperatures running as high as 35°F above average for this time of year. The warmth has been so pronounced that during the weekend, brush fires broke out in a snowless, unusually mild Denver metro area.

The big picture: The jet stream, which is a river of air that rides at about 30,000 feet along the temperature contrast between air masses, steering storms as it goes, has been stuck in a position well north of the continental U.S., keeping storms and cold weather at bay.

Vulnerable Dems urge Congress to preempt 2022 Medicare cuts

Rep. Susan Wild. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Vulnerable Democrats are urging President Biden and congressional leaders to act quickly to prevent the Medicare cuts that will take effect on the first day of the new year.

Why it matters: Congress has little time to act before the Medicare reimbursement cuts kick in on Jan. 1, 2022, and there’s currently no vehicle on the table to push the legislation through.