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An 18-year-old Texan has shot and killed 19 students and two teachers in the city of Uvalde, after first shooting his grandmother. He shared photos on social media of his guns and warned of the attack. The shooter engaged in a firefight with border patrol before the shooting and then ran into the school and barricaded himself inside the school. Police initially reported he was arrested before confirming he died. Photos outside the scene show a pickup truck that crashed outside the school, it was unclear if the car belonged to the gunman. Concerned parents were captured at the scene desperately searching for their children and video from the chaotic scene showed police arriving to the school campus with their guns in hand. One widely shared video appears to show the suspected gunman approach the school while what sounds like gunfire is going off in the background. 

Partygate pictures from official photographers 'will be revealed today' as Boris braces

Mr Johnson (bottom right) is expected to apologise to Parliament, the public and his own MPs over Partygate in a bid to soak up criticism from the official report into the row later today, even with more snaps from No. 10's vanity photographers poised to hit the press. Deploying a 'masochism strategy', the Prime Minister will 'take responsibility' for lockdown rule-breaking in Downing Street (main), which is set to be savaged in the much-anticipated report. Ministers are braced for Miss Gray (bottom left) to deliver her report to No10 this morning. In a display of contrition, the PM will then make a statement to Parliament before holding a press conference and then addressing Tory MPs at a meeting of the backbench 1922 Committee. It comes as Tory critics last night hinted they may use Partygate to execute a coup. Miss Gray's interim report in January criticised 'failures of leadership and judgment' in Downing Street and highlighted concerns about a culture of excessive drinking. The PM has since restructured his No 10 operation, and Downing Street has also imposed an alcohol ban outside of official functions. 

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Railway workers have voted overwhelmingly to strike in a bitter dispute over jobs, pay and conditions, threatening massive disruption to the network in the coming weeks

The chancellor is due to meet with Prime Minister Boris Johnson to sign off on the rumoured £10bn package, which could include a windfall tax on energy giants and financial aid for vulnerable families.

The monkeypox outbreak that has swept the globe has churned up bogus conspiracy theories about its origins, how it is spread and its symptoms.

As the nation gears up to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, here we shares 70 facts about how our finances have changed during her reign.

Pictured: Father, 62, mauled to death by his son's American Bully-type dog which bit him

A dad took his final breath while saying 'I'm going' after he was bitten by an American Bully-type pet called Cookie (right). Keven Jones (left), 62, offered to help look after the pet dogs while son Josh went to Wembley for a football match. He was in the kitchen when his son's partner Chanel Fong (inset), 28, heard him telling the powerful dog: 'Get off me.' She said that she heard Keven tell Cookie to 'get off' so she went into the kitchen and told the dog 'get down', and he did. But Chanel said that Keven then said 'he's got me there' and as she looked down there was 'blood pumping' from his leg.

Thomas Markle hospitalised and unable to speak after stroke

Thomas Markle, 77 (left), was struck down a week before he had been due to fly to London for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Last night it was not known whether Meghan, 40, who is estranged from him (the pair are pictured together inset), was planning to go to his bedside. Mr Markle, a former TV lighting director, was taken by ambulance to a clinic in Chula Vista, California - only a few hours' drive from Meghan and Harry's home in Montecito (couple pictured right). He had earlier been admitted to hospital in Tijuana, Mexico, where he was seen arriving with an oxygen mask on his face and flanked by paramedics. Mr Markle's daughter Samantha, 57, told MailOnline: 'My father is recovering in hospital. We ask for privacy for the family, for his health and wellbeing. He just needs peace and rest.'

'I am begging you on my hands and knees, do something!' Sandy Hook congressman Chris Murphy begs Senate for gun reform after shooter, 18, kills 19 kids and two teachers at Uvalde elementary school

Murphy was the Democratic Congressman for Connecticut's fifth district - which took in the school - when gunman Adam Lanza opened fire in December 2012. On Tuesday, after 18 children and a teacher were shot dead at the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, he made a desperate plea to Republicans to pass laws that would put an end to such atrocities.

Moment parents run TOWARDS unfolding Texas elementary school massacre that killed nineteen children

The video, posted on Snapchat and then shared across social media, shows several parents heading towards the school. The caption reads: 'Kids are running out of the classrooms' with a broken heart emoji. Notably, at least two other people are standing by recording with their phones. The video comes as further details have been revealed about one of the adult victims and the shooter.

Veteran teacher killed in Texas elementary school was married officer who held active

The husband of a fourth grade teacher slain in the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas had trained in active shooter response drills just two months before the violence. Uvalde School District Police Officer Ruben Ruiz, 43, the husband of Eva Mireles, 44, who was one of three adults and 18 children killed on Tuesday during the massacre is 16-year veteran of law enforcement with several courses in dealing with mass shootings. It's unclear where Ruiz was at the time of the massacre, but in March, he was part of a group that conducted live-action drills in the school to prepare for the exact emergency that end his wife's life

Several senior Tory MPs sharpened the daggers last night as speculation that Boris Johnson's backbenchers, in particular those from the latest 2019 intake, are set to launch a coup against him.

DAILY MAIL COMMENT: If families thought the cost of living crunch was already hurting, they should brace themselves for much, much worse.

The plans follow outcry over the disclosures that Tory Owen Paterson broke the ban on paid lobbying by MPs while Sir Geoffrey Cox earned more than £950,000 last year nearly from his work as a lawyer.

The popular Braun Silk-épil 5 SensoSmart Epilator is a winner for those with sensitive skin and looking for a longer-term solution to hair removal. It's now on sale for 41 per cent off, reduced to £49.99.

Thousands of women have hailed the L'Oréal Paris Magic Retouch Instant Root Concealer Spray as a 'lifesaver' for covering up grown-out roots and grey hair at home.

Kremlin officials 'are already discussing who will replace Putin'

Three months to the day since Russian tanks first rolled across the Ukrainian border, a Russian government source claimed 'there are almost no people who are satisfied with Putin' among Kremlin officials and Russian elites. 'The problems [in Russia due to the war] are already visible, and by midsummer they will come from different directions: transport, medicine, even agriculture. No one simply thought of such a scale,' Meduza's interlocutor close to the government explained. The revelation comes as Kyiv's spy chief claimed yesterday that Putin (left and top right) had escaped an assassination attempt around one month into the war, and declared the Russian leader's isolation is a preventative measure borne from a deep mistrust of his subordinates. Russia's three-month long invasion has prompted the unprecedented imposition of Western sanctions and near-global condemnation (wreckage of Russian tank bottom left)

Ukrainian authorities have found 200 decomposing bodies in the basement of an apartment complex in Mariupol which had been destroyed during the Russian siege of the vital port city.

REVEALED: Wife of pastor, 65, who was forced to admit to congregation that he took a 16-year-old girl's virginity was once a STRIPPER and admitted her marriage had been 'just one signature from divorce' 

Debra Lowe and her husband, Pastor John Lowe II, stepped down from the New Life Christian Church in Warsaw after he was confronted on stage by Bobi Gephart, 43. Gephart came forward with a microphone to tell their church how Lowe groomed her as a teen, starting when she was 16 - the legal age of consent in the state. It has now been revealed that Debra, a co-pastor at the congregation, also led a life against her Christian values before joining the church. According to her description on the church's profile, which has since been removed, Debra left her home in upstate New York when she was just 16 to become a stripper.

'I'm scared to fall asleep': Dame Deborah James says her 'heart is breaking'

Dame Deborah James, 40, who is currently receiving end of life care at her parent's home in Woking, told The Sun she felt the 'worst thing was not knowing how long she'd got left' (left and right). She said: 'I want to know when I need to get my kids back from school, to say goodbye to them.'

Beat the squeeze: 20 easy ways to earn a little extra income

Have you cut costs so much that nothing more can be slashed from the budget? Then it's time to look at how to increase your income, so you can afford a bit more of the good life. There are plenty of easy - even fun - ways to make money on the side. Here are money-makers that anyone can do right now, with minimal effort.

A love forged in decadence: Kate Moss will give evidence backing her ex Depp, writes

ALISON BOSHOFF: They were the iconic couple of the period: a potent combination of beauty and cool, all dangerous cheekbones and grand passions, with a shared love of poetry, narcotics and booze. During the course of their four-year romance, Johnny Depp presented Kate Moss with a diamond necklace - nestled between his buttocks, for a joke - and apparently poured her a bath of 36 bottles of champagne. When they met, he was 31, she was 20. He introduced the young Croydon model to art galleries, the joy of owning first-edition books and his bohemian heroes, whom she adopted as her own.

Shocking moment a man is stamped on the head in Dublin Airport's arrival terminal following mass brawl as families cower in terror

WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT. A man in his 20s was arrested in Dublin Airport following the brawl in the arrivals terminal. A second man was rushed to Beaumont Hospital after he was stamped in the head. Several bystanders dragged the man away after the victim was unable to defend himself on the floor. The victim's condition is not known, but Beaumont Hospital is the nearest hospital to the airport and it is also the national centre for neurosurgery.

Prince Charles mingles with celebrities at the Princes Trust Awards 

The Prince of Wales, 73, cracked a joke as he arrived on the red carpet outside the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in London's West End on Tuesday for the event this evening. Among the stars he spoke to at the awards ceremony included Amal Clooney and Edward Enninful (left), Ant and Dec (top right) and Kate Garraway (bottom right).

Meghan Markle, 40, was on hand to present Prince Harry, 37, and his team, Los Padres, with a trophy after they won an event at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club, but was squashed on stage.

With the same diameter as a small dinner plate, this isn't a coin you can fit into your wallet. For this is the Royal Mint's largest-ever coin, which has been unveiled to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

Prince Harry cycles his bike near his $14m California home

Prince Harry appeared relaxed today as he cycled with his security near his California home - days before he is due to travel to the UK to celebrate the Queen's Jubilee with his family (left, right). It comes after an expert warned the presence of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex could 'destabilise' the Queen's Platinum Jubilee and cause resentment among other members of the Royal Family (inset).

Russia loses its highest-ranking pilot yet in Ukraine as former Air Force Major, 63, is

Major General Kanamat Botashev, 63 (left), was enjoying retirement when Russian tanks rolled across the border on February 24 and had not flown since 2012. His Su-25 fighter jet was hit by a Stinger missile at around 8:25am on Sunday morning in the Donbas skies, and he was unable to eject. The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported an Su-25 had been downed in Luhansk, and one of Botashev's former colleagues confirmed his death to BBC Russian Service. It is unclear why a retired general - the highest-ranking pilot to have been shot down in the war - was at the controls of a fighter jet worth £9million. But he loss of such a high-ranking, elderly general suggests the Russian air force does not have enough pilots capable of conducting sorties over Ukraine (wreckage of an Su-25 is pictured near Kyiv)

Emma Raducanu stuns on the July/August cover of Elle UK  

Tennis sensation Emma Raducanu, 19, who rose to fame after winning the US Open last year, appears on the July/August cover of Elle magazine (inset). In an interview inside, she explained how how she celebrated her success last year, saying: 'When I won the US Open, there was nothing big or amazing that my parents did to celebrate - we just came home and ate dumplings, and that was it. We are very normal.' (left and right)

Will these leaked pictures revealing treatment of Uighur Muslims finally hold Beijing to

Damning documents and photographs have revealed the horrors that Uighur Muslims face in China's brutal 're-education camps'. The trove of leaked data, hacked from the authorities, reveals a sickening shoot-to-kill policy for those trying to escape while horrific pictures appear to show shackled prisoners being tortured. The leak exposes how thousands of Uighurs have been detained on trumped-up 'terrorism' charges and given long sentences. It provides an unprecedented insight into the camps built since 2017 across Xinjiang in northwest China. Critics say 'the Chinese propaganda veneer' has been blown apart. In one particularly disturbing image, two young men are shackled and hooded as they are held in stress positions at gunpoint.

Dominic Raab today attacks Labour's 'spineless' opposition to Tory law and order reforms as he launches a swathe of new rights for victims of crime, blasting Labour leader Keir Starmer.

DOMINIC RABB: Victims expect firm justice, so this Conservative government - opposed by Labour and the Lib Dems - has passed into law tougher prison sentences for violent offenders.

BARONESS ALTMANN: The digital travails of a man called Chris Paphides, narrated in a series of poignant posts by his son Pete on social media this week, are a parable for our times.

The broadcaster, 81, warned many pensioners were put off leaving their homes because they were unable to use the technology required to pay for car parking through an app.

Bella Hadid oozes glamour in strapless black gown while Cara Delevingne dazzles in cutout

The A-listers were out in force for the premiere of French film The Innocent at Cannes Film Festival on Tuesday. (L-R) Jourdan Dunn, Cara Delevingne, Bella Hadid, Diane Kruger and Kristen Stewart led the glamour on the red carpet. Bella, 25, looked resplendent in a figure-hugging dress while fellow supermodels Cara, 29 and Jourdan, 31 stole the limelight in dramatic gowns. Actress Diane, 45, wowed in a red gown, while Kristen, 31, flashed her abs in a black co-ord. 

The former One Direction star, 28, made his first public appearance with new girlfriend Aliana Mawla, 24, as they arrived at Heathrow Airport, earlier in the day.

What happened to the original Top Gun stars who WON'T appear in the sequel?

Tom Cruise was the only Top Gun actor asked to return for the 2022 sequel Top Gun: Maverick. Val Kilmer, who played Iceman, had to 'beg' producers to let him be in the sequel. Director Joseph said he didn't ask Kelly McGillis and Meg Ryan back because he 'didn't want every storyline to always be looking backwards.' Tom Skerritt filmed in the background but feels he won't make it on camera while Michael Ironside feels he wasn't asked back due to his beef with producer Jerry Bruckheimer. Top Gun: Maverick premieres in theaters on Friday, May 27

If you're looking for an effortless way to remove pet hair without dragging out your vacuum, thousands shoppers swear by the 'game-changing' ACE2ACE Pet Hair Remover Roller.

Made without wires, clasps and with removable pads, the Comfyin Padded Bralette doesn't pinch, dig or itch the skin, making them comfortable for the hot summer months. They cost £16 for three.

US woman speaks out about a Mykonos restaurant's borderline predatory tactics

Cheryl Lamphere, 43, told DailyMail.com that her group of friends were misled, intimidated and scammed into paying $1,640 for food that did not justify the outrageous price. Lamphere and her group of girlfriends said they had no other option but to pay the eye-watering price after ordering one plate of calamari, one order of lobster pasta, a salad, and bread at the infamous DK Oyster restaurant in Platys Gialos. The mother-of-two said the group visited the picturesque island on May 3 and their first evening was ruined after owner Dimitris Kalamaras and male staff at the restaurant cornered them when they even dared to dispute the astronomical tab. 'Every man in the restaurant got up and surrounded us, there were at least five of them, almost blocking us in. It was a very, very scary situation because we were six women being surrounded by five men... I must add, they were all dressed in black, it was sort of gangsterish,' Lamphere told DailyMail.com on the phone.

TSSA boss Manuel Cortes vowed to inflict a 'summer of discontent' on travellers as railworkers have voted in favour of strike action to support their demand for improved pay and conditions.

Researchers from the German Primate Centre found that strongly-bonded male Guinea baboons produce fewer offspring than those who spend less time socialising with the same sex.

One person described Manchester Airport as 'hell on earth', while another said Gatwick Airport (pictured here on Monday, May 23) was 'horrible' and 'grim'. Both airports have apologised to passengers.

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Ramshackle plot featuring shed and a pile of sticks wins first prize at Chelsea Flower

If you peered over your neighbour's fence to see this flooded plot, complete with ramshackle shed and a large pile of sticks, you might politely offer to help them with the gardening. But having been presented to the judges at Chelsea Flower Show - for this is indeed an exhibit there - Rewilding Britain's entry won the top prize. Designers Lulu Urquhart and Adam Hunt swapped traditional blooms for flowering weeds - and included a dam made of branches nibbled by beavers. It showed, Mr Hunt explained, how the creatures can channel water and prevent flooding naturally. Clutching his best in show prize, he added: 'This isn't a political garden. It comes from the heart.'

Jacinda Ardern wears Covid-19 face mask outdoors in New York despite locals ditching them

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who caught Covid on May 14 but has recovered, stood out wearing the protection while she was out and about in the Big Apple on Tuesday. Surrounded by a security team, Ms Ardern kept her black face covering on despite being outside and coming out of Covid isolation on May 21. New York Governor Kathy Hochul ended her state's Covid-19 mask indoor mandate in February, and outdoors since vaccination was widespread last year.

Abi Balogun showed Cubitt Town Infants' School (pictured) in London a letter saying that her young son who was battling cancer and vulnerable should shield at home during pandemic.

Winning a huge sum of money on the lottery may sound like a dream, but experts warn a sudden windfall could create problems of its own, at least in the short term,

Souvenirs being sold to celebrate opening of new Elizabeth line include a £2,500 couch 

An abundance of souvenirs celebrating today's launch of the Elizabeth Line on the London Tube have hit the shelves - and it seems shoppers can't get enough of them. Socks, toiletry bags, cushions and even a range of couches are just some of the goods using the newly-opened line's colours and logo. An elegant tote bag costing £60 and a three-seat sofa priced at £2,500 upholstered with the Elizabeth Line's colours is available from the London Transport Museum's gift shop. At the line's launch today at Paddington station, queues of shoppers gathered to purchase some themed souvenirs.

Danish experts say fat can double their sperm count if they can shed 2st 8lbs (16.5kg) and keep that weight off for a year after trialing a weight-loss regime on 56 men.

Lucy Worsley's new show re-investigates 4 dramatic episodes in British history. Uncovering witch trials, Black Death, King George III and the princes in the tower

Emotional moment three siblings meet their brother, 64, for the first time on Long Lost Family after he was left as a baby in Welsh public toilets, wrapped in a bed sheet and a brown paper bag

Paul Garner, 64, now based in Frinton-on-Sea, Essex, appeared on ITV's Long Lost Family: Born Without Trace tonight as he was reunited with his birth family for the first time. Sadly his parents have died, as well as one of his older siblings, but an emotional Paul was able to meet his elder brother and two younger sisters, who suggested their mother gave him up because she couldn't afford to care for him.

Nina Warhurst, 41, added a touch of humour to the end of her broadcast from the chicken farm in Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, pointing at and explaining the mark on her blue puffer jacket - chicken poo.

Alexandra Adams and her husband Cev, both 43, say they were left puzzled by the sudden change in their neighbour's behaviour after they build a veranda in the back garden of their South London home.

Pictured: Kurt Zouma's cats are now happy and healthy as RSPCA prepare to re-home them after West Ham star pleaded guilty to animal cruelty over cat-kicking video 

Newly released images show the disgraced footballer's former Bengal cats, Bonbon and Cherie, playfully roaming around their temporary homes while the RSPCA begins the process of transferring them to new owners. In the 20-second clip, Zouma's adorable cat meows softly and can be seen playing with toys as it scampers around - just months after a harrowing Snapchat video showed the moment it was savagely kicked by Zouma. The Premier League star today admitted kicking and slapping his pet cat in a viral video which sparked a series of similar animal cruelty attacks, the court heard. The shocking incident came to light after a woman who had been due to go on a date with Kurt's brother Yoan saw the footage on his Snapchat, prompting her to raise the alarm and cancel her date. The West Ham United defender pleaded guilty to two counts under the Animal Welfare Act when he appeared at Thames Magistrates' Court in east London on Tuesday morning. Zouma, 27, was forced to apologise after harrowing footage was filmed and shared by his younger brother Yoan, 24, who also admitted one offence during the hearing.

Inflation is at its highest rate for four decades. But savers are far worse off than they were 40 years ago when easy access accounts paid 9.75%.

A 19-year-old Briton enjoying the first hours of a holiday with friends to the notorious Spanish party resort of Magaluf could have paralysed himself after jumping into the shallow end of a pool.

Swedish royals presented Iggy Pop with the Polar Music Prize in Stockholm

The Swedish royal family attended the Polar Music Prize ceremony today at the Grand Hotel in Stockholm where King Carl XVI Gustaf presented the award to US singer Iggy Pop (right and inset). Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden, 44, looked chic in a black bardot off the shoulder jumpsuit for the occasion (left).

Mobile hairdresser Blanche Mullinger, 57, was visiting a client and had parked up outsider her home in Bordon, Hants, when the 'dreadful accident' took place, an inquest heard.

A newly-wed man has told of how he stormed out of his honeymoon after discovering his wife had asked their photographer to edit his 12-year-old son out of the majority of their wedding pictures.

Moment furious motorist drives down narrow BIKE PATH to overtake cyclist who was 'hogging' the road

The shocking video, shot in an unknown location, shows the vehicle accelerating towards the cyclist before dangerously mounting a gravel path that runs adjacent to a grass verge. Narrowly avoiding the cyclist and roadside signage, the motorist then dramatically swerves back onto the main road to complete the dangerous manoeuvre. The clip has been widely shared across social media, garnering a mixed reaction from viewers - with some slamming the driver as a 'complete fool'. However, others claim the biker should have used the path rather than the single-lane carriageway and found the video hilarious and 'impressively immature'.

A personal trainer with 30 years of experience working with women's bodies has revealed how she sculpts them to perfection - and you don't need to lift heavy weights in the gym. 

'Hi, one of four black people in Santa Barbara!': California Karen is slammed for hurling racist abuse at a DJ who was filming her shouting at swanky restaurant staff

The altercation, which transpired at The Boathouse at Hendry's Beach in Santa Barbara Wednesday, reportedly started after the woman (at right in lefthand image) began berating staff at the bayside eatery after her card was allegedly declined the night before. As the argument ensued, Ian Soleimani (right), a 39-year-old African-American man who works as a DJ at the restaurant, whipped out his phone and started recording the woman's tirade - spurring her to turn her aggression on to him. The five-minute clip - which has amassed tens of thousands of views since being posted to social media by Soleimani - has seen social media users dub the as-of-now unidentified woman 'California Karen.'

The results of a 'climate stress test' showed banks could incur losses of up to £225bn by 2050 while the value of assets held by insurers could tumble 15%.

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Woman lifts lid on what it's like to attend Coachella as a 'mere mortal': Sweaty tents, crazy-long lines and watching celebs and influencers get the VIP treatment so do you still want to go?

The woman, named Jax, was at both weekends of Coachella - which took place April 15-17 and April 24-26 and saw performers like Harry Styles and Billie Eilish. Each year, a slew of influencers and famous faces flock to the dessert of Indio, California to attend the sought-after event. And while most of them make it look like a luxurious and extravagant affair - Jax has revealed that it's not always that glamorous. She opened up about what it's like for those who don't have VIP passes or a five-star resort to stay in, and it turns out, it's a very different experience. She slept in a tent on nearby camping grounds - forcing her to trek back and forth from the campsite to the festival - and cooked her own meals on a hot plate. Jax's weekend consisted of blisters, lots of walking, spending hours in the hot sun, and little sleep - however, it did seem like she had an amazing time anyway.

KPMG has been hit with a multi-million pound fine by regulators for failing to address evidence of bribery while working the accounts of Rolls-Royce.

My father passed away last year and all the money due to the estate has been collected, except for £56,986 from a Clerical Medical savings bond.

Terrifying home invasion caught on camera as thugs raid Australian influencer couple's mansion, steal their luxury car and MOW DOWN shirtless dad who tried to protect his family: 'I thought he was dead'

Terrifying home surveillance footage has captured the moment hooded thugs broke into influencer couple Chloe Szepanowski and Mitchell Orval's $2.75million mansion on the Gold Coast. A shaken Chloe, 23, recalled the moment she thought Mitch, 25, had been killed by the intruders during a late-night stand-off, and admitted she'd been left 'traumatised' by the incident. Chloe, who is heavily pregnant with the couple's second child, shared confronting CCTV vision of two hooded figures creeping into their driveway in the dead of night.

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With a hungry hawk ready to pounce and turn him into its dinner, this squirrel couldn't afford to make a meal of his escape. In the absence of a nearby burrow or tree, the rodent found a novel solution - squirrelling himself away in the wheel arch of the nearest car. His nemesis perched just inches away on the vehicle's roof, the squirrel held his nerve for around half an hour before the red-tailed hawk flew off. The stand-off was spotted by university worker Allison Berdoulay, 54, in Nottingham, Pennsylvania.

   

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