Bald eagles across the country are falling victim to a deadly bird flu. A Florida judge is taking on mask mandates for travelers. And this is (basically) your final reminder to do your taxes.

Among the latest victims of the bird flu outbreak sweeping the country: the national bird of the United States. Bald eagles in 14 states died after contracting bird flu, and eagles in another two states are suspected of falling ill with the highly pathogenic avian influenza, according to officials. Tens of millions of domestic and wild birds have died or were euthanized as a result of the disease, which is especially deadly to domestic poultry. It had been detected in 32 states as of Saturday, most recently in Utah and Idaho. The bird flu is considered a low risk to humans, but Americans are feeling the effects. The outbreak is expected to raise the cost of poultry products and eggs.

A federal judge in Florida voided the national mask mandate covering airplanes and other public transportation as exceeding the authority of U.S. health officials. The CDC recently extended the mask mandate until May 3 to allow more time to study the BA.2 omicron subvariant of the coronavirus that is now responsible for the vast majority of cases in the U.S. The mask requirement for travelers was the target of months of lobbying from the airlines, which sought to kill it. The carriers argued that effective air filters on modern planes make transmission of the virus during a flight unlikely. Republicans in Congress also fought to kill the mandate. So far, it’s unclear what the ruling means for travelers in the near term.

the Boston Marathon took place on Patriots’ Day. And on the 50th anniversary of the first time women competed, their race did not disappoint. Reigning Olympic champion Peres Jepchirchir of Kenya took first place in the women’s division following a seesaw sprint against Ethiopia’s Ababel Yeshaneh in the final mile. Other big winners from Monday’s marathon:

Airstrikes by Russia’s military killed at least seven people and injured 11 more – including Bald eagles one child – early Monday in Lviv in western Ukraine, regional governor Maksym Kozytskyy said. Kozytskyy said four rockets were fired, striking three targets, including several warehouses not used by Ukraine’s military, and a service station near Lviv Railway Station. The deaths were the first to be reported in the city since Russia’s assault on Ukraine began in late February. Overnight blasts were also reported in Ukraine’s capital Kyiv, in the north in Kharkiv and in Mykolaiv, near the Black Sea port city of Odesa, as Russia reinforces its invading force. About 11 battalion tactical groups were added in recent days, a senior U.S. Defense Department official

Spring is a time for blooming plants and flowering trees. But word to the wise: Some of those beautiful blooms might come from invasive species. One such plant is the Bradford pear, also known as the “Callery” pear, a tree covered in attractive white blossoms, but with some unattractive features. The tree is most famous for the scent of its blooms, which some have compared to rotting fish, urine and baby poop. What was once considered an ornamental and low maintenance decoration for yards and parks has proven detrimental to native plants and has even been banned in some states?

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