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New monolith sighted on top of mountain in California, San Luis Obispo County
New  monolith sighted on top of mountain in California,  San Luis Obispo County
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After a monolith structure had been spotted in Utah and subsequently been removed by an unknown party, another mysterious metal monolith has appeared in the US. Local media has reported that the monolith stands atop a mountain in California and that unlike its Utah sibling, the monolith in California wasn't strongly attached to the ground and looked like it could be easily knocked over.

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Metal monolith in Utah desert was removed on Friday evening “by an unknown party”, Officials Say
Metal monolith in Utah desert was removed on Friday evening “by an unknown party”, Officials Say
Credit: Courtesy of Utah Highway Patrol

The bureau said it had not removed the monolith, which it considers “private property.”

The Utah Department of Public Safety said on Monday that it had found the object while surveying for bighorn sheep.

Science
Tourists are venturing to the mysterious metal pillar found hidden in the Utah desert
Tourists are venturing to the mysterious metal pillar found hidden in the Utah desert
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A mysterious 3.6m tall metal pillar found recently in the Utah desert has been sought out by a number of tourists eager to have their photo taken with it. Discovered by a helicopter crew surveying bighorn sheep in the area, the monolith displays no indications of how it was placed there or for how long it has been in place.

Current speculation suggests it may be the work of the late John McCracken, a New Mexico based artist who passed away in 2011 and was known for his large freestanding sculptures of pyramids, cubes, and shiny slabs.

Local authorities are keeping the location of the pillar a secret, fearing hikers may risk their lives attempting to find it.

Climate & Environment
Mysterious metal monolith discovered in Utah desert
Mysterious metal monolith discovered in Utah desert
Credit: Courtesy of Utah Highway Patrol

State wildlife officials have discovered a strange metal object from the air while flying a helicopter in the wilderness of southern Utah. The men and the pilot Bret Hutchings had been out counting bighorn sheep when a biologist spotted the shimmering column hidden in a rock niche far from any civilization.

Hutchings cannot say what the thing is, but it reminds him of the moon monolith from Stanley Kubrick's famous science fiction film "2001: Space Odyssey". "I suspect that a New Wave artist set this up," he said.

Health
US reports 70,000 new Covid-19 cases in one day, highest single-day increase since July

According to the New York Times data, the United States have recorded over 70,450 new Covid-19 cases in one single day, the highest single-day increase since July 24. Among the states that set a single-day case record are Wyoming, Minnesota, Wisconsin, West Virginia, North Dakota, Indiana, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Celebrities & Public Figures
Actor Wilford Brimley dies aged 85
Wilford Brimley on October 22, 2012
Wilford Brimley on October 22, 2012 Credit: Marc Majcher / Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0)

Actor Wilford Brimley has died at age 85 in St. George, Utah on Saturday after suffering from a kidney ailment. Brimley, who spotted a walrus moustache, is known for his roles in the 1985 fantasy movie "Cocoon", the television series "The Waltons" and sports film "The Natural". He was also a spokesperson for Quaker Oats and Liberty Medical, a diabetes-testing supply company.

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Mitt Romney joins DC protestors
Screenshot of Mitt Romney's Tweet of the DC Protests
Screenshot of Mitt Romney's Tweet of the DC Protests Credit: Mitt Romney via Twitter

Mitt Romney, Utah senator and former Republican presidential candidate, joined a group of Christian protestors in D.C. on Sunday evening. In a picture posted to his Twitter, Romney can be seen wearing a mask and walking among protestors, with the caption "Black Lives Matter". He seems to be the first Republican to be publicly joining the protests following George Floyd's death.

On May 31, Romney took to Twitter to condemn the murder of Floyd, writing "The George Floyd murder is abhorrent. Peaceful protests underscore the urgency of addressing injustices," and adding "but violence drowns the message of the protestors and mocks the principles of justice."