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Crocodile does tricks at Bronx Zoo in Animal Planet show

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Crocodile does tricks at Bronx Zoo in Animal Planet show

Leapin’ lizards — this crocodile does tricks!

Wild footage shows a zookeeper training a crocodile to tap objects with her scaly snout in exchange for treats during a yet-to-be aired Animal Planet TV show about life behind the scenes at the Bronx Zoo.

In a clip from the show “The Zoo,” which airs Saturday, Penelope the Cuban crocodile is shown sinking her teeth into “target training”  with zookeeper Andrew Kathriner — who blows a whistle prompting her to gently place her nose against a pole in her watery enclosure.

When the croc completes the trick, Kathriner tosses her a dead mouse as a “reward” and says “good girl!”

“It’s important to train these animals both from a physical and a mental standpoint,” Kathriner says in the footage. “Mentally, these animals are learning behaviors, and it’s important physically because they’re actually moving around.”

The goal of the training is to make it safer for people to work with the rare and dangerous species, which is found only in the Zapata Swamp in the southwest corner of the country, according to a rep from Animal Planet.

“The Zoo,” which airs at 8 p.m. starting Saturday, May 23,  also features footage of an spunky Amur leopard at the venerable Bronx institution.

Michael Leahy has worked in various news organizations and now aims to make Report Door one of the best and fastest growing news websites in the U.S. He contributes to the US section. He loves going around different people in the US and loves meeting new people and making new friends.

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De Blasio signs bill capping NYC restaurant delivery-app fees

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De Blasio signs bill capping NYC restaurant delivery-app fees

Mayor Bill de Blasio signed several bills on Tuesday that could temporarily eat into the profits of food-ordering and delivery apps like Grubhub and UberEats.

Starting June 2, the commissions that food-delivery apps can charge Big Apple eateries will be capped at 20 percent — or 15 percent for delivery charges and 5 percent for any other fees. Such apps have been criticized for charging as much as 40 percent in some cases for orders they help generate and deliver.

Grubhub, which owns Seamless, will also be forced to stop charging restaurants fees for telephone orders that did not result in a take-out order. The Chicago firm has come under fire for charging restaurateurs for answering the phone, even when no order was placed, after The Post first reported on the practice last year.

The new laws will remain in effect for 90 days after New York’s state-of-emergency order is lifted.

Grubhub on Wednesday reiterated its previous statement that the commission cap is “arbitrary” and “will not withstand a legal challenge.”

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Catholic churches in NYC reopen with social-distancing measures

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Catholic churches in NYC reopen with social-distancing measures

Catholic churches in Brooklyn and Queens shuttered for months due to the coronavirus outbreak reopened on Tuesday with some changes — including social-distancing signage and mandatory masks.

Worshipers in protective face coverings flocked to pews, at a maximum of 10 at a time, and some were even spotted donning plastic gloves as they prayed.

Diocese of Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio gave his blessing for churches, closed since March 20, to open for private prayer and devotion, with 6-feet social-distancing regulations being maintained.

DiMarzio also granted permission to start holding funerals, baptisms and weddings, also with a strict maximum of 10 people and mandatory masks. Mass is still being streamed online.

At least two houses of worship, Immaculate Heart of Mary in Kensington and Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Sunset Park, plastered bright yellow police-style “CAUTION” tape to keep people a safe distance apart.

“I know it may look like a crime scene, or a construction site . . . but, it is a sign that light is at the end of the tunnel!” Immaculate Heart of Mary wrote on Facebook, announcing it will now be open daily from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for private prayer.

Numerous yellow warnings also reminded parishioners to “maintain social distancing” of at least 6 feet.

“Social Distancing is a MUST!” the church stressed on Facebook, outlining other rules including “sanitize your hands frequently” and “No Touching the Statues!”

At Our Lady of Perpetual Help, at least a dozen worshipers cycled through in just 30 minutes between 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., with a staffer escorting people to specific seats a safe distance apart.

Another church, Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph in Prospect Heights, used more subdued signs to split up seating areas, including for families, couples and those coming to pray on their own. They also tacked on blue tape to pews to the mark 6-feet distance.

The precautions are being taken “to provide atmosphere that everyone can feel safe coming to church,” said Msgr. Kieran Harrington, the rector at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph.

“Some people will be scared, and we want to let them see that the church is a place where you can feel safe to come and to pray and to be with others,” he told The Post.

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U.S. DOJ closing insider trading probes into three senators: WSJ

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(Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Justice is closing probes into three U.S. senators over stock trades made shortly before the coronavirus market turmoil, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday, citing people familiar with the matter.

The three senators include Republicans Kelly Loeffler of Georgia and James Inhofe of Oklahoma, and Democrat Dianne Feinstein of California, the Journal reported, adding that prosecutors are alerting their defense attorneys about the closing of the probes.

However, the DOJ’s related probe into Senator Richard Burr is continuing, according to the newspaper.

Representatives for Burr, the DOJ and the FBI declined to comment.

The senators were investigated over selling large amounts of stock before the coronavirus-induced market meltdown and after closed-door briefings on the outbreak this year.

Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru. Editing by Gerry Doyle

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