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India to send manned mission to space by 2022: Modi

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 22:14

India will send a manned mission into space by 2022, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced Wednesday in a speech to the nation. "India will send into space -- a man or a woman -- by 2022, before that if possible," Modi said in a marathon address at the Red Fort in New Delhi for the country's Independence Day. The astronaut would be "carrying the national flag," Modi said.


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Democrat Christine Hallquist Becomes First Major Party Transgender Candidate for Governor

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 20:56

If elected, Christine Hallquist will be the nation's first transgender governor


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Two Women on Trial for the Mysterious Murder of Kim Jong Nam May Be Acquitted

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 20:38

Two Southeast Asian women on trial in Malaysia for the brazen assassination of the North Korean leader’s half-brother could be acquitted Thursday or called to enter their defense in a case that has gripped the world.


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Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer Concedes GOP Primary to Secretary of State Kris Kobach

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 18:54

Kobach will face Democrat Laura Kelly in the November general election


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Sen. Bernie Sanders Wins Vermont Democratic Primary, but Is Expected to Turn It Down

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 18:33

Under Vermont law he cannot appear on the November ballot as both a Democrat and an independent


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Ex-White House Aide Omarosa Manigault Newman Says President Trump Will Not Silence Her

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 17:27

"He's afraid of what I will share"


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Missouri Crash Survivor Calls for Ban on Duck Boats

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 16:46

Tia Coleman's husband and three children died in the tragedy


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Jordanian Immigrant Sentenced to Death for Houston 'Honor Killings'

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 15:41

Irsan's wife testified at trial that her husband tried to "clean his honor" with the killings


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NASA on Sleeping Mars Opportunity Rover: "We Still Haven't Heard From It"

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 15:37

A global dust storm forced the 15-year-old veteran to shut down in June.


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Sleep loss can make people more isolated and lonely: Study

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 15:15

It only takes one sleepless night to ruin social interactions and make people feel lonely, a new study showed. "Mother nature took millions of years to perfect our sleep and we just shaved off over an hour to fit our lifestyle," Dr. Matt Walker, founder and director of Center for Human Sleep Science at University of California-Berkeley and lead author of the study told ABC News. To better understand the social effects that poor sleep can create, researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, conducted a series of experiments using brain imaging, paired with surveys that helped rate the participants' loneliness and videos that simulated real-life scenarios.


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Police Focus Search for Missing Student Mollie Tibbetts on 5 Areas in Iowa Town

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 15:09

Police also want information on anyone who has unexplained injuries


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Diagnosing Depression in Young Kids is Harder, Incredibly Important

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 14:24

“Is it hard to believe? Absolutely. But it’s possible for even a three-year-old to experience depression. We should not overlook the signs just because of the ages."


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Half of Republicans Believe the Media Is the Enemy of the People: Poll

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 14:18

65% of those polled said they believe the news media is "an important part of democracy"


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Sarah Sanders 'Can't Guarantee' There's No Tape of President Trump Using a Racial Slur

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 13:34

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said she couldn't guarantee that there isn't a tape of Trump using a racial slur.


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Paul Manafort's Defense Team Rests Without Calling Witnesses

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 13:14

Paul Manafort and his legal team decided on Tuesday not to present defense witnesses in his trial on fraud charges


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What Are Red Tides and Why Are They Getting Worse?

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 13:13

When algae get a surplus of nutrients, they grow at ridiculous rates.


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Oklahoma School Shuts Down for 2 Days After Parents Threaten Transgender 7th Grader on Facebook

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 13:08

One parent suggested a "good sharp knife" could stop the student


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Exceptionally hot weather predicted until 2022 according to new study

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 12:39

Manmade global warming and a natural surge in the Earth's surface temperature will join forces to make the next five years exceptionally hot, according to a study published Tuesday. The joint effects of climate change and so-called natural variability more than doubles the likelihood of "extreme warm events" in ocean surface waters, creating a dangerous breeding ground for hurricanes and typhoons, the study suggests. "This warm phase is reinforcing long-term climate change," lead author Florian Sevellec, a climate scientist at the University of Brest in France, said. "This particular phase is expected to continue for at least five years." Earth's average surface temperature has always fluctuated. Over the last million years, it vacillated roughly every 100,000 years between ice ages and balmy periods warmer than today. Over the last 11,000 years, those variations have become extremely modest, allowing our species to flourish. Manmade climate change - caused by billions of tonnes of greenhouse gases injected into the atmosphere, mainly over the last century - has come on top of those small shifts, and today threatens to overwhelm them. Teasing apart the influence of carbon pollution and natural variation has long bedevilled scientists trying to quantify the impact of climate change on cyclones, droughts, floods and other forms of extreme weather. Sevellec and his colleagues tackled the problem in a different way. First, they focused on the natural fluctuations that - for most climate scientists - are "noise" obscuring the climate change fingerprint. People bathe during a heatwave in Stockholm, Sweden Credit: TT News Agency Second, they used a streamlined statistical approach rather than the comprehensive climate models that generate most long-term forecasts. "We developed a system for predicting interannual" - or short-term - "natural variations in climate," Sevellec said. "For the period 2018-2022, we found an anomaly equivalent to the impact of anthropogenic warming." Natural warming, in other words, will have about the same impact as manmade climate change over the next five years. The likelihood of a marine heatwave or other ocean "warming events" is predicted to increase by 150 percent. The new method - dubbed PROCAST, for PRObabilistic foreCAST - was tested against past temperature records and proved at least as accurate as standard models. Heatwave | Winners and Losers It can be run in seconds on a laptop, rather than requiring weeks of computing time on a super-computer. "This opens up the possibility of doing climate forecasts to more researchers, especially in countries that don't have easy access to super-computers," Sevellec said. The researchers intend to adapt their system to make regional predictions, and - in addition to temperature - to estimate rainfall and drought trends. The Paris climate treaty calls for capping global warming at "well below" two degrees Celsius, and 1.5 C if deemed feasible. On current trends, however, Earth is on track to heat up by twice that much before the end of the century.


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Convicted Murderer Executed in Nebraska With Drug Combination That Has Never Been Used Before

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 12:16

Nebraska hasn't executed an inmate in more than two decades


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Omarosa's Tapes Show an Ongoing Problem With White House Security

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 12:11

President Donald Trump has regularly fallen short of stringent national security rules typically followed in the White House.


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