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Florence is expected to start bringing tropical storm force winds to the Carolinas late Thursday. Sustained winds dropped to 110 miles per hour as the storm moved northwest at 17 miles per hour. The shift in the projected track spread concern to areas that once thought they were relatively safe. "We've had our lessons". It could stall just off the coast and then drift south along the SC coast and possibly make a landfall as a weaker system if it doesn't make it clearly over the coast of ...
  • Florence projected to strengthen to major hurricane

    Florence projected to strengthen to major hurricane

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    East Coast is looking increasingly probable. Maximum sustained winds are near 65 miles per hour (100 km/h) with higher gusts. Less northward component of motion increases the probability that Florence misses the weakness and does not recurve into the open waters of the Atlantic.
  • Brett Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearing Day 2

    Brett Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearing Day 2

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    They say they fear that Kavanaugh's confirmation would shift the Supreme Court's balance for years. Brett Kavanaugh is sworn-in before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. "These are the docs Rs don't want you to see-because they show that Judge Kavanaugh wrongly believes that Native Hawaiian programs are Constitutionally questionable".
  • Tropical Storm Gordon hits Gulf Coast

    Tropical Storm Gordon hits Gulf Coast

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    Gordon could drop heavy rain - generally 4 to 8 inches, but as many as 12 - from Florida's western panhandle to southern Arkansas through Thursday , the National Hurricane Center said . New Orleans , which had braced for severe flooding, was unscathed. A dozen casinos that shut down were allowed to reopen at noon Wednesday. Sandbags were filled, patio furniture was taken inside, and shoppers stocked up on batteries and bottled water as people along the Gulf Coast prepared Tuesday for ...
  • Leahy presses Kavanaugh over emails stolen by Republican operative

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    Sen. Dianne Feinstein , the top Democrat on the Judiciary panel, introduced Guttenberg and several other advocates during her opening statement. But when asked more specific questions , including whether a president can be required to respond to a subpoena, Kavanaugh said , "I can't give you an answer on that hypothetical question".
  • Kavanaugh Hearing: Guide to Supreme Court Terms

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    A long day of questioning awaits the 53-year-old appellate judge, whom President Donald Trump nominated in July to fill the seat of retired Justice Anthony Kennedy. Kavanaugh signaled respect for the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling legalizing abortion nationwide, calling it an important legal precedent that had been reaffirmed by the justices over the decades.
  • Tropical Storm Gordon forms near Florida: ‘Get prepared’

    Tropical Storm Gordon forms near Florida: ‘Get prepared’

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    Though weeks away from land, Tropical Storm Florence gained strength in the Atlantic Ocean Sunday , drawing interest from forecasters in Raleigh. special advisory. At the time, peak sustained winds were 45 miles per hour, but wind gusts were in the 50 mph-to-60 miles per hour range. Rainfall will have to be monitored on Monday as locally heavy rainfall will be possible, particularly in Collier County.
  • Astronauts are repairing a hole on wall of International Space Station

    Astronauts are repairing a hole on wall of International Space Station

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    Mission controllers in Houston are continuing to monitor station's cabin pressure following the fix and Roscosmos is investigating the possible cause of the leak, which is thought to have occurred following a micrometeorite strike. There are five astronauts now stationed on the ISS: three Americans, two Russians and one German. Flight controllers will monitor the pressure trends overnight.
  • Tropical disturbance will bring increased rain chances closer to Labor Day

    Tropical disturbance will bring increased rain chances closer to Labor Day

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    The National Hurricane Center is now predicting a 10 percent chance that this tropical wave develops into a tropical depression or tropical storm as it moves away from Tampa Bay toward the central Gulf Coast. The forecast now shows a 60-70 percent chance of rain area-wide, trending down to 50 percent for the rest of the week. Friday's forecast will be muggy, with some afternoon storms.
  • French environment minister resigns in blow to Macron

    French environment minister resigns in blow to Macron

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    But in this morning's interview, Hulot deplored the lack of a common government vision for the environment, his disagreements with Minister of Agriculture Stéphane Travert over the transformation of France's agriculture, and the power of lobbyists.
  • California governor signs landmark bill to eliminate cash bail

    California governor signs landmark bill to eliminate cash bail

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    Opponents of the 100% renewable bill warned that electricity prices would go up if the state relied too heavily upon intermittent solar and wind before energy storage improves. Bob Hertzberg, a Democrat from Van Nuys, said in a statement. A little over over a year ago, defense attorneys, judges, and prosecutors in New Jersey got together and replaced the bail system with an algorithm that decides who should stay in jail and who should be released in the vast majority of cases.
  • Hurricane's wind, rain pounds Hawaiian islands

    Hurricane's wind, rain pounds Hawaiian islands

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    The eastern side of the island picked up almost 3 inches (7.62 centimetres) of rain in three hours, while there was light rain in other areas, Foster said. Earlier on Thursday the storm was downgraded to category three strength. Shelters were open throughout the islands, with 350 people staying in them in Oahu.
  • Don't Flush Your Contacts, New Study Warns

    Don't Flush Your Contacts, New Study Warns

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    Their unique composition is also an interesting factor to take into account as they may react differently to water treatments. This results in an estimated 50,000 pounds of lenses in bathroom sinks and toilets. Some lenses accidentally fall somewhere upon removal or are tossed in the garbage, but many people choose to "just flush them because they have no instructions on what to do with them ", he said.
  • Trump moves to relax carbon limits on power plants

    Trump moves to relax carbon limits on power plants

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    Around 600 coal-fired units at 300 facilities could be covered by the proposed rule. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed the so-called Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) Rule , which sets emission guidelines but leaves it to each state to develop greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction plans .
  • The Real Reason You Should Never Flush Your Contact Lenses

    The Real Reason You Should Never Flush Your Contact Lenses

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    And what happens to those lenses? Owing to the wastewater treatment design, there is an increasing level of micro-plastic pollution in the waterways, which ultimately reaches the food chain. Rolsky, a PhD student, told ASU Now that number is "pretty large", adding, with the approximately 45 million people in the USA who wear contact lenses, it would amount to billions of lenses being flushed away per year.
  • Hawaii braces for Category 5 Hurricane Lane

    Hawaii braces for Category 5 Hurricane Lane

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    The potential remains for hurricane-force winds, those greater than 74 miles per hour, to impact the area. Landfalling hurricanes are very rare in Hawaii , as the Central Pacific does not normally see as many storms as the Atlantic or Eastern Pacific, and the Hawaiian Islands present a very small target in the vast Pacific Ocean.
  • 'Potentially devastating': Hurricane Lane bears down on Hawaii

    'Potentially devastating': Hurricane Lane bears down on Hawaii

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    The data was gathered from the NOAA P-3 aircraft. Hurricane Watches are in effect for the eastern half of the island chain, meaning hurricane-force winds are possible near the area within 48 hours. The National Weather Service warns that the entire state of Hawaii needs to brace for a possible hurricane strike because of the uncertainty of Lane's path and its intensity.
  • Trump to ease rules on coal plants

    Trump to ease rules on coal plants

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    The Trump administration proposed Tuesday new rules for regulating carbon dioxide emissions from electricity generation, in a move that could keep aging coal-fired plants running longer and which is part of its strategy to support U.S. "We love clean, beautiful West Virginia coal", he said, extolling the combustible mineral's superiority to less "indestructible" alternatives like windmills, gas, and solar energy.
  • Australia's opposition Labor sitting pretty as PM's leadership appears doomed

    Australia's opposition Labor sitting pretty as PM's leadership appears doomed

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    Mr Turnbull called the spill after a week of leadership speculation from Liberals angry with his National Energy Guarantee . Dutton said he respected the outcome of the ballot and fully supported Turnbull. It is understood Mr Turnbull is not yet accepting most of the resignations, preferring to heal wounds and move on. But he must return to the polls by May next year and could break the impasse by calling an early election.
  • Storm Ernesto is heading our way with torrential rain this weekend

    Storm Ernesto is heading our way with torrential rain this weekend

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    According to AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski: "After Ernesto unravels it may merge with a non-tropical storm and bring heavy rain and windy conditions to the British Isles this weekend". "That rain will eventually move straight into Northern Ireland, pushing into Scotland, north-west England and north-west Wales". Ernesto will be picked up by the mid-latitude westerlies as it heads towards Britain.
  • New Loans Help Businesses Affected By Red Tide

    New Loans Help Businesses Affected By Red Tide

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    With Gov. Scott's emergency declaration, the state will be able to dedicate more funding and resources to the communities suffering from the effects of the red tide "so we can combat its bad impacts". For some lakes in Florida and many others across the nation, we have loaded the surrounding land with so much phosphorus and nitrogen from agricultural and urban runoff that all it takes is the right weather to trigger a bloom: A rainy spring and then a few flawless sunny days in summer.
  • Every Indian can be proud of manned space mission: ISRO chief

    Every Indian can be proud of manned space mission: ISRO chief

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    An Indian astronaut , be it a man or a woman, will go on a space odyssey by 2022 on board "Gaganyaan", Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in his Independence Day address today. Life support system and conditioning of astronauts for the space environment is one of the key technological challenges, said Nair. Chandrayaan-1, launched in 2008, orbited the moon and sent a probe to the surface which made a controlled crash landing.
  • Roundup cancer verdict sends Bayer shares sliding

    Roundup cancer verdict sends Bayer shares sliding

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    The share price of German agrochemicals giant Bayer AG has dropped by more than 10 percent on Monday after a US court ordered its subsidiary Monsanto to pay a total of 298 million USA dollars in damages for selling a carcinogenic weed killer.
  • Subtropical depression strengthens into Subtropical Storm Ernesto

    Subtropical depression strengthens into Subtropical Storm Ernesto

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    People living there, or in Portugal, Spain and the Democratic Republic of the Congo don't typically have to think about tropical weather systems - but Ernesto is closer to them than to South Florida. Ernesto is the fifth named storm of 2018 and the fourth storm to be called subtropical at some point this year. A return to easterly winds will bring an end to the numerous morning storms that we saw this week.
  • Scientists Over the Moon for NASA's Solar Probe Launch to the Sun

    Scientists Over the Moon for NASA's Solar Probe Launch to the Sun

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    The Probe is operating normally and its way to start a seven-year mission to extreme science. As Parker and thousands of others watched, a Delta IV Heavy rocket carried the probe aloft, thundering into the clear, star-studded sky on three pillars of fire that lit up the middle-of-the-night darkness.
  • Solar so good...new probe heads for sun

    Solar so good...new probe heads for sun

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    At about 3:30am ET on Sunday morning, the spacecraft that's headed directly for the sun launched from Cape Canaveral , Florida. Eastern on Sunday after an initial launch attempt on Saturday was scrubbed because of a last-minute technical glitch .
  • 11 incredible photos of this month's Perseid Meteor Shower

    11 incredible photos of this month's Perseid Meteor Shower

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    Whilst meteors can be seen on any night, at certain times of the year their numbers drastically increase. The cosmic spectacle happens as the Earth ploughs through debris trailing behind the Swift-Tuttle comet. The days after the peak will also provide nice, dark skies as well! The Perseids showcase more bright meteors than any other annual meteor shower. This year's dramatic meteor shower was even more special thanks to the Moon.
  • Last-Minute Glitch Delays Launch of NASA's Parker Solar Probe

    Last-Minute Glitch Delays Launch of NASA's Parker Solar Probe

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    But when NASA launched its Mariner 2 spacecraft bound for Venus in 1962, it became the first robotic probe to make a successful planetary encounter, and it verified Parker's theory. The car-sized Parker Solar Probe is scheduled to blast off on a Delta IV Heavy rocket from Cape Canaveral. When it runs out of fuel, it will stay in the sun's orbit in perpetuity.
  • Nasa counts down to launch of first spacecraft to explore Sun

    Nasa counts down to launch of first spacecraft to explore Sun

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    The probe will conduct 24 orbits to approach the sun. Understanding more about solar activity could help scientists forecast the large eruptions from the sun that pose a threat to satellite and communications systems. "We are ready. We have the flawless payload". Parker, now 91, recalled that at first some people did not believe in his theory. Despite skepticism, NASA's Mariner 2 spacecraft proved Parker right in 1962.
  • Partial Solar Eclipse 2018

    Partial Solar Eclipse 2018

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    The partial eclipse will be a small eclipse as the moon will cover only the edge of the sun, with much of the star still visible . The current solar eclipse ( surya grahan ) will be a partial solar eclipse . The August eclipse began over the cold North Atlantic and Greenland before moving in a northeast direction. The moon's shadow travels above the earth's surface, and the sun's light (as seen from earth) is blocked out.
  • Weekend Forecast Looks Great To View Peak Of Perseid Meteor Shower

    Weekend Forecast Looks Great To View Peak Of Perseid Meteor Shower

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    The meteor shower started to break out into the night sky around mid-July and will carry on through to the last week of August. The annual Perseid meteor shower happens this weekend. Allow your eyes some time to adjust. The meteors themselves are traveling at 132,000 miles per hour, which creates their vivid streaks of light. Brad says the best view can be found away from city lights.
  • Here's How to Watch the Perseid Meteor Shower This Weekend

    Here's How to Watch the Perseid Meteor Shower This Weekend

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    This year's shower will be putting on its best display for those in Europe , but as it's peak last so long, from the 11th to 12th, it should also put on a spectacular display for the U.S. "A meteor shower is a collision between the Earth and the trail of a comet or an asteroid", Dr. Faherty says. "During a meteor shower the Earth collides with that debris and very small pieces burn up in the upper atmosphere creating the show".
  • The best meteor shower in years is happening August 11-13

    The best meteor shower in years is happening August 11-13

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    Earth passes through the path of Swift-Tuttle's debris from July 17 to August 24, with the peak coming August 11-13. A fireball is a very bright meteor, at least as bright as the planets Jupiter or Venus. On the nights of August 12 and August 13, Cooke says stargazers all over the Northern Hemisphere should be able to see about 60 to 70 meteors streaking across the night skies - a dip from 2016, which saw more than twice as many meteors per hour, but a bump up from last year's 40 or 50, and ...
  • What you need to know to see this weekend's big meteor shower

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    And conditions for viewing the meteors will be next to ideal this year. The annual Perseid meteor shower is one of the most famous meteor showers of the year. If you're interested in the best possible views of the show should set up shop somewhere dark-with no light pollution or large buildings-where much of the sky is visible.
  • The Year’s Brightest Meteor Shower To Dazzle BC Skies This Week

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    The best time to view is after midnight each night. This weekend (August 12-13th) marks the peak period to view the Perseids across all of North America. Individual Perseid meteors have already been spotted as early as July 16 but the best is yet to come this weekend. The space expert said: "The best observed rates are found when the Perseid radiant is highest in the sky during the pre-dawn hours, but even in the mid-evening from 10pm the radiant is already at a quite favourable ...