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CubeSat Mission Might Unlock Mysteries Of Venus' Atmosphere
We might be closer to finding out exactly what’s going on in the complex atmosphere of Venus, now that NASA has just approved funding to develop a concept mission to Venus using a small CubeSat, IFL Science reports The tiny probe will focus on studying the planet using ultraviolet (UV) light. To the...
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Robert E. Lee Was Opposed To Erecting Confederate Monuments
Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee probably would not have wanted the statue of him in Charlottesville, Virginia, that was at the center of last weekend’s violence to have been erected in the first place, according to CNN. Based on his writings, Lee was not a fan of statues honoring Civil War generals,...
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Kyrgyz Opposition Leader Sentenced To Eight Years In Prison For Corruption
A court in Kyrgyzstan sentenced opposition leader Omurbek Tekebayev to eight years in prison for corruption and fraud — two months before a presidential election in which he planned to participate in, Reuters reported on Wednesday. The Central Asian republics pro-Russian President Almazbek Atambayev...
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Both Bush presidents unite to condemn ‘racial bigotry” amid Trump backlash
Former Presidents George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush issued a joint written statement condemning “racial bigotry” in the wake of the violence out of Charlottesville, Virginia. “America must always reject racial bigotry, anti-Semitism, and hatred in all...
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Inmates In Venezuela Killed During Government Raid
According to a Venezuelan governor, 37 prison inmates were killed during an overnight raid by government security forces in Venezuela's southern jungle state of Amazonas, Reuters reported on Wednesday. Human rights advocates frequently argued violent gangs maintain de facto control over many of the...
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Quoting Mandela, Obama's Tweet After Charlottesville Is The Most-Liked Ever
The former president's message after the violence in Charlottesville, Va., was brief, but it hit the...
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Seeking a liveable city? Try Melbourne. Skip Damascus
Looking for the most liveable city to live in in the world? That city, according to The Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2017 Global Liveability Report is Melbourne, Australia. The annual report measures crime, health and bad traffic, the report says. Other cities to make the list include Auckland,...
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Drug Overdose Deaths On Rise Among U.S. Teenagers
The rate of opiod drug overdose deaths among older teenagers in the United States has taken a turn for the worse, a new federal report finds, CBS News reports. The number of drug overdose deaths among 15- to 19-year-olds rose 15 percent for males from 2014 to 2015 and 35 percent for females from...
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Sierra Leone Begins Burying Mudslide Victims
Sierra Leone began burying hundreds of victims Wednesday after a mudslide swept away homes near the capital — one of Africa’s worst flood disasters in history and now faces the threat of disease, according to Reuters. Hundreds of Freetown civilians lined up to identify relatives falling victim to...
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Texas Legislature Fails To Pass Transgender Bathroom Bill
The Texas legislature ended its special session early Tuesday without passing a law regulating the use of bathrooms by transgender people — a blow for Gov. Greg Abbott who called the 30-day session mostly to pass the bill, according to The Washington Post. House leaders abruptly adjourned a day...
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