Scientists downgrade alert level for Hawaii volcano

HONOLULU (AP) — Slowing activity at Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has prompted scientists on Friday to downgrade their alert level for ...
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Avon fisherman reels in 2nd hammerhead shark in 2 days

A hammerhead shark was reeled in by a fisherman in Avon Thursday afternoon.
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U.S. secures $300 million from coalition partners to help stabilize Syria

At the same time an official said the U.S. would not contribute to Syria's full reconstruction until there was a ...
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Caught between debts and the street, a soccer team gives hope to Jerusalem’s homeless

Some of them used to own businesses until their worlds collapsed. After practice they go sleep in a hostel, or ...
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Foreign workers in Israel have their money stolen – and cops are the suspects

‘The police in Nepal may steal money from people, but here in Israel?’ a complainant asks. The two officers deny ...
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Taiwan's president lauds Belize amid dwindling support

Before a joint session of Congress and Prime Minister Dean Barrow, Tsai said, "At a time of great political pressure ...
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NASA prepares to fly probe into Sun's scorching atmosphere

NASA prepares to fly probe into Sun's scorching atmosphereBy Joey Roulette CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla (Reuters) – NASA is preparing to send a probe closer to the Sun than any other spacecraft has ventured, enduring wicked heat while zooming through the solar corona to study this outermost part of the stellar atmosphere that gives rise to the solar wind. The Parker Solar Probe, a robotic spacecraft the size of a small car, is slated to launch from Cape Canaveral in Florida, with Aug. 6 targeted as the launch date for the planned seven-year mission. It is set to fly into the Sun’s corona within 3.8 million miles (6.1 million km) from the solar surface, seven times closer than any other spacecraft.


Disney fires Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn after old paedophilia jokes found on Twitter

Disney fires Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn after old paedophilia jokes found on TwitterThe Hollywood director behind the blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy films has been fired by Disney after it emerged he joked about paedophilia and rape on Twitter. James Gunn apologised for the tweets, posted between 2008 and 2011, saying he had "developed as a person". In one of the now deleted tweets he wrote: "The best thing about being raped is when you’re done being raped and it’s like ‘whew this feels great, not being raped!'" In another, he wrote: "I like when little boys touch me in my silly place." He also joked about subjects including the Holocaust, Aids, and the September 11, 2001, terror attacks. 1. Many people who have followed my career know when I started, I viewed myself as a provocateur, making movies and telling jokes that were outrageous and taboo. As I have discussed publicly many times, as I’ve developed as a person, so has my work and my humor.— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) July 20, 2018 Alan Horn, chairman of Walt Disney Studios, said: "The offensive attitudes and statements discovered on James’ Twitter feed are indefensible and inconsistent with our studio’s values, and we have severed our business relationship with him." Gunn, 51, will not be directing the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3. He wrote and directed the first two installments, which made more than $1.6 billion (£1.2 billion) at the box office. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 premiere: in pictures Gunn was also executive producer of Avengers: Infinity War. He has been a vocal critic of President Donald Trump, and his old tweets were discovered by political opponents. After they emerged Gunn wrote on Twitter that he had begun his career as a "provocateur, making movies and telling jokes that were outrageous and taboo". He added: "I’ve developed as a person, so has my work and my humour. I am very, very different than I was a few years ago. "Today I try to root my work in love and connection and less in anger.  My days saying something just because it’s shocking and trying to get a reaction are over. "In the past, I have apologised for humour of mine that hurt people. I truly felt sorry and meant every word of my apologies. For the record, when I made these shocking jokes, I wasn’t living them out."


Baltimore lawsuit blames oil and gas companies for climate change

Baltimore lawsuit blames oil and gas companies for climate changeThe city of Baltimore filed a lawsuit on Friday against 26 oil and gas companies and entities, including BP Plc , Chevron Corp and Exxon Mobil Corp, for knowingly contributing to what the city called the catastrophic consequences of climate change. It was the latest in a string of cases attempting to hold oil and gas companies responsible for climate change caused by carbon emissions from burning fossil fuels. It came a day after a U.S. District Court judge dismissed a similar suit by New York City, saying in his ruling that climate change must be addressed through federal regulation and foreign policy because climate change is a global problem.