Alia Knight

Tropical Storm Earl Reaches Hurricane Strength

Tropical Storm Earl has officially reached  the level of a category 1 hurricane. The hurricane packing 130 kilometer (80 mile) per hour winds and heavy rain made landfall in Central America near Belize’s capital, where officials warned of likely flooding and damage to homes Thursday. Earl swept in from the Caribbean …

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NOAA Using Drones to Aid Marine Mammal Research

Federal researchers returning from a 30-day expedition to study whales and dolphins around the Hawaiian Islands said they are looking for clues to help sustain healthy populations of the marine mammals. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists told reporters Thursday that gathering data on the animals is often difficult, especially …

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Chances of Being Struck By Lightning Are Higher at the Beach

The beach may be the perfect place to cool off during the summer, but it’s also one of the deadliest spots to be caught during a lightning storm. This past weekend, lightning struck and killed a 5-year-old boy on a North Carolina beach, according to news reports. Though it may …

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Ancient Bone Containing Oldest Cancer in Human Found in South Africa

An ancient foot bone from South Africa with an aggressive form of cancer on it is the oldest evidence of cancer in a human relative, researchers from South Africa reported recently. While the researchers aren’t sure exactly what species the foot bone came from, they do know that it belonged …

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John McCain Condemns Donald Trump’s Attack on Parents of Fallen Muslim-American Soldier

Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump drew a fresh wave of criticism from members of his own party after he criticized the parents of Humayan Khan, a Muslim-American soldier that was killed in action. Those parents spoke at the Democratic National Convention and had stern words for Trump, which the nominee wasted no …

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Zika Virus Infections in Florida Confirmed

Both American athletes and sports fans have canceled plans to travel to Brazil for next week’s Olympics for fear of contracting the Zika virus. Now the apparent spread of Zika to Florida, confirmed by Florida Gov. Rick Scott Friday, means that Americans could face the risk of becoming infected in their own backyards. Scott announced that four …

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Two Brothers Arrested On Suspicion of Plotting to Attack Belgium

Two brothers have been arrested in Belgium on suspicion of plotting a terrorist attack, the Federal Prosecutor’s Office said Saturday, although a search of seven houses linked to the case turned up no weapons or explosives. Nourredine H., 33, and his brother Hamza H. were taken in for questioning Friday evening in the city of …

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Democrats Add Ending the “School to Prison Pipeline” to Their Platform

Democrats giving unprecedented attention to a phenomenon that pushes kids out of school and into the criminal justice system. The Democratic Party platform calls for putting a stop to the school-to-prison pipeline, for the first time ever. The platform, finalized this month, reads: “We believe a good education is a …

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Obama Addresses Crowd at Democratic National Convention

President Obama took the stage at the Democratic National Convention Wednesday night to deliver a speech showing support for Hillary Clinton, the first female presidential nominee of a major political party in the US. He took the opportunity to specifically address those still reluctant to cast their vote for Clinton. …

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John Hinckley to Be Released 35 Years After Attempting to Assasinate Ronald Reagan

John Hinckley Jr attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan in  1981. Reagan and three other people were injured but nobody was killed in the attack and Hinckley was arrested. It became clear to the court, however, that Hinckley was psychotic and cognitively detached from reality so he was therefore confined …

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