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Branson cited a Labour Force Survey that found that in 2016, in the United Kingdom alone, mental health accounted for 15.8 million sick days. Then, in 2016, the VSS Unity , which replaced the VSS Enterprise, completed its first glide test with flying colors and completed a few more powered flight tests in April and May.
  • Kirk expected to move more quickly west through ocean

    Kirk expected to move more quickly west through ocean

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    Satellite imagery indicates that a non-tropical low pressure system is forming along a frontal boundary about 900 miles west-southwest of the Azores. "A reduction in speed is likely after 48 hours once Kirk moves south of a large central Atlantic trough, but it should still be moving along at a pretty good clip".
  • Space hoppers hitch ride on an asteroid

    Space hoppers hitch ride on an asteroid

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    The rovers are collectively known as MINERVA-II1. A pair of tiny JAXA robots, released by the Hayabusa2 probe, have successfully landed on the Ryugu asteroid and began transmitting images from the surface of the "potentially hazardous" object four years after the mission launch.
  • Walk into my parlor: Greek spiders spin giant web over shore

    Walk into my parlor: Greek spiders spin giant web over shore

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    A soft, white blanket of webbing formed near a lagoon in western Greece , reportedly allowing a massive mating "party" to ensue between spiders in the town of Aitoliko. She noted that the phenomena had been seen before in the region in 2003, and that the spiders would soon die off, and the web would degrade naturally, leaving the vegetation undamaged.
  • SpaceX to name first passenger for a round trip to the moon

    SpaceX to name first passenger for a round trip to the moon

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    It's time to find out who SpaceX is sending around the moon on its Big Falcon Rocket. SpaceX did not reveal how much Maezawa paid for the lunar flight, but said it was a significant sum and that he'd already made a down payment. In an interview in March, Musk said the ship was now being built, adding "I think we'll probably be able to do short flights, short sort of up-and-down flights, probably sometime in the first half of next year".
  • Trump tours Carolinas as death toll from Florence rises

    Trump tours Carolinas as death toll from Florence rises

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    Amtrak announced that it will resume passenger train service in and through North Carolina on Thursday. Recovery from Hurricane Florence's damage to SC could cost more than $1 billion. About 10,000 frustrated and exhausted people remain in shelters as forecasters predict flooding from swollen rivers will worsen in the two states over the next several days.
  • Storm Ali to batter north Cumbria with 80mph winds

    Storm Ali to batter north Cumbria with 80mph winds

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    The weather warning for Storm Ali is from 6.00 to 22.00 on Wednesday and covers Scotland, northern England, North Wales and Northern Ireland, with amber issued for northern England and southern and central Scotland. Journeys by road, rail and air are likely to be disrupted and the conditions could also damage buildings, lead to power cuts and blow over trees. Strong winds affecting parts of Northern Ireland early in the day will continue to strengthen through the morning and then extend ...
  • Coastal communities prepare for Florence and Isaac

    Coastal communities prepare for Florence and Isaac

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    National Hurricane Center . Five in focus? Yes, that's now how many areas are being monitored across the tropics. The storm caused an estimated $125 billion of damage along the Gulf Coast. Storm surge is tidewater driven by high winds . A watch is typically issued 48 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds , conditions that make outside preparations hard or risky.
  • Florence rolls ashore in Carolinas, tears buildings apart

    Florence rolls ashore in Carolinas, tears buildings apart

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    Areas along the SC coast, including Myrtle Beach, reported power outages Friday morning and early afternoon. She plans to continue to ride out the storm. The hurricane made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina at about 7:17 a.m., the National Hurricane Center said . About 1.7 million people in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia are under voluntary or mandatory evacuation orders and millions of others live in areas likely to be affected by the storm.
  • SC governor updates Hurricane Florence response at 2:30 PM

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    The photo shows just how huge Florence looks, with its wind field stretching for hundreds of miles. North Carolina corrections officials said more than 3,000 people were relocated from adult prisons and juvenile centres in the path of Florence, and more than 300 county prisoners were transferred to state facilities.
  • Florence weakens but could linger for longer

    Florence weakens but could linger for longer

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    As of 2 p.m., the storm was centered 435 miles southeast of Wilmington , North Carolina, moving at 16 mph. With flood waters rising rapidly in many communities, people trapped in homes awaited rescue, while tens of thousands hunkered down in shelters after fleeing their homes as the storm approached.
  • Hurricane Florence Hits Near Wrightsville Beach

    Hurricane Florence Hits Near Wrightsville Beach

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    Florence was expected to make landfall near Cape Fear, North Carolina , at midday, and forecasters said its size meant it could batter the U.S. East Coast with hurricane-force winds for almost a full day. In New Bern, population 29,000, flooding on the Neuse River trapped people, and Mayor Dana Outlaw told The Charlotte Observer that about 200 had been rescued by 5 a.m.
  • Hurricane Florence seen maintaining strength as it approaches coast: NHC

    Hurricane Florence seen maintaining strength as it approaches coast: NHC

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    On Thursday afternoon, the storm's outer rain bands began lashing down on the coast. Florence's eye could come ashore early Friday around the North Carolina-South Carolina line. The Miami-based center says the center of the eye moved ashore with top sustained winds of 90 miles per hour, making Florence a Category 1 hurricane in terms of wind intensity.
  • 'Harvey of the East Coast:' Florence's worst impact could be catastrophic flooding

    'Harvey of the East Coast:' Florence's worst impact could be catastrophic flooding

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    Meanwhile, Energy Secretary Rick Perry says the US electricity sector has been well prepared for Hurricane Florence even as hundreds of thousands of homes lose power in the storm. Coastal areas need to be concerned of storm surge, heavy winds, and potentially tornadoes, while Porter also stressed there is a strong possibility of the storm "stalling out for days" once it moves inland.
  • Georgia Governor declares State of Emergency for all counties

    Georgia Governor declares State of Emergency for all counties

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    The trend is "exceptionally bad news", said University of Miami hurricane researcher Brian McNoldy, since it "smears a landfall out over hundreds of miles of coastline, most notably the storm surge ". Most other beachgoers were long gone. "Florence's track beyond Friday is still subject to major change as the weak steering currents evolve", he said.
  • Hurricane Florence Loses Steam, but Shifting Forecast Predicts Huge Rainfall

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    We woke up today and saw the storm is looking less scary! Hurricane Florence has slowed as it approaches Wilmington, now marching at 5 miles per hour as it continues to aim its center at Wilmington, according to a 5 p.m. Although the suggestive graphic was presumably an accident, it is somehow a fitting representation for a storm that has already been described as "tremendously big and tremendously wet" in a White House briefing from Donald Trump this Tuesday.
  • Bombshell decision reverses Ford gov't on Toronto election

    Bombshell decision reverses Ford gov't on Toronto election

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    Belobaba struck down most of the province's Better Local Government Act after finding that it interfered "with both the candidate's and the voters' right to freedom of expression as guaranteed under Section 2 (b) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms".
  • Elizabeth Warren warns of 'back-alley abortions' if Brett Kavanaugh confirmed

    Elizabeth Warren warns of 'back-alley abortions' if Brett Kavanaugh confirmed

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    Activists have also raised $360,000 in pledges for Collins's opponent in 2020 if she votes to confirm Kavanaugh. "Unlike most of our decisions, which can be amended, repealed, or otherwise corrected over time , this is a one-time vote on a lifetime appointment which will likely profoundly affect our country for the foreseeable future".
  • Tracking Hurricane Florence as it bears down on U.S. East Coast

    Tracking Hurricane Florence as it bears down on U.S. East Coast

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    The NHC warned on Tuesday that the storm may strengthen to Category 5 , with wind speeds in excess of 157 miles per hour (253 km/h), as it moves over a band of warmer water off of North Carolina's coast. Even if you've ridden out storms before, this one is different. Florence is now churning through the Atlantic, only a few hundred miles off the coast of Wilmington, N.C.
  • Hurricane Helene Continues To Gain Strength In Eastern Atlantic

    Hurricane Helene Continues To Gain Strength In Eastern Atlantic

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    North Carolina's governor issued what he called a first-of-its-kind mandatory evacuation order for North Carolina's fragile barrier islands from one end of the coast to the other. "Don't wait", said Greg Postel, a hurricane expert at the Weather Channel . A hurricane hunter plane found Florence strengthening quickly, reaching top winds of 85 miles per hour (140 kph) Sunday evening after crossing the 74 miles per hour threshold from tropical storm to a hurricane earlier in the day.
  • Hurricane Florence continues to strengthen

    Hurricane Florence continues to strengthen

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    Hurricane Florence is strengthening and now has sustained winds of 90 miles per hour. McMaster and North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper have asked President Donald Trump for a federal disaster declaration. If the high pressure weakens, it will allow Florence to turn to the northwest, skirting the coastline without making landfall. She just moved to the area two weeks ago from Northern Virginia and still doesn't have her furniture.
  • TROPICS: Florence becomes a Cat. 2 hurricane

    TROPICS: Florence becomes a Cat. 2 hurricane

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    This is the most powerful storm to take aim at the USA. mainland this year and could be upgraded to a Category Five with winds higher than 157mph. Where is the hurricane now? Florence was 575 miles (925 kilometers) south-southeast of Bermuda and the center of the hurricane was forecast to pass between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Tuesday and Wednesday, the NHC said .
  • Powerful hurricane could be headed to US

    Powerful hurricane could be headed to US

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    The hurricane center warned that "swells generated by Florence are affecting Bermuda and will reach portions of the U.S. East Coast over the weekend". "All indications are that Florence will be an extremely risky Category 4 hurricane while it moves over the western Atlantic toward the southeastern United States ", the Miami-based hurricane centre said.
  • Flash Flood Watch With Wet Weekend Expected

    Flash Flood Watch With Wet Weekend Expected

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    Add in the high level of humidity, and we've got the makings for more blinding downpours and some embedded thunderstorms on Friday. Rain could fall at rates exceeding 2 inches per hour, potentially leading to flash flooding - especially in urban areas, they warned.
  • Brett Kavanaugh, Supreme Court nominee, sidesteps subpoena question

    Brett Kavanaugh, Supreme Court nominee, sidesteps subpoena question

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    But Booker was undeterred, and said he would release the email to "expose" that documents being withheld by Senate Republicans "have nothing to do with national security". "I understand the importance that people attach to the Roe v. Wade decision, to the Planned Parenthood v. Casey decision", Kavanaugh told Sen.
  • Kavanaugh Hearing: Guide to Supreme Court Terms

    Kavanaugh Hearing: Guide to Supreme Court Terms

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    In another consequential exchange, Kavanaugh would not say if a president was legally obligated to comply with a subpoena. "There's no reason Brett Kavanaugh couldn't have given a straight answer", she tweeted . Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh said Wednesday that he "understand [s] the importance of the precedent set forth in Roe v. Wade ", giving liberals something to feel relieved about with a nominee who, by all rights, was set to look to overturn the abortion statute.
  • Tropical Storm Gordon forms near Florida Keys

    Tropical Storm Gordon forms near Florida Keys

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    It is expected to make landfall somewhere between Mobile and New Orleans Tuesday evening. Gordon passed over the Upper Keys in South Florida on Monday morning as it slid into the Gulf of Mexico. Last week, we were keeping our eye on a tropical wave pushing off the west coast of Africa. However, some localized areas could see up to 200 mm. Periods of heavy rain were expected to continue Monday through the late afternoon with a possibility of flooding, gusty winds and isolated tornadoes, ...