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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.
  • 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, ...
  • State lawmakers send net neutrality proposal to the governor

    State lawmakers send net neutrality proposal to the governor

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    The Democratic-controlled Senate voted 27-12 to pass the bill, SB 822 , with just hours left in the legislative session. Jerry Brown's desk in hopes that a signature will restore consumer protections that the Federal Communications Commission revoked in December.
  • Potential Tropical Cyclone Six forms; Tropical wave in the Caribbean

    Potential Tropical Cyclone Six forms; Tropical wave in the Caribbean

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    The tropical disturbance that will be more interesting for us to watch back home in the U.S.is one gliding west-northwest near Puerto Rico and the outer Caribbean Islands. Miriam is expected to enter the Central Pacific basin, which is where Hawaii is located, this afternoon at which point forecasters with the Honolulu-based Central Pacific Hurricane Center will assume responsibility for monitoring the storm.
  • Suspected asylum seekers flown out of Qld

    Suspected asylum seekers flown out of Qld

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    Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch, whose electorate covers the area where the boat arrived, dismissed the speculation and instead said he believed the crew were illegally fishing in the area when they ran into trouble. One Nation leader Pauline Hanson suggested those on the boat may have headed for Australia as a result of last week's leadership crisis in Canberra.
  • Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop Leaves Cabinet

    Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop Leaves Cabinet

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    Tributes rolled in for Bishop following the news, with ousted Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull calling her an "Inspiring role model for women". Labor's Penny Wong also paid tribute to Ms Bishop for her "trailblazing role as the first Australian woman to be Minister for Foreign Affairs".
  • Monster Hurricane Lane unleashes torrential rain on Hawaii

    Monster Hurricane Lane unleashes torrential rain on Hawaii

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    Hawaii County firefighters, who were in touch with the home's owner, chose to evacuate the group before the water rose any higher. Arnold, NASA's Drew Feustel and Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos used the call sign "Hawaii" for the Soyuz spacecraft they arrived in back in March.
  • Hurricane Lane now a Category 4, continues towards Hawaii

    Hurricane Lane now a Category 4, continues towards Hawaii

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    Offshore buoys also had detected wave action associated with the storm . The National Weather Service in Grand Junction issued a flash-flood watch from noon Tuesday to noon Wednesday. Even close calls are somewhat rare, with Hawaii getting a named storm within 60 miles of its coastline about once every four years on average. The state is bracing for a powerful punch: The governor has declared an emergency, and all public schools on the Big Island and Maui are closed.
  • Hurricane Lane weakens slightly as it approaches isles

    Hurricane Lane weakens slightly as it approaches isles

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    All public and charter schools and Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) offices on Hawaii Island and in Maui County will be closed Wednesday, Aug. Hurricane Lane weakened slightly overnight but continues its march toward the islands. But the hurricane centre said the storm will move very close to or over the islands between Thursday and Saturday.
  • EPA Proposal to Boost Coal Power Plants Signed

    EPA Proposal to Boost Coal Power Plants Signed

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    It would set pollution guidelines based on assumptions about what improvements could be eked out through efficiency upgrades at the facilities, then give states the latitude to design their own plans for paring carbon dioxide emissions at the sites.
  • Trump Brushes Off Criticism from Adm. McRaven: 'Don't Know Him'

    Trump Brushes Off Criticism from Adm. McRaven: 'Don't Know Him'

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    Mr Clapper and former CIA Director Michael Hayden have appeared on a White House list of people who may also have their security clearances revoked . There has been speculation, according to the Washington Examiner , that Trump could try removing Bob Mueller's security clearance, as a tactic to end the investigation.
  • Gov. Scott declares state of emergency over toxic algae bloom

    Gov. Scott declares state of emergency over toxic algae bloom

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    Rick Scott . For all its horrific effects, the Red Tide is not a new phenomenon. For humans, exposure can cause respiratory difficulties, burning eyes and skin irritation. Myers in recent days, according to NBC News , in his quest to find any nitrogen-rich substances that might feed the red tide. Part of the reason why the red tide is so prominent this season is because there are some leftover blooms from past year, Bob Weisberg, a professor of physical oceanography at the University ...