• Democrats Urge McConnell: No Vote on Kennedy Replacement Until After Midterms
Democrats Urge McConnell: No Vote on Kennedy Replacement Until After Midterms

Justice Antonin Scalia died February 13, 2016, leaving a once-conservative seat open for replacement by then-President Obama. In 2003, he was nominated by Bush to the appeals court, but it took a recess appointment and a two-year standoff before Republicans and Democrats finally crafted a deal that confirmed him to the position.

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  • Japan space explorer arrives at asteroid - 170 million miles from Earth
Japan space explorer arrives at asteroid - 170 million miles from Earth

At the end of 2019 Hayabusa-2 needs to go back to Earth. In fact, Japanese scientists are convinced that the 900-meter-wide (3,000 feet) asteroid, made up of leftover material from when our planets were first created, is chock-full of chemical compounds that may have ignited the spark of life on Earth.

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  • Trump says he will announce Supreme Court pick on July 9
Trump says he will announce Supreme Court pick on July 9

Wade , the landmark case establishing the right to abortion access, was "doomed". "I've got it narrowed to about five", Mr. Trump said during an Air Force One flight to New Jersey where he'll spend the weekend at one of his golf clubs. The senator added, half-jokingly, "I'd also really enjoy the opportunity to grill him as a member of the Senat...

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  • Scientists record coldest temperature ever seen on Earth's surface
Scientists record coldest temperature ever seen on Earth's surface

Researchers now say that it gets even frostier in the region, which is an important discovery on how low the Earth's surface temperature could drop, the American Geophysical Union reports . Summer at Vostok Station in Antarctica is still plenty cold, but winter atop the East Antarctic Plateau is as cold as it gets on Earth. But he recently fou...

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  • Estimated 230000 gallons of oil spilled
Estimated 230000 gallons of oil spilled

Some officials have speculated that floodwaters eroded soil beneath the train track. 32 tanker cars derailed early Friday morning, just south of Doon in northwest Iowa. The train was carrying crude from the oil sands of western Alberta to Stroud, Oklahoma. ConocoPhillips spokesman Daren Beaudo said each tanker can hold more than 25,000 gallons of...

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  • World’s oldest Sumatran orangutan dies aged 62
World’s oldest Sumatran orangutan dies aged 62

Buan was treated to the sight of Sumatran orangutans, which, to date, there are about 14.6 thousand. Puan was also a crucial element in the Australian Zoo's breeding program. Puan was euthanised on Monday after suffering age-related complications that the zoo said were affecting her quality of life. Born in the jungles of Sumatra, she made the jour...

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  • President Trump announces plans for Pentagon to create 'Space Force'
President Trump announces plans for Pentagon to create 'Space Force'

Demanding not only " American presence" but " American dominance" in space . We've seen repeatedly where the Air Force has reached into space program funds to put them against fighter jets, bombers, tankers. "If we're going to expand the economy in space , we need to make sure it's done in a sustainable way", Pace said . On peaceful spa...

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  • Antarctica is melting at an alarming rate
Antarctica is melting at an alarming rate

In light of the acceleration in ice loss we have observed over the past five years, we now find sea level rise from Antarctica to be tracking the IPCC's highest projection. "There are many more vulnerable ice shelves in the Antarctic that, if they break up, will accelerate the processes of sea level rise". "Without the ice shelf to act as a n...

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  • Fox's Ingraham calls for Trump to fire Pruitt: 'GOTTA GO'
Fox's Ingraham calls for Trump to fire Pruitt: 'GOTTA GO'

Pruitt's actions - as I do not feel that Mr. Pruitt is serving @RealDonaldTrump's best interests", Iowa Republican Senator Joni Ernst wrote on Twitter on Wednesday. A scathing editorial published by the National Review said, "we are now at a point where a good week for Pruitt sees only one report of behavior that is weird or venal".

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  • Category 3 Hurricane Bud heads north off Mexico
Category 3 Hurricane Bud heads north off Mexico

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Bud had maximum sustained winds of 115 miles per hour (185 kph) Monday morning. Bud's center is now just over 300 miles south-southeast of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico , moving northwestward. Forecasters are also watching a weather system in the Caribbean, which the hurricane center gives a 20% chance of dev...

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  • Mars had ingredients needed for life
Mars had ingredients needed for life

Three different types of organic molecules were discovered when the rover dug just 2 inches (5 cm) into roughly 3.5 billion-year-old mudstone, a fine-grained sedimentary rock, at Gale crater , apparently the site of a large lake when ancient Mars was warmer and wetter than the desolate planet it is today.

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  • Oxfam launches campaign to beat plastic pollution in Pakistan
Oxfam launches campaign to beat plastic pollution in Pakistan

The 2018 edition of World Environment Day , celebrated by the United Nations every June 5, is focusing on this issue with the slogan: " Beat Plastic Pollution: If You Can't Reuse it, Refuse It". Marine life, including fish for human consumption, is also affected by microplastics. Every year, the World Environment Day follows a theme to hi...

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  • Anti-plastic crusader begins epic 9000km swim across Pacific Ocean
Anti-plastic crusader begins epic 9000km swim across Pacific Ocean

He plans to swim eight hours at a time, eating 8,000 calories a day and resting each evening on a support boat. More than two dozen scientific organisations, medical and oceanographic, will benefit from the data gathered during the expedition.

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  • NASA’s Curiosity rover finds organic matter on Mars
NASA’s Curiosity rover finds organic matter on Mars

That leaves open the possibility that microorganisms once populated our planetary neighbour and still might. Nasa is now revealing the latest findings of its Curiosity Rover at a press conference. Over the years, scientists have amassed a number of clues that can help answer the question of Mars' habitability, including evidence of liquid water...

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  • Gravitational
Gravitational "bumper cars" could put Planet Nine hypothesis on ice

After calculating the orbits of the "detached objects" in the Kuiper Belt , Sedna included, the CU Boulder team discovered that these small bumps and jostles in outer space make for a more plausible explanation for the orbital oddity that the existence of Planet Nine .

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  • Whale dies after swallowing 80 plastic bags
Whale dies after swallowing 80 plastic bags

For almost a week, veterinarians tried to nurse it back to health, but four days later, it died. An autopsy found another 80 bags and other plastic items weighing eight kg in the whale's stomach. Each year, Thailand puts over one million pounds of garbage into the ocean, making it one of the biggest offenders on earth, along with China, Indones...

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  • Falcon 9 soars into space with SES 12
Falcon 9 soars into space with SES 12

SpaceX later tweeted "Successful deployment of SES-12 to a geostationary transfer orbit confirmed". The launch was originally scheduled for early Wednesday morning, and then postponed again to early Friday. Instead, the moon flight will now take place in the middle of 2019 or later , the Wall Street Journal reported, though the company founde...

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  • Trump admin considers plan to bail out coal, nuclear plants
Trump admin considers plan to bail out coal, nuclear plants

The Trump administration is preparing a plan that could require electric grid operators to keep coal and nuclear power plants open . But a draft memo circulated earlier this week indicates the administration might order electric grid operators to buy their energy from struggling coal and nuclear plants.

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  • World's oldest lizard fossil reveals new evolutionary clues about reptiles, scientists say
World's oldest lizard fossil reveals new evolutionary clues about reptiles, scientists say

Squamates are reptiles of the larger order Squamata and include snakes, lizards and amphisbaenians. The fossil was originally found 20 years ago in the Dolomite Mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Northern Italy. They put together the biggest ever reptile dataset to pinpoint Megachirella's place in the family tree. "For the first t...

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  • Subtropical depression Alberto: Latest updates
Subtropical depression Alberto: Latest updates

At 7:30 p.m. EDT Sunday , Alberto was centered about 195 miles (315 kilometers) west of Tampa and had maximum sustained winds of 65 mph (100 kph) - up from 50 mph (85 kph) earlier. Thousands of Florida residents evacuated homes on Sunday (May 27) as Sub-tropical Storm Alberto picked up strength as it headed north through the Gulf of Mexico...

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  • Remnants of Tropical Storm Alberto could bring rain, storms to Pa.
Remnants of Tropical Storm Alberto could bring rain, storms to Pa.

In North Carolina, a television news anchor and a photojournalist were killed instantly on Monday while covering the weather, when a tree became uprooted from rain-soaked ground and toppled onto their SUV, authorities said. The risk of flash flooding was only marginal -5 percent- in the Lowcountry as of Monday morning. On average, the Columbi...

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  • Subtropical Storm Alberto Closes In On Florida; Warnings Of Floods, Tornadoes
Subtropical Storm Alberto Closes In On Florida; Warnings Of Floods, Tornadoes

Though the Atlantic hurricane season doesn't officially start until Friday , Alberto was throwing disarray into long holiday weekend plans along the Gulf Coast. "Hazardous storm surge is possible along portions of the central and eastern Gulf Coast beginning Sunday ". Little change in strength is forecast before Alberto reaches the northe...

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  • Astronaut and moonwalker Alan Bean dies at 86
Astronaut and moonwalker Alan Bean dies at 86

His family said he had fallen ill two weeks ago in IN and died peacefully at a hospital in Houston . Leaving his footprints on a region called the Ocean of Storms, Bean in November 1969 became the fourth man to walk on the moon as one of the astronauts on the second of NASA's lunar landing missions, Apollo 12.

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  • Florida and MS launch emergency preparations ahead of Subtropical Storm Alberto
Florida and MS launch emergency preparations ahead of Subtropical Storm Alberto

Moist air will replace the drier air mass overnight as Subtropical Storm Alberto moves northeast in the Gulf of Mexico. Alberto was moving northward at about 13 miles per hour, still with maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour. The hurricane center said Alberto could pick up speed later today and enter the Gulf tonight. Alberto beca...

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  • 1st named storm of 2018 Atlantic hurricane season expected to impact Carolinas
1st named storm of 2018 Atlantic hurricane season expected to impact Carolinas

Peter Wolf, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Jacksonville, said if the storm takes the more westerly track, then the rainfall totals will increase. Heavy rains from the Gulf of Mexico spawned flooding in the Southeastern states ahead of what forecasters said Wednesday could become the year's first tropical storm just as tourist sea...

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  • Viviani sprints to fourth stage win, Yates retains pink jersey
Viviani sprints to fourth stage win, Yates retains pink jersey

Bennett stopped the clock 3min 4sec behind stage victor Rohan Dennis to post the 56th fastest time The LottoNL-Jumbo rider now sits 10th place on the general classification standings, 7min 1sec back from leader Simon Yates who limited his losses to his closest rival Tom Dumoulin .

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  • Trump Lawyer Cohen 'Paid by Ukraine' to Arrange WH Talks
Trump Lawyer Cohen 'Paid by Ukraine' to Arrange WH Talks

He in turn used personal contacts in a Jewish charity in NY state, Chabad of Port Washington . President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen , is distancing himself from an associate in the taxi industry who pleaded guilty to tax fraud.

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  • Venezuelan President expels two top United States diplomats
Venezuelan President expels two top United States diplomats

Browne said: "I look forward to working with you and expanding our cooperation in projects related to development for the mutual benefit of both peoples". "What happened in Venezuela on Sunday is truly freaky". Opposition leaders had called for a boycott of the election to protest the Maduro government.

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  • Israel urges ICC to reject Palestinian request
Israel urges ICC to reject Palestinian request

A statement from the Israeli Foreign Ministry called Tuesday's request "absurd", accusing the Palestinians of incitement and exploiting civilians as "human shields". On the referral of Israel to the ICC, the Palestinian Liberation Organisation said: "The referral will include Israel's past, present and future war crimes and crimes against human...

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  • Malaysia ex-leader seeks police protection amid graft probe
Malaysia ex-leader seeks police protection amid graft probe

The shock election result upended Malaysia's political order, as it was the first defeat for a coalition that had governed the Southeast Asian nation since its independence from colonial rule in 1957. Najib has said $681 million of funds deposited in his personal bank account were a donation from a Saudi royal, rebutting reports that the funds came...

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