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White House warns Syria may be readying chemical attack

White House warns Syria may be readying chemical attackThe White House warned strongman Bashar Assad that his regime would pay heavily for the slaughter of civilians.



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Al Franken: Democrats ?gotta stop riding in limousines?

Al Franken: Democrats ?gotta stop riding in limousines?The Minnesota senator admits his party has a public perception problem ? but not as big as the GOP?s when it comes to health care.



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'Good Samaritan' Trying to Help Lost Toddler Attacked by Child's Father: Cops

'Good Samaritan' Trying to Help Lost Toddler Attacked by Child's Father: CopsA Florida man was trying to find the parents of a lost toddler when the child's dad punched him repeatedly, authorities said.



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Exclusive: U.S. warship stayed on deadly collision course despite warning - container ship captain

Exclusive: U.S. warship stayed on deadly collision course despite warning - container ship captainBy Tim Kelly TOKYO (Reuters) - A U.S. warship struck by a container vessel in Japanese waters failed to respond to warning signals or take evasive action before a collision that killed seven of its crew, according to a report of the incident by the Philippine cargo ship's captain. Multiple U.S. and Japanese investigations are under way into how the guided missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald and the much larger ACX Crystal container ship collided in clear weather south of Tokyo Bay in the early hours of June 17. In the first detailed account from one of those directly involved, the cargo ship's captain said the ACX Crystal had signaled with flashing lights after the Fitzgerald "suddenly" steamed on to a course to cross its path.



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Mystery of missing Chinese scholar shakes up Illinois school

Mystery of missing Chinese scholar shakes up Illinois schoolCHICAGO (AP) ? Yingying Zhang, the daughter of a working-class factory driver from China, took the same career path as many other young Chinese academics before her: She travelled to a university in the U.S. with dreams of one day landing a professorship and being able to help her parents financially.



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Katherine The Great White Shark Has Been Spotted Again

Katherine The Great White Shark Has Been Spotted AgainScientists saw the great white shark making its way off the coast of Virginia. The species isn?t out to attack humans on purpose ? but may take a bite just to see how they rate as food.



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Chinese passenger chucks coins into plane's engine for luck

Chinese passenger chucks coins into plane's engine for luckA superstitious passenger delayed a flight from Shanghai for several hours Tuesday after throwing coins at the plane's engine for good luck, Chinese officials said. The elderly woman was detained by police at Shanghai Pudong International Airport following the bizarre incident, forcing nearly 150 passengers to be evacuated from the plane bound for Guangzhou in southern China. The 80-year-old threw nine coins at an engine of China Southern Airlines flight CZ380 as she was boarding on the tarmac.



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Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman will block all US arms sales to Saudi Arabia and five other countries

Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman will block all US arms sales to Saudi Arabia and five other countriesSenate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker has announced he will block any future arms sales to six Gulf Region countries while they are engaged in a major dispute over funding for terrorism. Five Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) members voted to cut ties with fellow Council member Qatar earlier this month. The states, including Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, claim Qatar has been funding Sunni Islamic terrorism and working on behalf of Iran.



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HMS Queen Elizabeth Still Uses Windows XP

HMS Queen Elizabeth Still Uses Windows XPInstead of an updated operating system, the HMS Queen Elizabeth has opted for a group of cyber specialists on board to ward off virtual attacks.



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Trump: 'Modi and I Are World Leaders in Social Media'

Trump: 'Modi and I Are World Leaders in Social Media'During a joint statement int he Rose Garden with India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Trump praises the pairs prowess of social media.



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Obama and family go river rafting during Indonesia vacation

Obama and family go river rafting during Indonesia vacationBALI, Indonesia (AP) ? Former U.S. President Barack Obama and his family were seen on a river rafting trip Monday as they vacationed in Indonesia, where he lived for several years as a child.



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Dozens missing after Colombian tourist boat sinks in reservoir

Dozens missing after Colombian tourist boat sinks in reservoirNine people died and 28 are missing after a multidecked tourist boat carrying about 170 passengers sank in Colombia?s Penol-Guatape reservoir on Sunday during the long holiday weekend, a government official said. Ninety-nine people were rescued, Margarita Moncada, the head of disaster relief for Antioquia province, told journalists.



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Father Charged With Murdering 5-Year-Old Son He Had Reported Missing

Father Charged With Murdering 5-Year-Old Son He Had Reported MissingAramazd Andressian Sr. has been partying in Las Vegas in the weeks since his 5-year-old son disappeared, authorities said.



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Philippines VP visits refugees fleeing fighting, Duterte unseen in days

Philippines VP visits refugees fleeing fighting, Duterte unseen in daysBy Kanupriya Kapoor and Manuel Mogato BALO-I, Philippines (Reuters) - The vice president of the Philippines expressed hope on Monday for a swift end to an urban siege by Islamist rebels, and offered support to displaced civilians during a visit normally conducted by a president not seen in public for six days. The trip by Leni Robredo to an evacuation center in Balo-i for residents who escaped a month-long conflict in nearby Marawi City adds to speculation about the health of 72-year-old President Rodrigo Duterte, whose absence this month from the public eye is the longest since he took office a year ago. Known for a packed public schedule and marathon speeches several times a day, Duterte's disappearances during what has been the biggest crisis of his presidency will add to frequent rumors he is in poor health, which his office denies.



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China's verdant 'forest city' will fight pollution with a million plants

China's verdant 'forest city' will fight pollution with a million plantsIf tree-covered skyscrapers act like enormous air filters, this cluster of buildings will be a clean air oasis. China has broken ground on a "forest city" in the southern city of Liuzhou. The development, which will span two-thirds of a mile along the Liujiang River, involves blanketing offices, apartments, hotels, and schools with more than a million plants and about 40,000 trees. SEE ALSO: How drones are helping to plant trees The verdant towers will help soak up urban air pollution, produce clean oxygen, and boost local biodiversity. The greenery also provides shade on sunny days and acts as an insulating blanket during winter, allowing tenants to use less heating and electricity. Liuzhou Forest City will span 175 hectares, or 0.67 miles, along the Liujiang River.Image: stefano boeri architettiIf the concept sounds familiar, that's because these buildings are the work of Stefano Boeri Architetti, the same architecture firm behind the two "vertical forest" buildings planned for Nanjing in eastern China.  Liuzhou city officials commissioned the Italian company to build the development, which will host about 30,000 people and be connected to the main Liuzhou city ? population 3.8 million ? via a fast-rail line used by electric cars. The forest city, now under construction, is expected to be completed by 2020, the Milan-based architects confirmed by email. 'Vertical forest' buildings in the Liuzhou development.Image: stefano boeri architettiThe development is a flashy but tiny effort to combat the dangerous smog and toxic air pollution that's choking China's industrialized cities. It comes as China is building more wind and solar power than any country in the world to slash emissions from coal plants, factories, and vehicles, and to combat climate change. Stefano Boeri's firm, which recently completed two verdant towers in Milan, is planning to expand into other smoggy cities, including China's Shijiazhuang, Guizhou, Shanghai, and Chongqing. In the Liuzhou Forest City, buildings, parks, and gardens will absorb almost 10,000 tons of carbon dioxide and 57 tons of fine dust pollutants per year, while producing about 900 tons of oxygen, the architects said in a press release.  By comparison, the two green towers in Nanjing will absorb 25 tons of carbon dioxide and produce 0.06 tons of oxygen.  An electric railway will link the 'forest city' to the main Liuzhou city.Image: stefano boeri architettiBeyond sucking up toxic air, the urban greenery is also expected to stifle noise pollution and support biodiversity by providing a habitat for the local birds, insects, and small animals that inhabit Liuzhou. The project will include residential areas, commercial and recreational spaces, plus two schools and a hospital. Along with plants, the buildings will also feature rooftop solar panels to produce clean electricity and use geothermal energy systems for interior air-conditioning. Stefano Boeri Architetti said the Liuzhou Forest City represents its broader effort to design a "new generation" of architecture and urban environments to address climate change. WATCH: China's big, beautiful, green 'vertical forests' will suck up toxic smog



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Asylum Seekers in Canada Trapped in Legal Limbo

Asylum Seekers in Canada Trapped in Legal LimboThousands of people who fled to Canada to escape President Donald Trump's crackdown on illegal migrants have become trapped in legal limbo because of an overburdened refugee system, struggling to find work, permanent housing or enroll their children in schools, reports Reuters.



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Two New Mexico Women Hospitalized With The Plague

Two New Mexico Women Hospitalized With The PlagueNew Mexico health officials say two women, in their 50s and 60s, were diagnosed and hospitalized with the plague this week. What are the symptoms of the plague?



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UK's new aircraft carrier sets sail for first time

UK's new aircraft carrier sets sail for first timeBritain's new and only aircraft carrier -- the largest and most powerful ship ever built for the Royal Navy -- set off for its first sea trial in Scotland on Monday. HMS Queen Elizabeth, a 280-metre (919-foot), 65,000-tonne vessel, left the dock at the port of Rosyth on the Firth of Forth estuary near Edinburgh.



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White House adviser Ivanka Trump: ?I try to stay out of politics?

White House adviser Ivanka Trump: ?I try to stay out of politics?Ivanka Trump told ?Fox & Friends? that she speaks up when she disagrees with her father on certain issues ? but does not ?profess to be a political savant.?



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Police: Girl's actions caused her to fall from NY park ride

Police: Girl's actions caused her to fall from NY park rideQUEENSBURY, N.Y. (AP) ? A teenage girl's actions, not mechanical malfunctions, caused her to slip under a restraining bar on an amusement park gondola ride before falling into the arms of bystanders below, police said Monday.



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Emmett Till Mississippi civil rights memorial vandalised for second time in two months

Emmett Till Mississippi civil rights memorial vandalised for second time in two monthsAn sign marking the site where black teenager was accused of whistling at a white woman - something that would subsequently result in him being lynched - has been vandalised for the second time in two months. The marker on the Mississippi Freedom Trail was damaged last month when someone scratched on it. Allan Hammons, whose company manages the Mississippi Freedom Trail, more than a dozen signs established in 2011 to mark seminal moments and locations in the civil rights movements, said the incident was deeply disturbing.



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Seattle employers cut hours after latest minimum wage rise, study finds

Seattle employers cut hours after latest minimum wage rise, study findsLow-wage workers on average now clock 9 percent fewer hours and earn $125 less each month than before the Pacific Northwest city set one of the highest minimum wages in the nation, the University of Washington research paper said. Seattle, which has a booming economy and a strong technology sector, is midway through an initiative to increase its minimum wage for all employers to $15 an hour.



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4 Dead, Liverless Sharks Wash Ashore in Weird Whodunit

4 Dead, Liverless Sharks Wash Ashore in Weird WhodunitOrca whales have claimed the life of another great white shark by eating its liver and leaving it for dead, making it the fourth such gristly death in less than two months. During a four-day period in early May, researchers reported finding the bodies of three great white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) that had washed ashore along South Africa's Western Cape province. Now, a fourth dead, liverless shark has washed ashore, according to a post today (June 26) on the Marine Dynamics blog, a site hosted by a shark cage diving company.



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New flying car concept seeks to revolutionize personal transport

New flying car concept seeks to revolutionize personal transportWhile some automakers look towards today's infrastructure of roads for the future of transportation, multiple companies are instead looking towards the sky. One of these is Neva Aerospace which used last week's 2017 Paris auto show to reveal its take on the future of transportation, and it's yet another flying car. Neva Aerospace says its flying car will be capable of flying for up to 20 or 30 minutes, travel at speeds up to 50 mph, and climb 3,000 feet in the air.



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10 must-have iPhone accessories under $25

10 must-have iPhone accessories under $25Apple?s iPhones are arguably the best smartphones on the planet. The hardware is fantastic, the customer service is positively unbeatable, and the iOS platform is the best mobile software platform in the world. Of course, all that comes at a price ? iPhones are also some of the most expensive smartphones out there. You?ve already spent somewhere between $650 and $950 on your iPhone, so now it?s time to save some money. In this post, you?ll find 10 different must-have iPhone accessories that each cost less than $25.



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London apartment tower fire triggers emergency inspections, evacuations

London apartment tower fire triggers emergency inspections, evacuationsThe deaths of 79 people in a London apartment tower have triggered emergency inspections, evacuations and soul searching among British officials who failed to prevent the tragedy.



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?He colluded or obstructed?: Trump turns Russia suspicions against Obama

?He colluded or obstructed?: Trump turns Russia suspicions against ObamaContinuing a theme he has pushed lately, the president took issue with his predecessor?s lack of response to Russian interference in the election.



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Marines rekindling old Afghan relations in Helmand Province

Marines rekindling old Afghan relations in Helmand ProvinceWASHINGTON (AP) ? In Afghanistan's turbulent Helmand province, U.S. Marines are rekindling old relationships and identifying weaknesses in the Afghan forces that the Trump administration hopes to address with a new strategy and the targeted infusion of several thousand American forces.



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Dreaded WWII Zero fighter takes to the skies over Japan

Dreaded WWII Zero fighter takes to the skies over JapanSalvaged from the Papua New Guinean jungle, a restored World War II Japanese Zero fighter has taken to the skies over the land that gave birth to the once-feared warplane. The aircraft -- emblazoned with tell-tale rising sun symbols -- is one of just a few airworthy Zero fighters left in the world, nearly eight decades after they struck fear into the hearts of Allied pilots. The plane flew near Tokyo this month, watched by businessman and aviation buff Masahide Ishizuka who bought the plane for 350 million yen ($3.1 million) in 2008.



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Man Spent 3 Months Behind Bars for Possession of Cocaine That Turned Out to Be Dry Wall

Man Spent 3 Months Behind Bars for Possession of Cocaine That Turned Out to Be Dry WallKarlos Cashe was released last week after spending 90 days in jail.



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Hong Kong's youth press campaign despite China's rejection of full democracy

Hong Kong's youth press campaign despite China's rejection of full democracyBy James Pomfret and Benjamin Kang Lim HONG KONG/BEIJING (Reuters) - When the British handed over Hong Kong to China in 1997, Beijing promised to allow universal suffrage as an "ultimate aim", along with other freedoms, under a "one country, two systems" arrangement agreed with London. China did offer a contentious electoral reform package in 2014, which allowed Hong Kong a direct vote, but only of candidates pre-screened by Beijing.



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Rare spate of bear attacks leaves two dead in Alaska

Rare spate of bear attacks leaves two dead in AlaskaA warning sign in Anchorage, Alaska, after a 16-year-old runner was recently killed by a black bear. There have only been six fatal bear attacks in the state in 130 years. Alaska is experiencing a spate of bear attacks, with four people attacked in less than a week, resulting in two fatalities.



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2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat gets Demon?s wide-body look

2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat gets Demon?s wide-body lookWith only 3,300 destined to be built, the chances of you getting your hands on a 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon are slim, even if you can afford the car?s $86,090 price tag. The good news is that you?ll be able to get the Demon?s sexy wide-body look on a new Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody, which doesn?t suffer from limited production. Dodge on Tuesday announced that the 2018 Challenger SRT Hellcat will be available with a wide-body design.



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Philando Castile's family reaches $3M settlement in death

Philando Castile's family reaches $3M settlement in deathMINNEAPOLIS (AP) ? The mother of Philando Castile, a black motorist killed by a Minnesota police officer last July, has reached a nearly $3 million settlement with the city that employed the officer, avoiding a federal wrongful death lawsuit that attorneys said could have taken years to resolve.



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Two U.S. studies differ over effects of marijuana on drivers

Two U.S. studies differ over effects of marijuana on drivers(This June 22 story has been refiled to correct study author's name to "Aydelotte" instead of "Adedoyte" in third paragraph.) By Taylor Harris (Reuters) - Two U.S. studies on the effects of marijuana on drivers in states where it is allowed for recreational use came to different conclusions about whether it increases risks behind the wheel. A study by the American Journal of Public Health published on Thursday looked at motor vehicle fatalities and found no significant increase in Colorado and Washington State, where recreational marijuana use is legal, compared with eight states where it is not legal that have similar populations, vehicle ownership, and traffic laws. ?Our study focused on deaths and actually found what we expected going into this," Jason Aydelotte, lead author of the study said in a telephone interview.



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Pro-Isis hackers break into US government websites leaving chilling messages for Donald Trump

Pro-Isis hackers break into US government websites leaving chilling messages for Donald TrumpIsis supporting hackers broke into US government websites and issued chilling warnings to Donald Trump. It is just the latest pro-Isis attack to be launched on government pages by a group that apparently seek to disrupt organisations and deface their websites. "You will be held accountable Trump, you and all your people for every drop of blood flowing in Muslim countries," read one message, posted on Ohio governor and unsuccessful presidential candidate John Kasich's website.



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Israel strikes Hamas bases in Gaza after rocket: officials

Israel strikes Hamas bases in Gaza after rocket: officialsIsraeli airstrikes hit a series of targets in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip overnight, officials said, hours after a rocket from the Palestinian enclave landed in the Jewish state. Strikes were recorded in at least three locations in Gaza, Palestinian security sources and eyewitnesses said, with Hamas bases struck near the southern city of Rafah and Gaza City, as well as open land southeast of Gaza City. The Palestinian health ministry said there were no immediate reports of injuries, but an AFP photographer in Gaza saw at least one man bleeding being taken for treatment from a house near the base.



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The 10 Best National Parks in the USA

The 10 Best National Parks in the USAExplore the great outdoors at one of America's can't-miss national parks. If you're dreaming of an outdoor vacation filled with gushing geysers, animal encounters, towering rock formations and more, odds are you'll enjoy exploring a national park. Considering factors like the uniqueness of sights, historical significance and park accessibility, we determined which of the country's 59 national parks qualify as the Best National Parks in the USA.



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The Latest: Baby Doe's mother to be sentenced this week

The Latest: Baby Doe's mother to be sentenced this weekBOSTON (AP) ? The Latest on the murder conviction of a Massachusetts man in the killing of his ex-girlfriend's 2-year-old daughter, who came to be known as Baby Doe (all times local):



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U.S. worries Russia could step up North Korea support to fill China void

U.S. worries Russia could step up North Korea support to fill China voidBy Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - As the United States pressures China to enforce United Nations sanctions on its ally North Korea, Washington is concerned that Russia could provide support to Pyongyang and fill any vacuum left by Beijing, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Tuesday. "I'm concerned that Russia may backfill North Korea," Haley told U.S. lawmakers in Washington.



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Sea level rise is accelerating, with Greenland in leading role

Sea level rise is accelerating, with Greenland in leading roleGlobal sea level rise is accelerating as the Greenland Ice Sheet sheds more of its ice, scientists have found.  Given this quickening pace, it's possible that by the end of this century, sea level rise could threaten coastal communities around the world, from Miami to Mumbai.  A new study, published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change, is one of a few recent works to confirm an acceleration in sea level rise during the past few decades. There had been greater uncertainty about this before, with climate deniers latching onto that and arguing that such an acceleration has not, in fact, been occurring. SEE ALSO: Trump to mayor of sinking island: Don't worry about sea level rise However, by using calculations of the various contributing factors to sea level rise, such as melting ice sheets, water expansion that occurs as the oceans warm, and other factors, researchers from institutions in China, Australia, and the U.S. found that global mean sea level increased from about 2.2 millimeters per year in 1993 to 3.3 millimeters per year in 2014.  July 30, 2013 in Qaqortoq, Greenland.Image: Joe Raedle/Getty ImagesWhile that may seem tiny, the numbers add up quickly. These rate changes are the difference between a decadal sea level rise rate of 0.86 inches and 1.29 inches, with greater acceleration expected in the future.  The findings also made clear how major contributors to sea level rise have been changing over time. And it doesn't paint a pretty picture.  Whereas global ice mass loss constituted 50 percent of sea level rise in 1993, this rose to 70 percent in 2014. The study found that the largest increase came from the Greenland Ice Sheet, which made up just 5 percent of the global mean sea level rise rate in 1993, and now constitutes 25 percent of it.  Given scientists' concerns about Antarctica's stability, look for melting glaciers to comprise an even greater share of the sea level rise budget in the near future. Sea level is accelerating! and largest change is coming from increased mass flux of Greenland ice sheet. Now contributes 25% of annual rise. ? Chris Harig (@chrisharig) June 26, 2017 The sea level rise rates we expect over next 100 years are several times what the Dutch dealt with in the last 500 years of dike building. ? Chris Harig (@chrisharig) June 26, 2017 A different study published in early June found the rate of sea level rise just about tripled between 1990 and 2012.  A study published in 2016 found that if global warming continues above 2 degrees Celsius, or 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit, above preindustrial levels through 2100, then sea levels would end up rising faster than at any time during human civilization. That study found that in a warming scenario of 5 degrees Celsius, or 9 degrees Fahrenheit, which is roughly the path we?re on now, New York City could see more than a meter, or about 3.6 feet, of sea level rise with an even higher upper limit. This would make a Hurricane Sandy-sized storm surge far more common in the city. A separate study published in February found that current rates of sea level rise are likely unprecedented in at least the past 2,800 years. This week's findings are in line with NASA's estimate for the current rate of sea level rise, which is 3.4 millimeters per year.  Calved icebergs from the nearby Twin Glaciers are seen floating on the water on July 30, 2013 in Qaqortoq, Greenland.Image: Joe Raedle/Getty ImagesThe significance of the new study is that it resolves lingering uncertainties about mismatches between what scientists know about contributors to sea level rise, and measured rates from satellites. This study, along with other recent work, shows the two match up closely, and it nails down the sea level rise acceleration.  Also, the new research shows that coastal communities that are already struggling with increased flooding on an annual basis, such as Miami Beach, will have to cope with a rapidly worsening situation in coming decades.  For every millimeter that the local sea level rises, the easier it becomes for the ocean to hit previously unheard of flood levels. Storm surges ride on top of background sea levels, and like a basketball player playing on a court with a steadily rising floor, even weaker storms are becoming more likely to score a slam dunk.  WATCH: It's official, 2016 was Earth's warmest year on record



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We Test Ride the Vanderhall Venice Three-Wheeler

We Test Ride the Vanderhall Venice Three-WheelerVanderhall Motor Works Venice Roadster ? Ride Drive (?) Review Sometimes, three wheels is better than four Photography by Vanderhall Not too long ago RideApart first told you about Vanderhall Motor Works , a Utah-based company making three-wheeled vehicles.



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Woman Stabbed to Death While Walking Home Through Park Behind School: 'No One Deserves That'

Woman Stabbed to Death While Walking Home Through Park Behind School: 'No One Deserves That'Debra Gulliver, 33, was stabbed at least 12 times.



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Donald Trump 'insists on meeting with Putin despite team's advice'

Donald Trump 'insists on meeting with Putin despite team's advice'Donald Trump reportedly wants to hold a bilateral meeting with Vladimir Putin, despite caution from several officials in his administration. Both Mr Trump and Mr Putin are expected to attend a multinational summit next month in Germany. While the US President is eager for a meeting with all the diplomatic trimmings, calling for media access and all the typical protocol associated with such engagements, many officials from the State Department and the National Security Council reportedly believe it would be better for the two to maintain their distance in the midst of probes into Russia?s alleged meddling in the 2016 election.



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U.S.-backed fighters advance in Raqqa, Syria

U.S.-backed fighters advance in Raqqa, SyriaIslamic State group jihadists wage fierce battles in their Syrian stronghold Raqqa in a bid to repel US-backed fighters advancing towards the walls of the Old City.



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Iraq forces combing west Mosul after surprise IS attack

Iraq forces combing west Mosul after surprise IS attackIraqi forces on Monday were searching neighbourhoods of west Mosul they retook weeks ago after a surprise jihadist attack on their rear that left several dead, officials said. The attack, which was claimed by the Islamic State group, sowed panic among residents who returned to live in the Tanak and Yarmuk neighbourhoods of west Mosul. A top commander in the Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS), which sent forces to fight the IS gunmen, said the attackers had infiltrated the area by blending in with returning displaced civilians.



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N. Carolina man sentenced in foiled IS-inspired shooting

N. Carolina man sentenced in foiled IS-inspired shootingRALEIGH, N.C. (AP) ? A man who plotted to shoot hundreds of people on behalf of the Islamic State group received a life sentence Tuesday in a case that prosecutors say illustrates the dangers of Americans radicalized through social media.



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Differing with U.S., Macron stands by Minsk accords to resolve Ukraine crisis

Differing with U.S., Macron stands by Minsk accords to resolve Ukraine crisisBy John Irish and Marine Pennetier PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday he saw no better way of negotiating an end to the conflict in Ukraine than through the Minsk agreements, sharply differing with comments by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Tillerson said on June 14 that the Trump administration did not wish to be "handcuffed" by the 2015 accords, brokered in the Belarussian capital by France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine, and he suggested Kiev could reach a separate, independent agreement with Moscow. Three years after Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine and then backed separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine in fighting that has seen 10,000 people killed, there is little sign of a peaceful solution despite a ceasefire agreement signed in February 2015 in Minsk.



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