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Scientists unsure when Hawaii's Kilauea volcano will quiet

Scientists unsure when Hawaii's Kilauea volcano will quiet

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Experts remained flummoxed Friday about when Hawaii's Kilauea volcano will calm down. The Big Island volcano exploded at its summit Thursday, sending ash and rocks thousands of feet into the sky. Scientists said the eruption was the most powerful in recent days, though it probably lasted only a few minutes. It came two weeks after the volcano began sending lava flows into neighborhoods 25 miles (40 kilometers) to the east of the summit, destroying 26 homes. On Friday, Hawaii County officials warned residents that fast-moving lava was approaching an area east of those destroyed homes. Hawaii County Civil Defense said police, firefighters and National Guard troops were securing the area and stopping people from entering. About 40 homes in the area are now isolated. Earlier in the day, a ne...
NHS tackling mental health with targeted ads

NHS tackling mental health with targeted ads

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As part of mental health awareness week, the NHS is talking about its use of online advertising to target individuals who may be suffering from mental health problems but will not reach out for help. Google, Facebook and Twitter have been criticised in recent weeks for the vast amount of data they collect on their users - allowing advertisers to target them for sales.Public Health England is running the Good Thinking Service with local authorities and clinical commissioning groups across London to reach out to people suffering from stress and anxiety.This will signpost sufferers to some of the apps on the NHS Apps Library, run by NHS Digital and NHS England, which is fully launching in autumn.There were more than 500,000 referrals to NHS psychological therapies for stress a...
German-Russian pipeline takes shape despite US protests

German-Russian pipeline takes shape despite US protests

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Sparks fly and machines whir as workers busily prepare thousands of steel pipes that will become part of a vast undersea pipeline bringing gas from Russia to Germany's northeastern Baltic coast. The Nord Stream 2 project will double the amount of natural gas Russia can funnel directly to the heart of Europe from newly tapped reserves in Siberia, intentionally skirting Eastern European nations like Poland and Ukraine. It also promises much-needed jobs in this poor German backwater, some three hours' drive north of Berlin. The United States and some other German allies have bristled at the project, warning that it could give Moscow greater leverage over Western Europe. Energy-poor Germany already relies heavily on Russian gas and so far Chancellor Angela Merkel has deftly kept the new $ 11...
AP analysis shows how Bill Gates influences education policy

AP analysis shows how Bill Gates influences education policy

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Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates saw an opportunity with a new federal education law that has widespread repercussions for American classrooms. His nonprofit Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has given about $ 44 million to outside groups over the past two years to help shape new state education plans required under the 2015 law, according to an Associated Press analysis of its grants. The spending paid for research aligned with Gates' interests, led to friendly media coverage and had a role in helping write one state's new education system framework. The grants illustrate how strategic and immersive the Microsoft founder can be in pursuit of his education reform agenda, quietly wielding national influence over how schools operate. Gates' carefully curated web of influence is often ...
Alaska dive fishermen plead for relief from sea otters

Alaska dive fishermen plead for relief from sea otters

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Northern sea otters, once hunted to the brink of extinction along Alaska's Panhandle, have made a spectacular comeback by gobbling some of the state's finest seafood — and fishermen are not happy about the competition. Sea otters dive for red sea urchins, geoduck clams, sea cucumbers — delicacies in Asia markets — plus prized Dungeness crab. They then carry their meals to the surface and float on their backs as they eat, sometimes using rocks to crack open clams and crab. The furry marine mammals, which grow as large as 100 pounds (45 kilograms), eat the equivalent of a quarter of their weight each day. Phil Doherty, head of the Southeast Alaska Regional Dive Fisheries Association, is working to save the livelihood of 200 southeast Alaska fishermen and a $ 10 million in...