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US rate for gun deaths is up for the second straight year

US rate for gun deaths is up for the second straight year

Health
The U.S. rate for gun deaths has increased for the second straight year, following 15 years of no real change, a government report shows. Roughly two-thirds of gun deaths are suicides and those have been increasing for about 10 years. Until recently, that has been offset by a decline in people shot dead by others. But there's been a recent upswing in those gun-related homicides, too, some experts said. Overall, the firearm death rate rose to 12 deaths per 100,000 people last year, up from 11 in 2015, according to the report released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Before that, the rate had hovered just above 10 — a level it had fallen to in the late 1990s. In the early 90s, it was as high as 15 per 100,000 people. In the past two years, sharp homicide increases i
UK's Halley Antarctic base set for second closure

UK's Halley Antarctic base set for second closure

Science
The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) will once again close its Halley station at the end of the coming Southern Hemisphere summer.The base sits on the floating Brunt Ice Shelf, which is currently being incised by two large developing cracks.BAS withdrew its staff from Halley this past winter because of uncertainty over how these fissures would evolve.The survey has now confirmed it will do the same again when the approaching summer season comes to an end."What we are witnessing is the power and unpredictability of nature," said BAS director Prof Dame Jane Francis."The safety of our staff is our priority in these circumstances. Our Antarctic summer research operation will continue as planned, and we are confident of mounting a fast uplift of personnel should fracturing of the ice shelf occur...
Lewis Hamilton trails Daniel Ricciardo in Mexican Grand Prix second practice

Lewis Hamilton trails Daniel Ricciardo in Mexican Grand Prix second practice

Sports
Mexican Grand Prix live on the BBCSaturday's third practice: 15:55 BST on 5 live sports extraSaturday's qualifying: 18:55-20:05 BST on 5 live sports extraSunday's race: 18:30-21:00 GMT on BBC Radio 5 liveRed Bull's Daniel Ricciardo headed Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton in a closely contested second practice at the Mexican Grand Prix.Ricciardo was 0.131 seconds quicker than Hamilton, who had a spin early in the session, with Max Verstappen's Red Bull ahead of Sebastian Vettel.Vettel was only 0.032secs off Hamilton as the Ferrari driver clings to his fading title hopes.Hamilton needs only to finish fifth on Sunday to clinch a fourth championship.If Vettel is second in the race, Hamilton needs only ninth to clinch the championship. If the German finishes anywhere else, Hamilton takes the crow...
Hong Kong Open: Venus Williams falls in second round

Hong Kong Open: Venus Williams falls in second round

Sports
Naomi Osaka upended second-seeded Venus Williams in their second-round match at the Hong Kong Tennis Open on Wednesday. The 19-year-old Japanese player posted a 7-5, 6-2 victory to exact a bit of revenge from getting bounced by Williams in their Wimbledon match earlier this year. "I feel like even if I hit one semi-short ball she would come in and crush it, so I had to play really well," the 64th-ranked Osaka said of defeating the fifth-ranked Williams. The win comes on the heels of Osaka upsetting sixth-ranked Angelique Kerber at the U.S. Open. Williams benefited from a double fault by Osaka to earn the first break of the match, but the 37-year-old was unable to capitalize. Osaka rebounded with a flourish to claim the first set and rushed out to a 5-0 edge in the second before dismissing ...
Watch live: NASA streams second of three October spacewalks from ISS

Watch live: NASA streams second of three October spacewalks from ISS

Science
Oct. 9 (UPI) -- NASA TV is streaming the second of three October spacewalks on Tuesday morning. Coverage begins at 6:30 a.m. EDT, but the spacewalk won't commence until 8:05 a.m.Expedition 53 Commander Randy Bresnik of NASA, who led last week's spacewalk -- the first of three -- will once again be joined by Flight Engineer Mark Vande Hei, also of NASA.For Bresnik, who will also lead the third spacewalk on Oct. 18, Tuesday's mission will be his fourth spacewalk. For Vande Hei, the spacewalk will be his second.Last week, the duo used their six hours outside the space station to replace one of the two Latching End Effectors on Canadarm2, the space station's robotic arm. One of the effector's mechanical latches stalled last month."They also accomplished a couple of get-ahead tasks, including r...