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NOAA scientist: agency likely broke science integrity rules

NOAA scientist: agency likely broke science integrity rulesThe acting chief scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said his agency likely violated its scientific integrity rules last week when it publicly chastised a weather office that contradicted President Donald Trump’s claim that Hurricane Dorian threatened Alabama. Two top NOAA civil servants not so quietly revolted against an unsigned agency press release issued late Friday rebuking the Birmingham weather office for saying Alabama was safe.



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Former Hezbollah official found dead in Beirut flat -Lebanese state news agency

Former Hezbollah official found dead in Beirut flat -Lebanese state news agencyA former official in the powerful Iranian-backed Lebanese group Hezbollah was found dead in his flat in a Beirut neighborhood, the state-run Lebanese news agency said on Sunday. Security forces immediately opened an investigation and were awaiting the arrival of a forensic doctor to determine the cause of death, National News Agency said, giving only the initials of the man. Hezbollah and the Israeli army exchanged cross-border fire last Sunday after a drone attack in a Hezbollah-controlled Beirut suburb in the fiercest shelling exchange between the two adversaries since the 2006 Lebanon war.



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Agency reverses course on Trump's Alabama hurricane claim

Agency reverses course on Trump's Alabama hurricane claimA federal agency reversed course Friday on the question of whether President Donald Trump tweeted stale information about Hurricane Dorian potentially hitting Alabama, upsetting meteorologists around the country. The National Weather Service in Birmingham, Alabama, tweeted in response: "Alabama will NOT see any impacts from #Dorian.



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Russian agency says radioactive isotopes were found after mysterious explosion

Russian agency says radioactive isotopes were found after mysterious explosionThe Aug. 8 explosion on a platform in the White Sea off Nyonoksa caused a reported brief spike in radiation in nearby Severodvinsk.



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Iranian news agency says tanker leased to shipping firms

Iranian news agency says tanker leased to shipping firmsIran’s semi-official ILNA news agency said on Wednesday the Adrian Darya 1 tanker, which was released after being detained in Gibraltar, is currently leased to an Iranian shipping company. The United States has issued a warrant to seize the tanker on the grounds that it had links to Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards, which it designates as a terrorist organization. “The Grace 1 vessel, renamed Adrian Darya after the seizure, is a Korean-made oil tanker owned by Russia which is currently leased to one of Iran’s shipping lines,” ILNA said in a correction, after saying earlier the tanker was leased to the Revolutionary Guards.



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CORRECTED (OFFICIAL)-UPDATE 1-Iranian news agency says tanker leased to shipping firms

CORRECTED (OFFICIAL)-UPDATE 1-Iranian news agency says tanker leased to shipping firmsIran’s semi-official ILNA news agency said on Wednesday the Adrian Darya 1 tanker, which was released after being detained in Gibraltar, is currently leased to an Iranian shipping company. The United States has issued a warrant to seize the tanker on the grounds that it had links to Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards, which it designates as a terrorist organisation.



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Russia missile test blast kills five nuclear agency staff

Russia missile test blast kills five nuclear agency staffRussia's nuclear agency said Saturday an explosion during missile testing in the Arctic left five workers dead and involved radioactive isotopes after a nearby city recorded a spike in radiation levels. Rosatom said the force of the explosion on Thursday blew several of its staff from a testing platform into the sea. Russia's military did not initially say that the accident involved nuclear equipment, but stressed that radiation levels were normal afterwards.



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Atlantic hurricane forecast revised higher -U.S. agency

Atlantic hurricane forecast revised higher -U.S. agencyU.S. weather forecasters expect “above normal” activity in the current Atlantic hurricane season, revising an earlier forecast of “near normal” activity, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said on Thursday. The earlier forecast in May reflected the presence of El Nino, the climate phenomenon that warms the Pacific Ocean and tends to prevent storms from developing in the Atlantic. Since then, El Nino has abated, making for conditions that increase the likelihood of hurricanes forming, forecasters at the NOOA’s Climate Prediction Center said in a statement issued as the hurricane season enters its peak months.



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Report alleges ethical abuses at UN agency for Palestinians

Report alleges ethical abuses at UN agency for PalestiniansAn internal ethics report has alleged mismanagement and abuses of authority at the highest levels of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees even as the organisation faced an unprecedented crisis after US funding cuts. The allegations included in the confidential report by the agency’s ethics department are now being scrutinised by UN investigators. The agency — the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) — said it is cooperating fully with the investigation and that it cannot comment in detail because the probe is ongoing.



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Meghan McCain Feels Trump’s Racism Takes Away Her ‘Agency’ to Bash Ilhan Omar

Meghan McCain Feels Trump’s Racism Takes Away Her ‘Agency’ to Bash Ilhan OmarReacting to the outbreak of “Send Her Back” chants directed at Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) at President Trump’s Wednesday night rally in North Carolina, The View’s Meghan McCain groused on Thursday that the president’s relentless racist attacks against Omar takes away her “agency” to criticize the Muslim congresswoman.In a segment first spotted by Raw Story, co-host Sunny Hostin said the chants “terrified” her, prompting McCain to chime in and describe the rally as “really dystopian” before noting that she’s also been a fierce critic of Omar.“Everyone at this table, and I think, people that watch this show or have ever seen the dumpster fire of my interview with Seth Meyers know I have been one of Ilhan Omar’s most vocal critics regarding Israel,” she declared. “Regarding some of her comments I and others interpreted as anti-Semitic.”She then complained that Trump’s hyper-focus on Omar’s race and immigrant roots has suddenly prevented her from personally going after the Minnesota lawmaker as much as she’d like to.“But the problem right now is, you’re taking away my agency to criticize her policy,” McCain continued. “You’re making this about race, xenophobia, racism. I think any time you’re hitting in a territory where you’re telling any American citizen of a different color than you, to send them back, I too didn’t think this is something I would see in my country, especially going into 2020.”The conservative View host has targeted Omar for criticism for months now. In March, she actually cried on-air over what she perceived as the progressive lawmaker’s “scary” comments on Israel, noting that while she wasn’t Jewish, she verged on “being a Zionist” and had Jewish friends. Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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