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The Latest: Indonesia tsunami swept away houses

The Latest: Indonesia tsunami swept away housesJAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The Latest on a powerful earthquake that rocked central Sulawesi in Indonesia (all times local):



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Pope Francis Says Sex Abuse Crisis Has Driven Young Catholics Away From The Church

Pope Francis Says Sex Abuse Crisis Has Driven Young Catholics Away From The ChurchPope Francis on Tuesday acknowledged that young people are being driven away



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Mother of baby swept away by Hurricane Florence floodwaters: 'I did everything I could'

Mother of baby swept away by Hurricane Florence floodwaters: 'I did everything I could'The mother of a child who died after he was swept away by Hurricane Florence's



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Brett Kavanaugh wants to do away with legal abortion. He told us so.

Brett Kavanaugh wants to do away with legal abortion. He told us so.The Supreme Court nominee has given strong hints that if he’s confirmed, “states will have free rein to eliminate abortion access via increasingly draconian laws.”



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Obama, Bush Asked To Speak At John McCain's Funeral; Trump Told To Stay Away

Obama, Bush Asked To Speak At John McCain's Funeral; Trump Told To Stay AwayFormer presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush have reportedly been asked



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Trump Implies Taking Away Security Clearances Is Punishment For Criticizing Him

Trump Implies Taking Away Security Clearances Is Punishment For Criticizing HimPresident Donald Trump on Tuesday continued to lash out at former top



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Wildfire smoke from California has reached New York City, 3,000 miles away

Wildfire smoke from California has reached New York City, 3,000 miles awayAnthony Wexler, the director of the Air Quality Research Center at the University of California, Davis, packed his bags and drove his family out to the coast.  They're escaping the smoke. Davis, California, sits amid a layer of wildfire smoke in Northern California. To the northwest, the largest fire in state history, the Mendocino Complex Fire, continues to burn. To the southeast, the Ferguson Fire has closed down smoke-choked Yosemite National Park indefinitely. And to the North, the Carr Fire, infamous for its towering fire tornado, still burns.  SEE ALSO: California just had its hottest month on record, and that means more wildfires The air quality in the region around the fires — whose spread has been enhanced by extreme heat parching the land — is some of the worst in the world.  "I decided to go out to the coast for a couple days because it was so ridiculous," Wexler said.  On Wednesday, the National Weather Service illustrated how winds have lifted bounties of smoke across the entire U.S., bringing pollution even beyond the East Coast.  Smoke from the western fires is making it all the way to the East Coast and beyond (at least aloft—mostly above a mile above the surface). Here's the vertically integrated smoke (HRRR model from last night). Another map showed some smoke near the surface even in New England. pic.twitter.com/0Jl6WDAFjg — NWS San Diego (@NWSSanDiego) August 8, 2018 That said, it's not as if these smoke particles are harmful to those on the East Coast. By the time that smoke arrives in Boston and New York, the particles have been diluted with fresh air, and certainly can't be seen, nor are concentrations unhealthy. It's normal for pollution to waft from west to east across the country, just like pollution from China is regularly transported over the Pacific Ocean into the U.S. That's how air generally moves over the Northern Hemisphere, said Wexler. But it's much rarer for even low concentrations of smoke to find their way across the nation. "It doesn’t happen every day," Gabriele Pfister, deputy director of the National Center of Atmospheric Research’s atmospheric chemistry lab, said in an interview. "But, it can happen."  "Normally, the pollution isn’t so great that it’s noticeable when it gets east," added Wexler. This isn't stratus this morning looking west from the @LickObservatory, it's smoke. #CAwx pic.twitter.com/dcAMDwShCG — NWS Bay Area (@NWSBayArea) August 7, 2018 But just how bad is the air pollution in large regions of the West? "It's been like a reasonably decent day in Beijing," said Wexler. "That's really telling. It’s really awful there." "It’s unbelievable," said Pfister.  She noted that planes flying over the area, as part of a National Science Foundation-funded wildfire study, have picked up some alarming pollution numbers.  It's expected that particulate matter — tiny fragments of pollution 30 times thinner than a human hair — would be bad. But the flights even picked up abnormally high concentrations of carbon monoxide, an odorless gas that can be dangerous to human health in enclosed spaces, and at worse, lethal. However, some of the measured values around the fires are about 5 parts per million, or ppm, which are not considered nearly dangerous — but it's still telling.  The amount of smoke over the West tonight is nothing short of astounding. pic.twitter.com/Mya0rZauMl — Dan Satterfield (@wildweatherdan) August 8, 2018 "These are values you don’t typically find near the surface in the U.S.," said Pfister. "Maybe you’ll find that if you stick your head into the exhaust of a car." It's not carbon monoxide, however, that people in burning regions need to be concerned about. One of the main factors that's figured into air quality ratings is particulate matter.  Both U.S. government and university researchers have repeatedly shown that breathing this stuff is bad for your heart, as it accelerates plaque build-up in blood vessels.   In some areas of Oregon, the Air Quality Index currently registers as "Hazardous." In Redding, California, where a fire tornado spun for 80 minutes last week, the air quality is rated as "Unhealthy." But out near the windswept coast, like in San Francisco, the air quality is "Good." Here is what the #smoke looked like over the Central Valley and affecting #AirQuality today. Deep smoke up to 10,000 feet AGL with multiple layers of smoke caused by transport of different #wildfire plumes. Thanks to @MBrewerWX @weather_jack #MendocinoComplexFire #CarrFire pic.twitter.com/aOlNqLLJNV — SJSU FireWeatherLab (@FireWeatherLab) August 9, 2018 It's likely that the West will be intermittently blanketed in unhealthy to hazardous air for months ahead, as the fire season is not nearly over.  Rains aren't expected for months, and more temperature and fire records might be broken. Many Westerners aren't near the fires themselves. But it's harder to outrun the smoke. "In my experience, it's never been this bad," said Wexler.  WATCH: A tick is spreading and making people allergic to beef



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Man with Down's Syndrome shot dead by Swedish police after running away from home with toy gun 

Man with Down's Syndrome shot dead by Swedish police after running away from home with toy gun A man with Down’s Syndrome has been shot dead by Swedish police after running away from home in the middle of the night carrying a toy gun. Eric Torell, 20, who was autistic and was described by his family as being severely disabled, was fatally shot by police who erroneously believed he was carrying a real weapon in the early hours of Thursday morning in downtown Stockholm. Police officers say Mr Torell acted “threateningly” after responding to reports of a man showing a gun to residents at around 4am local time in the district of Vasastan. He died of his injuries after being shot in the stomach. One witness, who was awoken by the sound of several gunshots, said they heard police shouting at someone to lay down his weapon and lie on the ground. Mr Torell had been staying with his father when he wandered out of his home with the toy gun his mother, Katarina Söderber, said looked like a “submachine gun”. Eric Torell was shot dead by police  “He got it as a gift. It looked a little like a submachine gun. Until now it was just thrown in a pile of toys,” Ms Söderber told Swedish newspaper Expressen. She reacted angrily to the suggestion her son may have acted threateningly, describing her son as “the world's sweetest and most lovable person”, adding he could only say a few words like ‘mum’ due to his speech difficulties. Eric Torell was shot dead by a police patrol in the residential neighbourhood of Vasastan around 4am Credit: AFP Ms Söderber compared her son to “being like a three-year-old”, adding he had been reported missing after leaving home in the night. “It's impossible to understand. He wouldn't hurt a fly,” she said [translated]. Katarina Söderberg (R), mother of Eric Torell, speaking to the Expressen  Ms Söderber added that her son had left home unannounced on previous occasions but had always returned.   His father, Rickard Torell, told Expressen he went out to search for his son when he realised he was missing.   Mr Torell paid tribute to his son who he described as the “friendliest and most loving person in the world”.  A bullet hole is seen at a bicycle at the site  Credit: AFP Sweden’s Public Prosecutor's Office confirmed a routine preliminary investigation into possible police misconduct has been launched. Police said they would not speculate on the case until the investigation is complete. Stockholm police chief Ulf Johansson called the shooting "a terrible event."



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Cruise ship guards first tried to scare polar bear away

Cruise ship guards first tried to scare polar bear awayCOPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Norwegian authorities on Monday defended the actions of guards from a German cruise ship that killed a polar bear that had attacked and injured a crew member, saying they at first tried to scare it away.



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Brazen Thieves Steal Shark From San Antonio Aquarium, Carry It Away in Baby Stroller

Brazen Thieves Steal Shark From San Antonio Aquarium, Carry It Away in Baby StrollerThankfully the shark was returned safely.



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