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When rich men like Robert Kraft get charged with soliciting prostitutes, we forget so fast

When rich men like Robert Kraft get charged with soliciting prostitutes, we forget so fastAllegedly the New England Patriots owner went looking for prostitutes at 'Orchids of Asia', but don't forget trafficking victims across the country.



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Astronomers spot black hole spinning unbelievably fast as it swallows up a star

Astronomers spot black hole spinning unbelievably fast as it swallows up a starBlack holes are some of the most interesting features of our universe, but they're also not very well understood. Studying distant black holes in any great detail is very difficult due to the fact that nothing, including light, can escape their grasp once its gets too close. Now, a black hole sitting some 290 million light years from Earth has offered scientists the rare opportunity to measure its speed, and the numbers are mind-boggling.

Researchers using the All-Sky Automated Survey for Supernovae telescope network detected "a burst of light" from a specific spot in the sky back in 2014. Upon closer inspection and observations using additional instruments, scientists determined that the blast of X-ray energy was coming from a star, but not just any star. This star was in the midst of being torn apart by a black hole.

The star itself had no hope of escaping the black hole's grasp once it drifted into its event horizon — the area around a black hole from which nothing can escape — but the X-ray emissions from the star's fractured body were still visible as the debris circled the super-dense body.

It was determined that the signal coming from the black hole was repeating every 131 seconds, giving researchers the incredibly special chance to measure the speed at which the black hole is spinning.

"The fact that we can track this region of bright X-ray emission as it circles the black hole lets us track just how quickly material in the disk is spinning," MIT's Dheeraj Pasham, lead author of a study published in Science discussing the observations, said in a statement. "That gives us information about the spin rate of the supermassive black hole itself."

But how fast is it? The researchers estimate that the black hole is spinning at roughly half the speed of light, or maybe even faster. Light travels at nearly 300 million meters per second, or around 671 million miles per hour. Even at half that speed, the black hole is rotating at a truly unimaginable rate compared to anything humans are used to seeing.

"A non-spinning black hole is already an extraordinarily powerful object," study co-author Chris Fragile noted. "With rapid spin the black hole's power is turned up even higher."



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'Hold fast, alongside our allies': Read Jim Mattis' farewell letter as he leaves Pentagon

'Hold fast, alongside our allies': Read Jim Mattis' farewell letter as he leaves Pentagon"Our Department is proven to be at its best when the times are most difficult," he wrote. "So keep faith in our country and hold fast."



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Fast food manager attacked by woman over ketchup

Fast food manager attacked by woman over ketchupPolice say they are searching for a McDonald's customer caught on surveillance video attacking two employees last month at a restaurant in Santa Ana, California.



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Born in the USA? Not so fast: Trump takes aim at birthright citizenship

Born in the USA? Not so fast: Trump takes aim at birthright citizenshipIn an interview scheduled to air Sunday, President Trump said he believes he can end birthright citizenship with an executive order, but legal scholars disagree.



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Netanyahu tests Israeli fast train from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv

Netanyahu tests Israeli fast train from Jerusalem to Tel AvivPrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tested Israel’s new high-speed train from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv on Thursday, but much work remains before it is fully operational. Netanyahu joined Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz on the ride from a newly built train station in Jerusalem’s city centre to Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv. Travelling at speeds up to 160 kilometres (100 miles) per hour, the ride from central Jerusalem to the airport will take 21 minutes — half the time it takes to drive there in normal traffic, though congestion often makes the trip much longer.



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Ariana Grande Just Got Real About Why She's Moving So Fast With Pete Davidson

Ariana Grande Just Got Real About Why She's Moving So Fast With Pete DavidsonAriana Grande has no tears left to cry and no time to waste on people who



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Indonesian students fast, and study, during Ramadan

Indonesian students fast, and study, during RamadanFor students at one of Indonesia's oldest Islamic boarding schools, the holy month of Ramadan doesn't only mean fasting from dawn till dusk. It also means intensive study of the Koran.



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Fast lava from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano closes highway

Fast lava from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano closes highwayBy Jolyn Rosa HONOLULU (Reuters) – Fast-moving lava from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano forced officials to close part of a highway on Tuesday, and they warned that sharp, thin strands of volcanic glass fibers carried by the wind could injure eyes and lungs. As lava crossed Highway 132, officials shut a stretch of road from Lava Tree State Park to Four Corners and told residents who had not evacuated to leave the area immediately. The lava flow destroyed a farm where Kevin Hopkins and partners raise tropical fish and the ornamental carp known as koi.



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Fast lava from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano closes highway

Fast lava from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano closes highwayBy Jolyn Rosa HONOLULU (Reuters) – A fast-moving lava flow from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano led officials to close a highway on Tuesday and warn that sharp, thin strands of volcanic glass fibers carried on the wind could injure eyes and lungs, in its biggest eruption cycle in a century. Hawaii County’s civil defense agency said lava was quickly approaching Highway 132, prompting the closure from Lava Tree State Park to Four Corners, and warned residents to monitor their radios and phones for updates and evacuation orders. Earlier on Tuesday, a small explosion of ash erupted from the summit of the volcano early in a vertical plume some 15,000 feet (4,600 meters) high, the U.S. Geological Survey said, the latest outburst in a month of volcanic activity.



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