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FBI's haunting warning about 'lone offenders' paints a grim picture

FBI's haunting warning about 'lone offenders' paints a grim pictureSeries of deadly shootings highlight a simmering threat within the USA, a risk nearly on par with the international terror threat



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AOC paints grim picture of U.S. migrant detention centers: 'People drinking out of toilets'

AOC paints grim picture of U.S. migrant detention centers: 'People drinking out of toilets'Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez sharply criticized conditions at Customs and Border Protection detention camps, saying migrants were subject to “systemic cruelty” that treated them “like animals.”



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Grim tidings from science on climate change

Grim tidings from science on climate changeScientists monitoring the Earth’s climate and environment have delivered a cascade of grim news this year, adding a sense of urgency to UN talks starting Sunday in Poland on how best to draw down the greenhouse gases that drive global warming. The 2015 Paris Agreement calls on humanity to block the rise in Earth’s temperature at “well below” 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) compared to preindustrial levels, and 1.5C if possible. Earth’s average surface temperature from January to October 2018 was one degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit) higher than the 1850-1900 baseline.



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Border Patrol's Use Of Tear Gas On Civilians Is A Grim Warning About America's Future

Border Patrol's Use Of Tear Gas On Civilians Is A Grim Warning About America's FutureYou've already seen the photo: A woman on the U.S.-Mexico border grips two



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Rain tamps down California fire but turns grim search soggy

Rain tamps down California fire but turns grim search soggyPARADISE, Calif. (AP) — The catastrophic wildfire in Northern California is nearly out after several days of rain, but searchers are still completing the meticulous task of combing through now-muddy ash and debris for signs of human remains.



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Rain complicates grim task of finding remains of California wildfire

Rain complicates grim task of finding remains of California wildfireThe so-called Camp Fire virtually obliterated the city of Paradise, located 175 miles (280 km) northeast of San Francisco, on Nov. 8, killing at least 84 people and destroying nearly 14,000 homes. Over 600 people from Paradise and surrounding communities remained unaccounted for, according to a list provided by the Butte County Sheriff’s Office. Drone footage buttecountyrecovers.org/Maps provided by the town of Paradise to help residents see if their homes survived showed how fire leapt from house to house in the mountain community of 27,000.



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Grim New Details About Whitey Bulger's Death Revealed

Grim New Details About Whitey Bulger's Death RevealedNew details are emerging about the death of notorious mob boss Whitey Bulger



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Arctic ice hit one of its lowest points on record, but there’s another grim statistic

Arctic ice hit one of its lowest points on record, but there’s another grim statisticSea ice in the Arctic has just about melted to its lowest point of 2018, and this reinforces a trend of dwindling ice atop the globe — where the climate is warming two to three times faster than the rest of the planet. As of last week, it's the sixth-lowest ice extent — known as the sea ice minimum — in nearly 40 years of satellite records, and with the summer's end it's likely to keep that ranking. This statistic alone might not carry the bite of 2012's extreme Arctic melt, in which the ice thawed to its lowest point ever recorded. Yet, a closer examination of what's transpired in the great north this year reveals the Arctic's ever-accelerating disappearance. "I don’t want the story to be 'This was a ho-hum year'," Jeremy Mathis, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientist who has led the agency's Arctic Research Program, said in an interview. "Even though the ice didn’t break an all-time record, it was still well below the historical average." 2018 sea ice extent is well below the average.Image: national snow and ice data centerIn fact, each of the last 12 years have been the lowest 12 years on the satellite record, Walt Meier, a senior research scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center, said in an interview. "Twelve in a row," said Meier. "That clearly indicates a change." And there's more. SEE ALSO: The wilderness has returned to idyllic Cape Cod. That means great white sharks. Some of the thickest, oldest Arctic ice, which is anchored in a compacted mass off the frigid north Greenland shore, broke apart this year. "That was oldest, most stable ice in the Arctic," said Mathis. "That’s the ice that we thought would hold on the longest." "It even stuck around when we saw all-time record-breaking melt in 2012," he added. The average thickness of this ice is around 5 meters, or 16 feet thick, but in parts it can reach 20 meters, or some 65 feet, said Meier.  In the greater scope of the expansive Arctic, this break-up wasn't extremely large. But it wasn't exactly small, either. A large pond of melted water on Arctic sea iceImage: nasa"It's an area about the size of Indiana, so it's not trivial," he said.  This break-up portends what may eventually transpire in the Arctic — a visible gauge of climate change — in the next four or so decades. "Something happened this year that is incredibly indicative of just how fast the Arctic is changing," said Mathis. "That could accelerate the timeline for what could be an ice-free Arctic Ocean during the summer months." "It definitely was a surprise," said Meier.  Though, this may not be the first time such Greenland ice melting has happened, he explained; given the limited satellite records, there's no way to know for sure. In any case, it's still a sign of growing instability.  "It’s an indication that it [the ice] was thinner and weaker than it used to be," he said. Loss and variability of August #Arctic sea ice volume…+ Model (PIOMAS) info/validation: t.co/UDsruDEI5p + Additional graphics: t.co/bTAfMZhjL1 pic.twitter.com/2YNhTPXoym — Zack Labe (@ZLabe) September 22, 2018 When sea ice melts, it contributes to even more ice melting. In contrast to the dark ocean, bright ice reflects sunlight back into space. But as both the warming oceans and atmosphere melt the bright ice cover, the ocean is then able to absorb this energy, which in turn melts more ice, said Meier. It's a continuing, stubborn feedback loop. The change here, even in non-record breaking years, is stark.  "We're definitely looking at a shift in the climate," said Meier. WATCH: A paralyzed man walks, with assistance, thanks to a new therapy that reactivates the spinal cord



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Grim task as forensic experts ID Guatemala volcano victims

Grim task as forensic experts ID Guatemala volcano victimsESCUINTLA, Guatemala (AP) — Forensic experts worked Friday on the grim task of identifying dozens of bodies charred beyond recognition by the eruption of Guatemala's Volcano of Fire, a disaster that has left at least 110 confirmed dead and nearly 200 still missing.



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Protester sports chilling grim reaper outfit during March for Our Lives rally in Washington DC

Protester sports chilling grim reaper outfit during March for Our Lives rally in Washington DCOne creative protester arrived at the March for Our Lives rally against gun



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