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Tennessee has highest per capita COVID case rates in the U.S., one of the lowest vaccination rates


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Dive: Biden’s approval hits lowest point yet, 2-1 ‘wrong direction’


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Support for Scottish independence at lowest in two years


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New Yahoo News/YouGov poll: U.S. COVID worries fall to lowest level ever ahead of Memorial Day


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70 percent of Covid shots in the US have not been administered – these states have lowest vaccination rate


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2018 death toll Syria war's lowest at under 20,000: monitor

2018 death toll Syria war's lowest at under 20,000: monitorSyria’s nearly eight-year-old conflict saw its lowest annual death toll in 2018 as the regime reasserted its authority over swathes of territory, a war monitor said on Monday. A total of 19,666 people were killed this year as a result of the conflict, which erupted in 2011, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group reported. “2018 was the lowest annual toll since the start of the conflict,” Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.



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Utah gears up to implement nation's lowest DUI limit

Utah gears up to implement nation's lowest DUI limitSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — New Year's Eve revelers in Utah could find themselves with more than a hangover as 2019 dawns. If they drink and drive, they could end up on the wrong side of the nation's newest and lowest DUI threshold.



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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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Donald Trump speaks at a fourth-grade level, the lowest of last 15 U.S. presidents, according to analysis

Donald Trump speaks at a fourth-grade level, the lowest of last 15 U.S. presidents, according to analysisPresident Donald Trump connects with the American people by using a language that even a fourth grader could understand, according to a recently published analysis by Factbase on the speech patterns of the last 15 U.S. presidents.



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Colombia records lowest murder rate in four decades

Colombia records lowest murder rate in four decadesColombia recorded its lowest murder rate in four decades this year in the wake of a peace deal with the leftwing FARC rebel group, the government said Tuesday. There were “a little over 11,000 homicides” in 2017, Defense Minister Luis Carlos Villegas said, equating to a rate of 23 murders per 100,000 inhabitants. The government’s Forensic Medicine Institute has not yet released its data on recorded deaths for 2017.



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