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Four sharks killed after attack on swimmers near Great Barrier Reef

Four sharks killed after attack on swimmers near Great Barrier ReefFour large sharks have been killed in Australia after a woman and a 12-year-old girl were attacked at a popular Great Barrier Reef tourist spot. Both were still in hospital Sunday after being mauled in separate incidents just a day apart last week at the Whitsunday Islands. Drum lines, which use baited hooks to catch the predators, ensnared four tiger sharks, one 3.7 metres (12 feet) long and the others each between two to three metres, a Fisheries Queensland spokesman said Sunday. "While sharks of this size are potentially very dangerous to humans, it is unclear if they were responsible for injuries caused to two swimmers," he said. The latest shark to be caught "has been humanely euthanised and will be taken further out to sea for disposal." The spokesman said it was clear "there are a significant number of active sharks in local waters and people are urged not to swim". The drumlines were to remain in place over the next week. Shark attacks are very rare in the Whitsundays – a collection of spectacular tropical islands at the heart of the Barrier Reef – with the last encounter reported to be eight years ago, according to national broadcaster ABC. The attacks have revived debate about how best to reduce the risk of encounters between sharks and the growing number of people using the ocean for leisure.



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NC river swirls with gray muck near flooded coal ash dump

NC river swirls with gray muck near flooded coal ash dumpWILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Gray muck is flowing into the Cape Fear River from the site of a dam breach at a Wilmington power plant Friday where an old coal ash dump had been covered over by Florence's floodwaters.



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'You Can't Even See the Sky.' Series of Explosions Sets Dozens of Homes Ablaze Near Boston

'You Can't Even See the Sky.' Series of Explosions Sets Dozens of Homes Ablaze Near BostonPolice believe the explosions are coming from a problematic gas line



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Fires, explosions erupt in multiple US towns near Boston

Fires, explosions erupt in multiple US towns near BostonMass evacuations from US towns north of Boston were underway Thursday after dozens of fires and suspected gas explosions erupted, police said, leaving at least 10 residents injured, one critically. Massachusetts State Police said they had responded to 70 reports of fires, explosions and the smell of gas in a widespread zone encompassing the east coast towns of Lawrence, Andover and North Andover. Authorities were to cut power to thousands of meters, police said, and residents in all three towns with utilities service from Columbia Gas had been asked to evacuate immediately.



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Suspected gas explosions rock towns near Boston, forcing evacuations

Suspected gas explosions rock towns near Boston, forcing evacuationsDozens of explosions and fires rocked a wide area across several communities north of Boston, prompting evacuations of numerous neighborhoods.



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Pennsylvania explosion: Evacuations and destroyed homes near Pittsburgh after huge gas line blast

Pennsylvania explosion: Evacuations and destroyed homes near Pittsburgh after huge gas line blastResidents have been forced to evacuate after a gas line explosion outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania destroyed buildings amid massive flames. There have been no reported injuries as yet but the 5 am explosion and fire affected the approximately 30 homes within a half-mile radius. The line is operated by a company called Energy Transfer in Center Township, a suburb approximately 25 miles northwest of Pittsburgh.



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Wildfire near Redding nearly triples in size, triggers evacuations

Wildfire near Redding nearly triples in size, triggers evacuationsInterstate 5 remains closed in Shasta County because of a fast-moving wildfire. The Delta Fire is burning about ten miles north of Redding. So far, the fire has grown to 23 square miles and has zero percent containment.



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US judge blocks grizzly bear hunt near Yellowstone Park

US judge blocks grizzly bear hunt near Yellowstone ParkA US judge on Thursday blocked the opening of grizzly bear hunts that were set to take place this weekend around Yellowstone National Park for the first time in 40 years. The ruling by US District Judge Dana Christensen, of Montana, marked a victory for wildlife advocates and Native American tribes that had sought to stop the controversial hunt scheduled to open in Idaho and Wyoming on Saturday. “This is a pretty major victory and we are nothing short of elated,” Melissa Thomasma, executive director of Wyoming Wildlife Advocates, told AFP.



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Hurricane Lane keeps churning near Hawaii

Hurricane Lane keeps churning near HawaiiThe hurricane has already brought more than 2 feet of rain to the Big Island.



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Knifeman kills mother and sister near Paris, IS claims attack

Knifeman kills mother and sister near Paris, IS claims attackA man stabbed his mother and sister to death and seriously injured another person in a town near Paris on Thursday before being shot dead by police. The 36-year-old had serious mental health problems and had been on a terror watch list since 2016, Interior Minister Gerard Collomb told reporters after visiting the scene in the town of Trappes. The motive for the violence remained unclear despite a claim by the Islamic State (IS) group that it was an attack by one of its fighters responding to the terror organisation’s propaganda.



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