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Japan probe arrives at asteroid after nearly four-year space odyssey

Japan probe arrives at asteroid after nearly four-year space odysseyBy Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) – A Japanese space probe named after a falcon arrived at an asteroid 300 million kilometers from Earth on Wednesday after a three-and-a half year journey on a mission to seek the origins of life. The Hayabusa 2 blasted off in December 2014 for the asteroid Ryugu on a pioneering mission to take samples that scientists hope will help reveal how life began. “Everything has gone as planned,” a spokesman for the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) told a news conference.



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Nearly half of Iowa crude oil spill contained, BNSF says

Nearly half of Iowa crude oil spill contained, BNSF says(Reuters) – Workers have contained nearly half of the crude oil spilled near Rock River in northwest Iowa over the weekend following a freight train derailment on Friday, BNSF Railway Co said. About 100,000 gallons had been hemmed off using booms out of the estimated 230,000 gallons spilled, BNSF said in a statement on Saturday. The spill has raised concerns about drinking water downstream.



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Five migrants die, nearly 200 rescued off Libya

Five migrants die, nearly 200 rescued off LibyaFive migrants died and nearly 200 were rescued off the coast of Libya while trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe in two boats, the Libyan navy said Saturday. Three children and nine women were among 94 migrants rescued on Friday when their inflatable dinghy sank 12 nautical miles from Garabulli, east of the capital Tripoli. Five migrants — from Sudan, Nigeria, Chad and Egypt — aboard the same vessel lost their lives, said navy spokesman Ayoub Kacem.



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Americans own nearly half world's guns in civilian hands: survey

Americans own nearly half world's guns in civilian hands: surveyAmericans make up 4 percent of the world’s population but owned about 46 percent of the estimated 857 million weapons in civilian hands at the end of 2017, a survey showed on Monday. The Small Arms Survey, an independent global research project based in Geneva, Switzerland, found that there were more than 1 billion firearms in the world, of which civilians owned 85 percent, while the rest were held by militaries or law enforcement agencies. The number of guns owned by civilians globally rose to 857 million in 2017 from 650 million in 2006, the survey said.



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Guatemala volcano search called off with nearly 200 unaccounted for

Guatemala volcano search called off with nearly 200 unaccounted forAuthorities on Sunday called off a search for the nearly 200 people missing since Guatemala’s Fuego volcano erupted earlier this month, devastating the surrounding countryside. Officials have confirmed the deaths of 110 people as a result of the volcanic eruption on June 3, but another 197 remain unaccounted for. Guatemala’s south-central region was also shaken on Sunday night by a 5.8-magnitude earthquake with its epicenter at Iztapa, on the Pacific coast near neighboring El Salvador, the civil protection agency said.



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A Look Inside Casa Padre, a Converted Walmart Now Home to Nearly 1,500 Immigrant Children

A Look Inside Casa Padre, a Converted Walmart Now Home to Nearly 1,500 Immigrant ChildrenVideo provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday offered a glimpse at life inside Casa Padre, a former Walmart along the Mexican border that has been home to nearly 1,500 immigrant children for more than a year.



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Florida Man Kills 4 Children and Himself After Shooting Cop During Nearly 24-Hour Standoff

Florida Man Kills 4 Children and Himself After Shooting Cop During Nearly 24-Hour StandoffGary Wayne Lindsey Jr., a felon out on probation, killed two of his own children and two others, authorities said.



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Steam explosion spreads ash fallout at Kilauea summit nearly 40 days after initial eruption

Steam explosion spreads ash fallout at Kilauea summit nearly 40 days after initial eruptionHawaii’s Kilauea volcano has been erupting since May 3, and according to the county of Hawaii's civil defense agency, another small explosion occurred on Sunday morning.



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Texas man nearly died after being bitten by venomous snake he decapitated, wife says

Texas man nearly died after being bitten by venomous snake he decapitated, wife saysJennifer Sutcliffe said she and her husband were doing yard work on Memorial Day weekend – in preparation for a family barbecue – when she spotted a 4-foot long Western diamondback rattlesnake slithering through her flowerbed. Ms Sutcliffe screamed, she told the Washington Post, altering her husband to the snake’s presence.



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Guatemala volcano toll rises to 75, nearly 200 missing

Guatemala volcano toll rises to 75, nearly 200 missingNearly 200 people are missing and at least 75 have been killed since Guatemala’s Fuego volcano began erupting over the weekend, officials said Tuesday. Seven communities in already devastated areas were evacuated as the volcano’s activity increased, with rescue operations halted. In the city of Escuintla, near the summit, panicked locals rushed to their cars to escape, causing chaotic traffic.



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