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Pence points to leftist groups as caravan organizers

Pence points to leftist groups as caravan organizersVice President Mike Pence suggested Tuesday that leftist groups financed by Venezuela might be behind the caravan of Central American migrants headed toward the US border. Speaking at a forum hosted by The Washington Post, Pence said he had been in contact with the presidents of Honduras and Guatemala about the unfolding situation.



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'Compelling Evidence' Points To Saudi Prince In Khashoggi Death, Says Ex-MI6 Chief

'Compelling Evidence' Points To Saudi Prince In Khashoggi Death, Says Ex-MI6 ChiefThe former head of Britain's foreign intelligence service MI6 believes "very



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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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Iran points finger at Arab separatists for deadly attack

Iran points finger at Arab separatists for deadly attackIranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday appeared to blame Arab separatists for an attack on a military parade the previous day that left 29 people dead. “It is absolutely clear to us who has done this, which group it is and to whom they are affiliated,” Rouhani said on state television shortly before leaving Tehran for the UN General Assembly in New York. “Those who have caused this catastrophe … were Saddam’s mercenaries as long as he was alive and then changed masters,” he said, referring to late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.



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Marriott loyalty members can now collect and redeem points at Ritz-Carlton and Starwood hotels

Marriott loyalty members can now collect and redeem points at Ritz-Carlton and Starwood hotelsLoyalty programs for Marriott, the Ritz-Carlton and Starwood have finally merged, two years after Marriott acquired Starwood Hotels and Resorts in 2016, a mammoth $ 12.2 billion deal that created the world's largest hotel company. 



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Chelsea Clinton Points To Right-Wing Hypocrisy In Samantha Bee Outrage

Chelsea Clinton Points To Right-Wing Hypocrisy In Samantha Bee Outrage"Feckless cunt," the fiery insult that comedian Samantha Bee flung at first



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Bad day for Manafort as judge points out his deep Russia ties

Bad day for Manafort as judge points out his deep Russia tiesRachel Maddow catches up on the day's news, including a ruling by a judge who not only rejected former Donald Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort's bid to have charges dismissed, but also pointed out just how deep and long Manafort's ties to Russia run.



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Old NASA spacecraft points to new evidence of watery plumes over Europa

Old NASA spacecraft points to new evidence of watery plumes over EuropaA fresh look at data from a 1997 flyby of Jupiter’s moon, Europa, suggests that NASA’s Galileo spacecraft flew directly through a watery plume, raising hopes of probing the jets for signs of life around the second planet from Earth. The revelations Monday came after scientists revisited a puzzling reading from an instrument aboard Galileo, which in 1995 became the first spacecraft to enter the orbit of a gas giant planet. What they found was the most direct evidence yet of plumes emerging from Europa’s frozen surface, researchers reported in the scientific journal Nature Astronomy.



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Trump Regurgitates Pro-Gun Talking Points At NRA Convention

Trump Regurgitates Pro-Gun Talking Points At NRA ConventionIn his address at the National Rifle Association's annual Dallas convention



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Trump defends $1.3T spending plan, points to military gains

Trump defends $  1.3T spending plan, points to military gainsPALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump on Sunday defended his decision to sign a $ 1.3 trillion federal spending bill despite his misgivings, pointing to billions in new funding for the military and national security.



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