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Trudeau’s Venezuela Diplomacy Is a Bright Spot Amid China Furor

Trudeau’s Venezuela Diplomacy Is a Bright Spot Amid China FurorThe Canadian prime minister’s top diplomat, Chrystia Freeland, is working behind the scenes to sound the alarm over the authoritarian government of Nicolas Maduro — all while she tries to douse other fires abroad. To pressure Maduro, the Canadians hosted meetings of Venezuela’s neighbors expressing joint concern, offered early support for National Assembly leader Juan Guaido and rallied other countries to speak up.



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Astronomers spot black hole spinning unbelievably fast as it swallows up a star

Astronomers spot black hole spinning unbelievably fast as it swallows up a starBlack holes are some of the most interesting features of our universe, but they're also not very well understood. Studying distant black holes in any great detail is very difficult due to the fact that nothing, including light, can escape their grasp once its gets too close. Now, a black hole sitting some 290 million light years from Earth has offered scientists the rare opportunity to measure its speed, and the numbers are mind-boggling.

Researchers using the All-Sky Automated Survey for Supernovae telescope network detected "a burst of light" from a specific spot in the sky back in 2014. Upon closer inspection and observations using additional instruments, scientists determined that the blast of X-ray energy was coming from a star, but not just any star. This star was in the midst of being torn apart by a black hole.

The star itself had no hope of escaping the black hole's grasp once it drifted into its event horizon — the area around a black hole from which nothing can escape — but the X-ray emissions from the star's fractured body were still visible as the debris circled the super-dense body.

It was determined that the signal coming from the black hole was repeating every 131 seconds, giving researchers the incredibly special chance to measure the speed at which the black hole is spinning.

"The fact that we can track this region of bright X-ray emission as it circles the black hole lets us track just how quickly material in the disk is spinning," MIT's Dheeraj Pasham, lead author of a study published in Science discussing the observations, said in a statement. "That gives us information about the spin rate of the supermassive black hole itself."

But how fast is it? The researchers estimate that the black hole is spinning at roughly half the speed of light, or maybe even faster. Light travels at nearly 300 million meters per second, or around 671 million miles per hour. Even at half that speed, the black hole is rotating at a truly unimaginable rate compared to anything humans are used to seeing.

"A non-spinning black hole is already an extraordinarily powerful object," study co-author Chris Fragile noted. "With rapid spin the black hole's power is turned up even higher."



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Orman submits petitions for spot in Kansas governor's race

Orman submits petitions for spot in Kansas governor's raceTOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas City-area businessman submitted petitions Monday with more than 10,000 signatures for what could become the most serious independent run for Kansas governor in decades and potentially doom Democrats' efforts to recapture the office.



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Human remains found near spot where SUV plunged off cliff

Human remains found near spot where SUV plunged off cliffMENDOCINO, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California resident found a pair of jeans and human remains inside a girl's shoe on a beach near the spot where a woman drove her large family off a cliff in March, authorities said Thursday.



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14 Killed in Tourist Hot Spot Cancun During Bloody 36-Hour Span

14 Killed in Tourist Hot Spot Cancun During Bloody 36-Hour SpanViolence rocked Mexico’s most popular tourist town last week, leaving 14 dead and five more injured in a 36-hour span, according to reports.



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An Anti-Sinclair Spot Is Expected To Air 175 Times On 4 Sinclair Stations

An Anti-Sinclair Spot Is Expected To Air 175 Times On 4 Sinclair StationsThe viral video showing a dizzying array of local news anchors reciting the



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GOP Congressman Calls For Undocumented SOTU Guests To Be Arrested On The Spot

GOP Congressman Calls For Undocumented SOTU Guests To Be Arrested On The SpotWASHINGTON ― About 30 young undocumented immigrants are attending the State of the Union on Tuesday as guests of lawmakers ― and one of their colleagues wants to use the opportunity to have those guests arrested.



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Bright spot for Trump in 2017, job creation faces new challenges

Bright spot for Trump in 2017, job creation faces new challengesPresident Donald Trump can point to at least one important success in his first year: the number of jobs grew and the unemployment rate fell in 2017.



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Syria rebel enclave is Assad regime's weak spot

Syria rebel enclave is Assad regime's weak spotSyria’s rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta near the capital is the regime’s Achilles heel, and because of this it faces an almost inevitable military offensive, experts say. The battle-scarred region east of Damascus, which has been under near-daily bombardment and a crippling government siege since 2013, is strategically vital to President Bashar al-Assad. Joshua Landis, director of the Centre for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma, said the ongoing rebellion in Eastern Ghouta contrasted with the regime “presenting itself as the winner” of Syria’s war elsewhere.



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Sandy Hook families post video on how to spot signs of potential mass shooting

Sandy Hook families post video on how to spot signs of potential mass shootingSandy Hook Promise released a new video with the message that it is possible to see the signs of a potential act of violence ahead of time. Instead, family members of victims have watched as a series of increasingly deadly mass shooting attacks have occurred at schools, churches, baseball practices and concerts. To mark the fifth anniversary of the Sandy Hook shooting, a nonprofit founded by some of the family members of victims is releasing a new video with the message that it is possible to see the signs of a potential act of violence ahead of time – and that it is crucial to act on them.



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