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Push to honor black tennis star comes amid blackface scandal

Push to honor black tennis star comes amid blackface scandalRICHMOND, Va. (AP) ā€” A movement to rename a Richmond, Virginia, thoroughfare for groundbreaking black tennis player Arthur Ashe Jr. is cresting just as the state finds itself in turmoil over a blackface scandal involving the governor and attorney general.



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Texas councilman in crossfire for calling Democratic star a 'bimbo'

Texas councilman in crossfire for calling Democratic star a 'bimbo'A councilman who called new Democratic US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez a “bimbo” on Twitter has unleashed a firestorm of criticism. Scott Dunn of Richardson, Texas also slammed Ocasio-Cortez, a social media savvy star of the Democratic Party’s left wing, saying she had “nothing between her ear (sic)” for criticizing President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech.



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Mueller investigation: Russian pop star linked to Trump cancels US tour fearing he could be arrested

Mueller investigation: Russian pop star linked to Trump cancels US tour fearing he could be arrestedA Russian pop star with close links to Donald Trump and who reportedly helped set up the 2016 Trump Tower meeting, has cancelled an upcoming US tour, with his agent citing fears he may be arrested by FBI agents working for Robert Mueller. Emin Agalarov, the Azerbaijan-son of Azerbaijani-Russian oligarch Aras Agalarov, announced he was cancelling the five-date tour that included performances in both the US and Canada. ā€œI really hate to be recording this message, but Iā€™m left without a choice, due to circumstances beyond my control, I am forced to postpone my scheduled US and Canadian tour,ā€ Agalarov said in a message posted on Facebook and Instagram.



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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a social media star, to school House Democrats on Twitter use

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a social media star, to school House Democrats on Twitter useThe lesson comes as a generational divide between members of Congress and the tech platforms they oversee has been on full display.



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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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Pauley Perrette, Sasha Alexander back ex-'NCIS' star Michael Weatherly amid harassment claims

Pauley Perrette, Sasha Alexander back ex-'NCIS' star Michael Weatherly amid harassment claimsPauley Perrette and Sasha Alexander are supporting their ex-'NCIS' co-star Michael Weatherly after Eliza Dushku accused him of sexual harassment.



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'Super-Earth' discovered orbiting Sun's nearest star

'Super-Earth' discovered orbiting Sun's nearest starA “super-Earth” has been discovered orbiting the closest single star to our Sun, scientists said Wednesday in a breakthrough that could shine a light on Earth’s nearest planetary neighbours. Astronomers studied Barnard’s Star, a red dwarf just six light years away — practically in our back garden, galactically speaking — and noticed the presence of a “frozen, dimly lit world” at least 3.2 times heavier than Earth.



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Senate Candidate's Unbothered Dog Is the True Star of This Concession Video

Senate Candidate's Unbothered Dog Is the True Star of This Concession VideoHe's a very good dog, no matter his politics



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Ocasio-Cortez, Democrat rock star makes history

Ocasio-Cortez, Democrat rock star makes historyRising left-wing rock star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made history on Tuesday as the youngest woman elected to Congress, in a safe Democratic Party stronghold in New York, US media projected. On Tuesday, she trounced Republican opponent Anthony Pappas in her constituency, a Democratic stronghold in a diverse part of Queens and the Bronx, US media reported.



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Saudi dissident YouTube star defiant after Khashoggi murder

Saudi dissident YouTube star defiant after Khashoggi murderSaudi dissident satirist Ghanem Almasarir, whose social media mockery of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman gets millions of hits, told AFP he is undeterred by Jamal Khashoggi’s murder. Speaking at a protest on Wednesday outside the Saudi embassy in London, Almasarir said Khashoggi’s slaying had shown the wider world a darker side to the power wielded by Prince Mohammed.



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