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Mexico plane hit sudden, violent storm before crash

Mexico plane hit sudden, violent storm before crashDURANGO, Mexico (AP) — It began with a strong burst of wind and pounding hail that pummeled the Aeromexico jetliner minutes after takeoff in northern Mexico then sent it smashing belly-down onto a field near the runway.



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15 dead as gunmen storm Afghan govt building, 11 killed in bus bombing

15 dead as gunmen storm Afghan govt building, 11 killed in bus bombingA suicide bomb and gun attack by militants on an Afghan government building in Jalalabad on Tuesday killed at least 15 people, some burned “beyond recognition”, officials said, the latest in a series of assaults on the eastern city. On the other side of the country a roadside bomb apparently intended for security forces hit a passenger bus and killed 11 people, marking yet another bloody day for civilians who have borne the brunt of violence in Afghanistan. The attack in Jalalabad targeted the compound of the refugees and repatriations department.



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NASA's Curiosity rover took a badass Mars selfie during a huge dust storm

NASA's Curiosity rover took a badass Mars selfie during a huge dust stormThe dust storm on Mars continues to grow. On Wednesday, NASA announced the storm has progressed from a continent-sized tempest to an event that has engulfed the entire red planet.  "The Martian dust storm has grown in size and is now officially a 'planet-encircling' (or 'global') dust event," NASA said in a statement. SEE ALSO: NASA's Opportunity rover braves huge dust storm on Mars as scientists keep watch But a storm can't keep the Curiosity rover down.  The space robot, which has been exploring the Martian surface since 2012, took a pretty amazing selfie as the storm was heating up on June 15. That said, NASA's other functioning rover on Mars isn't doing quite as well in the storm. For two weeks, the storm has smothered the Mars Opportunity rover, turning day to night and blocking nearly all light from reaching the robot's solar arrays.  A shade simulation of dust blocking out the Martian sun. Opportunity has been experiencing the far right conditions.Image: nasaThe energy-starved machine has been in sleep-mode for the past week, and is no longer communicating with NASA engineers — though, they're hopeful the robot will charge up when the storm dissipates.  That said, even if Curiosity experiences near total darkness, it won't lose power like Opportunity. Curiosity, a car-sized rover, runs on nuclear energy. It's unknown how long this dust storm will last, though previous Martian dust storms have persisted for weeks to months. It's also unknown why some Martian storms stay relatively small and die off after a week, while others continue to grow. "We don't have any good idea," Scott Guzewich, an atmospheric scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, said of these storms in a statement. But Curiosity, along with spacecraft orbiting Mars, are now in an ideal position to send information about this progressing dust storm back to Guzewich and other NASA scientists.  Mars, though, is an ideal place for dust storms to occur. Unlike Earth, it has no trees and vegetation to keep dirt rooted to the Earth. And Mars' oceans have long since evaporated away, leaving a vast dust-ridden desert at the mercy of the callous Martian winds. WATCH: NASA is attempting to fly a helicopter on Mars for the first time



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NASA rover knocked out as gigantic dust storm envelops Mars

NASA rover knocked out as gigantic dust storm envelops MarsCAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's seemingly unstoppable Mars rover Opportunity has been knocked out by a gigantic dust storm that is enveloping the red planet and blotting out the sun.



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Massive Martian dust storm threatens plucky NASA rover

Massive Martian dust storm threatens plucky NASA roverBy Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An immense dust storm that may soon encircle Mars is threatening one of NASA’s rovers on the planet’s surface, with the vehicle becoming dormant and unresponsive at a site called Perseverance Valley, U.S. space agency officials said on Wednesday. The officials, however, expressed optimism that the Opportunity rover, which was built to operate for three months but has thrived on Mars since January 2004, will be able to survive and continue its scientific mission. John Callas, Opportunity project manager at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, said the solar-powered rover, with the sun blotted out by an intensifying dust storm already engulfing a quarter of Mars, is no longer responding to commands.



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Storm Alberto: News anchor and photojournalist killed as tree falls on car

Storm Alberto: News anchor and photojournalist killed as tree falls on carA news anchor and photojournalist from a South Carolina news station died on



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Alberto, first named storm of the season, threatens Gulf Coast

Alberto, first named storm of the season, threatens Gulf CoastResidents along the Gulf Coast are preparing for Alberto, which is expected to dump up to a foot of rain across parts of Florida, Alabama and Mississippi. All three states have declared states of emergency.



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Intruders storm Nigerian parliament and snatch mace: Senate spokesman

Intruders storm Nigerian parliament and snatch mace: Senate spokesmanBy Camillus Eboh ABUJA (Reuters) – Three men burst into Nigeria’s Senate on Wednesday and snatched the legislature’s ceremonial mace, in an incident the body’s spokesman blamed on a lawmaker who had been suspended. Decisions taken in the Senate cannot be approved without the mace, an ornamental staff symbolising the authority of the legislature. “Today, some hoodlums led by suspended senator Ovie Omo-Agege walked into the Senate plenary and seized the symbol of authority of the upper legislative chamber, the mace,” Senator Aliyu Abdullahi, spokesman for the upper house, said in a statement.



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FEMA: Puerto Rico running out of time as storm season nears

FEMA: Puerto Rico running out of time as storm season nearsSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The administrator of the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency said Friday it will take up to an estimated $ 50 billion to help rebuild Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria and warned that the U.S. territory is not ready for another disaster.



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George W. Bush Dances Up A Storm At His Nephew's Wedding

George W. Bush Dances Up A Storm At His Nephew's WeddingHe's the commander-in-busting-a-move.



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