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Magnitude 6.6 earthquake strikes near Port Hardy, Canada

By The Associated Press PORT HARDY, British Columbia (AP) — A powerful magnitude 6.6 earthquake has been reported near Vancouver Island, Canada. The U.S. Geological Survey says the powerful quake’s depth is about 6 miles (10 kilometers) and it struck Sunday evening about 161 miles (259 kilometers) west of Tofino, Canada. The National [READ MORE…

‘Extremely dangerous’ Hurricane Willa aims for Mexico

By The Associated Press MEXICO CITY (AP) — Forecasters say Hurricane Willa has grown rapidly into an “extremely dangerous” near-Category 5 storm in the eastern Pacific, on a path that could smash into Mexico’s western coast between Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta in the coming days. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said early Monday [READ MORE…

Trump space force – a real need but hazy planning

By ROBERT BURNS WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has demanded that Pentagon create a new military service, a Space Force to assure “American dominance in space.” And with that demand, Trump has injected urgency into the debate over the best way to protect U.S. interests in space, both military and commercial. [READ MORE HERE]…

Japanese Nobel chemistry laureate Shimomura dies at 90

By The Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — Japanese-born Marine biologist Osamu Shimomura, who won the Nobel Prize in chemistry, has died. He was 90. His alma mater Nagasaki University said Monday that Shimomura died Friday of natural causes. Shimomura and two American scientists shared the 2008 Nobel prize for the discovery and development [READ MORE…

Stephen Hawking wheelchair, thesis up for sale

By JILL LAWLESS LONDON (AP) — Stephen Hawking was a cosmic visionary, a figure of inspiration and a global celebrity. His unique status is reflected in an upcoming auction of some of the late physicist’s possessions: It includes complex scientific papers, one of the world’s most iconic wheelchairs and a script from [READ MORE HERE]…