Author: Mariyah Mclaughlin

While climate change is in general increasing the ferocity and frequency of severe weather events, the same effects may not apply to the massive snow dumps that occasionally pummel the U.S. West. The quantity of snow that falls during so-called “snow deluge” years — such as the big 2023 snow season in California — is on the decline, according to a new study, published Monday in the Proceedings for the National Academy of Sciences. “There’s a common narrative with climate change that extreme weather events are getting more extreme,” lead author Adrienne Marshall, an assistant professor of geology and geological engineering…

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The US ambassador to the UN on Monday called on all regional countries to stop providing arms support to the warring parties in North African country of Sudan. “Armed actors in Sudan must respect international law and protect civilians, and recall the ICC’s (International Criminal Court) jurisdiction to investigate war crimes,” Linda Thomas-Greenfield told reporters, adding: “All regional powers must stop providing weapons to both parties in accordance with the UN arms embargo.” Citing reports that the paramilitary RSF and its allied militias have razed multiple villages west of El Fasher, the largest city in the Darfur, and are planning…

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The head of Britain’s domestic intelligence agency warned the country’s leading research universities on Thursday that foreign states are targeting their institutions and imperiling national security. “We know that our universities are being actively targeted by hostile actors and need to guard against the threat posed to frontier research in the most sensitive sectors,” said the deputy prime minister Oliver Dowden, who also attended the briefing. The threat requires “further measures,” said the deputy PM, who announced that the government was launching a consultation with the sector so it could “do more to support our universities and put the right…

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A former U.S. Marine pilot, fighting extradition from Australia on U.S. charges of training Chinese military pilots to land on aircraft carriers, unknowingly worked with a Chinese hacker, his lawyer said. Daniel Duggan, 55, a naturalised Australian citizen, also feared requests by Western intelligence agencies for sensitive information were putting his family at risk, the lawyer said in a legal filing seen by Reuters. The lawyer’s filing supports Reuters reporting linking Duggan to convicted Chinese defence hacker Su Bin. Duggan denies allegations that he broke U.S. arms control laws. He has been in an Australian maximum security prison since his 2022 arrest after…

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A Pole, a German, a Frenchmen, and a Swiss meet in a bar, or was it a Swiss, a French, a German, and a Slovak, I forgot. However, what otherwise sounded like the beginning of a quirky joke was in fact an informal luncheon by some of the brightest analysts of the European Union in early December last year. Nationalities aside, the topic of the lunch was, of course, the Ukraine. The basic question was simple, Are We at War? Will Russia win? What’s the consequence for Europe if Russia wins? What is the European Union willingness to defend the…

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis criticized the College Football Playoff committee Tuesday and said he is asking for $1 million in the state’s budget to let Florida State sue the committee over its decision to exclude the team from the Playoff. DeSantis spoke about the decision at a news conference related to his spending proposal, which calls for a $114.4 billion budget for Florida. DeSantis said his children are Seminoles fans and were not happy with FSU’s exclusion from the Playoff. “My first-grader, my fifth-grader and my preschooler … they are all ‘noles and they are big-time fans and they do the tomahawk chop and…

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Avelo Airlines celebrated their first Caribbean flight destination with nonstop service from Connecticut to Puerto Rico, according to a press release. Connecticut residents, home to roughly 300,000 Puerto Ricans, can now fly directly from Tweed-New Haven Airport (HVN) to San Juan Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU) for as low as $99 one-way. San Juan marks Avelo’s first destination outside of the continental United States, with flights twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays. “It’s officially time – Viaja Con Avelo!” said Avelo Airlines Chairman and CEO Andrew Levy. “With the third-largest population of Puerto Ricans in the continental U.S. calling Connecticut home, the convenience, reliability…

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CHARLESTON, S.C. – Notices from the South Carolina Department of Revenue (SCDOR) will now have QR codes with payment vouchers to make paying owed balances easier.  Each QR code is specific to the attached notice. Once scanned, you will be directed to MYDORWAY, and after verifying your identity, your balance will be automatically calculated. SCDOR says people who do not have a QR code can still pay online using MYDORWAY. If you have questions or trouble figuring out how to pay online, use Dorwin SCDOR’s 24/7 virtual assistant. Source : Count On News

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Valencia, Turin, Madrid (28/11 – 25) Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia retained his MotoGP world title with many records; there are nevertheless signs that the Ducati rider will face sterner competition next season. The Italian rider won the 2023 season-ending MotoGP Grand Prix in Valencia on Sunday to clinch his second world title in a row. The protege of Valentino Rossi becomes the third rider to take back-to-back MotoGP titles since the introduction of the class in 2002. Only Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez previously managed to do that. Bagnaia is the first rider to successfully race and defend #1 in the…

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Some rat researchers have said the city should focus more on human behavior, including improving waste disposal New York City officials have found a new way to kill rats that’s so effective an entire population on an Upper East Side street has been all but exterminated. Councilmember Julie Menin told Gothamist the method has successfully eliminated over 100 rat burrows on a section of East 86th Street since the effort was launched last year. The strategy involves pumping carbon monoxide directly into the rat burrows that are found in sidewalk tree beds. “The method demonstrated an impressive eradication rate of nearly 100% in the tree pits…

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