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6.4 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Off Peru, No Damage or Risk of Tsunami Reported

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.4 struck off the coast of Peru on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, though Peru’s civil defense institute Indeci said there was no risk of a tsunami and no immediate damage. (more…)

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Wary Latino Republicans Look to Mike Pence as an Unexpected Ally

Vice President Mike Pence came before this year’s White House Cinco de Mayo celebration ready to correct an earlier flub. “Buenas tardes,” he said, welcoming the crowd of Latino Republicans, getting his grammar right after earlier greeting a conservative Hispanic business group with the incorrect “buenos tardes.” (more…)

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Eight Telescopes Across the Globe Could Let Us See a Black Hole for the First Time Ever

It's Albert Einstein's weirdest prediction — that the universe is sprinkled with massive objects so dense that not even light can escape them. Although Einstein was skeptical the theory was true, it has held for over a century. Today, astronomers are fairly convinced that nearly every galaxy (including our own)

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At Least 210 People Killed in Flooding, Landslides in Colombia

Families and rescuers searched desperately on Sunday through mud-plastered rubble for victims of flooding and landslides in Colombia that have killed at least 210 people, injured hundreds and devastated entire neighborhoods. (more…)

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‘Ring of Fire’ Solar Eclipse to Treat Skygazers in South America, Southern Africa

A spectacular "ring of fire" solar eclipse Sunday will regale skygazers in South America and southern Africa, with seafarers in the nearby Atlantic getting a front-row view too, astronomers say. (more…)

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Very Large Telescope in Chile to Seek Habitable Planets in Alpha Centauri

The European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope in Chile will be modified in order to allow it to search more effectively for potentially habitable planets in Alpha Centauri, the nearest star system to Earth. (more…)

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First Elephant Sanctuary in Latin America Opens in Brazil

Maia grunts and nervously moves her huge body back and forth while being released from a transport container to a new home. Here, there are no gawking crowds for the Asian elephant that has spent her life in captivity. There are no blows from bull hooks, no one demanding tricks

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Colombian President, Head of FARC Rebels Agree on Cease-fire and Rebel Disarmament Deal

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and the head of the country's leftist FARC rebels agreed Thursday on a cease-fire and rebel disarmament deal that moves the country to the brink of ending a 52-year war that has left more than 220,000 people dead. (more…)

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