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After Hurricane Ian cleanup, Space Coast back in business this week

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Hurricane Ian forced NASA’s moon rocket to retreat for now, but the business of launching rockets and humans to space is back to full speed this week.

United Launch Alliance is moving forward with a planned Tuesday evening liftoff from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station while NASA and SpaceX are looking to noon ...Read more

After Ian, forecasters watch 2 tropical disturbances in Atlantic

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TAMPA, Fla. — Two tropical disturbances are brewing in the Atlantic, and one is forecasted to make its way into the Caribbean this week.

The tropical disturbances come less than a week after Hurricane Ian ravaged the southwest coast of Florida. The storm has killed at least 42 people in Lee County, where the worst of Ian made landfall, ...Read more

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New declarations that 'the pandemic is over' once again miss the larger point, experts say

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LOS ANGELES — “The pandemic is over.”

It’s a pronouncement we’ve heard several times in the more than 2½ years since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic.

As California enters fall with the coronavirus very much on the decline, some are once again declaring victory. But health experts say that despite the ...Read more

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Haiti confirms cholera deaths as fuel shortage, protests hamper access to clean water

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After more than three years without a single confirmed case of cholera, Haiti is confirming the deaths of at least eight people from the deadly waterborne disease.

The deaths were confirmed to the Miami Herald by an official in the government Sunday, just hours after the United Nations confirmed there was an outbreak in the Caribbean nation ...Read more

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Bird flu spreads to Southern California, infecting chickens, wild birds and other animals

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MENLO PARK, Calif. — After proliferating globally, a historic wave of avian flu has entered Southern California, where it is worrying farmers and bird lovers and could add to complications with supply chains and food prices.

Already, poultry operations have had to euthanize domestic flocks of chickens and turkeys, while thousands of wild ...Read more

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'It's a total loss.' Iona residents left with little after Hurricane Ian

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FORT MYERS, Fla. — The small unincorporated Lee County community of Iona lies a few miles east of Fort Myers Beach, still closed off to the public while rescue crews search through what is reported to be complete devastation in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian.

More than 40 deaths in Lee County have been connected to Ian so far.

While the ...Read more

Russia says annexed zones' borders not set as Ukraine gains

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Its forces losing ground by the day to Kyiv’s counteroffensive, Russia said it still hasn’t finalized the borders of two of the four regions of Ukraine that President Vladimir Putin last week claimed as his own.

“As for Kherson and Zaporizhzhia, we will continue to consult with the people who live in those regions,” Kremlin spokesman ...Read more

Truss drops tax cut for top UK earners to fend off rebellion

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Prime Minister Liz Truss dropped a plan to cut taxes for the U.K.’s highest earners just 10 days after announcing it, a humiliating reversal designed to fend off a mounting rebellion within her own Conservative Party.

Chancellor of the Exchequer Kwasi Kwarteng announced the decision in a tweet early Monday, saying “we get it, and we have ...Read more

'We are tired, dirty and hungry': Hurricane Ian survivors leave Fort Myers Beach on foot

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FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. — Feeling increasingly isolated in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, Fort Myers Beach residents and renters continued to exit their devastated island by foot Sunday, four days after a 10-foot storm surge driven by 150 mph winds inundated Southwest Florida’s coastal communities.

All access to Estero Island from bridges ...Read more

No, it's not just sugary food that's responsible for poor oral health in America's children, especially in Appalachia

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Brushing your teeth is essential for maintaining optimal oral health, but like most aspects of health, the full story is more complicated.

As directors of the Center for Oral Health Research in Appalachia, we know firsthand that inequalities exist when it comes to oral health, including in children. Some people or groups have ...Read more

What is déjà vu? Psychologists are exploring this creepy feeling of having already lived through an experience before

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Curious Kids is a series for children of all ages. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, send it to curiouskidsus@theconversation.com.

Why do people experience déjà vu? – Atharva P., age 10, Bengaluru, India

Have you ever had that weird feeling that you’ve experienced the same exact situation before, ...Read more

Holocaust comparisons are frequent in US politics – and reflect a shallow understanding of the actual genocide and the US response

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Robert Keith Packer, a 57-year-old Virginian, achieved a measure of infamy at the Jan. 6 Capitol riot when he was photographed wearing a sweatshirt emblazoned with a skull and crossbones along with the words “Camp Auschwitz.” “Work Brings Freedom,” the front said, a translation of the notorious motto “Arbeit macht frei” that ...Read more

Hurricane Ian capped 2 weeks of extreme storms around the globe: Here's what's known about how climate change fuels hurricanes

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When Hurricane Ian hit Florida, it was one of the United States’ most powerful hurricanes on record, and it followed a two-week string of massive, devastating storms around the world.

A few days earlier in the Philippines, Typhoon Noru gave new meaning to rapid intensification when it blew up from a tropical storm with 50 mph winds ...Read more

Russia has mobilized for war many times before – sometimes it unified the nation, other times it ended in disaster

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Vladimir Putin’s mobilization of 300,000 additional Russian soldiers to fight in Ukraine has gotten off to a rocky start.

Nominally aimed at calling up reserve forces with prior combat experience, early reports suggest a broader dragnet and widespread resistance against the call-up. Recruitment offices have been torched, protests ...Read more

How Hurricane Ian and other disasters are becoming a growing source of inequality – even among the middle class

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Friendswood, Texas, is the type of community that one might think of as a “best case scenario” when it comes to recovering from a disaster.

It is a small tight-knit town with well-resourced residents and a strong social infrastructure of local institutions that provided a huge outpouring of support in the immediate aftermath of ...Read more

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Pharma-funded FDA gets drugs out faster, but some work only 'marginally' and most are pricey

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Dr. Steven-Huy Han, a UCLA liver specialist, has prescribed Ocaliva to a handful of patients, although he’s not sure it helps.

As advertised, the drug is lowering levels of an enzyme called alkaline phosphatase in their blood, and that should be a sign of healing for their autoimmune disease, called primary biliary cholangitis. But “no one ...Read more

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They leaped at the chance to hook mahi-mahi. But LA's hottest fish is hard to catch

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LONG BEACH, Calif. — The waning moon glimmered in the shallows of Rainbow Harbor, seagulls still blinking sleep from their eyes as the anglers huddled at the edge of the pier.

Some had followed friends' fish stories to the small Long Beach landing. Others were lured there by Instagram.

All were chasing the dorado — better known by its ...Read more

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How the pandemic saved one of California's smallest public schools

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KNEELAND, Calif. — In Kneeland, which isn't so much a town as a rural fire station and a smattering of homes in the forest, the school has long been the lifeblood of the community.

And it has long felt a little fragile.

Perched on a mountaintop in Humboldt County, amid coastal redwoods and Douglas firs, Kneeland Elementary is one of ...Read more

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Ian's nasty swipe at Sanibel cuts deep for many Floridians. Here's why

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TAMPA, Fla. — The images of Hurricane Ian’s aftermath show evidence of Florida’s increasingly dense development — flattened beach communities, boats heaved into piles, mobile homes scattered like toys.

But one of the most riveting early signs of the devastation came from a place with deep connections to a movement that has worked to ...Read more

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What we know -- and don't -- about how climate change impacts hurricanes like Ian

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MIAMI — It’s a question that follows any natural disaster, especially monster hurricanes like Ian: Was this caused by climate change?

When asked, scientists like Kevin Reed usually push back. Most researchers agree it’s not valid to point to a single storm and say it was “caused” by the warming world. Too many variables.

“That is a...Read more