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Earthquake with magnitude 5.0 strikes Moluccas, Indonesia:  USGS
An earthquake with magnitude 5.0 struck 98 km (61 miles) east-northeast of Ternate, in the Moluccas islands of Indonesia, according to the United States Geological Survey.
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Record-setting snowstorm buries parts of Arizona
A winter storm in the U.S. Southwest that dumped snow on Arizona made travel treacherous on Friday as strong winds pushed powdery snow into drifts and forecasters predicted the blizzard would continue into the night.
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<div>EPA will study ethanol's impact on air quality after long delay</div>
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Friday it has agreed to conduct a long-delayed study to assess the impact that burning ethanol as a motor vehicle fuel has on air quality.
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Canadian regulator backs oil pipeline expansion, urges whale protections
Canada's National Energy Board (NEB) regulator recommended on Friday that Ottawa approve expansion of the government-owned Trans Mountain oil pipeline, but made new, nonbinding recommendations to mitigate harm to Pacific Ocean killer whales.
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Brazil prosecutors seek arrest of senior Vale exec after deadly disaster
Brazilian federal prosecutors are seeking the arrest of a Vale SA senior executive, authorities said on Friday, following the collapse of a dam holding mining byproducts that is believed to have killed over 300 people.
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Great Barrier Reef: One million tonnes of sludge to be dumped
Australia agrees to discard of one million tonnes of waste in world's largest coral reef.
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<div>Virgin's Unity plane rockets skyward</div>
Scottish pilot Dave Mackay pushes Virgin Galactic's rocket plane faster and higher than it's ever been.
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Deep 7.5-magnitude quake hits Ecuador-Peru border region
A deep magnitude-7.5 earthquake struck the Peru-Ecuador border region early on Friday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey said, causing tremors that the Ecuadorian president said were felt around the country.
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Botswana mulls lifting elephant hunting ban
A government report recommends lifting a four-year ban on hunting elephants.
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<div>Israel's Beresheet Moon mission gets under way</div>
The privately backed Beresheet robot leaves Earth on a mission to land on the lunar surface in April.
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Hayabusa-2: Japan spacecraft touches down on asteroid
The Hayabusa-2 probe descended to the Ryugu asteroid to try to collect a sample from its surface.
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Older Biologic Age Linked to Elevated Breast Cancer Risk
Biologic age, a DNA-based estimate of a person’s age, is associated with future development of breast cancer, according to scientists at the National Institutes of Health. Biologic age was determined by measuring DNA methylation, a chemical modification to DNA that is part of the normal aging process. The study showed for every five years a woman’s biologic age was older than her chron...
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UN: Growing threat to food from decline in biodiversity
A UN report says the plants and animals crucial to human food systems are in global decline.
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