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In the Arizona desert, coal era burns out for Navajo

BLACK MESA, Ariz. — Tradition has it that the spiritual forerunners of the Navajo people picked this spot — the high mesa land of the American Southwest — and assured the Navajo they had reached a kind of promised land. The Diné, or “children of the Holy People,” as the Navajo call themselves, were taught not to stray from the land bracketed by four sacred mountains, where they would never know the earthquakes, tornadoes and other calamities that beset their neighbors. The Navajo scratched out a living from the sparse…

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International call for Japan to halt Antarctic whaling

Japan’s fisheries agency says the hunt is needed to study whale behaviour and biology (AFP Photo/Institute of Cetacean Research) Wellington (AFP) – The European Union and 12 other nations condemned Japan’s Antarctic whaling programme Monday, rejecting Tokyo’s argument that the annual slaughter is for scientific research. Japan’s whaling fleet left for the Southern Ocean last month, planning to kill 333 minke whales over a four-month period. Its fisheries agency says the hunt is needed to study whale behaviour and biology, but critics say such lethal research is unnecessary and acts…

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Guatemala’s trans indigenous beauty pageant is about more than just a pretty face

Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE Aquetzali B’e Noj, a 26-year-old drag queen from Huehuetenango, Guatemala, wears a long skirt and a woven huipil, a blouse typical in Guatemala’s indigenous communities. For her, drag is a way to express her identity. Being indigenous, or native Guatemalan, is a major part of that. “I choose to wear my typical indigenous clothing when in drag to show that it’s not bad to do so. I’m not doing it to make fun…

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WATCH: US nuclear tests show what END OF THE WORLD could look like if WW3 broke out

GETTY Between 1945 and 1962 the US conducted more than 1,054 nuclear arms tests [embedded content] Between 1945 and 1962 the US conducted more than 1,054 nuclear arms tests. Around 210 of these blasts were atmospheric nuclear tests over remote sites in New Mexico, Nevada, and both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. At least 10,000 recordings were captured, however, over time some of these have been left to slowly decay in high-security vaults. Dr Gregg Spriggs and his team of researchers have spent five years restoring 6,500 videos in an…

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Democratic Rep. Kihuen won’t seek re-election amid sexual harassment claims

LAS VEGAS — First-term Democratic Congressman Ruben Kihuen of Nevada, who is at the center of sexual harassment allegations, announced Saturday he won’t seek re-election. Kihuen’s announcement came a day after the House Ethics Committee opened an investigation into whether Kihuen “may have engaged in sexual harassment” with a campaign aide and a lobbyist. “I want to state clearly again that I deny the allegations in question,” Kihuen said. “I am committed to fully cooperating with the House Ethics Committee and I look forward to clearing my name.” The freshman…

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Forget Android Oreo upgrade, Google upgraded your phone with THIS awesome feature

Google this week pushed-out an update to a slew of older hardware, including smartphones running 5.0 Lollipop. The update brings the impressive AI assistant that powers the Pixel and Google Home, Google Assistant, to the devices. Assistant was an exclusive for the Google Pixel smartphone range when it launched back in October 2016. Google later rolled-out the virtual assistant to other devices rolling Android 7.0 Nougat, before expanding availability to handsets running 6.0 Marshmallow earlier this year. However, these are still relatively new smartphones, like the Galaxy S7 and HTC…

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Winners of the 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

1. 1st Place Winner, Aerials In Sydney, Australia, the Pacific Ocean at high tide breaks over a natural rock pool enlarged in the 1930s. Avoiding the crowds at the city’s many beaches, a local swims laps. Photos were submitted from around the world to one of four categories: wildlife, landscapes, aerials, and underwater. Todd Kennedy / 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year 2. 2nd Place, Aerials Snow-covered metasequoia trees, also called dawn redwoods, interlace over a road in Takashima, Japan. Takahiro Bessho / 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer…

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Navajo Nation sues Wells Fargo in fake-account scandal

The Navajo Nation has accused Wells Fargo & Co. of coercing vulnerable members of the tribe into opening accounts they didn’t need as part of an aggressive sales campaign for which it has already agreed to pay tens of millions of dollars in penalties and settlements. In a 55-page lawsuit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the tribe — whose lands in Arizona, Utah and New Mexico are home to five Wells Fargo branches — accused the bank of targeting minors, the elderly and members who…

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Geminids in USA: Where can you watch the Geminid meteor shower in the US?

The cosmic debris left in the path of Asteroid 3200 Phaethon will smash into Earth’s atmosphere tonight, for an unforgettable experience. Between Wednesday December 13 and Thursday December 14, the shower’s peak will producing up to 120 meteors an hour. The Geminids are the most intense meteor shower of the year and will be the most active tonight, according to AccuWeather astronomy blogger Dave Samuhel. Where to watch the Geminids meteor shower in the US This year’s conditions are particularly favourable to stargazers, because the presence of a waning moon…

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German industry TERRIFIED of Brexit as UK exports PLUNGE by QUARTER OF A BILLION

Mechanical engineering firms are feeling the pinch with exports to the UK plunging by nearly five per cent to €45.6billion (£40.1billion) between January and September. Exports to all other nations have shot up in the past year but the UK – the country’s primary market – has seen a dramatic slump, according to the German Federal Office of Statistics.  Carl Martin Welcker, president of the German Engineering Association VDMA, told Welt the situation was a “complete bust” and it was all down to Brexit. He said: “We don’t know what…

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