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‘Super weird’: Mysterious object in sky over Calgary explained – Calgary
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‘Super weird’: Mysterious object in sky over Calgary explained – Calgary

Calgarians looked up to the sky to see something quite mysterious on Saturday, but one man solved the mystery and identified the object as a plane soaring through the night. Karina MacConnell was at her home in Radisson Heights on Saturday evening when she observed something strange in the sky.“I noticed something in the sky and I looked up and we started filming because I didn’t know what it was,” MacConnell said. “It was going pretty slow to be a meteor, in my opinion, but it definitely looked like one.”MacConnell captured the mysterious object as it moved across the sky.“(It was) super weird, definitely not something you normally see,” she said.And MacConnell wasn’t the only one looking at the sky on Saturday evening, several other people also described seeing the “bright objec...
Grand Canyon’s South Rim Phasing in More Water Restrictions
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Grand Canyon’s South Rim Phasing in More Water Restrictions

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — The South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park will begin phasing into greater water restrictions and conservation measures due to a series of breaks in the Transcanyon Waterline, park officials said Sunday.Officials added that the canyon’s North Rim will remain in current water conservation status.Until park staff repair the break and water in storage tanks reaches sustainable levels, officials say the park will remain in conservation mode.In addition to the new changes, all existing conservation measures remain in place for both the North and South rims.Under existing water restrictions, park staff and partners reportedly have been able to conserve water by using disposable dishes and utensils in restaurants, serving water by request only, adoptin...
California and the West Broil in Record Heat Wave
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California and the West Broil in Record Heat Wave

By ADAM BEAM, Associated PressSACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A record-setting heat wave made life miserable in much of the West on Tuesday, with California stretching into its second week of excessive heat that taxed the state's power supply and threatened power shortages that could prompt blackouts while people were desperately trying to stay cool.The California Independent System Operator, the entity that oversees the state's electrical grid, said there could be “rotating power outages" Tuesday evening when demand for power could reach an all-time high.Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom urged residents to conserve, warning in a video message that “the risk for outages is real and it’s immediate.”“This heat wave is on track to be both the hottest and the longest on record for the state and many p...
4 families say they’re still suffering seizures, sue over Navy fuel-tainted Hawaii tap water
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4 families say they’re still suffering seizures, sue over Navy fuel-tainted Hawaii tap water

The U.S. Navy "harbored toxic secrets" when jet fuel contaminated drinking water for 93,000 military members and civilians in Hawaii, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday from four families who say they're still suffering from seizures, gastrointestinal disorders and neurological issues. Hundreds of additional claims are expected from those who ingested the toxic water, said the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Honolulu. Others going through the administrative process of the Federal Tort Claims Act will be added to the lawsuit. At least twice last year, thousands of gallons of jet fuel from the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility, a massive World War II-era military-run tank farm in the hills above Pearl Harbor, leaked into a well that supplied water to homes and office...
UN Issues Flash Appeal for $160 Million to Help Pakistan With Floods
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UN Issues Flash Appeal for $160 Million to Help Pakistan With Floods

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - The United Nations issued a flash appeal on Tuesday for $160 million to help Pakistan cope with catastrophic floods that have killed more than 1,100 people, destroyed infrastructure and crops, and affected 33 million people.Early estimates put the damage from the floods at more than $10 billion, the government has said, adding that the world had an obligation to help the South Asian country cope with the effects of man-made climate change."Pakistan is awash in suffering," U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres said in a video message for the launch of the appeal in Islamabad and Geneva."The Pakistani people are facing a monsoon on steroids - the relentless impact of epochal levels of rain and flooding."He said the scale of needs, with millions of people forced fro...
Major Boston Suburb Finds ‘Forever Chemicals’ in Its Water
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Major Boston Suburb Finds ‘Forever Chemicals’ in Its Water

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — The city of Cambridge is temporarily switching the source of its drinking water after finding elevated levels of toxic “forever chemicals" in its water supply, the city said in a statement.The PFAS levels in the water are above what state standards allow, Friday's statement said.The city across the Charles River from Boston and home to Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will get water for its nearly 120,000 residents from the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority’s system starting Tuesday until November, when it is expected to install a new filter at its water treatment facility.“Replacing the filter media will ensure that our PFAS levels will be reliably and consistently below the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protecti...
Mississippi’s capital city braces for forecasted flooding – National
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Mississippi’s capital city braces for forecasted flooding – National

The forecasted flooding in Mississippi could not have come at a worse time for Veronique Daniels, who became homeless three months ago and was sleeping on her mother’s back porch in Jackson when she got wind of the impending disaster. The Red Cross has opened a temporary shelter at the Jackson Police Department Training Academy. As of Sunday afternoon, Daniels was the first person to arrive. She found out about the shelter on Facebook and had her mother drop her off Sunday morning. Read more: Woman dies in her vehicle as Dallas hit with flooding, heavy rains Daniels’ mother lives in Canton Club Circle, the same Jackson subdivision that flooded two years ago. Residents on Sunday were taking precautions as the previous flooding loomed large in their memories.I...
Latest news on Russia and the war in Ukraine
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Latest news on Russia and the war in Ukraine

Russia says it may shut down nuclear power plant, warns of effects of potential accidentA serviceman with a Russian flag on his uniform stands guard near the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant in the course of Ukraine-Russia conflict outside the Russian-controlled city of Enerhodar in the Zaporizhzhia region, Ukraine August 4, 2022.Alexander Ermochenko | ReutersRussia's Ministry of Defense said on Thursday that it may shut down the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant if Ukrainian forces continue, as it claims, shelling the facility.Ukraine denies shelling the facility and instead blames Russia for endangering the nuclear power plant, saying it is storing ammunition and military equipment there.Ukraine and the international community have warned of the potential for a catastrophic accident at...
Neighbours provide ‘awesome’ support for Calgary man’s urban farming business – Calgary
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Neighbours provide ‘awesome’ support for Calgary man’s urban farming business – Calgary

A small-scale urban farming operation is leading to some big success for a Calgary man this summer. Trevor Anderson has been growing his Lil Green Urban Farm business throughout the COVID-19 pandemic thanks to some great support from his neighbours.Anderson started by turning his entire front yard in central Calgary into a spot to plant vegetables. Read more: Pandemic gardening trend plants the seed for a growing business “This is where I do all the greens,” Anderson said. “I have the shade cloths on, trying to keep the temperature underneath a little cooler.”His front yard is covered in things like Swiss chard, lettuce and carrots.Anderson also has an extensive crop of beets and garlic across the street in a neighbour’s backyard. Story continues bel...
Parliamentarian weakens Democrats’ drug plan in Inflation Reduction Act, as Senate prepares to vote
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Parliamentarian weakens Democrats’ drug plan in Inflation Reduction Act, as Senate prepares to vote

The Senate parliamentarian on Saturday dealt a blow to Democrats' plan for curbing drug prices but left the rest of their sprawling economic bill largely intact as party leaders prepared for the first votes on a package containing many of President Joe Biden's top domestic goals.Elizabeth MacDonough, the chamber's nonpartisan rules arbiter, said lawmakers must remove language imposing hefty penalties on drugmakers that boost their prices beyond inflation in the private insurance market. Those were the bill's chief pricing protections for the roughly 180 million people whose health coverage comes from private insurance, either through work or bought on their own. Other major provisions were left intact, including giving Medicare the power to negotiate what it pays for pharmaceuti...