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Headlines: Wednesday, July 18, 5:55 PM
Part of California Highway 1 re-opened Thursday, about 14 months after a landslide put the scenic, coastal road under dozens of feet of sediment.A landslide in May 2017 put about a quarter-mile of the road under 40 feet of mud and rock near Mud Creek in the state's central area known as Big Sur. In the time since, motorists had to take long inland detours to travel along the north-south route, the Los Angeles Times reported.The Times reported Caltrans, the state's department of transportation, spent $54 million to rebuild the road, which now runs 250 feet west of where it original was.In 2017, massive landslide buried 1/4 mile of #BigSur Highway 1 in #California. New @USGS coastal change project took air photos. Time-lapse animation produced with @CaltransD5 shows what happened & progress during construction, road opens today. Details: https://t.co/eUvMJvZ0Mu pic.twitter.com/UbGsnfzhHy- USGS Coastal Change (@USGSCoastChange) July 18, 2018The May 2017 landslide added 13 acres of land to the coastline, the U.S. Geological Survey said in June 2017. It said the landslide could have filled 800 Olympic-sized swimming pools.The stretch of road re-opened as of 9:45 a.m. local time Wednesday, Caltrans said.
Buses arrived to evacuate residents from two besieged towns in Syria on Wednesday as part of a deal brokered by Russia and Turkey.A total of 120 buses were sent to evacuate about 7,000 residents from the towns of Foua and Kefraya.Syrian media reported the buses will resettle the residents of the two towns to the Aleppo suburb of Jibreen.Residents of a third town, Ishtabrak, are also being evacuated to the coastal region of Latakia.The evacuation came after Russia and Turkey brokered a deal in which the Syrian government agreed to release about 1,500 rebel prisoners.Rebel fighters were also evacuated from the southern region of Daraa to the rebel-held city of Idlib.Daraa Governor Mohammed Khaled al-Hanous congratulated government forces and the residents of Busra al-Sham on what he described as a "great victory."Last year more than a dozen people died after a car bomb detonated near a bus convoy of Syrian evacuees from the two towns.
The massive iceberg parked ominously outside Innaarsuit, a small village on Greenland's western coast, looks less intimidating from a few hundred miles away.That's the vantage offered this week by NASA, which posted a photo of the iceberg captured by its Landsat 8 satellite.The satellite's Operational Land Imager captured a natural color photograph of northwestern Greenland and Baffin Bay earlier this month. The image, offering a view from 435 miles above Earth's surface, shows the iceberg before it became grounded on a shallow strip of seafloor just offshore from Innaarsuit.The phenomenon is relatively common, but this particular iceberg is worryingly big, rising 300 feet above sea level and dwarfing the nearby village. And while the juxtaposition makes for good photography -- both from ground level and space -- the iceberg has local authorities concerned.Should the iceberg suddenly break apart, the resulting tsunami waves could flood parts of the village. Some of the village's 170 residents have abandoned lower-lying homes, seeking shelter on higher grounds. An emergency rescue helicopter has been stationed nearby."This iceberg is the biggest we have seen ... and there are cracks and holes that make us fear it can calve anytime," Susanne Eliassen, a member of the town council, told The Guardian. "Nobody is staying unnecessarily close to the beach and all children have been told to stay in areas that are high up."Some glaciologists believe icebergs are becoming more common as Greenland's glaciers retreat and break apart. Last week, a group of NYU researchers shared footage of a massive iceberg breaking away from a glacier and flowing down the fjord toward open ocean.Earlier this week, scientists published a new study confirming the link between global warming and glacial ice loss.
Liverpool announced that midfielder Alex Oxlade Chamberlain will miss the majority of the 2018-19 season while he recovers from a knee injury.The 24-year-old damaged multiple ligaments during a tackle in the first half of Liverpool's tie with AS Roma on April 24 in the Champions League semifinals. Oxlade-Chamberlain underwent knee surgery about a week after the injury."It feels like now is an appropriate time to tell people that for Ox this coming season will be about focusing on recovery and rehab," Klopp told LiverpoolFC.com."We have known this from pretty much the day after he got the injury and after the successful surgery, we were sure of it. I hope everyone treats this information responsibly. There has been no change, no setback -- it's exactly on the schedule we expected and planned for. The new information is that we're now giving more detail publicly."Klopp said Oxlade-Chamberlain's surgery was "completely successful" and that his recovery has started "superbly well.""But the truth of the matter is that we are preparing this season knowing he will not be with us on the pitch for competitive matches for the majority of it," Klopp said. "If we do see him back this season it will be a bonus."Liverpool also reached a transfer deal with Roma on Wednesday, acquiring goalkeeper Alisson Becker.
U.S. automaker Ford recalled roughly 555,000 Ford Fusion sedans and Ford Escape SUVs over concerns the cars could rollaway without notice.The recall, announced Wednesday, affects select 2013-16 Ford Fusions and select 2013 and 2014 Ford Escapes.Ford said dealerships will fix the source of the risk, the shifter cable bushing, for free. In the meantime, it warned drivers to use their parking brakes.The automaker said the bushing connects the shifter cable to the transmission, but bushings on recalled cars may degrade to the point that they become detached. That could cause the Fusions or Escapes to fail to shift into park.No crashes or injuries related to the defect have been reported to Ford, it said.The recalled vehicles include 2014 Ford Fusion sedans made at Ford's Flat Rock Assembly Plant between June 18, 2013, and Sept. 15, 2013; 2014-16 Ford Fusion sedans made at Flat Rock between June 2, 2014 ,and Aug. 31, 2015; 2013-14 Ford Fusion sedans made at Ford's Hermosillo Stamping and Assembly Plant between May 15, 2013, and Sept. 15, 2013; 2014-16 Ford Fusion sedans made at Hermosillo between June 2, 2014, and Aug. 31, 2015; and 2013-14 Ford Escape SUVs made at Ford's Louisville Assembly Plant between May 15, 2013, and Sept. 15, 2013.There are about 504,000 vehicles recalled in the United States and its territories, roughly 37,000 vehicles in Canada and about 8,000 vehicles in Mexico.
With the help of next-generation satellite and acoustic technology, marine biologists have identified the migration patterns and hangouts of baby white sharks in the North Atlantic.Researchers have long suspected that the New York Bight, a seafloor indentation running from New Jersey's Cape May Inlet to Montauk Point on the eastern tip of Long Island, serves as a nursery for newborn and juvenile white sharks. But a nursery must meet three specific criteria: it must host higher densities of young sharks; it must be used year after year, over years; and it must be used as a residency for extended periods.Until now, scientists have only been able to confirm the New York Bight's adherence to the first two criteria. However, the recent tagging and tracking of 10 baby white sharks showed the large fish spent several months within the confines of the bight.The findings -- published this week in the journal Scientific Reports -- helped confirm the importance of the southeastern shores of Long Island to young white sharks.Baby white sharks are vulnerable to predation by larger sharks. Protected, shallow water near shore offers the young sharks refuge from the dangers of the open sea.The tracking data showed baby white sharks spend time among the North Atlantic nursery ground during late summer and early fall. By the late fall, all off the 10 juvenile sharks had migrated to shelf waters off the coast of the Carolinas. Several of the sharks returned to the New York Bight in the spring."It is vital that these baby white sharks reach maturity to ensure a stable and abundant future for this important apex predator," Matt Ajemian, an assistant research professor at Florida Atlantic University's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, said in a news release. "The multi-tagging approach that we used provides us with a 4D view of their habitats in space and time that will help us to monitor and manage this critically important species."Because the battery life on the tracking devices lasts up to 10 years, scientists will continue to track the 10 maturing sharks. As more sharks are tagged, scientists' understanding of the apex predator will improve."This important technology will provide us with the opportunity to observe changes in white shark distribution, habitat use, and migration over the life span of this species from infant to large juvenile age classes," said research coordinator Mike McCallister.The data will also help conservationists target habitat important to the lifecycle of the North Atlantic's white shark population."Fisheries and ocean resources managers can use information from our study to better assess the impacts of human activities on these baby white sharks and their habitats," said Ajemian. "While considered less of a potential threat than overfishing, coastal habitat degradation and possible habitat modification from ocean energy development activities also can be assessed with this new information."
Steve Carell finds the strength to stand up to a group of Nazis after building a model world full of heroic dolls in the latest trailer for Welcome to Marwen.The clip, released Wednesday, features Carell as World War II artist Mark Hogancamp who is viciously attacked and nearly beaten to death by Nazis while at a bar.Hogancamp then has to undergo intense rehab, learn how to walk with a prosthetic leg and find out a way to carry on with his life as an artist who now experiences PTSD.Hogancamp then turns to making a detailed miniature town called Marwen that houses toys he created based on the women who have helped him since the attack including his neighbor Nicol (Leslie Mann), his friend from rehab Julie (Janelle Monae), bar employee Caralala (Eliza Gonzalez), toy shop employee Roberta (Merritt Wever) and caretaker Anna (Gwendoline Christie).Hogancamp begins to imagine himself living in the town as a toy where he and his friends go to war against the Nazis. His imagination and connections he has made with the women then help him find the courage to confront his attackers in court."The life I once had was taken away from me, but I'm still here," the actor says. "I have hope and I have my town and I have my friends and I'll be okay."Welcome to Marwen, based on a true story and directed by Robert Zemeckis(Forrest Gump), is set to arrive in theaters on Dec. 21.
The chairman of the Federal Reserve referred to cryptocurrencies as risks with no intrinsic value on Wednesday at a congressional hearing.In testimony to the House Financial Services Committee, Jerome H. Powell said currencies untethered to governments or precious metal, such as bitcoin, pose serious risks to investors."Relatively unsophisticated investors see the asset go up in price, and they think, 'This is great; I'll buy this.' In fact, there is no promise of that," Powell said. "There are investor and consumer protection issues as well."He added that the Federal Reserve regards cryptocurrencies as a consumer protection issue, and will not develop cryptocurrency of its own, contrary to rumors.Powell also restated the Fed's intent to gradually raise interest rates. His two days of testimony, including Tuesday before the Senate Banking Committee, revealed concerns among lawmakers over President Donald Trump's trade policies. Powell expressed similar concerns. Trump recently announced tariffs on products entering the United States and the European Union, and was met with reciprocal tariffs on imported U.S. goods."A more protectionist economy is an economy that's less competitive, less productive," he said. "We know that. It's not a good thing, if that's where this goes."
A stunt cyclist made an unexpected appearance during the Tour de France when he performed a jump over the road while racers were passing.Alexis Bosson posted a video to Facebook showing the video footage he captured of his no-hands jump over the Tour de France racers Tuesday in Le Petit-Bornand.Bosson turns some heads on the ground as he flies over the heads of cyclists and spectators.Dirt Magazine shared a video recorded from the ground as spectators noticed Bosson flying over their heads.
Liverpool has agreed to a transfer for Roma goalkeeper Alisson Becker.Sources told the Guardian and the BBC that the fee is for a world record of more than $87 million. Alisson, 25, began his senior career with Internacional in 2013. He joined Roma in 2016. The Brazilian net minder has appeared in 31 games for Brazil, including at the 2018 World Cup. He had three clean sheets in Russia, helping Brazil advance to the quarterfinal stage. Alisson started all five games at the tournament.Allisson agreed to a five-year contract at Anfield. The deal is subject to him passing a physical. Alisson flew in a private jet from Rome to England on Wednesday.Liverpool also agreed to deals for Naby Keita, Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri this offseason.Loris Karius started in goal last season for the Reds. The 25-year-old German has been with the club since 2016. Karius had 10 clean sheets in 19 Premier League appearances this season. He conceded 14 goals. Alisson had 17 clean sheets in 37 games for Roma. He also had a save percentage of 79.6 percent.Karius struggled in the Champions League for Liverpool, allowing three goals in the finale against Real Madrid on May 26 in Kiev, Ukraine. He allowed one goal by throwing a pass toward Madrid's Karim Benzema, resulting in an easy score. He allowed the third score of the game after letting the ball deflect off of his hands and into the net.Doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital later confirmed that Karius sustained a concussion during the match.Karius was offered a one-year contract in May from Serie C club Rimini FC. He has three years remaining on his contract with Liverpool.