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BREAKING NEWS: Powerful 7.4 magnitude earthquake hits Mexico (VIDEOS, IMAGES)

BREAKING NEWS: Powerful 7.4 magnitude earthquake hits Mexico (VIDEOS, IMAGES)

A powerful earthquake has jolted Mexico City – measuring magnitude 7.4 according to the US Geological Survey – causing buildings to sway sickeningly on the anniversary of a 1985 quake that did major damage to the capital.

The extent of damage or injuries was not immediately clear, but people fled office buildings along the central Reforma Avenue.

Mexico’s seismological agency estimated its preliminary magnitude at 6.8 and said its centre was east of the city in the state of Puebla.

Pictures fell from walls and objects were shaken off of flat surfaces. Some people dove for cover under desks.

A video that appear to show the earthquake in action show lights swaying above people crowding into hallways for safety, and then those lights seeming to lose power.

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Scientist warn of possible eruption of a supervolcano in southern Italy

Scientist warn of possible eruption of a supervolcano in southern Italy

An international group of scientists warned of catastrophic consequences of a possible eruption of a supervolcano in southern Italy, which they said may be fueled by the so-called ‘hot zone’ feeding the volcano.

Scientists declined to elaborate on when the eruption of Campi Flegrei to the west of Naples may occur, but stressed that flows of a magmatic bubble under the volcanic caldera has become more active in the past few weeks, according to the Phys.org website.

The relevant study is led by Dr. Luca De Siena at the University of Aberdeen along with the University of Naples and the University of Texas at Austin.

“One question that has puzzled scientists is where magma is located beneath the caldera, and our study provides the first evidence of a hot zone under the city of Pozzuoli that extends into the sea at a depth of 4 km,” De Siena said.

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Family films three kangaroos ‘squaring up and hitting each other’ in neighborhood garden

Family films three kangaroos ‘squaring up and hitting each other’ in neighborhood garden

The family came across the three roos as they drove down a quiet street in Australia at night

A brawl of the marsupial kind has been caught on camera on somebody’s front lawn. A family came across the three kangaroos apparently fighting as they drove down a quiet street in Australia at night.Footage shows the group of animals squaring up to each other in the battle, which took place in the front garden.

The family stayed safely inside their car as they spotted the trio of raging roos on the other side of the road.

Two of the animals appear to box in slow motion as the video starts, jumping and slinging their arms. The third then gets involved, and they push one another before one kicks out with its powerful back legs.

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Aging and the perception of time

Aging and the perception of time

Time perception is a construction of the brain. How fast we perceive time to be passing — or “mind time” — can be manipulated or distorted. Evaluations of time differ based on our state of being at the time of judgment. How you age and how long you live may depend on that perception.

People tend to see their will as more determinant of future events than of past events. When we contemplate the future we feel as though we have a choice and are likely to influence events but when we consider our own past we often feel like most of the things that have happened were out of our control.

When people see that their actions are tied to what actually happens around them then their perceptions of free will change, or at the very least activated.

 If you’re bored or suffering, every second counts, and time seems to expand or slow down. When you’re ecstatic, moments glitter right through your fingers.

Mind time also depends on your projected future state of being. If you’re counting down to a root canal, time speeds up as you wait. But if you’re tallying days until the birth of your first child, time seems immeasurably slow.

What would happen to our sense of time if we knew we could to live to be 150? Or even 500?

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The opioid crisis is taking a huge chunk out of America’s small-town finances

The opioid crisis is taking a huge chunk out of America’s small-town finances

As deaths mount in America’s opioid crisis, communities on the front lines face a hidden toll: the financial cost.

Ross County, a largely rural region of 77,000 people an hour south of Columbus, Ohio, is wrestling with an explosion in opioid-related deaths – 44 last year compared to 19 in 2009. The drug addiction epidemic is shattering not just lives but also stressing the county budget.

About 75 percent of the 200 children placed into state care in the county have parents with opioid addictions, up from about 40 percent five years ago, local officials say. Their care is more expensive because they need specialist counseling, longer stays and therapy.

That has caused a near doubling in the county’s child services budget to almost $2.4 million from $1.3 million, said Doug Corcoran, a county commissioner.

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Video: Top U.S. & World Headlines — September 19, 2017

Video: Top U.S. & World Headlines — September 19, 2017

Visit https://democracynow.org to watch the full independent, global news hour, read the transcript, search our archive and to make a donation to support us. Via Youtube

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Trump calls Iran nuclear deal an ’embarrassment’ to US

Trump calls Iran nuclear deal an ’embarrassment’ to US

US President Donald Trump has told the United Nationals General Assembly that the internationally-negotiated nuclear agreement with Iran is an “embarrassment” to the United States, raising question whether he intends to stay in the 2015 accord. Trump made his maiden speech before the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, addressing issues like […]

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Report: One-Third of California’s High-Risk Kids Not Tested for Lead Poisoning

Report: One-Third of California’s High-Risk Kids Not Tested for Lead Poisoning

SACRAMENTO, CA – Lead is a major threat to children’s health, and an EWG analysis of California’s most recent lead testing data shows the state has fallen far short of its responsibility to test children at the highest risk of exposure. The new EWG report, based on U.S. Census data and Department of Public Health […]

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Trump to Push Nationalist Policy at U.N.

Trump to Push Nationalist Policy at U.N.

In his first speech at a U.N. General Assembly, president will appeal to others’ self-interest on North Korea, Iran and terror President Donald Trump’s first address to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday will lay out a foreign policy rooted in his view of nationalism and sovereignty and anchored by “America First” principles, according to a […]

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5 Lessons From 9/11

5 Lessons From 9/11

The sixteenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks has brought forth the expected conservative “never forget” nonsense in defense of a perpetual war on terror. Typical is Ben Shapiro, editor of The Daily Wire and host of the Ben Shapiro Show. On September 11, he wrote an article, “NEVER FORGET: The 5 Lessons We Should […]

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