Magnitude 7.5 earthquake strikes Papua New Guinea

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea — A large earthquake has struck the middle of Papua New Guinea. The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude-7.5 quake hit about 55 miles southwest of Porgera early Monday in the Pacific island nation.  Geological Survey geophysicist Paul Caruso says the quake, which had a depth of 22 miles, occurred in a rural, jungle area near a mountain range.  It wasn’t immediately clear if there was damage. The Geological Survey website had 19 reports of people feeling the quake, including some saying the shaking was violent.  He says there is no tsunami danger.  © 2018 CBS
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A day of record rainfall worsens road closings

CLOSE Aerial footage of Tristate flooding on Tuesday Feb. 20, 2018. The floods affected businesses and communities alongside the river. The Enquirer/Phil Didion Buy Photo Smale Riverfront Park on The Banks in Downtown Cincinnati has been inundated by Ohio River floodwaters.(Photo: Cara Owsley/The Enquirer)Buy Photo A record rainy day followed by a night of wild weather strengthened flooding’s grip on multiple portions of Greater Cincinnati early Sunday. The number of road closings seemingly multiplied by the hour late Saturday and into the morning hours. Cincinnati Police Department reported making numerous water rescues of drivers whose vehicles became caught up in
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China sets stage for Xi to stay in office indefinitely

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s ruling Communist Party on Sunday set the stage for President Xi Jinping to stay in office indefinitely, with a proposal to remove a constitutional clause limiting presidential service to just two terms in office. Since taking office more than five years ago, Xi has overseen a radical shake-up of the party, including taking down top leaders once thought untouchable as part of his popular war on deep-rooted corruption. Sunday’s announcement, carried by state news agency Xinhua, gave few details. It said the proposal had been made by the party’s Central Committee, the largest of its elite
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Gov. Holcomb declares disaster emergency for 11 Indiana counties – Local News

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) – Governor Eric J. Holcomb has issued a disaster emergency for 11 Indiana counties hit by widespread flooding caused by sustained heavy rainfall. The governor signed an executive order to include Carroll, Dearborn, Elkhart, Fulton, Lake, Marshall, Perry, St. Joseph, Starke, Switzerland and White counties. The emergency declaration could be expanded to include other counties in coming days since more rain is hitting the southern part of the state. The disaster declaration means the state Department of Homeland Security can take action to provide expanded emergency services and is a step the state must take before it can
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2 Weeks After Trump Blocked It, Democrats’ Rebuttal of G.O.P. Memo Is Released

The release of the Democratic rebuttal was expected to be the final volley, at least for now, in a bitter partisan fight over surveillance that has driven deep fissures through the once-bipartisan Intelligence Committee and at times pitted Mr. Trump against his own Justice Department and F.B.I. Representative Adam B. Schiff, the top Democrat on the Intelligence Committee, said on Saturday that the Democratic memo should “put to rest” Republican assertions of wrongdoing in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act process. “Our extensive review of the initial FISA application and three subsequent renewals failed to uncover any evidence of illegal, unethical
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Emma Chambers, The Vicar of Dibley actor, dies aged 53 | UK news

Emma Chambers, best known for playing Alice Tinker in The Vicar of Dibley, has died aged 53, it was announced on Saturday. Dawn French, the star of The Vicar of Dibley, described her as “a unique and beautiful spark”. Her agent said Chambers died of natural causes on Wednesday evening, and said the actor “brought laughter and joy to many, and will be greatly missed”. She is survived by her husband Ian Dunn, who is also an actor. Broadcaster Emma Freud, who was friends with Chambers, tweeted: “We’re very, very sad. She was a great, great comedy performer, and a
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What to Watch From Samsung, Google and Others at the Mobile World Congress

Ahead of its biggest annual trade show, the mobile industry is at something of a crossroads. On one hand, the smartphone has firmly cemented itself as the primary computing device for a large portion of humanity. Phone makers are increasingly comfortable pricing flagship models above $800, trusting relatively affluent consumers won’t object to paying such sums for devices being used for several hours per day. And genuine innovation is still happening in fields such as camera tech, 3D depth-sensing and smartphone augmented reality (AR) platforms. On the other hand, smartphone unit sales are clearly under pressure due to high penetration
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Afghanistan: Soldiers killed in wave of attacks

Image copyright EPA Image caption Kabul was just one of several places to be targeted in the latest violence A wave of attacks across Afghanistan has left more than 25 people dead, most of them soldiers, officials say. In the worst incident, Taliban militants stormed an army post in the western province of Farah, killing 22 soldiers. A suicide attack in the capital Kabul left at least three security officers dead. There has been a surge in militant attacks in recent months, with the army often targeted. Some analysts see it as a response to a new, more aggressive strategy
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Ester Ledecka Wins Gold in Two Sports

When coaches counseled her to choose one or the other, she held her ground. Her road to Pyeongchang contained no forks, just parallel tracks. With their distinct DNAs, skiing and snowboarding are snow sports’ fraternal twins. The two shall never be confused, as Lindsey Vonn, the three-time Olympic medalist in Alpine skiing, can readily attest. “I tried snowboarding once, and it did not go well,” she said. Vonn, 33, is heartened by the example that Ledecka is setting. She said she became a serious skier at age 13 by default. Vonn would like to be a multisport athlete, but her
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