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Lava flows at Guatemala volcano prompt more evacuations

Dangerous flows of lava, ash and toxic gases poured down several canyons below the crater of Guatemala’s Volcano of Fire on Friday, prompting a new round of evacuations of rescue workers and nearby villages. At least 109 people have already died in a series of eruptions that began with a massive blast on Sunday and since then have showered ash ...

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Medical examiner confirms how Kate Spade died

New York City’s chief medical examiner has ruled fashion designer Kate Spade’s death a suicide by hanging. The determination was released Thursday, two days after the 55-year-old Spade was found dead in her Park Avenue apartment. A housekeeper discovered her body in her bedroom. Police say she left a note that pointed to “a tragic suicide.” Spade’s husband and business ...

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What are those creepy robotic animals for? Boston Dynamics offers hints

It’s never been clear whether robotics company Boston Dynamics is making killing machines, household helpers, or something else entirely. For nine years, the secretive firm — which got its start with U.S. military funding — has unnerved people around the world with YouTube videos of experimental robots resembling animal predators. In one, a life-size robotic wildcat sprints across a parking ...

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Fashion designer Kate Spade found dead in New York

Kate Spade, a fashion designer known for her sleek handbags, was found dead in her Park Avenue apartment Tuesday in an apparent suicide, law enforcement officials said. The 55-year-old was found by housekeeping staff at about 10:20 a.m. Her husband and business partner, Andy Spade, was in the house at the time, and the couple’s 13-year-old daughter was at school, according ...

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Many Grenfell Tower residents told to ‘stay put’ didn’t survive fire, inquiry told

Residents of London’s Grenfell Tower highrise were wrongly told to stay in their apartments as fire raged through the building, aided by flammable external cladding and a host of fire-safety failings, an expert report said Monday. Fire-safety engineer Barbara Lane said the fire department’s “stay put” policy had “effectively failed” barely a half-hour after the fire started early on June ...

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