The Sift

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Puerto Rico swears in another governor

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 8/08/19, 10:39 am

Puerto Rico just got its third governor in a week. Justice Secretary Wanda Vázquez took the oath of office Wednesday, replacing Pedro Pierluisi, the handpicked successor of former Gov. Ricardo Rosselló.

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U.S. fears for Hong Kong travelers’ safety

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 8/08/19, 10:35 am

The U.S. State Department issued a travel warning Thursday for Hong Kong because of persistent mass protests there. The warning urges travelers to avoid the protests and exercise increased caution “due to civil unrest.” Australia, Britain, Ireland, and Japan have taken similar steps.

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NASA marks seven years of Mars discoveries

by Hannah Harris
Posted 8/07/19, 01:22 pm

NASA’s Curiosity rover is exploring a mountain on Mars where streams might once have flowed into bubbling lakes. The rover recently drilled rock samples that contained clay minerals formed from water mixed with sediment. As of Tuesday, the $2.5 billion robot has roved the Red Planet for seven years, traveling 13 miles and ascending 1,207 feet up the Martian terrain. Curiosity got its name from 11-year-old Clara Ma, who in 2009 won a nationwide naming contest.

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