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Solar eclipse shrouds Asia in daytime darkness

By ERIC TALMADGE Associated Press Writer 23 mins ago   TOKYO, Japan – Millions of Asians turned their eyes skyward Wednesday for the longest solar eclipse of this century, a rare event that caused a fatal stampede of viewers on the Ganges River in India. Millions of others — seeing the eclipse as a bad omen — shuttered themselves indoors. The daytime darkness prompted fireworks displays in China and sent bewildered cows to their feeding troughs for dinner on a remote Japanese island.

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Solar eclipse pits superstition against science

by Phil Hazlewood Sun Jul 19, 10:23 pm ET MUMBAI (AFP) – Indian astrologers are predicting violence and turmoil across the world as a result of this week's total solar eclipse, which the superstitious and religious view as a sign of potential doom. But astronomers, scientists and secularists are trying to play down claims of evil portent in connection with Wednesday's natural spectacle, when the moon will come between the Earth and the sun, completely obscuring the sun. In Hindu mythology,

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Quake, tsunami potential high on U.S. west coast

Mon Jul 20, 3:28 pm ET WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Scientists have underestimated the potential for a giant quake and tsunami that could swamp much the U.S. northwest and Canadian west coasts, British and U.S. researchers said on Monday. Geological evidence suggests there have been earthquakes in the past that were even stronger than a magnitude 9.2 quake -- the second-biggest ever recorded -- which caused a 42-foot-high (12-meter-high) tsunami in the Gulf of Alaska in 1964, they said. "Our data

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