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Stephen Hawking, renowned scientist, dies at 76:

Stephen Hawking, the brilliant British theoretical physicist who overcame a debilitating disease to publish wildly popular books probing the mysteries of the universe, has died, according to a family spokesman. He was 76.

Considered by many to be the world’s greatest living scientist, Hawking was also a cosmologist, astronomer, mathematician and author of numerous books including the landmark “A Brief History of Time,” which has sold more than 10 million copies.
With fellow physicist Roger Penrose, Hawking merged Einstein’s theory of relativity with quantum theory to suggest that space and time would begin with the Big Bang and end in black holes. Hawking also discovered that black holes were not completely black but emit radiation and would likely eventually evaporate and disappear.
United Airlines said it is investigating the incident.

The dog was put inside an overhead bin on a United flight. It didn’t survive:

For more than three hours, a passenger’s dog was inside an overhead bin on United Airlines flight 1284 from Houston to New York after a flight attendant told the passenger to put it there.

Airline officials say it was a mistake. It turned out to be a deadly one.
When the plane landed at LaGuardia Airport Monday night, the dog was deceased.
In a statement, United called the dog’s death a “tragic accident.” Spokesman Charlie Hobart told CNN a flight attendant should not have told the passenger to put the dog in the bin used for carry-on bags.
“We assume full responsibility for this tragedy and express our deepest condolences to the family and are committed to supporting them,” the airline said in reply Tuesday to CNN’s request for comment about reports of the dog’s death. “We are thoroughly investigating what occurred to prevent this from ever happening again.”
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Blizzard slams New England in third major storm of past 2 weeks:

New England’s third nor’easter in less than two weeks slammed parts of the region Tuesday as part of what’s expected to be an all-day barrage that could drop as much as 2 feet of snow and bring dangerous whiteout conditions on the roads.

The National Weather Service of Boston officially declared the storm a blizzard at noon Tuesday after three straight hours of blizzard conditions. Wind gusts reached 69 mph in places as much of coastal Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire and Maine bore the brunt of the storm.
There were about 175,000 power outages across Massachusetts as of midday Tuesday, Gov. Charlie Baker said. That total is expected to increase as snow falls this afternoon at a pace of about 1-3 inches per hour, he said.

If you’re planning to take part in the national school walkout, read this:

Students across the country are expected to walk out of their classrooms Wednesday morning to protest gun violence. The National School Walkout is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. in every time zone and last for 17 minutes — a minute for each life lost in the Parkland school shooting.

If you’re a student who’s thinking of taking part (or the parent of one), you probably have lots of questions: Can the school retaliate? Will it hurt your chances of college? Can you just stay home for the day?
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Trump signals wider senior staff shake-up soon:

President Donald Trump signaled on Tuesday he’s prepared to dismiss aides with whom he’s clashed — including national security adviser H.R. McMaster — as he works to surround himself with advisers more aligned with his populist agenda and freewheeling style.

Inside the West Wing, McMaster appeared poised to soon depart following months of speculation about his standing, people familiar with the matter said.

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