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Focus: Los Angeles Charter Bus Company expands to three additional locations, launches new site

Los Angeles Charter Bus Company, a motorcoach operator based in downtown Los Angeles, California, has expanded its charter bus rental services to three additional locations: Long Beach, Thousand Oaks, and Santa Monica, California. Founded in 2012, Los Angeles Charter Bus Company is a relatively new entrant to the motorcoach industry. Using advanced API technology to access available buses all over the Los Angeles area, the company has effectively streamlined the booking, tracking, and fleet-management process and has completed thousands of in-state and out-of-state trips. Reservation agents can provide instant quotes…

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This World Heritage Site in Japan Is One of the Snowiest Places on the Planet

The “bomb cyclone” dumped more than a foot of snow on most of New England last week. But this storm paled in comparison to what happens every year in Shirakawa-go, Japan. While some in the United States may be familiar with “lake effect” snow, the phenomenon is amplified in Japan, where there’s “ocean effect” snow. Weather patterns blow from Siberia across the (relatively warm) Sea of Japan, creating clouds with lots of moisture. When these clouds enter the higher altitudes of the Japanese Alps, they dump out all the precipitation they’ve built…

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Trinity Site Offers a Rare Chance to Visit Ground Zero of the World’s First Atomic Bomb Explosion

July 16, 1945 was a day that changed the world forever. At 5:29 a.m. Mountain War Time, just minutes before sunrise, the night sky above central New Mexico was illuminated in a brilliant fireball of white light as the U.S. military tested the world’s first atomic bomb. Called Trinity Site and located on the grounds of the White Sands Missile Range about 70 miles west of Alamogordo, the site is typically off limits to civilians—but on October 7, visitors can experience it firsthand during its biannual open house. Held on…

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North Korea: Tremor detected near weapons' test site

A magnitude-3.4 earthquake has been detected in North Korea. The earthquake occurred about 50km from a nuclear test site, monitors say. Previous quakes have occurred during weapons’ tests. Chinese seismologists said it was a “suspected explosion”. But South Korea says that it could be a natural quake not caused by a nuclear test. North Korea carried out a massive nuclear test on 3 September which has been widely condemned at the UN. Decoding Kim’s nuclear Pacific threat North Korea: Does this mean war? The size of Saturday’s tremor is smaller…

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Foo Fighters ticket mix-up: The O2 criticised for links to ticketing site

The O2 Arena’s partnership with ticket resale company StubHub has been criticised after fans were turned away from a Foo Fighters concert this week. Ahead of the concert, The O2 disabled links between its ticketing system and StubHub’s, at the request of the band. However, tickets continued to be offered on StubHub. Some fans were then denied entry, as they could not supply ID matching the name on their tickets. MP Sharon Hodgson said the relationship between the two companies was worrying. “As one of our country’s major entertainment venues,…

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Montana set to take over deadly asbestos cleanup site

The cleanup of a northwest Montana community where health professionals say hundreds of people have been killed by asbestos exposure entered a new phase Thursday as officials turn their focus to keeping residents safe over the long term. The five-member Libby Asbestos Superfund Advisory Team met for the first time after being established by the Montana Legislature earlier this year. The advisory team of state and local officials and one citizen selected by Montana Gov. Steve Bullock will work with environmental agencies to come up with ways to prevent further…

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'Serious' security flaws found on official UK tax site

The UK tax office must improve its handling of website security problems, says an expert who spent 57 days trying to report a bug. The researcher, called Zemnmez, found two separate flaws on HMRC’s online tax service. He said finding who to report the issues to was more challenging than finding the bugs. HMRC said it had addressed the problems and was looking at improving ways for people to get in touch. Zemnmez said exploiting either flaw could have let attackers view or modify tax records or harvest key details…

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