Tragedy in Barcelona: Van attack strikes heart of tourist district
The Las Ramblas district in Barcelona is lined with stalls and shops, where artists paint streetscapes, tourists snap photos, and people walk down a wide, pedestrian path in the center of the street. On Thursday, a van slammed into the crowds and careened more than 600 yards, killing at least a dozen people and injuring some 80 more. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the terror attack, and police arrested two people. Here's what we know now, as it updates. In Spain, there hasn't been a major terror attack since the 2004 Madrid train bombings. But across Europe, there have been several high-profile attacks involving vehicles in recent years, part of a disturbing trend of terrorism that requires little organization, manpower or technological know-how.
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For 391 months in a row, it's been warmer than average here on Earth
Speaking of the sun, did you feel the burn last month? July was the second-hottest month ever recorded worldwide, missing the top spot by just less than a tenth of a degree, federal scientists announced Thursday. Why? Long-term, man-made global warming is the primary cause, said Jake Crouch, a NOAA climate scientist. The U.S. was hideously hot: Americans sweltered through the 10th-warmest July in 123 years of record-keeping. Little relief is in sight: The fall forecast predicts above-average temperatures for the U.S.
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