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U.S. President Barack Obama acted on December 20, 2016, to preserve the legacy of his policies aimed at protecting the environment by issuing a pair of memorandums that indefinitely banned oil and gas development in the entirety of the U.S. portion of the Chukchi Sea, the majority of the Beaufort Sea, and some 4 million acres along the Atlantic Coast containing a string of more than 30 underwater canyons, stretching from Massachusetts to the Chesapeake Bay.
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More than 70 members of the electoral college have asked to receive an intelligence briefing about alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. A Democratic U.S. representative has called for the electoral college vote to be delayed to accommodate that request; such a move would require action by the Republican-controlled Congress, however, and it was seen as extremely unlikely that the party would take steps that would jeopardize Donald Trump’s victory.
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On the basis of tidal friction alone, the length of the solar day would be expected to increase by 2.3 milliseconds per century. However, the eclipse records showed an increase of only 1.8 milliseconds per century. The astronomers speculated that the rebound of Earth from losing the weight of the glaciers on higher latitudes that had built up in the last ice age and the exchange of angular momentum between Earth’s liquid core and its solid mantle may have been responsible for the discrepancy.