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Orionid Meteor Shower 2018: 7 stunning photos of nature's light show

The Orionid meteor shower, which occurs from Oct. 2 to Nov. 7 every year thanks to debris from Halley's Comet, peaked this weekend, offering stunning light displays in the night sky.

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Social media lit up with images of the celestial phenomenon. Here are some of our favorites:

1. Glacier National Park, Montana

Photo by John Ashley Fine Art Photography, Facebook

2. Standen, East Grinstead, England

Photo by @simon_halstead, Twitter

3. Japan

Photo by Kouji Ohnishi, Facebook

4. Normanton, England

Photo by @Michiko_Smith, Twitter

5. Iceland

Photo by @clukinmarvelous, Instagram

6. Long Island, New York

Photo by @GSBImagesMBusch, Twitter

7. Canyonlands National Park, Utah

Photo by @charnick_wx, Twitter

Photos: Meghan Markle, Prince Harry tour Australia

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex began their 16-day tour of Australia and the South Pacific on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018.

Canada earthquakes: 3 powerful quakes reported near Vancouver Island

Three powerful earthquakes struck late Sunday off the coast of British Columbia, Canada, near Vancouver Island, the U.S. Geological Survey is reporting.

According to the USGS, the first quake – magnitude 6.6 – hit about 10:39 p.m. PDT about 135 miles (218 kilometers) southwest of Port Hardy, Canada. It occurred at a depth of about 6.8 miles (11 kilometers).

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Less than 40 minutes later, a second quake with a recorded magnitude of 6.8 struck nearby, about 122 miles (197 kilometers) southwest of Port Hardy. It occurred at a depth of about 6.2 miles (10 kilometers.)

A third 6.5-magnitude quake was reported at 11:22 p.m. PDT about 138 miles (223 kilometers) southwest of Port Hardy. Its depth was also about 6.2 miles (10 kilometers).

No damage or tsunami warnings have been reported.

Man charged with raping 10-year-old girl in Tennessee

A man is behind bars after police said he raped a 10-year-old girl in Memphis, Tennessee.

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Francisco Rodriguez, 30, is charged with rape of a child. The alleged attack happened Saturday, police say.

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The arrest affidavit said the victim’s mother said she saw the man leave a room where he had been alone with the victim. When she went in to see her daughter, the girl was crying. The girl then said Rodriguez had raped her, police said. 

Rodriguez is due in court Monday.

What the length of your fingers says about you; new report says it reveals sexuality

Did you know you could determine someone’s sexuality by looking at their hands? That’s what a new report has claimed. 

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Researchers from the University of Essex in the United Kingdom recently conducted a small study, published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior journal, to determine the link between sexuality and length of fingers.

To do so, they examined 14 sets of male identical twins and 18 sets of female identical twins with different sexual orientations. They then observed the variations of their hands, particularly measuring the length of the ring and index fingers.

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“Because identical twins, who share 100 percent of their genes, can differ in their sexual orientations, factors other than genetics must account for the differences,” the authors wrote in a statement.

After analyzing the results, they found that bisexual and lesbian sisters had different size ring and index fingers, which they said was usually a male trait.

“Typically in women the index (second) and ring (fourth) fingers are of similar length, while in men there is a greater difference between the two,” the team said.

On the other hand, the heterosexual sisters had similar size ring and index fingers.

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As for the male siblings, they said the bisexual and gay brothers also had different size ring and index fingers, while the heterosexual ones had the similar size ring and index fingers. 

The scientists believe the association between finger length and sexuality is related to the hormone and testosterone levels babies are exposed to in the womb.

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“Research suggests that our sexuality is determined in the womb and is dependent on the amount of male hormone we are exposed to or the way our individual bodies react to that hormone, with those exposed to higher levels of testosterone being more likely to be bisexual or homosexual,” the authors concluded. “Because of the link between hormone levels and difference in finger lengths, looking at someone’s hands could provide a clue to their sexuality.

Bedbugs infest offices at South Carolina courthouse; exterminators brought in

Bedbugs were found inside a South Carolina courthouse last week, but officials say exterminators eradicated the problem .

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York County Clerk of Court David Hamilton said the bedbugs were found in private offices and not in public areas at the Moss Justice Center in York.

Solicitor Kevin Brackett told The Herald of Rock Hill that the bugs were found in the public defender's office on the first floor and the prosecutors' offices on the second floor. They are on the same end of the building.

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Employees were kept out of the offices until special heating instruments could be brought in to kill the bedbugs.

Brackett says prosecutors worked out of conference rooms, a law library and a jury room while awaiting the exterminators.

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Officials told The Herald that the extermination efforts worked and that the office are now free of the pests.

Former Panther Rae Carruth just hours away from walking out of prison 

Former Carolina Panthers player Rae Carruth is scheduled to walk out of prison a free man Monday after nearly 19 years behind bars.

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He is expected to be released from Sampson Correctional Facility in Clinton, North Carolina sometime after 8 a.m.

It is unclear whether Carruth will return to Charlotte. He has three months to come up with a plan and provide it to the Department of Public Safety as a condition for his release.

When he leaves prison, he’ll have a copy of his release papers, his social security card, birth certificate, community resources information and a pharmacy discount card.

Carruth will also have certificates for the programs he completed while locked up, including a registered examiners' card from the North Carolina Board of Barbers and a barber's certificate from Central Carolina Community College.

Despite his high-profile case, officials said Carruth won’t receive any special privileges and will be treated like any other released inmate.

In 1999, Carruth was charged with planning the murder of his pregnant girlfriend, Cherica Adams.

Doctors managed to save their son, Chancellor Lee, but the trauma Adams suffered before she died left the child with cerebral palsy.

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The former Panthers first-round draft pick was sentenced to 18-to-24 years in prison after he was convicted in January 2001 for conspiracy to commit murder, shooting into an occupied vehicle and using an instrument to destroy an unborn child. He was found not guilty of first-degree murder.

Adams was shot four times by Van Brett Watkins. 

Snow falls on Mauna Kea, Hawaii’s tallest mountain

A dusting of snow covered the top of Mauna Kea, Hawaii’s tallest mountain, over the weekend after a rare October snowfall.

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The snow was due to unstable weather near the Big Island, according to Hawaii News Now.

A ranger message said the icy road conditions have closed down the road to the summit.

Mauna Kea, which means White Mountain, is a dormant volcano and rises 13,500 feet above the Hawaiian island chain.

It’s also the home of the world’s largest astronomical observatory, where telescopes are operated by astronomers from 11 countries, according to the University of Hawaii.

Man arrested for flashing two women, one of whom fell and hit her head

A Florida man was jailed for allegedly exposing himself to two women, one of whom was so startled she fell and hit her head, police said.

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Michael David Fournelle, 32, is accused of exposing himself to the women on Aug. 31 in Orlando.

In both instances, the victims said he pulled up in a car, called them over and was not wearing any clothes from the waist down, police said.

In one case, police said the victim “was so startled and she tripped as she tried to get away.” That woman needed stitches after she fell and hit her head, police said.

Six weeks after the incidents, police arrested Fournelle after investigators traced the license plate to the car he was driving.

According to police, when officers confronted Fournelle he said he had been “having marital and sexual problems with his wife and these problems could’ve contributed to him exposing himself while driving.”

Fournelle also told investigators that alcohol may have played a role because he sometimes has a few drinks before going for a drive, police said.

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Police said the charges are more serious because the woman who fell and hit her head is older than 60.

On Friday, Fournelle told a judge that he has a wife and two children to support before the judge set bond at $2,500.

Photographer asks for help to find couple in proposal picture

A Michigan photographer is trying to find a couple who got engaged in a picture he took while on a vacation at Yosemite National Park. 

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Matthew Dippel was on a road trip with his friends when they went to Taft Point Oct. 6 at sunset, WOOD reported

"I looked at my camera right after to make sure that I actually got it, and I was wowed. That's an incredible shot," Dippel told WOOD.

He walked over to the area where they were and asked about 20 people, but no one knew who they were. So, he has taken to social media in an attempt to find them. 

"Honestly I'd like to give them just a big print of the photo, because it's such an incredible moment,” Dippel told WOOD. "It's a very cherished moment that hopefully they can see this photo and be able to relive that moment on that cliff.”

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