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Cyndi Lauper appears in PSA to help HUD count Homeless Persons

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(Best Syndication News) - Singer and songwriter Cyndi Lauper, and the True Colors Fund’s Forty to Non Project, had produced a national public service announcement (PSA) to get citizens involved in the yearly campaign to help count the number of homeless people in over 3,000 cities and counties throughout the United States.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is asking participants to help count the number of homeless persons on the street and in shelters on a certain night. This “Point-in-Time” count is being planned yearly for the last 10 days in January. With the statistics, local planners will better understand the homelessness rates in their area and make plans to respond to the problem.

New Forever Stamp commemorates 150th Anniversary of Emancipation Proclamation

Emancipation Proclamation 150th anniversary Stamp - credit: USPS

(Best Syndication News) - Today, the U.S. Postal Service introduced a limited edition Forever Stamp commemorating the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln signing the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863.

The stamp reads, “Henceforward, Shall be free, Emancipation Proclamation, Abraham Lincoln, 1863.” The Emancipation Proclamation contains the words, “Henceforward Shall Be Free." The stamp’s words portray the look of a poster from the Civil War era.

The emancipation stamp is part of the Civil Rights Stamp Series that acknowledges historical acts of freedom, courage, and equality. This is not the first stamp issued by the U.S. Postal Service commemorating the Emancipation Proclamation anniversary. On August 16, 1963, the Postal Service introduced a stamp commemorating the 100th anniversary of the event.

Mountains on Hawaiian Islands dissolving from the Inside

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(Best Syndication News) - It will not be happening anytime soon, but scientists believe that groundwater and streams are dissolving mineral material from within the mountains of Hawaii eventually causing the landmass to flatten. Surface erosion will not be the largest contributor to flattening these mountains and scientists believe this process will take more than 1.5 million years just to start.

Before the terrain flattens, the mountains of Oahu will continue to rise in elevation as the island is pushed to the northwest. The mountains should continue to rise for 1.5 million years, explained scientists from the Brigham Young University.

6.3 Magnitude Earthquake shakes offshore of Southern California Coast

Map closeup of the 6.3 magnitude earthquake location - credit: USGS

(Best Syndication News) - A 6.3 magnitude earthquake occurred off the Pacific Coast near the boarder of California and Mexico. The quake occurred on December 14, 2012 at 2:36:02 a.m. (local time to the event). The sizeable earthquake was initially recorded as a 6.4 magnitude, but was later downgraded to a 6.3 magnitude by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

The epicenter of the event was located at 31.213°N, 119.560°W. The USGS explained that the earthquake came from normal fault movement of the Pacific plate in the oceanic lithosphere. The focus of the earthquake was 7.0 miles deep. This earthquake was not associated with San Andreas Fault system which experts predict is overdue for a sizeable tremor.

Scientists Predict more Wildfires in the United States by 2050

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(Best Syndication News) - Scientists have created a climate model to determine whether there will be an increased amount of wildfires across the United States in the coming years. The climate model calculates the expected number of fires through 2050 using NASA satellite data along with climate models to determine the drier conditions nationwide.

Information was presented today by Doug Morton, from the NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco.

The findings were based on current trends in wildfires and predicted greenhouse gas emissions in the years to come. Morton explained that the model suggests an increased fire risk nationwide by 2050.

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