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White House summons Rod Rosenstein days after he dropped bombshell Russia indictments: report

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FILE PHOTO: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appears with U.S. President Donald Trump at a roundtable on immigration and the gang MS-13 at the Morrelly Homeland Security Center in Bethpage, New York, U.S., May 23, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

The Trump administration on Tuesday summoned Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to the White House just days after he announced bombshell indictments against 12 Russians for their alleged role in hacking the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

According to NBC News Pentagon correspondent Hans Nichols, Rosenstein was “was seen leaving the White House at 11:28 a.m.” on Tuesday. He adds that it was “unclear if he met with President Trump, who is still in the residence and hasn’t shown up in the West Wing this morning.”

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NPR reporter Carrie Johnson claims that this was a regularly scheduled meeting that Rosenstein attends every week, however.

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The timing of Rosenstein going to the White House will nonetheless spark speculation about the meeting, as it comes just one day after President Donald Trump’s widely criticized joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, in which Trump refused to say whether he believed his own intelligence agencies over the word of his Russian counterpart.

Three days before the Putin meeting, Rosenstein announced that special counsel Robert Mueller’s office had indicted twelve Russians for allegedly plotting to hack and distribute stolen emails from both the DNC and the Clinton campaign during the 2016 presidential election.

The announcement of those indictments added fresh urgency to whether Trump still accepted Putin’s denials of interfering in the election — and Trump on Monday refused to discount the Russian president’s insistence that he had done nothing wrong.

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Moon may be richer in water than thought — and it could help propel humans farther from earth

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There may be far more water on the Moon than previously thought, according to two studies published Monday raising the tantalising prospect that astronauts on future space missions could find refreshment -- and maybe even fuel -- on the lunar surface.

The Moon was believed to be bone dry until around a decade ago when a series of findings suggested that our nearest celestial neighbour has traces of water trapped in the surface.

Two new studies published in Nature Astronomy on Monday suggest there could be much more water than previously thought, including ice stored in permanently shadowed "cold traps" at lunar polar regions.

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Asymptomatic coronaagvirus sufferers lose antibodies sooner: study

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Asymptomatic coronavirus sufferers appear to lose detectable antibodies sooner than people who have exhibited Covid-19 symptoms, according to one of the biggest studies of its kind in Britain published on Tuesday.

The findings by Imperial College London and market research firm Ipsos Mori also suggest the loss of antibodies was slower in 18–24 year-olds compared to those aged 75 and over.

Overall, samples from hundreds of thousands of people across England between mid-June and late September showed the prevalence of virus antibodies fell by more than a quarter.

The research, commissioned by the British government and published Tuesday by Imperial, indicates people's immune response to Covid-19 reduces over time following infection.

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Early voting to be hit by heavy rain and flooding as Hurricane Zeta barrels towards the Gulf Coast

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Hurricane Zeta is expected to make landfall near Louisiana's border with Mississippi on Wednesday evening as campaigns work to get supporters to the polls and convince any undecided voters to back their candidate.

"Hurricane conditions and life-threatening storm surge are possible along portions of the northern Gulf Coast on Wednesday, and Storm Surge and Hurricane Watches are in effect," the National Hurricane Center warned.

"Between Tuesday night and Thursday, heavy rainfall is expected from portions of the central Gulf Coast into the southern Appalachians and Mid-Atlantic states near and in advance of Zeta. This rainfall will lead to flash, urban, small stream, and minor river flooding," the center explained.

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