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Here’s the latest for Tuesday, April 30th: FBI said it heard of attack on Jews minutes before synagogue shooting; Trump sues banks to stop subpoenas of business records; Drought drops Panama Canal water levels; Japan’s Emperor Akihito abdicating throne.

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Time-lapse Shows How Ships Get Through The Panama Canal

A video released from the US Coast Guard shows how one of its vessels travels through the Panama Canal. The Canal is a complex system that utilizes an artificial lake to help ships traverse between the Continental divide. Following is a transcript of the video.

The Panama Canal is an engineering marvel. About 14,000 ships use it every year. The canal is about 48 miles long. It functions as a waterway between North and South America. The canal connects the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans

Before the canal, ships had to sail 13,000 miles around the tip of South America An artificial lake across Panama connects the oceans. The Gatun Lake is 85 feet above sea level. How do the ships get raised and lowered?

The canal has a water lock system that acts like a massive elevator. When ships enter the locks, they’re raised by water from the lake. Each lock raises the ships until they’re 85 feet above sea level. They then travel across Gatun Lake.

The ship is then lowered by the locks to sea level. On average, it takes 8 hours for ships to cross the canal.


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VICE News Daily: Vatican Opens its Doors to Rome’s Homeless

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Ghana trains to fight piracy as attacks increase off West Africa, the world’s largest ships will soon be able to travel through the Panama Canal, Pope Francis opens his doors to some of Rome’s most disadvantaged, and a Chinese archaeologist claims to crack a rocky mystery.

Military Exercise to Battle Piracy in Gulf of Guinea
The waters off Somalia’s coast used to be the most dangerous, but there’s been an uptick in attacks off West Africa in recent years.

$17 Billion Upgrade to Boost Capacity
Workers are installing 22-story locks that would allow the canal to accommodate the world’s largest ships.

Pope Francis Extends a Special Invitation for a Private Tour
On Thursday, 150 homeless people were granted a rare opportunity to visit the Vatican’s museums and the Sistine Chapel.

Stone Circles May Have Been Ancient Worship Sites
An archaeologist says an earlier theory that the more than 200 circles were grave sites is unlikely since the soil is undisturbed.

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