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"As usual, this morning I spent hours online reading news. No new earth-shaking news, which is good to know considering all the wars, natural disasters and crimes that are already going on and the last thing the world needs is another catastrophe added to its list."

Are the sentences above understandable and natural?Please correct any mistakes if you notice.

Thanks in advance
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... going on. The last thing ...
In this context, does the phrase 'earth-shaking news' here mean major news or earthquake news?

Also, is it all right to say 'This morning, as usual I spent hours...'?
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1) It means major news.

2) Fine, as long as you say: This morning, as usual, I spent hours...
New2grammar"As usual, this morning I spent hours in online reading news. No new earth-shaking news, which is good to know considering all the wars, natural disasters and crimes that are already going on and the last thing the world needs is another catastrophe added to its list."

Are the sentences above understandable and natural?Please correct any mistakes if you notice.

Thanks in advance
Hi Bird of Paradise, are you a native speaker too?

I'm curious to know why 'in' is needed because Marius and Lil didn't find that to be a problem. Maybe it's optional.

I appreciate your effort in correcting my writing but could you also explain why your answer is different from others? Thank you!
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New2grammarHi Bird of Paradise, are you a native speaker too?

I'm curious to know why 'in' is needed because Marius and Lil didn't find that to be a problem. Maybe it's optional.

I appreciate your effort in correcting my writing but could you also explain why your answer is different from others? Thank you!

No, I am not a native speaker. But I do think that there should be a prepostion.
Anyhow lets see what the natives say about it.
Putting 'in' here would be incorrect in BrE.
BOP,

Just an FYI...

This will be considered very incorrect as well in AmE.

I made a few changes. Comments are welcome (good ones only[[;)] Just kidding!

This morning, as usual, I spent hours online reading news, nothing earth-shaking which is good considering all the wars, natural disasters and crimes that are happening. The last thing the world needs is another catastrophe added to its list."
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