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Astronauts take 3rd spacewalk

Mar 1, 2015 / 7:30 am

NASA astronauts ventured out Sunday on their third spacewalk in just over a week to complete an extensive, tricky cable job at the International Space Station. The work — involving nearly 800 feet of cable over three spacewalks — is needed for new crew capsules commissioned by NASA....

Avalanche toll nears 200

Mar 1, 2015 / 6:55 am

An Afghan provincial official says that the death toll from a massive avalanche in a mountainous valley near the capital Kabul rose to 198 as bulldozers and other machinery began clearing roads and rescue teams were able to reach remote villages that have been cut off for almost a...

Thousands march for Nemtsov

Mar 1, 2015 / 6:46 am

Carrying flowers, portraits and signs that said "I am not afraid," thousands of Russians marched Sunday in Moscow to mourn opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, whose slaying on the streets of the capital has shaken Russia's beleaguered opposition. Russian President Vladimir Putin...

82 years of wedded bliss

Mar 1, 2015 / 6:43 am

A husband and wife thought to be one of the oldest married couples in New York have celebrated their birthdays — and their combined ages will be 212. The Journal News reports Duranord Veillard turned 108 on Saturday. His wife, Jeanne Veillard, won't turn 105 until May. The couple...

White elephant captured

Mar 1, 2015 / 6:40 am

Myanmar's forestry department has captured a rare white elephant in the jungles of the country's western Ayeyarwaddy region, an official said Sunday. The 7-year-old female was captured Friday, six weeks after it was initially spotted in a reserve in Pathein township, forestry official...

Stolen race car found

Feb 28, 2015 / 1:52 pm

The No. 44 race car returned to its NASCAR shop in North Carolina on Saturday after it was recovered along a remote road in suburban Atlanta, apparently abandoned by the thieves who stole it from a hotel parking lot. While the discovery didn't occur in nearly enough time for Team XTREME to...

Nemtsov a 'sacrificial victim'

Feb 28, 2015 / 1:10 pm

Maybe it was Islamic extremists who killed Boris Nemtsov. Or someone offended by his love life. Or agents of a Western power that will stop at nothing to disfigure President Vladimir Putin's image and drive him from power. Russian investigators, politicians and political commentators on...

Court rules Hamas as terrorists

Feb 28, 2015 / 11:38 am

An Egyptian court declared Hamas a "terrorist organization" on Saturday, further isolating the blockaded rulers of the Gaza Strip once openly welcomed by the country's toppled Islamist-dominated government. The ruling is unlikely to have any immediate effect on Hamas, still reeling...

Stolen Oscar dress found

Feb 28, 2015 / 8:58 am

A white dress that strongly resembles the custom gown taken from Lupita Nyong'o's hotel room earlier this week turned up Friday under a bathroom sink in the same hotel, a Los Angeles County Sheriff's official said. The dress found at a West Hollywood hotel "greatly...

Spock trivia for Trekkies

Feb 28, 2015 / 8:21 am

Leonard Nimoy, who died Friday at age 83, likely had the most famous lobes in Hollywood. As the logical half-human, half-alien Mr. Spock in "Star Trek," his pointy Vulcan appendages became a signature — and a nuisance — for the actor. Here are a few facts about those iconic...

What set off gunman?

Feb 28, 2015 / 7:08 am

A man who authorities say may have been unhinged by the death of his ailing mother killed seven people and then took his own life in a house-to-house shooting rampage that wiped out a swath of this tiny town in the Missouri Ozarks. Joseph Jesse Aldridge, 36, carried out the killings with a...

Phoney art ring busted

Feb 28, 2015 / 7:03 am

Spanish police have broken up a gang that allegedly created and then sold fake works of art purporting to be by renowned artists including Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol and Joan Miro. Officers have arrested nine suspects in the eastern region of Valencia, including the alleged counterfeiters and...

Why was Nemtsov killed?

Feb 28, 2015 / 7:02 am

Russia's top investigative body said Saturday it is looking into several possible motives for the killing of prominent opposition figure Boris Nemtsov, including an attempt to destabilize the state, Islamic extremism, the Ukraine conflict and his personal life. A statement from the body, the...

This collector's no Muggle

Feb 28, 2015 / 6:56 am

A young Mexican's fascination with Harry Potter has grown into the world's biggest private collection of toys, books, clothes and other items related to author J.K. Rowling's fantasy hero. Now, other fans have a chance to see it all. The collection belonging to real estate lawyer...

Bombing trial to remain in state

Feb 27, 2015 / 7:29 pm

The trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev can stay in Massachusetts, a federal appeals court ruled Friday. A three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said that any high-profile case would receive significant media attention, but that knowledge of such case...

Ford back in Blade Runner 2

Feb 27, 2015 / 6:41 pm

Harrison Ford is set to reprise his role as Rick Deckard in a sequel to the dystopian, neo-noir "Blade Runner," more than 31 years after the film first premiered. Ridley Scott directed the 1982 movie, which was adapted from the Philip K. Dick novel "Do Androids Dream of Electric...

Nimoy's mark beyond fiction

Feb 27, 2015 / 4:30 pm

Leonard Nimoy didn't just leave a lasting impression on the science-fiction genre, he also left his mark on science itself. Seth Shostak, who researches the possibility of real-world extraterrestrial life as the senior astronomer at SETI Research, recalled that Nimoy was regularly willing to...

Opposition leader killed

Feb 27, 2015 / 3:09 pm

Boris Nemtsov, a charismatic former deputy prime minister turned Russian opposition leader, was shot and killed in Moscow Saturday, officials said. He was 55. Nemtsov's death comes just a day before a planned protest against President Vladimir Putin's rule. The Kremlin said that Putin...

Trekkies mourn Spock's death

Feb 27, 2015 / 9:51 am

Leonard Nimoy, the actor known and loved by generations of "Star Trek" fans as the pointy-eared, purely logical science officer Mr. Spock, has died. Nimoy's son, Adam Nimoy, said the actor died Friday of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at his Los Angeles home. He...

What colour is The Dress?

Feb 27, 2015 / 9:50 am

It's the dress that's beating the Internet black and blue. Or should that be gold and white? Friends and co-workers worldwide are debating the true hues of a royal blue dress with black lace that, to many an eye, transforms in one photograph into gold and white. Optometry experts are...

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