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New York museum opens space shuttle Enterprise to public

NEW YORK — A New York aerospace museum opened the space shuttle Enterprise to the public Thursday. The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum has installed the space shuttle on the runway of the aircraft carrier “Intrepid”, a museum facility docked at a pier on Manhattan’s West Side. NASA administrator…

Tom Cruise slams ‘grotesque’ report about daughter

LOS ANGELES — Tom Cruise’s lawyer condemned as “grotesquely false” a report that the Hollywood star had abandoned his six-year-old daughter amid the shock of his wife’s divorce bombshell. Attorney Bert Fields said a cover story in Life and Style magazine, with the strapline “Abandoned by Her Dad”, was clearly…

Closed USS Cole hearing amid protests from defense

US NAVAL BASE AT GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba — A pre-trial hearing for an alleged Al-Qaeda operative accused of masterminding the attack on the USS Cole resumed Wednesday behind closed doors and without the defendant in a US military tribunal — amid protests from his lawyers and media outlets. The session…

Putin agrees to work with Obama on Syria

WASHINGTON — Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed Wednesday in a phone call with President Barack Obama to work with the United States to find a solution to the crisis in Syria, the White House said. But the Kremlin stressed that “differences” remain ahead of a UN Security Council vote in…

Pregnant new CEO for Yahoo! stirs debate on working moms

WASHINGTON — No sooner was Marissa Mayer named chief executive of Yahoo! than she announced she’s pregnant. In doing so, she ramped up a lively ongoing debate in the United States about working moms. Mayer, 37, a Silicon Valley high-flyer who quit the top ranks of Google to take the…

Sen. Franken questions FBI and Facebook over online privacy protections

WASHINGTON — A US Senate hearing Wednesday highlighted concern over the growing use of facial recognition technologies, both for law enforcement use and in big social networks like Facebook. Senator Al Franken, who chaired the judiciary subcommittee hearing, said the expansion of such biometric technologies poses concern over privacy and…

House pushes Obama on effects of spending cuts

WASHINGTON — US lawmakers voted Wednesday to give the White House 30 days to explain how it will deal with $1 trillion in spending cuts set to kick in next year, as the defense industry warned the impact would be devastating. A rarely united House of Representatives voted 414-2 in…

WHO: HIV drug resistance creeping higher in Asia and Africa

Drug resistance to HIV medicines has been creeping higher in parts of Africa and Asia but is not steep enough to cause alarm, said a survey released by the World Health Organization on Wednesday. In low- and middle-income countries, drug resistance stood at 6.8 percent in 2010, the WHO said…

Report: China produces as much CO2 per person as Europe

China’s carbon dioxide (CO2) levels soared in 2011, putting its per capita emissions on a par for the first time with those of Europe, while global levels of the greenhouse gas hit another all-time high, a report released Wednesday said. Last year, China’s CO2 emissions rose by 9.0 percent, meaning…

Hubble finds rare spiral galaxy

Astronomers said Wednesday they had stumbled upon an astonishing spiral galaxy that was born nearly 11 billion years ago, a finding that could spur a rethink of how galaxies formed after the Big Bang. Dubbed BX442, the ancient star cluster was discovered in a survey of 300 distant galaxies carried…

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