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Two NASA probes go into lunar orbit

WASHINGTON — The second of two NASA lunar probes on a mission to study the Moon’s inner core went into orbit as planned, the US space agency said. The second Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL-B) will join GRAIL-A which reached lunar orbit on Saturday, according to officials at NASA’s…

Elton John wants Timberlake to play him in biopic

LOS ANGELES — Elton John is working on a biopic about himself and would like Justin Timberlake to take on the lead role, he said in an interview published Sunday. The British veteran star also spoke about his and partner David Furnish’s love for their son Zachary — whose first…

Obama has ‘failed’ on Iran: Romney

ATLANTIC, Iowa — Republican White House hopeful Mitt Romney charged Sunday that President Barack Obama has “failed” in his efforts to get Iran to abandon its suspect nuclear program. “I want to make sure that the people of this nation understand that he failed us not only here at home,…

Gunman on loose after ranger killed in U.S. park

LOS ANGELES — A US federal ranger was shot dead in Mount Rainier National Park on Sunday, triggering a manhunt for the gunman and the closure of the park in Washington state, officials said. The suspect escaped on foot after shooting the 34-year-old female ranger, a park spokeswoman said, adding…

Obama turns to roots as key year dawns

HONOLULU, Hawaii — US President Barack Obama opened a landmark year on Sunday by paying homage to his roots as he wraps up his vacation in his native Hawaii. Obama visited the graveyard of his grandfather, a World War II veteran, in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at…

Argentina ex-intel chief dies in New Year shooting

BUENOS AIRES — Argentina’s former spy chief, who recently took up a post as a provincial governor, was killed in a New Year’s Day shooting at his country house in Patagonia, authorities said Sunday. Carlos Soria, 61, was just weeks into his job in the key oil-producing southern province of…

Israel plans Jordan border fence to stop migrants

JERUSALEM, Israel — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told ministerial colleagues on Sunday that he planned to strengthen barriers along his country’s border with Jordan, the Jerusalem Post reported. The English-language daily’s website said Netanyahu told ministers from his Likud party that he feared illegal migrants who currently enter Israel…

Four soldiers, 12 militants killed in Pakistan attacks

QUETTA, Pakistan — Four Pakistani soldiers and a dozen Taliban militants were killed on Sunday in separate incidents in the violence-wracked country, according to officials. An anti-Taliban fighter also died in a day of clashes and bomb blasts in the country. The first incident took place in Salarzai town, about…

Spaniards ring in new year of more austerity

MADRID — Luis Zorrilla wants to celebrate the New Year and forget, at least for a day, Spain’s economic crisis and government spending cuts that have triggered the “indignant” protest movement. “Today is a day to forget the crisis,” says Zorrilla, a teacher, laughing as he gets ready to eat…

Bahrain teenager dies ‘as police crush protest’

DUBAI — Bahraini police fired tear gas grenades to disperse protesters, killing a Shiite protester in the Sunni-ruled country where tensions have been running high, the opposition said on Sunday. Meanwhile the newly-appointed police chief said 500 officers would be recruited across the country, including Shiites, to help bolster community…

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