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First woman in space ready for one-way trip to Mars

Russia’s Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman to go to space, said on Friday she was ready to score another coup and fly to Mars, even if it would be just a one-way trip. “Mars is my favourite planet,” the 76-year old told a news conference in Zvyozdny Gorodok (Star City)…

Pennsylvania gynecologist, fishing guide save baby moose from drowning

When Pennsylvania gynecologist Dr. Karen Sciascia booked her fishing trip to Montana with Four Rivers Fishing Company, she probably hoped to land at least one big fish. Instead, she ended up hauling in a baby moose. Sciasia and guide Seth McLean were, according to The Missoulian, fishing on Big Hole…

French president mixes up Japan and China on overseas trip

French president blames jet lag on trip for gaffe sending France’s condolences to the wrong people Even if the jet-lag is horrendous and there are certain distractions such as economic crisis and street murder back home , the first rule of foreign state visits is generally to know what country you’re in.…

Washington could have known of IRS’ targeting of conservative groups in 2010, email reveals

By Kim Dixon and Patrick Temple-West WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A misfired email from a U.S. Internal Revenue Service employee in Cincinnati alerted a number of Washington IRS officials that extra scrutiny was being placed on conservative groups in July 2010, a year earlier than previously acknowledged, according to interviews with…

U.S. adds 175,000 jobs in May

The US economy added a modest 175,000 jobs in May, the Labor Department announced Friday, dispelling some worries that job creation had slumped in the spring. The unemployment rate ticked up 0.1 percentage points to 7.6 percent.…

Pope Francis jokes: ‘Someone who wants to be pope does not really like themselves’

Pope Francis joked about the difficulties of being head of the world’s Catholics, saying he never wanted the job, on Friday in unscripted comments in which he also said he had turned down luxury Vatican housing because it would be “boring”. “Someone who wants to be pope does not really…

France vows crackdown on far right after skinhead attack

French Interior Minister Manuel Valls vowed Friday to crack down on far-right groups after a leftist student activist died following a fight with skinheads in Paris. The death of 18-year-old Clement Meric, a student at the country’s prestigious Sciences-Po university, sent shockwaves across France, with thousands attending rallies in Paris…

Apple clashes with Amazon in e-book case

Apple attorneys in the US antitrust case on e-books went on the offensive, attacking the credibility of government witnesses and seeking to debunk key elements of the government’s case. Apple attorneys grilled a trio of witnesses from Apple rival Amazon and undertook a bruising cross-examination of a Google executive. Apple…

N. Korea to reopen hotline, pushes back on talks with South

North Korea said Friday it would restore an official hotline with rival South Korea, but pushed back at Seoul’s proposal of ministerial-level talks to be held in Seoul next week. Pyongyang’s Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea (CPRK) said the hotline — suspended by the North in March as…

Google chief says Glass privacy fears will fade

Google chief Larry Page assured investors that privacy fears about the company’s coming Internet glasses will fade as people incorporate the eyewear into their lives. “People worry about all sorts of things that actually, when we use the product, it is not that big a concern,” Page said while fielding…

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