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Space cadets line up for one-way Mars trip

More than 200,000 people from 140 countries have applied to go to Mars and never return, the group behind an ambitious venture to colonize the inhospitable red planet said Monday. Bas Lansdorp, a Dutch engineer and entrepreneur, plans to establish a permanent base on Mars in a mission he hopes…

Canada issues seven-coin collection honoring Superman’s 75th anniversary

Now that’s a birthday present: Canada is honoring Superman with seven coins to mark the 75th anniversary of the iconic comic character’s creation. The Royal Canadian Mint said Monday it would be issuing the collector’s items — ranging in face value from 50 cents to $75 — in gold, silver…

Verdict in New Delhi bus gangrape trial due on Tuesday

A judge will hand down the verdict Tuesday on four men accused of the fatal gang-rape of an Indian student on a bus, which could see the defendants sentenced to death. The parents of the popular physiotherapy student have been at the forefront of calls for the four to be…

Bank of America to cut 2,100 jobs

Bank of America said Monday it would cut 2,100 jobs from its home mortgage unit as a key driver of the business, refinancing, has slowed down with higher interest rates. Dan Frahm, a spokesman of the country’s second largest bank, also explained that it needs less staff than in the…

Why are Americans so against a strike on Syria? Because of the Iraq debacle

At home and abroad, America’s disastrous war in Iraq hangs over the debate on Syria, feeding skepticism that US military action can deliver as promised. “It’s the elephant in the room,” said Larry Korb, a former Pentagon official and a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress. “Had we…

Yahoo plans a ‘major expansion’ of news gathering

Yahoo News named a new editor-in-chief Monday who comes from The New York Times and promised a “major expansion” of news gathering at the US Internet giant. Megan Liberman, deputy news editor of The New York Times, started on Monday, taking the position which has been vacant since Hillary Frey…

McCain says John Kerry’s comments on Syria strike are ‘unbelievably unhelpful’

US Secretary of State John Kerry was under fire Monday for saying that a proposed US military strike on Syria would be “unbelievably small.” The comment came as Kerry ended a whirlwind diplomatic offensive in Europe aimed at whipping up support abroad for US military action against the Damascus regime,…

High radiation detected at Fukushima monitoring well: reports

The operator of Japan’s stricken Fukushima nuclear plant on Monday said that groundwater from an observation well near the site of a leaky storage tank showed high levels of radiation, according to reports. The finding means that it “now seems more likely” that radioactive water from leaking tanks had mixed…

Koch Industries to buy electronic manufacturer Molex

Koch Industries, the sprawling US global industrial conglomerate, announced Monday it was buying Molex, a manufacturer of electrical and electronic components, for $7.2 billion. Owned by the billionaire Koch brothers, David and Charles, known for their ultra-conservative political activism, Koch Industries, one of the largest US private companies, said it…

Susan Rice: Attack on Syria would deter Iran

The United States needs to strike Syria in part to send a message to its ally Iran over its nuclear program, President Barack Obama’s national security adviser said Monday. Susan Rice, joining a major public effort by Obama to persuade a skeptical Congress, said the United States was morally bound…

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