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WATCH: U.S.-Russia crew begins shortened trip to International Space Station

An American and two Russians blasted off Thursday for the International Space Station atop a Soyuz rocket that will slash more than a day off the usual travel time. Michael Hopkins of NASA and Oleg Kotov and Sergei Ryazansky of Russia took off without a hitch from the Baikonur space…

Air Force converts F-16 fighters into drones

The U.S. Air Force has test flown an F-16 fighter jet without a pilot on board for the first time, in the latest sign of the military’s increasing reliance on drones. The robotic F-16 flew for 55 minutes with an empty cockpit from a base in Florida last week, as…

Revealed: NSA spied on Martin Luther King and senators opposed to Vietnam War

The National Security Agency eavesdropped on civil rights icon Martin Luther King and heavyweight boxer Muhammad Ali as well as other leading critics of the Vietnam War in a secret program later deemed “disreputable,” declassified documents revealed Wednesday. The six-year spying program, dubbed “Minaret,” had been exposed in the 1970s…

Soccer-based Colombian soap scores a ratings goooooool

With Colombia’s national football team close to qualifying for the 2014 World Cup, viewers are tuning in by the millions to a telenovela about their dream team of the 1990s. The soap opera — known simply as “La Seleccion” (marketed in English as “Football Dreams, a World of Passion”) —…

NASA adapting space radar for use helping rescue workers

A portable radar device that can sense live victims beneath a collapsed structure was inspired by the same technology used to detect distant objects in space, NASA said Wednesday. The prototype for the new tool was demonstrated for reporters by US space agency experts who are collaborating with the Department…

Moroccan journalist charged with inciting ‘terrorism’

A Moroccan journalist arrested last week for posting a link to an Al-Qaeda video has been charged with defending and inciting “terrorism,” his lawyers said on Wednesday. Ali Anouzla, director of the Arabic version of independent news website Lakome, was arrested on September 17 after his website posted a link…

Swedish court reduces sentence for Pirate Bay founder

A Swedish appeals court on Wednesday halved a jail sentence on hacking charges handed down to a co-founder of the popular file-sharing site The Pirate Bay. Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, 28, saw his sentence reduced to one year, from the two years ordered by a district court in June. The appeals…

British zoo bans ‘confusing’ animal print clothing

A British zoo said Wednesday it has banned visitors from wearing leopard or zebra print clothes because they are confusing the animals. “We have announced an animal-print ban. This follows confusion amongst our ‘Zufari: Ride Into Africa!’ animals,” Chessington World of Adventures said in a statement. The park-wide prohibition was…

U.S. signs landmark U.N. treaty on weapons exports

U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration signed a UN treaty Wednesday to track exports of firearms and other conventional weapons, offering a major boost to the pact despite opposition at home. The United States is the world’s largest exporter of conventional arms, accounting for 30 percent of the $90 billion global…

Amazon chief Jeff Bezos: Print newspapers could become ‘luxury’

Amazon chief executive and new Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos said Wednesday that print newspapers could one day become a luxury item. “Some day, I don’t know how many years in the future — it could be decades — but I think printed newspapers on actual paper may be a…

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