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American adventurer embarks on balloon journey across Atlantic

In a scene reminiscent of the Pixar movie “Up,” an American adventurer set off Thursday in a daring bid to drift across the Atlantic in a wildly colorful cluster balloon. By sunset local time (2300 GMT), Jonathan Trappe was approaching Corner Brook, on the west coast of the Canadian province…

Genetic modification blamed for rejected Washington alfalfa crop

Farmer in Washington state reports his alfalfa shipment was rejected after testing positive for genetic modification Authorities were investigating a new suspected case of crop contamination on Thursday – the second in the Pacific northwest in five months – after samples of hay tested positive for genetically modified traits. The…

Frog accidentally caught in NASA mission launch

NASA launches rocket, frog (via The Christian Science Monitor) One frog, of unidentified species, is in “uncertain” condition after the LADEE launch last week, according to NASA. It was last seen in this photograph.(NASA) One frog, of unidentified species, is in “uncertain” condition after the LADEE launch…   Watch video…

U.N. asks for more help for millions still starving in Yemen

The United Nations on Thursday urged the international community, especially Gulf states, to increase aid to impoverished Yemen, saying that more than 10 million people in the country go hungry. A Sanaa news conference by UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos and World Food Programme executive director Ertharin Cousin heard that…

Lance Armstrong turns gold medal in to Olympic officials

Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong has handed over his 2000 Olympic bronze medal to US Olympic officials, nine months after the International Olympic Committee demanded it back, he said on Thursday. “The 2000 Bronze is back in possession of @usolympics and will be in Switzerland asap to @Olympics,” Armstrong said on…

Judge approves American Airlines’ bankruptcy plan

A US court Thursday approved the bankruptcy plan of American Airlines’s parent AMR, a key part of the proposed American-US Airways merger deal that is facing a government antitrust challenge. US Bankruptcy Judge Sean Lane approved AMR’s plan to emerge from bankruptcy, in spite of the pending Department of Justice…

Peru declares state of emergency after seven volcano eruptions

Peru declared a state of emergency Thursday in nine districts threatened by the Ubinas volcano, which has erupted seven times since September 1, spewing harmful gas and ash. Authorities are distributing masks and have given themselves a 60-day period to relocate villagers from areas where ash is damaging crops and…

Disney to buy $6-8 billion in stocks back in 2014

Walt Disney Co’s chief financial officer Jay Rasulo said Thursday that the entertainment giant plans a huge share buyback in 2014 that could amount to as much as $8 billion. That would double the size of Disney buybacks in recent years, and Rasulo stressed that doing so reflected confidence in…

Renault teams up with electric car-share service

French automaker Renault and the Bollore family group that runs a successful pay-as-you go electric car network in Paris, are teaming up to develop technology. In a statement, the groups said they had agreed to develop car sharing systems for electric cars and cooperate on the manufacturing of the Bollore…

Twitter confirms plans for much-anticipated stock offering

Twitter announced Thursday, in a tweet, that it has submitted papers for a stock offering, the most hotly anticipated in the tech sector since Facebook’s last year. “We’ve confidentially submitted an S-1 to the SEC for a planned IPO. This Tweet does not constitute an offer of any securities for…

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