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Rare images reveal incredible story behind America’s early space race

Collection of 4,500 photographs to fetch £480,000 at auction They are images from the golden age of space exploration: thousands of rare photographs recording the early days of manned flight into space. The collection, to be sold at auction this month, is the largest on the subject ever offered on…

Obama thanks responders for work during Hurricane Sandy

Barack Obama on Saturday thanked first responders and members of the National Guard for their work during superstorm Sandy, an event the US president said caused “terrible devastation” in the eastern United States. “I toured New Jersey on Wednesday with Governor (Chris) Christie, and witnessed some of the terrible devastation…

Watch: China’s future leaders learn founding ideology at ‘Communism camp’

In the remote Jinggang mountains, China’s future communist elite are being trained in Mao Zedong’s former guerrilla base, an effort to buttress the revolutionary roots of a regime striving to maintain its legitimacy. The Communist Party’s embrace of state-directed capitalism has utterly transformed China since Mao died in 1976. But…

Coast Guard concludes HMS Bounty captain went down with ship

Coast Guard concludes HMS Bounty captain went down with ship While questions will remain about Bounty Capt. Robin Walbridge’s decision to brave Cape Hatteras, N.C., during a hurricane, his ultimate legacy, his family says, will be one that goes back to the origins of global seafaring: his final act of…

Tea party’s Richard Mourdock now trails in Indiana Senate race, poll shows

Tea party's Richard Mourdock trails in Indiana Senate race, poll shows The GOP’s Richard Mourdock appears to have done grave damage to his Senate candidacy in Indiana by his comment that “even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that is something that God intended to happen.” Almost…

Immigrant advocates will be watching Maryland this election day

< Illegal immigration: why eyes will be on Maryland this Election Day Immigrant advocates hope the Maryland DREAM Act could help prime Washington’s discussion of immigration policy, a topic both President Obama and Mitt Romney say they want to address if they win the Nov. 6 election. Maryland stands alone…

New species of three-fingered frog discovered in Brazil

On a trek across this Atlantic rainforest reserve in southern Brazil, biologist Michel Garey recalled how on his birthday in 2007 he chanced upon what turned out to be a new species of tiny, three-fingered frogs. “I was doing research with two friends on a hilltop in the reserve and…

Militant anti-whaling activist to continue campaign despite arrest threats

Militant conservationist and Sea Shepherd founder Paul Watson will join this year’s campaign against Japanese whalers despite an Interpol notice for his arrest, the group said Friday. The Canadian national has not been seen since he skipped bail in Germany in July on charges stemming from a high-seas confrontation over…

French geneticist turned Tibetan monk declared world’s happiest man by scientists

As he grins serenely and his burgundy robes billow in the fresh Himalayan wind, it is not difficult to see why scientists declared Matthieu Ricard the happiest man they had ever tested. The monk, molecular geneticist and confidant of the Dalai Lama, is passionately setting out why meditation can alter…

Former Mich. mayor sets bronze statue of himself outside home

The former mayor of Flint, Mich., Don Williamson, recently set a bronze statue of himself outside his gated home surrounded by six bronze lions, reported Michigan Live. Williamson says the statue itself was made 20 years ago and at one time sat in the building of a company he ran,…

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