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Space capsule heads home from ISS

WASHINGTON — The unmanned Dragon space capsule set off from the International Space Station Sunday for the cargo-laden return trip to Earth after successfully delivering its first commercial payload, NASA said. Using a robotic arm, an astronaut aboard the floating laboratory detached and released the capsule at 1329 GMT after…

New York City to shut down transit system ahead of Hurricane Sandy

New York City’s subway and bus services are due to grind to halt from Sunday night as a precaution against flooding ahead of the arrival of hurricane Sandy, it has been confirmed. Erring on the side of caution, New York governor Andrew Cuomo said the emergency suspension was due to…

Four Gaza rockets hit Israel after militant killed

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories — Four rockets fired from Gaza crashed into southern Israel on Sunday without harming anyone, Israeli police said, hours after an air strike killed a Hamas militant. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP two rockets fell in open areas within the Eshkol district which flanks the…

How the 2014 elections tip prospects for a ‘grand bargain’ on the deficit

How the 2014 elections tip prospects for a 'grand bargain' on US deficits (via The Christian Science Monitor) If President Obama wins a second term, a top White House aim is to work with Congress to strike a “grand bargain,” a massive debt-reduction deal that would shore up the government’s…

Romney, Obama target women’s issues as election nears

WASHINGTON — Women could well swing the outcome of the US presidential election, and both candidates know it, playing up issues like healthcare and abortion in the countdown to November 6. Women make up 53 percent of the electorate in the United States and they vote in greater numbers than…

White working-class men could decide Obama’s fate

WASHINGTON — A blend of young voters, women, African Americans and Hispanics propelled Barack Obama into the White House in 2008, but white working-class males could decide whether he gets to stay. The coalition that powered Obama’s historic candidacy four years ago is still broadly supportive of the president, but…

Tsunami hits Hawaii after Canada earthquake

HONOLULU, Hawaii — A potentially destructive Pacific tsunami hit Hawaii Sunday after a powerful earthquake struck off the west coast of Canada, triggering calls for urgent action to protect lives as sirens wailed across the archipelago. “The tsunami is arriving right now,” Gerard Fryer, a senior geophysicist with the center,…

Hacker steals 3.6 million Social Security numbers

Hacker Steals 3.6 Million Social Security Numbers (via NewsLook) Cyber security for the South Carolina Department of Revenue as a foreign hacker steals 3.6 million social security numbers.…

‘Jailbreaking’ now legal on smartphones, but not tablets

Smartphone ‘Jailbreaking’ Legal, but Not Tablets (via NewsLook) On October 28th, new rules will let consumers root their phones. However it is still illegal to jailbreak tablets.…

Hurricane Sandy: How utilities are planning for power outages

Hurricane Sandy: how utilities are planning for power outages With utility companies analyzing potential storm tracks for hurricane Sandy and deciding just how many utility crews to request to prepare for fallen power lines, Seth Guikema could be their best friend. He is part of a pioneering attempt to help…

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