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Curiosity rover on standby as NASA addresses computer glitch

NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has been temporarily put into “safe mode,” as scientists monitoring from Earth try to fix a computer glitch, the US space agency said. Scientists switched to a backup computer Thursday so that they could troubleshoot the problem, said to be linked to a glitch in the…

Chavez’s foreign minister asks country to let him get chemo in peace

Venezuela’s foreign minister demanded Saturday that President Hugo Chavez be allowed to recover in peace after the government revealed for the first time that the cancer-stricken leader was in chemotherapy. Foreign Minister Elias Jaua said Chavez, 58, was in a “battle” to recover as the socialist leader rests in a…

Peruvian mayor at book fair: I don’t read

The mayor of Peru’s third-largest city inaugurated a book fair by saying he does not like to read. “People close to me know that I do not read, that I never write. But I took time last night to go over some papers and be able to explain what a…

Video games zap their way into top New York museum

Pac-Man and other legends from the video game world became the latest and perhaps most unlikely additions to the Museum of Modern Art’s illustrious collections in New York on Friday. Fourteen games were displayed in the elegant contemporary design gallery on the third floor as part of a wider exhibition…

Woman accused of leaving poop in ex-employer’s oven and refrigerator

A home health care worker in Norwalk, CT is accused of leaving feces in her former employers’ oven and refrigerator after a work-related dispute. According to the Norwalk Hour, 40-year-old Fiona Clarke of Fairfield, CT turned herself in on Thursday and was charged with third-degree criminal mischief and breach of…

The imperatives of National Grammar Day

How, dear reader, will you celebrate National Grammar Day? National Grammar Day was launched in 2008 by Martha Brockenbrough, founder of the Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar, or SPOGG. It is being observed for the sixth time on March 4. You’ve got to hand it to Ms. Brockenbrough…

China “fully prepared” for currency war: banker

A top Chinese banker said Beijing is “fully prepared” for a currency war as he urged the world to abide by a consensus reached by the G20 to avert confrontation, state media reported Saturday. Yi Gang, deputy governor of China’s central bank, issued the call after G20 finance ministers last…

Old families keep the secret of Timbuktu’s manuscripts

Though armed Islamists have left their town, the grand old families of Timbuktu are still wary of revealing the secret of how they safeguarded thousands of ancient manuscripts from destruction by extremists. Before they fled the fabled desert town in northern Mali at the end of January, the Islamists sacked…

High-speed bullet train derails in Japan

A Japanese bullet train carrying about 130 passengers and crew derailed in heavy snow in northern Japan Saturday, although there were no reports of injuries, media reports said. The first car of the “Komachi” No. 25 bullet train came off the rails on the high-speed Akita Shinkansen line in Akita,…

Kenya’s presidential race: a tale of two families

Kenya’s top two presidential contenders will face off against each other in polls Monday for the first time, but bring with them a long history of rivalry from political dynasties dating back more than half a century. Uhuru Kenyatta, deputy prime minister and son of Kenya’s first president, is neck-and-neck…

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