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Curiosity’s second day on Mars ‘flawless’: NASA

NASA rover Curiosity’s second day on Mars went “flawlessly,” NASA said, confirming the antennas, communication links and generator on the $2.5 billion robot are all working well. “We feel very confident we have a lot of data capacity now, that we have all these links, and that was one of…

Scandal-hit News Corp posts big loss

Rupert Murdoch’s embattled media giant News Corp posted a net loss of $1.51 billion in its fiscal fourth quarter Wednesday, as the firm prepared for a major restructuring. The company’s bottom line was hit by a $2.85 billion charge apparently related to a plan to split its entertainment division from…

Threatened shark species turning up in U.S. restaurants

WASHINGTON — Threatened shark species are being used to make shark fin soup, a delicacy in Chinese cuisine, in several US cities, according to an unprecedented study based on DNA testing. Thirty-three different species of sharks turned up in samples collected in 14 cities and analyzed at Stony Brook University’s…

Most young adults expect marriage for life: study

WASHINGTON — Eighty-six percent of young adults in the United States expect their marriages to last a lifetime, even though half of all marriages end in divorce, a study released Wednesday suggests. The Clark University Poll of Emerging Adults also found that 57 percent of Americans aged 18 to 29…

17-year-old boy crowned America’s fastest texter

NEW YORK — A 17-year-old boy retained his title as America’s fastest texter Wednesday in a duel of the thumbs staged before yelling fans in New York’s Times Square. Austin Weirschke took home $50,000 in prize money for the second time in two years when he bested 10 other texting…

Fourteen killed across bloodstained Mexico

MEXICO CITY — Three brutal killings on Wednesday claimed at least 14 lives across Mexico, in the latest bloodshed of a years-long crime wave fueled by warring drug cartels. Just outside Mexico City, armed gunmen burst into a bar in the early morning hours and opened fire on the crowd,…

Google extends online search to email boxes

SAN FRANCISCO — Google on Wednesday began allowing users to extend online searches to include messages stored in accounts at Web-based email service Gmail. “Sometimes the best answer to your question isn’t available on the public Web — it may be contained elsewhere, such as in your email,” Google search…

Sikh temple massacre casts light on white-power rock

WASHINGTON — Last weekend’s shooting rampage at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin has thrown a spotlight onto the white power rock scene in the United States and bands like Definitive Hate, Attack and End Apathy. Wade Michael Page, a 40-year-old former psy-ops soldier who killed six worshippers in Oak Creek…

New York police launch high-tech camera surveillance system

NEW YORK — New York police on Wednesday launched what officials say is a revolutionary camera surveillance system that will simultaneously scan the streets and call up data on suspects. The Domain Awareness System, developed with Microsoft, “is an innovative tool that has the potential to revolutionize law enforcement, intelligence…

Top Colombian drug trafficker arrested: authorities

BOGOTA — The leader of a major drug trafficking organization known as the “Oficina de Envigado” was arrested Wednesday in the northeastern city of Medellin, Colombian authorities said. Calling the arrest of Erikson Vargas a “death blow” to the crime group, President Juan Manuel Santos said at a news conference…

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