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‘Extraordinary’ Mayan frieze discovered in Guatemala tells a tale of almost cosmic wars

The massive frieze, cast in stucco and painted red, depicts the crowning of a Mayan king, a find that offers a window into the epic battles between rival Mayan kingdoms and the dramas of changing fealties in the Americas more than a thousand years ago. ;  …

NASA outlines big goals for a mission to Jupiter moon Europa

With a cold ocean under an icy shell, some have theorized that Europa is the most likely place to find life in the solar system.(NASA/JPL/Ted Stryk ) Europa, one of Jupiter’s moons, has long been fingered as possibly habitable. But sending a rover…  …

Is Alec Baldwin going to have his own show on MSNBC?

Actor Alec Baldwin could soon be hosting his own show on MSNBC on Friday nights, according to Mediaite. The Hollywood Reporter confirmed the outspoken liberal actor was in talks to host a program on the news network. Mediaite said the show was a “done deal,” while The Hollywood Reporter said…

Perseid meteor shower promises spectacular shooting star show

Stargazers will be treated to a spectacular fireball show early next week when Earth hits a belt of comet debris known as the Perseids, astronomers say. The annual Perseid meteor shower, dubbed “the tears of St Lawrence” in honour of a martyred Christian saint, should peak in the wee hours…

SpaceX to launch radar satellite network for Germany

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) – Privately owned Space Exploration Technologies won a two-flight contract to launch a radar satellite network for Germany, the company announced on Thursday. German satellite manufacturers OHB-System AG and Astrium GmbH selected the California-based firm, also known as SpaceX, to launch a trio…

Facing pressure from U.S., encrypted email service Lavabit shuts down

An encrypted email service believed to have been used by US leaker Edward Snowden shut down on Thursday apparently as a result of pressure from US authorities. Lavabit owner Ladar Levison posted a message at the website telling users that the he was pulling the plug on the secure email…

Two arrested in Canada for bullying rape victim Rehtaeh Parsons

By Peter N. Henderson (Reuters) – Canadian police arrested two men on Thursday in the case of a teenage girl who died after a suicide attempt that followed months of cyber bullying, including lewd photos of an alleged sexual assault that were posted online. The April, 2013, death of Rehtaeh…

Father who sent 4-year-old son to day care with loaded gun pleads not guilty

By Dave Sherwood BOWDOINHAM, Maine (Reuters) – The father of a 4-year-old who brought a loaded handgun to day care in Maine has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor reckless conduct, claiming the incident was unintentional. The man, 31-year old Adam Keene, of Madison, placed the loaded, semi-automatic .380 caliber pistol…

Criminal defense lawyers demand access to secret DEA evidence

By David Ingram and John Shiffman WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Criminal defense lawyers are challenging a U.S. government practice of hiding the tips that led to some drug investigations, information that the lawyers say is essential to fair trials in U.S. courts. The practice of creating an alternate investigative trail to…

UPDATE: L.A. police close inquiry into Scientology leader’s wife

By Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Los Angeles Police Department on Thursday closed their inquiry into the whereabouts of the wife of Scientology leader David Miscavige, a police spokesman said. The location of Miscavige’s wife, Shelly, had come under police investigation after actress Leah Remini, who recently left…

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