Atom smasher breaks record
The world's largest atom smasher broke the world record for proton acceleration Monday, firing particle beams with 20 percent more power than the American lab that previously held the record. The power of the Large Hadron Collider's proton beams is essential to the project's ultimate goal: smashing particles into each other with enough force to shatter them into the smallest building blocks of matter. The collider, in a 17-mile tunnel under the Swiss-French border, fired two particle beams at 1.18 trillion electron volts early Monday, surpassing the previous high held by the Chicago-area Fermilab since 2001, according to the European Organization for Nuclear Research.
Why not ban divorce, too?
John Marcotte wants to put a measure on the ballot next year to ban divorce in California. The effort is meant to be a satirical statement after California voters outlawed gay marriage in 2008, largely on the argument that a ban is needed to protect the sanctity of traditional marriage. If that's the case, then Marcotte reasons voters should have no problem banning divorce. "Since California has decided to protect traditional marriage, I think it would be hypocritical of us not to sacrifice some of our own rights to protect traditional marriage even more," the 38-year-old married father of two said. Marcotte said he has collected dozens of signatures. He needs 694,354 valid ones by March 22.
Argentine judge blocks gay wedding
An Argentine judge on Monday overturned a ruling that would have allowed the first gay marriage in Latin America. The official court Web site said Judge Marta Gomez Alsina ordered the wedding blocked until the issue can be resolved by the Supreme Court. Jose Maria Di Bello and his partner, Alex Freyre, have been planning to wed today, based on another judge's ruling. Their attorney, Maria Rachid, said they would still try to go ahead with the ceremony.
Chelsea Clinton is engaged
Chelsea Clinton, the 29-year-old daughter of former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, has become engaged to her longtime boyfriend, 31-year-old investment banker Marc Mezvinsky. The couple sent an e-mail to friends Friday announcing the news, saying they were looking at a possible summer wedding. Matt McKenna, a spokesman for the former president, confirmed the engagement Monday.
Mezvinsky is a son of ex-Pennsylvania Rep. Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky and ex-Iowa Rep. Ed Mezvinsky, longtime friends of the Clintons. Ed Mezvinsky was released from federal prison last year after serving nearly five-years for wire and bank fraud. Margolies-Mezvinsky served just one term in Congress before losing her seat in 1994 after voting in favor of President Clinton's 1993 budget, which was controversial at the time.
The former first daughter and her fiance became friends as teens in Washington and both attended Stanford University. They now live in New York, where Mezvinsky works at G3 Capital, a hedge fund, and Clinton is pursuing a graduate degree at Columbia University's School of Public Health. Before returning to school, she worked at Avenue Capital, a hedge fund run by prominent Democratic donor Marc Lasry. She also worked at McKinsey and Co., a management consulting firm.