Rocket gives NASA a ride to space station
A Russian Soyuz rocket blasted off amid heavy snow in Kazakhstan on Monday, beginning a two-day trip to ferry one NASA and two Russian astronauts to the International Space Station and opening a new era of U.S. dependence on Russia — and eventually on commercial enterprises — for space travel.
Third quake hits stricken province
A magnitude 5.2 quake early today shook eastern Turkey — already devastated by two powerful tremors, the Kandilli observatory said. The latest quake hit Van province but there was no immediate report of damage or injuries.
Airlines testing biofueled flights
Alaska Airlines begins an expensive trial of biofuel-powered passenger flights on Wednesday. The jets, to fly out of Seattle's airport, will use a blend of jet fuel that's 20 percent biofuel produced from used cooking oil. United Airlines flew the first biofuel-powered passenger flight in the United States on Nov. 7 from Houston to Chicago.
TransCanada to reroute pipeline
At a special session of the Nebraska Legislature, a state senator announced Monday that TransCanada had agreed to adjust its intended route of the Keystone XL oil pipeline to avoid the environmentally sensitive Sand Hills region of the state. The proposed pipeline would run from Alberta's oil sands to the Gulf of Mexico.
Hacking called a 'cottage industry'
At least 28 journalists might be linked to the escalating phone-hacking scandal that has engulfed News Corp., a lawyer said Monday. Robert Jay said there was "at the very least a thriving cottage industry" of phone hacking at News of the World, a Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid that closed in July.
Missiles could protect Olympics
Britain's Defense Secretary Philip Hammond is ruling nothing out to protect London during the 2012 Olympics, including the possible use of surface-to-air missiles. Hammond told Parliament on Monday that if the military recommends it, "appropriate ground-to-air defense" could be in place. Fox noted that surface-to-air missiles had been in place for the Olympics since the 1996 Atlanta games.
Merkel seeks to ban political party
Chancellor Angela Merkel called Monday for an anti-immigrant party popular among German neo-Nazis to be banned after investigators uncovered what she described as "far-right terrorism." A series of unsolved murders, bombings, maimings and bank robberies have been gradually connected over the past four days with a trio who called themselves the National Socialist Underground.