Saturday, May 19, 2018

Rover speeds toward landing on Mars

Rover speeding to Mars landing

The Curiosity rover is within 100 days of landing on Mars, and NASA scientists hope it will determine whether life might have existed on the planet at any time. The rover blasted off on Nov. 26 and is expected to complete the 352-million-mile journey on Aug 5. The Mini Cooper-size vehicle with six wheels is a step up from previous Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity, which were each about the size of a golf cart. Beyond the latest mission, there are the long-term hopes for a manned mission to Mars.

Exotic animals to be returned

Ohio officials said Monday that they will return five surviving exotic animals to a woman whose husband released dozens of wild creatures before committing suicide last fall. Two leopards, two primates and a bear are to be returned to Marian Thompson of Zanesville, though it's unclear when. Terry Thompson released 56 animals from his eastern Ohio farm on Oct. 18 before he committed suicide. Fearing for the public's safety, authorities killed 48 of them. One of the six that survived later was euthanized. Some of the animals are believed to have been eaten by other escapees.

Billionaire will build 'Titanic II'

An Australian billionaire said Monday he'll build a high-tech replica of the Titanic at a Chinese shipyard and its maiden voyage in late 2016 will be from England to New York, just like its namesake planned. Weeks after the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the original Titanic, Clive Palmer said the Titanic II "will be every bit as luxurious as the original Titanic, but … will have state-of-the-art 21st-century technology and the latest navigation and safety systems." He did not provide a cost estimate.

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Rays hang on to beat Angels 5-3, get back to .500

Rays hang on to beat Angels 5-3, get back to .500

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Playing .500 ball is obviously no goal, and the Rays certainly know that.But given where they came from, that terrible 1-8 start that oozed into 3-12 and 4-13, climbing back to the respectability of .500 would be an accomplish...
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US, China agree to cut American trade deficit

US, China agree to cut American trade deficit

United States and China agree to reduce massive US trade deficit, but no numerical target set
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US, China agree to cut American trade deficit

US, China agree to cut American trade deficit

United States and China agree to reduce massive US trade deficit, but no numerical target set
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Nationals' Kendrick tears Achilles, will miss rest of season

Nationals' Kendrick tears Achilles, will miss rest of season

Veteran Washington Nationals infielder-outfielder Howie Kendrick tore his right Achilles tendon in the opener of a doubleheader against the Los Angeles Dodgers and will miss the rest of the season
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Dodgers sweep day-night doubleheader vs. Nationals

Dodgers sweep day-night doubleheader vs. Nationals

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Mets top D-backs 5-4 in fog, 1st consecutive wins in month

Mets top D-backs 5-4 in fog, 1st consecutive wins in month

Devin Mesoraco hit a tying, two-run homer through Citi Field's murky fog in the eighth inning, Wilmer Flores hit a game-ending sacrifice fly in the ninth and the Mets beat Arizona 5-4 to win consecutive games for the first time in a month
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Robertson's grand slam helps surging Rays past Angels, 5-3

Robertson's grand slam helps surging Rays past Angels, 5-3

Daniel Robertson hit his first career grand slam, Ryan Yarbrough threw 6 1/3 effective innings and the Tampa Bay Rays got their sixth straight win, 5-3 over the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday night
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Paxton tosses complete game in 7-2 win over Tigers

Paxton tosses complete game in 7-2 win over Tigers

Mariners' James Paxton allows two runs in complete game victory over Tigers
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Maduro favored as Venezuelans vote amid crisis

Maduro favored as Venezuelans vote amid crisis

Venezuelans vote Sunday in a presidential election with Nicolas Maduro expected to win a second six-year term, despite a deepening crisis that's made food scarce and inflation soar as oil production in the once wealthy nation plummets
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Yelich's 8th-inning homer sends Brewers past Twins 5-4

Yelich's 8th-inning homer sends Brewers past Twins 5-4

Christian Yelich broke a tie with a solo home run in the top of the eighth, the bullpen pitched five scoreless innings, and the Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Minnesota Twins 5-4 to take the first two games of the three-game series.
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