Thursday, February 22, 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 find taker for Corey Dickerson, get Daniel Hudson, prospect from Pirates

Rays find taker for Corey Dickerson, get Daniel Hudson, prospect from Pirates

The Rays found a taker for OF/DH Corey Dickerson, trading him Thursday to the Pirates for veteran reliever Daniel Hudson, minor-league INF Tristan Gray and an undisclosed amount of cash. Hudson, 30, will compete for a spot in the Rays bullpen, comin...
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‘Pistols at Dawn’: Guns alive and well in GOP primary for Florida Attorney General

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St. Pete bar hosting rock, paper, scissors competition

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Democrats demand assault weapons ban; Republicans call it ‘politically motivated’

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Lindsey Vonn scatters grandfather’s ashes near downhill course

Lindsey Vonn scatters grandfather’s ashes near downhill course

JEONGSEON, South Korea — Lindsey Vonn came to South Korea with the goal of taking home an Olympic medal and leaving something even more special behind. She did both. The American ski great said Thursday she recently scattered some of the ashe...
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Tampa police release name of man killed in hit-and-run on Adamo Drive

TAMPA — Police have released the name of a man struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver on Adamo Drive early Wednesday.Christopher Magdic, 41, of Tampa was walking west in the eastbound lanes of Adamo Drive about 4:15 a.m. when was struck by an unkn...
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No. 2 FBI official addresses criticism over fumbled tip on Nikolas Cruz

No. 2 FBI official addresses criticism over fumbled tip on Nikolas Cruz

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‘Annihilation’ is strange, beautiful biological mystery

‘Annihilation’ is strange, beautiful biological mystery

Alex Garland’s Annihilation is a bracing blend of cerebral sci-fi and grindhouse terror, a genre movie that’s more, maybe too much for some viewers.Based on Tallahassee author Jeff VanderMeer’s novel, Annihilation on the surface is a dead-ducks missi...
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School resource officers give a resounding no to the “arming teachers” idea.

School resource officers give a resounding no to the “arming teachers” idea.

Thursday's statement from the National Association of School Resource Officers:NASRO strongly recommends that no firearms be on a school campus except those carried by carefully selected, specially trained school resource officers (SROs), who are car...
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USA women’s hockey gives us a night to remember

USA women’s hockey gives us a night to remember

Our team.They're Americans, yes. But they are more than that.They're one of us. Adopted Floridians. Honorary members of Tampa Bay.And they gave us the signature moment of the Winter Olympics.USA! USA! USA!In the greatest moment in American hockey sin...
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