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NASA releases best photos yet of Pluto's jumbo moon, Charon

That old rugged moon This image released by NASA on Thursday shows Pluto’s big moon, Charon, in enhanced color. The image was captured by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft during its flyby of Pluto in July and transmitted to Earth 1 ½ weeks ago. Massive canyons and fractures are clearly visible on Charon, which is more than half of Pluto’s size. 

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That old rugged moon This image released by NASA on Thursday shows Pluto’s big moon, Charon, in enhanced color. The image was captured by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft during its flyby of Pluto in July and transmitted to Earth 1 ½ weeks ago. Massive canyons and fractures are clearly visible on Charon, which is more than half of Pluto’s size. 

At U.N., Netanyahu blasts Iran deal

In an impassioned speech interspersed with bouts of dramatic silence, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday condemned the Iran nuclear deal as empowering Tehran to spread further unrest in the Mideast while leaving the country capable of making an atomic bomb. Netanyahu's speech at the U.N. General Assembly was notable for his rhetorical flourishes, including 47 seconds of silence about 15 minutes into his address. He insisted the nuclear agreement lets Iran support terrorism in the Mideast — and bolsters its plan to liquidate the Jewish state. He said the U.N. and most governments have responded to Iran's intent to destroy Israel with "deafening silence" — and then stopped speaking to emphasize his point, glowering at hushed delegates before resuming his speech.

2 convicted in border killing

Two men were convicted of murder charges Thursday in the killing of a Border Patrol agent whose death brought to light the bungled federal gun-tracking operation known as Fast and Furious. The jury found Jesus Leonel Sanchez-Meza and Ivan Soto-Barraza guilty of all counts in the killing of Brian Terry, 40. They face sentences of life in prison. The 2010 killing exposed the Fast and Furious operation in which agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives allowed criminals to buy guns with the intention of tracking the weapons. But the agency lost most of the guns, including two that were found at scene of Terry's death. The operation set off a political firestorm, led to congressional investigations and became a major distraction for President Barack Obama in his first term.

Virginia executes serial killer

Virginia on Thursday executed a serial killer who was convicted of two murders in Virginia, one in California and linked by DNA and ballistics to six more. Alfredo Prieto, 49, was executed by lethal injection and pronounced dead at 9:17 p.m. at the Greensville Correctional Center in Jarrat after a series of last-minute appeals failed. Prieto thanked his lawyers, supporters and family members before mumbling, "Get this over with." Prieto is the first inmate to be executed in Virginia in nearly three years.

Times wires

NASA releases best photos yet of Pluto's jumbo moon, Charon 10/01/15 [Last modified: Thursday, October 1, 2015 10:51pm]
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