Agents say Obamas buying Calif. home
President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, could be the owners of a home in the Southern California desert community of Rancho Mirage before the month is out. The first family is believed to be in escrow on a contemporary home listed at $4.25 million in a gated community where entertainers Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope and Bing Crosby once maintained estates. The White House said "rumors regarding a home in Rancho Mirage are not true." But area real estate agents, who spoke to the Los Angeles Times on condition of anonymity, said the Obamas are the buyers of the home. The listing agents declined to comment. The Obamas would not be the first presidential family to land in the Southern California desert. After completing his time in office, former President Gerald R. Ford moved to the area.
Armstrong's name on NASA building
NASA honored one of its most famous astronauts Monday by renaming a key building at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral. The Operations and Checkout building now bears the name of Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon when the Apollo 11 mission landed there 45 years ago. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places. Armstrong died in 2012.
South African park may move rhinos
South Africa's Kruger National Park is considering a plan to move some rhinos out of the flagship wildlife reserve in an attempt to protect them from poachers. The goal is to "spread the risk" by evacuating rhinos to other game reserves because Kruger park is heavily targeted by poachers, park spokesman William Mabasa said Monday. No decision has been made on the proposal.
Lunar rover still at work for China
China's lunar rover Jade Rabbit is still alive and kicking. The plucky rover, which famously sent out a dying message in January, is severely handicapped but still functioning, Chinese authorities said Monday. Sent to the moon to study its surface and mineral resources, Jade Rabbit experienced unexpected malfunctions six weeks into its operation. It was designed with a life expectancy of three months.