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Risky flight to Antarctica rescues ill workers

In this photo provided by the National Science Foundation, a small plane picks up a sick worker at the U.S. South Pole science station. Once the sick patient and the crew rest, they will then fly off Antarctica for medical attention that could not be provided on the remote continent. (Robert Schwarz/NSF via AP) WX103

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In this photo provided by the National Science Foundation, a small plane picks up a sick worker at the U.S. South Pole science station. Once the sick patient and the crew rest, they will then fly off Antarctica for medical attention that could not be provided on the remote continent. (Robert Schwarz/NSF via AP) WX103

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led zeppelin wins trial contesting 'stairway' riff

Rock giant Led Zeppelin did not lift music that formed the basis for their iconic hit Stairway to Heaven, a jury found Thursday, clearing the iconic band of accusations that it stole the opening of one of rock's most celebrated songs.

The unanimous decision by the panel of eight men and women came after a weeklong trial in which Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, singer Robert Plant and bassist John Paul Jones took the stand to rebuff the claim of thievery and tell how the band's most famous song was created nearly half a century ago. Jones was not a defendant in the case.

At issue in the case was whether the British band stole the opening passage of Stairway from Taurus, an instrumental song by singer Randy Wolfe, who wrote and performed with his L.A. rock outfit Spirit, which gained some popularity in the late 1960s and 1970s for its novel fusion of rock with jazz and other styles of music. Wolfe died in 1997.

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Tornado, hail kill 78, injure 200 critically

A tornado and hailstorm struck the outskirts of an eastern Chinese city on Thursday, killing at least 78 people and destroying buildings, smashing trees and flipping vehicles on their roofs.

The tornado hit a densely populated area of farms and factories near the city of Yancheng in Jiangsu province, about 500 miles south of Beijing.

Nearly 500 people were injured, 200 of them critically, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

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Carters to celebrate 70th anniversary

For a time last year, Jimmy Carter felt his extraordinary life was effectively done.

"There was one period of a few days that I thought I only had a couple weeks left of life," Carter, 91, recalled Wednesday, sitting beside his wife, Rosalynn, 88, on a couch at the Carter Center.

Come July 7, they'll have spent 70 years as husband and wife. But back when doctors discovered cancer in his liver and his brain late last summer, he explained, "We thought life was over for me. I think that having been together for 69 years obviously made it easier for us to weather that storm of emotions."

But a combination of radiation and immunotherapy drugs had proven so effective that his doctors were stopping treatment, Carter said in March.

And in two weeks, the former first couple from little Plains in southwest Georgia will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary.

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Risky flight to Antarctica rescues ill workers 06/23/16 [Last modified: Thursday, June 23, 2016 9:07pm]
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