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NASA's moon-orbiting robot crashes down

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, April 18, 2014 - 07:18 AM

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's small moon-orbiting spacecraft LADEE (pronounced LAH'-dee) is no more. Flight controllers confirmed early Friday that LADEE crashed into the back side of the moon.

Researchers believe the robotic explorer vaporized upon contact because of its high orbiting speed of 3,600 mph, possibly smacking into a mountain or side of a crater. As of late Thursday afternoon, the spacecraft was flying 300 feet above the lunar surface. Its altitude had been lowered on purpose to ensure a crash by Monday.


Atlanta residents object to planned priests' home

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, April 18, 2014 - 06:41 AM

ATLANTA (AP) — Residents are objecting to the Archdiocese of Atlanta's plans to renovate a house in the city's upscale Buckhead neighborhood so it can be a home for a group of priests.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (http://bit.ly/19h2mCB ) reports the dispute involves Atlanta Catholic Archbishop Wilton Gregory's former residence.


Deputies: Man smothered crying son over video game

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, April 18, 2014 - 06:40 AM

HOMOSASSA, Fla. (AP) — Sheriff's deputies in north Florida say a man suffocated his young, crying son so he could play video games.

Authorities say 24-year-old Cody Wygant is charged with third-degree murder and child neglect. He was being held Friday without bail at the Citrus County Jail.

Sixteen-month-old Daymeon Wygant wasn't breathing when emergency crews arrived at the home Thursday morning. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.


Blumenthal: Metro-North fined $552,000 past decade

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, April 18, 2014 - 06:15 AM

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal says Metro-North Railroad has been fined $552,000 over the past decade for safety violations and defects.

The Connecticut Democrat called it a shameful record that shows an urgent need for immediate attention to safety and reliability.

Blumenthal says there were 139 violations since 2004. He says per 100 miles of track, Metro-North had five times the number of safety defects than any other commuter railroad in the country.


10 Things to Know for Today

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, April 18, 2014 - 06:06 AM

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

1. UKRAINIAN MILITIA DENIES CALLS TO FREE BUILDINGS

Pro-Russian insurgents in the east who have been occupying government buildings say they will only leave them if the interim government in Kiev resigns.

2. SEARCH CONTINUES FOR SURVIVORS OF SUNKEN SOUTH KOREAN SHIP

Officials say they're looking at whether the third mate ordered a turn whose degree was so sharp that it caused the ship to list.


Clinton White House documents set for release

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, April 18, 2014 - 03:56 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Archives is releasing about 7,500 pages of documents Friday from former President Bill Clinton's administration.

The records will cover a wide range of topics, including former first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton's role in health care reform, the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing and foreign policy involving Rwanda, Iran and the Middle East.


Student struggles to recount fatal truck-bus crash

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, April 18, 2014 - 03:37 AM

ORLAND, Calif. (AP) — Most of the 911 calls from witnesses to last week's fiery truck-bus collision that killed 10 were matter of fact. Then there was the one from a passenger: With shrieks in the background, the student struggled to recount how a truck came roaring toward them.

"What did the bus hit?" the dispatcher asked.

The student who had just escaped from the bus started to explain that the truck smashed into its left side.


Court chaos: Iraqi man convicted in wife's murder

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, April 18, 2014 - 03:33 AM

EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) — What began as a hate crime investigation two years ago has led to the murder conviction of an Iraqi immigrant, whose wife was found badly beaten with a threatening note labeling her a terrorist.

The verdict delivered Thursday against Kassim Alhimidi, who shook his head and wagged his finger as jurors were polled, spurred more of the drama that has surrounded the case from the start.


White House updating online privacy policy

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, April 18, 2014 - 03:30 AM

A new Obama administration privacy policy released Friday explains how the government will gather the user data of online visitors to WhiteHouse.gov, mobile apps and social media sites, and it clarifies that online comments, whether tirades or tributes, are in the open domain.

"Information you choose to share with the White House (directly and via third party sites) may be treated as public information," the new policy says.


Late sign-ups improve outlook for Obama health law

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, April 18, 2014 - 03:20 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — A surge of eleventh-hour enrollments has improved the outlook for President Barack Obama's health care law, with more people signing up overall and a much-needed spark of interest among young adults.

Nonetheless, Obama's announcement Thursday that 8 million have signed up for subsidized private insurance, and that 35 percent of them are younger than 35, is just a peek at what might be going on with the nation's newest social program.


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