Headlines from today’s news
Launch of the space shuttle Discovery

Space Shuttle Landing | Two attempts scrubbed, more tomorrow

NASA this morning announced that the space shuttle landing originally scheduled for this morning, April 19, was “scrubbed.” With two canceled landing attempts, the space shuttle landing will be attempted again tomorrow. The first attempt will be at 7:34 a.m. in Florida, and if needed the second attempt will aim for Edwards Air Force Base
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BP lawyers dispute oil spill volume in attempt to reduce fine

Government estimates of the flow rate of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico 2010 are being disputed by BP. BP lawyers are saying the oil spill volume has been inflated. BP wants a lower flow rate estimate to lower its fine, which is based on the number of barrels spilled. Uncertainty about oil
Grand Riviera Princess Hotel is in Playa del Carmen

Blast kills 7 at Grand Riviera Princess hotel in Playa del Carmen

An explosion at the Grand Riviera Princess hotel in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, killed seven people Sunday morning. The explosion destroyed the hotel’s restaurant and left a huge crater. Mexican authorities said the probable cause of the Playa del Carmen explosion was a buildup of swamp gas under the building. The Grand Riviera Princess explosion
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Tornado season devastates Gulf Coast

Over the weekend of April 23 to April 25, Mississippi and Alabama were terrorized by tornadoes.  In Mississippi, tornadoes ripped through Yazoo County and Choctaw County, leaving more than 100 homes untenable and 10 people dead.  Further storms hit Walker and Etowah Counties in Alabama, leaving two dead and more injured.  This is the worst
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U.S. officials warn of danger in Koran burning

The Dove World Outreach Center Church, of Gainesville, Fla., made headlines by announcing the intention of the members and Pastor Terry Jones, to set copies of the Koran alight in a protest over several issues, including Muslim extremism. The plan made headlines and garnered condemnation from numerous levels of government. The planned demonstration has led
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Dugway Proving Ground locked down during VX nerve agent scare

A missing vial of VX nerve agent sparked an emergency Wednesday at Dugway Proving Ground, a U.S. military weapons testing facility in Utah. The VX nerve agent was later found, but not before Dugway Proving Ground was locked down overnight. A stockpile of VX nerve agent, the most toxic weapon of mass destruction synthesized by
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Massive solar flare will ignite big northern lights show Aug. 4

A solar tsunami is what many people are calling a solar flare that will hit Earth late Tuesday night. The solar flare was a huge explosion on the surface of the sun that sent a wave of ionized particles directly toward us. A solar tsunami is the giant circular wave rippling across the surface of
Airport security

Revolt against TSA | Pilots lead charge against privacy invasion

In airports, getting through security is getting more and more invasive. Pilots are leading a revolt against the TSA, through unions and lawsuits. So-called “advanced screening techniques” are coming under heavy fire, being called everything from “molestation” to “unconstitutional.” Revolt against TSA from pilot’s union Two of the largest pilot’s unions in the United States

Shamu not to blame | the whale in question is named Tilikum

Trainer killed in rogue whale attack Tragedy struck at Sea World this week, as 40 year old trainer Dawn Brancheau was attacked by Tilikum, an Orca who resides at Sea World Orlando.  According to eyewitness statements, the whale seized Brancheau, thrashing her about and then dragged her into the tank where she drowned.  She was
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Kevin Costner’s oil spill cleanup machine to tackle BP oil leak

The next project for Kevin Costner is the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico 2010. Costner and a team of scientists he is funding demonstrated a centrifuge machine to BP oil leak officials Thursday. BP will start testing the Kevin Costner oil spill cleanup machines next week. The gulf oil spill cleanup has been
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Chile miners rescue live | Chile flag flown at San Jose mine

At 12:11 a.m. Wednesday morning, the first Chilean miner was rescued from the San Jose mine where they have spent the last 69 days. The miners rescue is continuing, and all 33 of the Chilean miners are expected to be pulled out of the mine. One quirk of the Chilean miners rescue live is that
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Static kill plugged gusher, but BP ordered to finish relief well

A relief well to seal the ruptured Macondo well that resulted in the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico 2010 will be finished. BP, in hopes of using the relief well to eventually pump oil, had raised the idea that the static kill which stopped the flow of oil last month may be a
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WikiLeaks to release huge trove of classified Iraq War documents

WikiLeaks is getting ready to release 400,000 classified documents expected to offer an unadulterated view of the Iraq War. A source described as close to WikiLeaks leaked the news. The fact that the upcoming release date of the documents was leaked is evidence of turmoil among WikiLeaks volunteers and director Julian Assange. WikiLeaks Iraq War
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Static kill could seal BP oil leak before peak hurricane season

The long-awaited “static kill” was scheduled to begin on BP’s blown out Macondo well Monday. The static kill, delayed a week by tropical storm Bonnie, is the first step toward plugging the leaking well for good on day 100 of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico 2010. After the static kill — ramming
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SEC Porn Scandal – who regulates the regulators?

Apparently, there isn’t very much to do at the Securities and Exchange Commission.  More than 30 SEC employees were found to have surfed or downloaded from adult websites over the last two years, according to a recent internal report that has just been released, and the SEC porn scandal is appearing at the worst possible
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Flooding hits southwest as storms line up off California coast

Flooding caused by heavy rains hit Southern California, Arizona and Utah Wednesday. People in parts of the country accustomed to dry weather were watching the skies as rising rivers and mudslides swept away homes. The heavy rains are a result of a powerful front from the Gulf of Alaska hitting an atmospheric river of subtropical
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The Accidental Powerball Winners

An Extremely Fortunate Mistake A husband and wife from Kentucky are the winners of the largest jackpot ever awarded in the state, according to an Associated Press (See: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100107/ap_on_re_us/us_powerball_winner)> article. Ironically though, Rob Anderson claims that the winning ticket was one that he never even meant to purchase. While visiting a local gas station on