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Sally Ride, First American Woman In Space, Is Dead

In 1983, Sally Ride became the first American woman in space. She blasted off aboard Challenger, culminating a long journey that started in 1977 when the Ph.D. candidate answered an ad seeking astronauts for NASA missions.

Gun Sales Are Up Sharply In Colorado Since Theater Shootings

Sales of guns have risen strongly in Colorado since the early Friday shootings at a movie theater near Denver that left 12 people dead and 58 wounded.

Mars Rover ‘Curiosity’ Readies For Tricky Landing, With Laser In Tow

NASA’s most advanced Mars rover, Curiosity, is a little under two weeks away from its scheduled landing on the Martian surface.

Obama Makes A Direct, Mostly Positive Appeal To Voters In New Post-Shooting Ad

Starting this week, voters in several swing states won’t have to leave the comfort of home to see President Obama’s stump speech — it will be piped straight into their living rooms.

Mitt Romney under pressure to define foreign policy on overseas tour

Mitt Romney
 will arrive in London on Wednesday pursued by calls from the Obama administration to use his first overseas tour as the Republican presidential candidate to define a foreign policy that amounts to more than criticising the president.

Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks to be charged over phone hacking

British prosecutors say they have the evidence to prove there was a criminal conspiracy at Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World newspaper involving former senior executives, including Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks, to hack the phones of more than 600 people including the murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler.

Nothing To Report Yet, ‘Disappointed’ Amelia Earhart Searchers Say

The team of searchers and scientists who were hoping to find pieces of aviator Amelia Earhart’s plane off an island in the mid-Pacific report being “disappointed that we did not make a dramatic and conclusive discovery.”

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