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Mars Curiosity Rover Scoops First Soil Sample (VIDEO)

NASA’s Mars Curiosity Rover has reached down and picked up its first bit of the Red Planet, NASA announced Monday.

Is The V.P. Debate A Sideshow Or Something More?

The reviews are in and, agree with them or not, most people thought Mitt Romney bested Barack Obama in Wednesday’s presidential debate. The two don’t meet again until Oct. 16, but in the meantime, there will be the vice-presidential face-off this Thursday.

Greek anti-fascist protests protesters ‘tortured by police’ after Golden Dawn clash

Fifteen anti-fascist protesters arrested in Athens during a clash with supporters of the neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn have said they were tortured in the Attica General Police Directorate (GADA) – the Athens equivalent of Scotland Yard – and subjected to what their lawyer describes as an Abu Ghraib-style humiliation.

Jerry Sandusky sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison for child sex abuse

The former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky has been sentenced Tuesday to at least 30 years in prison – effectively a life sentence – in the child sexual abuse scandal that brought shame to the university and led to legendary coach Joe Paterno’s downfall.

US Protestants no longer a majority, says study

For the first time since European settlement the US does not have a Protestant majority, according to a study, with the number of Americans claiming no religious affiliation on the rise.

Mohamed Morsi issues wholesale pardon for Egypt’s political protesters

Egyptian protesters detained and tried in incidents relating to the country’s uprising have received a blanket pardon from the president,Mohamed Morsi, to mark his first 100 days in office.

Nobel for quantum “parlor trick” that could make super computers

(Reuters) – A French and an American scientist won the Nobel Prize on Tuesday for finding ways to measure quantum particles without destroying them, which could make it possible to build a new kind of computer far more powerful than any seen before.

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