Daily Archives: July 20, 2017

{FD} Bag of NASA moon dust sells for $1.8M at auction

A bag of moon dust from NASA’s Apollo 11 mission – which a woman bought for $995 in 2015 — sold for $1.8 million at a Sotheby’s auction this week following an intense court battle. The bag, filled with moon dust by astronaut Neil Armstrong during the first manned mission to the moon in July 1969, had previously been misidentified and mistakenly sold at an online government auction.NASA’s attempt to retrieve the bag failed after a federal judge in December ruled it legally belonged to a Chicago-area woman who bought it two years ago.The buyer in Tuesday’s auction declined to be identified. The pre-sale estimate was $2 million to $4 million.Details of the 2015 purchase were made public during the court case.Investigators seized the bag in 2003 after searching a garage of a man later convicted of stealing and selling museum artifacts, including some on loan from NASA.The bag then went up for bid at a government auction in 2015, where Nancy Carlson, of Inverness, Illinois, paid $995 to acquire the ordinary-looking bag made of white Beta cloth and polyester, with rubberized nylon and a brass zipper.Carlson, a collector, knew the bag had been used in a space flight, but she didn’t know which one. She sent the bag to NASA for testing, but the government agency tried to keep it after identifying its contents. The artifact “belongs to the American people,” NASA said then.But U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Marten, in Wichita, Kansas, ruled in favor of Carlson, acknowledging that although the item shouldn’t have been sold at auction in the first place, he didn’t have the authority to reverse the sale. He ordered the government to return it to Carlson.The judge said the importance and desirability of the bag stemmed solely from the efforts of NASA employees whose “amazing technical achievements, skill and courage in landing astronauts on the moon and returning them safely have not been replicated in the almost half a century since the Apollo 11 landing.”When it comes to moon landings, this week’s auction was far from the final frontier.A group called For All Moonkind Inc. mentioned the moon bag this week while campaigning for “measures to preserve and protect the six Apollo lunar landing sites.” It plans to take up the issue next month at the Starship Congress 2017 in California.Also getting out-of-this-world interest at the auction was the Flown Apollo 13 Flight Plan, with handwritten notations by all three crew members. It sold to an online bidder for $275,000, well above its pre-sale estimate high of $40,000.The Associated Press contributed to this report. Continue reading

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{FD} British foreign secretary supports Japan to stop N. Korea

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has said his country stands “shoulder to shoulder” with Japan in efforts to put an end to North Korea’s nuclear and missile tests. Continue reading

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{FD} Ohio veteran can keep ducks to relieve PTSD, depression

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio veteran who sought to defy local law and keep pet ducks, that he says help relieve his post-traumatic stress disorder and depression, can now keep them. Continue reading

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{FD} Hugh Freeze resigns as Ole Miss football coach after caught calling escort service on work phone

Mississippi football coach Hugh Freeze resigned from his position on Thursday night as reports surfaced that he has used his school-issued phone to call an escort service. Continue reading

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{FD} 2 dead, over 100 injured following devastating earthquake near Greece, Turkey

A 6.7 magnitude earthquake rattled Turkey’s Aegean coast and several Greek islands, killing two and injuring over 100 others early Friday morning. Continue reading

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{FD} Greece earthquake leaves at least 2 dead, more than 120 injured

At least two people have been killed and a number have been injured after a strong earthquake struck Greek islands and Turkey’s Aegean coast early Friday morning, authorities said. Continue reading

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{FD} Greece earthquake leaves at least 2 dead, more than 100 injured

At least two people have been killed and a number have been injured after a strong earthquake struck Greek islands and Turkey’s Aegean coast early Friday morning, authorities said. Continue reading

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{FD} Teacher who bought **** photos of boys gets prison time

A Bronx High School of Science teacher was sentenced to seven years in federal prison on Thursday for purchasing **** photos from teenage boys. Continue reading

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{FD} Minnesota police shooting: Justine Damond’s family, friends join march

The family of Justine Damond, the Australian woman shot and killed by a Minneapolis police officer responding to her 911 call, and hundreds of demonstrators gathered Thursday evening near the late meditation teacher’s home for a march against police ki… Continue reading

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{FD} Syria ceasefire brokered by US, Russia holding, but with flaws, ‘tricks’ in play

The Trump and Putin-brokered ceasefire went into effect early last week and has – for the most part – brought some peace and quiet to a small strip of war-torn southwestern Syria. Continue reading

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{FD} Woman gang raped by four young men at house party, investigators say

Four men in Orange County, Florida, have been accused of taking turns sexually assaulting a woman at a party in May. Continue reading

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{FD} Woman gang raped by four young men in Florida, investigators say

Four men in Orange County, Florida, have been accused of taking turns sexually assaulting a woman at a party in May. Continue reading

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{FD} Pounds of pork plop onto roof of Florida home

A Deerfield Beach, Florida resident heard a “big bang” on his roof on Saturday morning, but it wasn’t thunder. Continue reading

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{FD} Texas school district approves paddling misbehaving students

Officials at a Texas school district have approved a controversial new disciplinary practice on students: paddling. Continue reading

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{FD} In Ohio, billions needed to prevent sewage from spilling into Lake Erie

Michael Blair has one of the dirtiest jobs in Ohio: Cleaning the filthy nets of one of a dozen tributaries to the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland. Continue reading

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{FD} DNA samples taken from Salvador Dali’s remains to settle paternity suit

Forensic experts in Spain have successfully extracted DNA samples that could help settle a paternity suit from the remains of artist Salvador Dali, authorities said Thursday. Continue reading

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{FD} Inmates who get vasectomies could get out of jail earlier in controversial program

Officials in White County, Tennessee have given inmates the option of ending their jail sentence early if they voluntarily agree to have a vasectomy or birth control implant. Continue reading

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{FD} Inmates could get out of jail earlier if they get a vasectomy or birth control

Officials in White County, Tennessee have given inmates the option of ending their jail sentence early if they voluntarily agree to have a vasectomy or birth control implant. Continue reading

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{FD} Minneapolis Somali community shocked by police killing , worried about backlash

While the killing has rocked the city still grappling with a string of police-related killings over the past couple years, it has also sown concern among some in Minneapolis’ large Somali community that there may be a backlash against them or incidents of Islamophobia. Continue reading

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{FD} Salvador Dali’s remains exhumed to take DNA in paternity suit

Forensic experts in Spain have opened the coffin of artist Salvador Dali to extract DNA samples that could help settle a paternity lawsuit, authorities said Thursday. Continue reading

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{FD} Teens filmed, mocked and laughed while man slowly drowned

Authorities in Florida say that a group of teenagers recorded the drowning of a disabled man last week — and did nothing to help as they made fun of his struggles. Continue reading

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{FD} Deranged woman crawls through doggy door to attack two young girls who were home alone

An Arizona woman is facing several charges after she allegedly broke into a home by using the doggy door. Continue reading

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{FD} OJ Simpson gets parole, eligible for release October 1

O.J. Simpson, the disgraced former football great, was granted parole Thursday amid his 33-year prison sentence for an armed robbery that has kept him behind bars in Nevada since 2008. Continue reading

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{FD} O.J. Simpson murder trial: Where are the key players now?

O.J. Simpson is back in the public spotlight as he was granted parole Thursday amid his 33-year prison sentence for an armed robbery that has kept him behind bars in Nevada since 2008. Continue reading

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{FD} The Latest: Burundi team may have disappeared on own accord

The Latest on Burundi teenagers gone missing from international robotics competition in Washington, D.C. (all times local): 3 p.m. Organizers of a robotics competition say six teenagers from Burundi who went missing at the conclusion of the event may h… Continue reading

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{FD} Cops help elderly man make nightly delivery to homeless shelter after car breaks down

Authorities in Pennsylvania helped complete an elderly man’s daily trip to donate at a homeless shelter after his car broke down Wednesday in 90 degree heat. Continue reading

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{FD} Cairo upset over latest US travel warning to Egypt

Egypt has expressed “discontent” over the latest U.S. travel warning to the Mideast country, saying the notice makes a false distinction between terrorist groups and violent political organizations. Continue reading

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{FD} Myanmar propaganda? Army takes media on reporting trip

Myanmar’s military has a big public relations problem: It stands accused of committing genocide. Continue reading

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{FD} US postal worker pleads guilty to stealing cards, packages

A former Connecticut postal clerk has pleaded guilty to federal charges that she stole numerous packages and greeting cards that she suspected would contain gift cards or cash. Continue reading

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{FD} Teen found dismembered in Texas creek was stepdaughter of doctor arrested on federal drug charges

The dismembered body of a 17-year-old Texas girl, who had been tortured prior to her murder, was found floating in a creek — just days after her stepfather was arrested on federal drug conspiracy charges related to numerous overdose deaths. Continue reading

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{FD} Son of Cecil the lion killed in Zimbabwean hunt

Conservationists in Zimbabwe say the son of a lion named Cecil, whose 2015 killing prompted an international outcry, has also been fatally shot during a hunt. Continue reading

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{FD} Pakistan: 1 soldier, 13 militants killed near Afghan border

Pakistan’s military says troops have raided several militant hideouts in a northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border, triggering firefights that killed one soldier. Continue reading

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{FD} Bid to vacate man’s life sentence on terror charges denied

An Iraqi national who was living in Kentucky and ordered to life in prison for terrorism-related charges has had his bid to vacate the sentence denied by a federal judge. Continue reading

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{FD} UN ambassador testifies he didn’t know what ‘bribe’ meant

A suspended United Nations diplomat has provided a glimpse of the seedier side of diplomacy during a week of testimony at a U.N. bribery trial. Continue reading

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{FD} 3 charged with helping South Carolina inmate escape

Three people have been arrested for helping an inmate escape from a maximum-security prison in South Carolina. Continue reading

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{FD} The Latest: Venezuela’s Maduro says general strike failing

The Latest on Venezuela’s political crisis and the opposition’s general strike (all times local): 2 p.m. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is decrying a general strike by the opposition as a crude attempt to sabotage the embattled country’s economy. Continue reading

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{FD} Austria urges stop to moving migrants to Italian mainland

Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz on Thursday urged his Italian counterpart not to allow migrants arriving by boat to Italy’s islands to travel on to the mainland, declaring that “being saved in the Mediterranean cannot be connected with a ticke… Continue reading

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{FD} ‘Killer’ mom’s lone surviving kid details bloody rampage

A mother accused of fatally stabbing her husband and four children in Georgia told caseworkers she felt a “devil-like spirit” during a family trip prior to the alleged killings, according to a state child welfare report. Continue reading

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{FD} Hung jury for dad charged in 11-year-old daughter’s death

A jury has deadlocked on a reckless homicide charge against a Tennessee man who told police he fatally shot his 11-year-old daughter because he thought she was an intruder. Continue reading

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{FD} Ex-Tulsa Jail officials say inmates routinely denied meds

Two former Oklahoma jail officials allege a physician routinely delayed or denied medications to incoming inmates. Continue reading

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{FD} OJ Simpson parole hearing: Former football star approved for October release

O.J. Simpson, the disgraced former football great, was granted parole Thursday amid his 33-year prison sentence for an armed robbery that has kept him behind bars in Nevada since 2008. Continue reading

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{FD} NY: Endangered Karner blue butterfly exceeds recovery goals

The Karner blue butterfly has exceeded recovery goals in the rare New York habitat where it was discovered by Russian author Vladimir Nabokov in the 1940s. Continue reading

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{FD} Ohio baby found crawling on roof, mom arrested

An Ohio mom is facing a charge of child endangerment after police say her 2-year-old crawled out of a decrepit, feces and *****-covered room and onto the roof of her sweltering home. Continue reading

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{FD} Pittsburgh police help veterans get to baseball game after bus crash

Pittsburgh officers on Thursday stepped in to help a group of veterans catch a baseball game after their bus crashed into an overpass, police said. Continue reading

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{FD} Florida man indicted in brawl on Delta flight to China

A Florida man who fought with flight attendants and other passengers when he tried to open the exit door of a Delta Air Lines flight bound from Seattle to China has been indicted on five federal charges. Continue reading

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{FD} They escaped Islamic State’s bastion, but remain terrified

They have escaped their hold, but displaced residents of Raqqa still fear the militants of the Islamic State group, terrified they will return and seek revenge for defeats. Continue reading

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{FD} Protesters defy ban in tense northern Moroccan town

Moroccan demonstrators frustrated over inequality and corruption are defying a police ban and holding a protest in a northern city that has become a symbol of mounting public anger. Continue reading

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{FD} Turkey denies role in map showing US military posts in Syria

The spokesman for Turkeys’ president says the government had no role in the publication by the Turkish state-run news agency of a map showing U.S. military posts in Syria. Continue reading

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{FD} The Latest: Austria to Italy: Stop migrants reaching Europe

The Latest on the migrant crisis in Europe (all times local): 7:15 p.m. Austrian foreign minister says he has told his Italian counterpart that migrants arriving by boat to Italy’s islands should not be permitted to travel on to the mainland because th… Continue reading

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{FD} 93-year-old Florida woman dragged 20 feet while trying to stop carjacking before Mass

A 93-year-old Florida woman sustained minor injuries after two thieves stole her car Thursday and dragged her 20 feet before a morning mass at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Deland, Fla., police said. Continue reading

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