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Meandering Through Masques [Free]


For all the trash talk I gave to Mercadian Masques last week, it’s still a pretty good set for traders to make a dime on. It has a few powerhouses for actual tournament play, but most of the value is driven by the casual market. It also has some really high-value foils. To my knowledge (and I will be corrected below if not) that MM had increased foil frequency print runs, meaning more foils. You don’t have as many ridiculously priced commons like you do with Urza Block, but there are a lot that are in demand.

Because MM is a big set with plenty of cards worth over a buck, I’ll be splitting this article into two parts so you don’t suffer from information overload. We’ll go through the first half today and the second half, along with foils, next week (MM is front-loaded alphabetically with good cards…). Let’s get started!

Pay up, pay up...

Black Market

With the removal of mana burn, some cards won and some lost. Black Market is a huge winner for multiplayer games. I try to work it into every EDH deck I can cram it into, where it’s like some sort of ultra Gilded Lotus. With any amount of time, Black Market produces absurd amounts of mana. For example, in the last set of games I played, Black Market went over twenty counters in each game in about three turns. The real pain is finding out what to do with those crazy piles of mana.

$1.75

Brainstorm

We know this card is a boss, but what surprises me was how long it took people to string it together with fetchlands. We’re not talking Onslaught here, but the classic ones like Flood Plain. By the time Bob Maher’s Oath deck came around, people knew to string Brainstorm together with shuffle effects, but it wasn’t immediately obvious. Even decks like CounterPost that ran Thawing Glaciers didn’t couple it with Flood Plain. These days, Brainstorm gets coupled with as many shuffles as possible. It formed the backbone of blue in Vintage, to the point where it was restricted for being just too powerful. In Legacy, it is mostly constrained to CounterTop decks, but it’s immensely popular, both in Ice Age and its reprint in MM.

$1.50

Bribery

Well let's let Blightsteel Colossus decide who she wants to work for, huh?

There was a day when Bribery was a chumpy little casual-only card. I remember bulking them out at fifty cents. What a terrible memory. Bribery is just about the most powerful blue card in EDH these days because it can turn into Blightsteel Colossus, Emrakul Lagasse, Iona or any other manner of monsters from opposing decks. As more good EDH creatures are printed, the better Bribery gets. Though it was printed again in 8th, it’s still in high demand. It’s especially good to know how much this card goes for because you might run into people like me who have no idea!

$7.00

Cave-In

My favorite Cave-In story involved someone in Legacy wishing for it with Burning Wish to kill the opponent, who was at 2 life. I don’t think you can top that.

$1.00

Charisma

Charisma appeals to people who build decks full of pingers. They tack it on Prodigal Sorcerer and slam away. It doesn’t sound especially powerful, but people like Living The Dream. You can make the most of their love of creature control by knowing the value of this weirdly-priced card.

$3.00

Collective Unconscious

Regal Force at a discount! I suppose this is for people who need eight of this effect for their elf decks? Anyway, worth knowing about. You didn’t expect Urza Block level card draw, did you?

$1.00

Conspiracy

Now this is a card I can get behind! It used to be one of my favorite non-Trix Donate combos. Name Wall and give to the opponent! Now that Defenders took out that little trick, Conspiracy works for people who want to pack all sorts of monsters into a tribal deck. It’s strictly casual, but people tend to enjoy the card.

$1.00

Crumbling Sanctuary

The two uses I remember for this card were in Tinker decks from Extended and 5-color. If you are unfamiliar, 5-color is a format with 250 card decks and no Highlander restrictions. Thus, you could go get your single Sanctuary against aggressive decks and quintuple your life total, removing it when you got control of the game. It works better in 5C than EDH because you can run all manner of redundant cards in 5C, so you don’t run much of a risk from milling out.

$1.00

Dark Ritual

Though it has been extensively printed, people really like this copy. It’s got Rebecca Guay art, after all! Foils are absurdly expensive.

$1.25

Delraich

Again, people casually love this card. It’s easily summoned with Sengir Autocrat and it makes sense, thematically, with Suicide Black decks. It’s also noteworthy for being a black creature with Trample.

$1.00

Obi-Wan's hut didn't know what was coming...

Dust Bowl

Dust Bowl is a very popular card for EDH and other formats where you can afford a few colorless lands. Since it fits in every EDH deck, it’s got a bit of appeal. While blasting people every turn with Dust Bowl usually doesn’t work in most formats, being able to tank a Maze of Ith or Gaea’s Cradle can make you friends around the table. Turning every excess land drawn into Wasteland can be potent when used judiciously.

$2.50

Food Chain

Food Chain is the Great Green Hope. People want to make it a legit combo in Legacy, combining with Evoke monsters or Goblins. It’s not amazing, but folks still want to stockpile them in hope. I wouldn’t hold onto them on Legacy hopes. At this point, you can make an Evoke deck with them that will put out Emrakul on turn 3 or 4 without disruption, but that’s simply too slow. Get rid of these guys if you have them.

$2.50

Fountain Watch

People just don’t like getting their toys blown up… Fountain Watch steps a little further than Leonin Abunas, protecting your gear from meddlers. Fountain Watch has a surprising price tag, and it’s gone up a bit as time goes by. It’s popular for EDH decks full of toys, like Hanna and Sharuum decks.

$2.75

Gush

Recently unrestricted, Gush forms the backbone of several Vintage decks. It’s still too good for Legacy, apparently, but it gets good play in Vintage. It’s got a good price for a common and people need four copies, so they tend to move well.

$1.00

High Market

Again, we’ve got a colorless land that makes a little bit of utility. People like it to trigger their Academy Rector or get a little value from a guy that’s gonna die anyway. It’s largely outclassed by Miren, The Moaning Well, but if you need two of the effect and cannot afford Diamond Valley, the Market has you covered.

$2.00

Ivory Mask

If you really don’t want to deal with Burn players, the Mask is great. It sees 1-of sideboard play in Legacy with decks packing Enlightened Tutor, but it’s mainly for casual magic. You’ve got a friend with a pinger deck; use the Mask to stop them.

$1.25

This lets your opponent get a preview of the "still had these" moment postgame.

Land Grant

This was one of the first cards I fell in love with, mainly from 10-land Stompy. You’d use it to pull up a Forest in the land-thin deck. If you need a dual land or Rav-dual from your deck and cannot swing buying fetchlands, then Land Grant is a fine substitute in casual circles. It also sees play in 2-Land Belcher in Legacy, since it doesn’t trigger Goblin Charbelcher and functionally acts as a land. It’s an uncommon that holds a bit of value and a lot of casual attention; since you’re unlikely to unload these to other traders, I suggest sending off four-packs to Ebay or buylists.

$1.25

Magistrate’s Scepter

There are, I think, acceptable and unacceptable ways to take extra turns in casual Magic. For example, Time Walk is a little too good, and recurring it is inexusable. Time Stretch is pretty good on its own and every EDH deck with it has three or four ways to get the stupid thing back again. However, Magistrate’s Scepter makes for an entirely fair extra turn now and then. People see it coming, but it’s only when you tack on ways to put charge counters on that it gets out of hand. You can use Coretapper, Power Conduit, or Energy Chamber to get a deal on those extra turns. Use Coretapper with Skeleton Shard and take infinite turns with enough mana!

$3.50

At least this Paulo Parente piece doesn't have inappropriate images... looking at you, Ekundu Cyclops.

Misdirection

This is the closest we get to Force of Will on a budget, and it’s infrequently a good counter in Vintage. For example, it was played in Pitch Storm because it functioned to counter opposing Counterspells (by turning them on itself – trust me, it works). It also steals Ancestral Recall now and then. Unfortunately, Spell Pierce has changed the way blue decks function and Misdirection isn’t as good as it once was, compared to the new Force Spike. That said, it’s worth having a copy or two for both casual and Vintage decks. It trades briskly.

$8.00

On that note, we’ll take a break until next week! We’ll look at hits like Rishadan Port and look at what the most expensive foil in Masques is… it’s probably not what you think!

Until next week,

Doug Linn

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  1. Missed my fave Conspiracy combo: Name Allies, and play a Turntimber Ranger. ETB trigger hits, makes a Wolf Ally, which triggers another Wolf Ally into play. Ad Infinitum.

  2. STORY WRITTEN FOR & USED WITH PERMISSIONPosted: December 24, 2004; Updated Dec. 25 @ 12:50 a.m. EST following news briefingEditor’s note…All times in the following story refer to Earth-received time, i.e., when events are confirmed to have happened, not the actual time an event happens at Saturn. One-way light time from Saturn to Earth currently is about 68 minutes.In a long-awaited milestone, a European-built probe carrying cameras anda suite of scientific instruments was released from NASA’s Cassini Saturnorbiter Christmas Eve, setting up a dramatic Jan. 14 plunge into theatmosphere of the ringed planet’s mysterious moon Titan. An artist’s concept shows Cassini deploying Huygens. Credit: ESAEjected by springs designed to impart a 7-rpm rotation for stability, theHuygens probe was jettisoned from the Cassini mothership around 10:08 p.m.EST. Flight controllers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena,Calif., verified a clean separation 16 minutes later.”The short story is the release went absolutely nominally,” said EarlMaize, Cassini deputy program manager. “As near as we can tell from all thetelemetry we’ve seen, we’ve had a perfect separation. The release sequencewas executed on board the spacecraft at 7:07 this evening Pacific StandardTime. We were out of radio contact at the time, we expected the release toimpart a recoil to the spacecraft and it would take it some minutes torecover radio contact with the Earth. We got back into contact at 7:24 andtelemetry soon thereafter verified that all of the events went just as weexpected.”Data from Cassini showed the main umbilical between the mothership andHuygens was severed as expected, pyrotechnic devices fired as planned andthe orbiter recoiled as engineers predicted it would.”So we have every expectation that the release was perfectly nominal,”Maize told reporters in an early Christmas Day teleconference. “The radiocontact was right on the spot and detailed analysis is in progress.”Said Jean-Pierre Lebreton, European Space Agency Huygens projectscientist: “I feel very happy. We are now on our way to Titan. It will take20 days and a big day is in front of us on the 14th of January.”Cassini will attempt to photograph the departing Huygens probe latertoday to more precisely determine its trajectory.”We wish to congratulate our European partners as their journey beginsand wish them well on their descent to Titan,” Robert Mitchell, Cassiniprogram manager at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., saidearlier in a statement. “We are very excited to see the probe off and tohave accomplished this part of our job. Now we’re ready to finish our part -receiving and relaying the Huygens data back to Earth.”If all goes well, the flying saucer-shaped Huygens will slam into Titan’shydrocarbon-rich atmosphere around 5:13 a.m. Jan. 14 at a velocity of some12,400 mph.Descending through the moon’s smoggy atmosphere under parachutes, Huygenswill finally reach the surface some two-and-a-half hours after atmosphericentry. Throughout the descent, data from Huygens’ instruments will betransmitted to Cassini, flying past the moon nearly 40,000 miles away,stored on digital recorders and later re-transmitted to Earth.Huygens represents one of the most ambitious space projects everattempted by the European Space Agency and one that if successful, willreveal a new world to the gaze of eager scientists.”Today’s release is another successful milestone in the Cassini-Huygensodyssey,” David Southwood, science director for the European Space Agency,said in a statement. “This was an amicable separation after seven years ofliving together. Our thanks to our partners at NASA for the lift. Eachspacecraft will now continue on its own but we expect they’ll keep in touchto complete this amazing mission. Now all our hopes and expectations arefocused on getting the first in-situ data from a new world we’ve beendreaming of exploring for decades.” The stage was set for the probe’s release Dec. 16 when flight controllersat JPL carried out orbital trim maneuver No. 8, an 84.9-second main enginefiring that put Cassini – and Huygens – on a collision course with Titan.With Huygens now safely on its way, Cassini’s engine will be fired againDec. 27 to move the mother ship off the current impact trajectory and set upthe proper geometry to relay data during the entry probe’s descent.A timeline of critical upcoming events is available . An artist’s concept shows Huygens en route to Titan. Credit: ESATo reach Titan’s surface, Huygens first must survive its high-speedplunge into the moon’s atmosphere. After slowing to about 870 mph due toatmospheric friction, Huygens’ aft cover will be pulled away by a pilotchute and the spacecraft’s 27-foot-wide main parachute will deploy. Thechute will be jettisoned 15 minutes after entry begins and from that pointon, Huygens will ride beneath a smaller 9.8-foot-wide parachute. Impact onthe surface at some 11 mph is expected around 7:31 a.m. on Jan. 14Assuming the 705-pound Huygens doesn’t splash down in a hydrocarbon lake,”we have good confidence the probe will survive landing,” said Jean-PierreLebreton, European Space Agency project scientist. “The landing speed isvery low and there is a very good probability the probe will survive landingand we have capability to do measurements for half an hour on the surface.During the three-hour measurement phase, the probe will transmit its data tothe overflying orbiter.”The original flight plan called for Huygens to enter Titan’s atmospherein late November as Cassini streaked overhead at an altitude of just 746miles. But engineers were forced to delay Huygens’ arrival to Januarybecause of an issue with the radio aboard the Cassini mothership that willbe used to relay data from Huygens to Earth.During a post-launch test, engineers discovered the radio receiver couldnot cope with the Doppler shift in the frequency of the signal coming fromHuygens due to Cassini’s high relative velocity. Much like the pitch of asiren changes as a police car races past a stationary observer, thefrequency of radio waves can shift a significant amount if relativevelocities are high enough.”Originally, the closing speed of Cassini coming up on Huygens, which isfor all practical purposes sitting still once it’s in the atmosphere, theclosing speed was about 5.8 kilometers per second (13,000 mph),” Mitchellsaid in a recent interview. “We were coming in almost dead overhead andgoing off to the right at about 1,200 kilometers (746 miles) altitude.”The solution was to minimize the Doppler shift by reducing the relativevelocities of the two spacecraft. That was accomplished by changingCassini’s trajectory slightly and delaying Huygens’ release to ChristmasEve. During the Jan. 14 descent, Cassini now will be 37,300 miles from Titanand the difference in velocity between the two spacecraft will never be morethan 8,500 mph.”We have pretty solid evidence that’s going to work,” Mitchell said. “Wedid some tests where we used the Deep Space Network stations transmitting anS-band signal with telemetry modulated onto the carrier so that from thereceiver’s point of view on the Cassini spacecraft, it should have simulatedthe probe quite accurately. We adjusted the frequency, taking into accountthe motion of everything, so that the frequency of the received signal atthe receiver should very closely if not exactly match the frequency that thereceiver will see coming from Huygens.” The tests were successful and a potentially crippling design flaw wasresolved with no significant loss of science. And the scientific communitycan’t wait to get that data. An artist’s concept shows the Huygens craft making its descent to Titan on Jan. 14. Credit: ESABigger than the planet Mercury, Titan is the only moon in the solarsystem with a thick atmosphere, one in which hydrocarbons are believed tofall as rain, possibly forming liquid ethane pools on the moon’s ultra-coldsurface.Cassini flew past Titan in late October, beaming back pictures and radardata that revealed a strange, striated landscape with sharply defined brightand dark regions. Few clouds were present and no large craters wereapparent, indicating tectonic, volcanic or depositional processes at workthat have resurfaced the moon on a global scale.But there was no clear evidence of lakes or pools of liquid ethane orsimilar materials that many scientists believe must be present given themoon’s ultra-low temperature, high atmospheric pressure and hydrocarbonchemistry.In short, Titan’s mysteries withstood Cassini’s initial scientificassault.”We’ve been saying for a long time now that Titan was the largest expanseof unexplored terrain in the solar system,” said imaging team leader CarolynPorco, a leading expert on Saturn’s rings. “And what remains hidden underthe atmosphere and under the haze, the conditions at its surface, itsgeological history and so on are, at least in my mind, the solar system’slast great mystery.”Ares 1-X PatchThe official embroidered patch for the Ares 1-X rocket test flight, is available for purchase.Apollo CollageThis beautiful one piece set features the Apollo program emblem surrounded by the individual mission logos.Expedition 21The official embroidered patch for the International Space Station Expedition 21 crew is now available from our stores.Hubble PatchThe official embroidered patch for mission STS-125, the space shuttle’s last planned service call to the Hubble Space Telescope, is available for purchase. | | | | 2014 Spaceflight Now Inc.Cassini orbiter snaps Saturn’s family portrait CASSINI NEWS RELEASEPosted: September 13, 2004 A stately Saturn poses for a portrait with five of its moons in this Cassini spacecraft wide angle camera view. Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science InstituteDownload larger image version Satellites visible in this image are (clockwise from upper left): Dione (1,118 kilometers or 695 miles wide), Enceladus (499 kilometers or 310 miles wide), Tethys (1,060 kilometers or 659 miles wide), Mimas (398 kilometers or 247 miles wide) and Rhea (1,528 kilometers or 949 miles wide). The image was taken in visible red light at a distance of 7.8 million kilometers (4.8 million miles) from Saturn. The image scale is 464 kilometers (288 miles) per pixel. The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the Cassini-Huygens mission for NASA’s Office of Space Science, Washington, D.C. The Cassini orbiter and its two onboard cameras, were designed, developed and assembled at JPL. The imaging team is based at the Space Science Institute, Boulder, Colo. Ares 1-X PatchThe official embroidered patch for the Ares 1-X rocket test flight, is available for purchase.Apollo CollageThis beautiful one piece set features the Apollo program emblem surrounded by the individual mission logos.Expedition 21The official embroidered patch for the International Space Station Expedition 21 crew is now available from our stores.Hubble PatchThe official embroidered patch for mission STS-125, the space shuttle’s last planned service call to the Hubble Space Telescope, is available for purchase. | | | | 2014 Spaceflight Now Inc.Cassini photos thrill, mystify scientists BY WILLIAM HARWOOD

  3. STORY WRITTEN FOR & USED WITH PERMISSIONPosted: January 30, 2008Floating in the international space station’s Quest airlock module, commander Peggy Whitson and flight engineer Dan Tani switched their spacesuits to battery power at 4:56 a.m. today – 24 minutes ahead of schedule – to officially kick off a planned six-and-a-half-hour spacewalk. The primary goal of the excursion is to replace a faulty solar array positioning motor to improve electrical generation and clear the way for attachment of European and Japanese research modules.This is the 101st spacewalk devoted to space station assembly and maintenance since construction began in 1998. For identification, Whitson, call sign EV-1, is wearing a spacesuit with solid red stripes around the legs while Tani’s suit (EV-2) features broken stripes.Today’s spacewalk is a bit riskier than usual for two reasons: A mistake managing the latches that hold the motor and its housing in place could result in the solar panel’s inadvertent release; and because of the shock hazard associated with unplugging and replugging power cables that route 160-volt electricity from the array into the station. To eliminate any chance of a potentially fatal shock, the work will take place when the station is in Earth’s shadow and the arrays are not generating any significant power.”The choreography for the EVA will be very complex, both on orbit and with the ground,” Tani said. “Because we’re dealing with a solar array that produces kilowatts of power, we have to be very conscientious of when we’re going to be opening connections that will expose us to that power. So the bulk of the activities will have to be performed at night when the solar array is not producing any power, or much power, at all.”The bearing motor roll ring module, or BMRRM (pronounced “broom”), is roughly the size of a beer keg and weighs more than 200 pounds. Replacing it is complicated, Whitson said, “because it’s really the guts of what’s holding the solar array in place. And so Dan and I will have to coordinate when we release and grapple onto the (motor housing) canister in order not to lose the solar array. That would lose us a whole lot of style points!”Here is an updated timeline of events, including when live television from the station is possible (in EST; times approximate; NOTE: the first minute of each eclipse period, and the last two minutes, are not usable because of residual power generation):04:56 AM…Spacewalk begins05:12 AM…ISS TV downlink window opens05:49 AM…ISS TV downlink window closes06:10 AM…ISS TV downlink window opens06:22 AM…ISS TV downlink window closes06:47 AM…ISS TV downlink window opens06:52 AM…ISS enters eclipse07:00 AM…Failed BMRRM removal begins in eclipse07:27 AM…ISS enters sunlight07:35 AM…ISS TV downlink window closes08:24 AM…ISS TV downlink window opens08:25 AM…ISS enters eclipse08:30 AM…New BMRRM installation begins in eclipse09:00 AM…ISS enters sunlight09:10 AM…ISS TV downlink window closes09:55 AM…ISS enters eclipse10:00 AM…ISS TV downlink window opens10:05 AM…Solar alpha rotary joint inspection begins10:30 AM…ISS enters sunlight11:20 AM…ISS TV downlink window closes11:26 AM…Spacewalk ends (time approximate)11:30 AM…ISS enters eclipse11:35 AM…ISS TV downlink window opens12:05 PM…ISS enters sunlight12:59 PM…ISS TV downlink window closes John Glenn Mission PatchFree shipping to U.S. addresses!The historic first orbital flight by an American is marked by this commemorative patch for John Glenn and Friendship 7.Final Shuttle Mission PatchFree shipping to U.S. addresses!The crew emblem for the final space shuttle mission is available in our store. Get this piece of history!Celebrate the shuttle programFree shipping to U.S. addresses!This special commemorative patch marks the retirement of NASA’s Space Shuttle Program. Available in our store!Anniversary Shuttle PatchFree shipping to U.S. addresses!This embroidered patch commemorates the 30th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Program. The design features the space shuttle Columbia’s historic maiden flight of April 12, 1981.Mercury anniversaryFree shipping to U.S. addresses!Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Alan Shephard’s historic Mercury mission with this collectors’ item, the official commemorative embroidered patch.Fallen Heroes Patch CollectionThe official patches from Apollo 1, the shuttle Challenger and Columbia crews are available in the store. | | | | 2014 Spaceflight Now Inc.Successful spacewalk ends as Harmony activation proceeds BY WILLIAM HARWOOD

  4. STORY WRITTEN FOR & USED WITH PERMISSIONPosted: January 14, 2005A huge radio telescope at Green Bank, West Virginia, was able to detectand lock onto a faint carrier signal from the Huygens Titan probe for morethan two hours this morning, confirming the spacecraft’s continued descentthrough the moon’s atmosphere following a high-speed entry around 5:13 a.m. EST (1013GMT).A second radio telescope now has picked up the signal as well and EuropoeanSpace Agency project scientist Jean-Pierre Lebreton said engineers were evenable to confirm at least one of the probe’s six on-board instruments hadactivated as planned.Touchdown on Titan’s surface was expected around 7:34 a.m.But detection of a carrier – a feat equivalent to picking up a cell phonecall from 751 million miles away – only means the spacecraft was alive andthat it survived the rigors of atmospheric entry. Confirmation that actualscience data was collected won’t be available until 11:15 a.m. EST, afterNASA’s Cassini spacecraft relays recorded data to Earth.”We’ve got a long way to go,” said ESA science director David Southwood.”As far as i’m concerned,the baby is out of the womb, but we’ve yet to countthe fingers and toes, so we’ve still got a long way to go. But it’s a majorstep, a major engineering step. You can probably detect a certain relief onmy face. That’s real. But there’s still a long way to go before the fullbaby is revealed.”NASA science chief Al Diaz said detection of the carrier signal “meansthat probably one of the most difficult entry activities ever done has justbeen accomplished successfully.”Ares 1-X PatchThe official embroidered patch for the Ares 1-X rocket test flight, is available for purchase.Apollo CollageThis beautiful one piece set features the Apollo program emblem surrounded by the individual mission logos.Expedition 21The official embroidered patch for the International Space Station Expedition 21 crew is now available from our stores.Hubble PatchThe official embroidered patch for mission STS-125, the space shuttle’s last planned service call to the Hubble Space Telescope, is available for purchase. | | | | 2014 Spaceflight Now Inc.Huygens mission ends BY WILLIAM HARWOOD

  5. STORY WRITTEN FOR & USED WITH PERMISSIONPosted: June 12, 2004Seven years after launch on a four-planet gravitational bank shot covering more than 2 billion miles, NASA’s $3.3 billion nuclear-powered Cassini probe – the most sophisticated robotic spacecraft ever built – has finally reached the solar system’s most spectacular target: The ringed planet Saturn. An artist’s concept shows the Cassini space probe at Saturn. Credit: NASA/JPLKicking off a four-year orbital study of nature’s own “lord of the rings,” Cassini flew past the strange moon Phoebe June 11, passing within 1,285 miles of the tiny satellite. Seen as a mere speck of light from Earth and a blurry orb from the Voyager 2 probe in 1981, Phoebe was revealed as an irregular, heavily cratered world that defies easy explanation. The Phoebe flyby was a priceless opportunity to study what may be a captured chunk of debris left over from the birth of the solar system. But it was just the opening act in one of the most scientifically rich voyages of planetary exploration ever attempted. “It is really, truly the flagship mission of our time,” said Carolyn Porco, chief of Cassini’s imaging team and an authority on Saturn’s rings. “We are exploring the richest planetary system available to us with this magnificent spacecraft, which is the most sophisticated suite of instrumentation ever taken into the outer solar system. So we are going to discover many things. “And on top of all of that, Saturn is the most alluring of all the planets, it’s the icon among planets and that’s where we’re going. … I think that people, from the email I’m getting from the public, are very jazzed about this mission. They do very much have the feeling that they are stowaways on this spacecraft.”

  6. STORY WRITTEN FOR & USED WITH PERMISSIONPosted: May 27, 2004; Updated at 8:30 p.m. EDT with burn completionFor the first time in nearly five years, the Cassini spacecraft’s main engine system ignited this evening for a critical course adjustment that will serve as a dress rehearsal of sorts for Saturn orbit insertion July 1. An artist’s concept of Cassini. Credit: NASA/JPLThe computer-initiated rocket firing, known as trajectory correction maneuver 20, began on time at 7:47:31 p.m. EDT and lasted some five minutes and 56 seconds. Assessment of Cassini’s slightly altered trajectory, along with analysis of spacecraft telemetry, will not be available until later. But a spokeswoman for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory said “everything appeared to have gone well,” based on subtle changes in the radio signal coming from the spacecraft.TCM-20 was designed to change Cassini’s velocity by about 78 mph, setting up a flyby of the moon Phoebe June 11. It also marked one of the final corrections before a 96-minute-long July 1 rocket firing required to put the spacecraft in orbit around Saturn.TCM-20 was relatively minor as such things go, but it marked the first time the craft’s propulsion system was fully exercised since a major 87-minute “deep space maneuver” in December 1998.No one at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., expected any problems and a six-minute burn by the 100-pound-thrust main engine is “pretty small by SOI or DSM standards,” Cassini propulsion engineer Todd Barber, a veteran of the Galileo and Mars Exploration Rover missions, said last week. “That’s the bad news. The good news is it’s totally regulated, so we’ll be able to verify that all the valves work and that the helium’s flowing properly.”Helium provides the pressure needed to push propellant and oxidizer into the engine’s combustion chamber. Cassini’s main helium regulator began leaking shortly after launch in 1997, but by using a downstream valve to isolate the system between firings, engineers are able to manage the leakage. Those same procedures were used for TCM-20 and will be used again for Saturn orbit insertion and a final major orbit adjustment burn in late August.Unlike the lengthy, make-or-break SOI burn, TCM-20 could have been carried out in “blow-down” mode using residual tank pressure, Barber said, which would not have required use of the helium regulator.”But it’s ostensibly there not only to target Phoebe for our June 11 flyby, the major purpose of this burn is a propulsion system checkout,” he said. “It gives us a real warm fuzzy going into SOI.”It currently takes radio signals from Earth, traveling through space at 186,000 miles per second, more than one hour and 20 minutes to reach Cassini. As a result, tonight’s rocket firing, like all such burns, was initiated, controlled and shut down by the spacecraft’s on-board computer.The burn “is a good practice run, no question about that,” said Cassini project manager Bob Mitchell. “But the science from this is kind of a big deal, too.”Discovered in 1898, Phoebe measures just 137 miles across, orbits Saturn at a distance of nine million miles and circles the planet in the opposite direction from its other moons. Because of that, and the tilt of its orbit, scientists believe Phoebe may be a captured asteroid or a Kuiper belt object left over from the birth of the solar system.Voyager 2 imaged Phoebe in 1981 from a distance of about 1.4 million miles. Tonight’s rocket firing will allow Cassini to pass within just 1,250 miles of the enigmatic moon.”Voyager imaged Phoebe a long time ago and got some images that were quite distant, quite blurred and didn’t really provide a whole lot of information,” Mitchell said. “And now, we’re going to get down to, I think, something like 18-meters-per-pixel resolution. And Phoebe has enough gravity that while it really doesn’t do anything of any significance to the trajectory, it does tweak it enough that you can feel it.”So the radio science guys … will get a mass estimate from the flyby. From that and images that tell you the size, they get the density. So there’s quite a bit of science coming back from this.”Cassini was launched Oct. 15, 1997, from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Using two gravity assist flybys of Venus, one of Earth and a final boost from Jupiter, Cassini has taken seven years to reach its target. Carrying 12 sophisticated instruments and a European probe with a half-dozen instruments of its own that will descend through the atmosphere of the moon Titan, the $3.4 billion Cassini is the most complex deep space mission ever attempted.The 96.4-minute Saturn orbit insertion rocket firing, which will change Cassini’s velocity by slightly more than 1,400 mph, is scheduled to begin at 10:35:42 p.m. EDT on June 30. It should end around 12:11 a.m. July 1, kicking off a planned four-year orbital tour of the ringed planet and its many moons.A detailed Cassini mission overview, based on interviews with senior scientists, managers and spacecraft engineers, will be posted here next week.Ares 1-X PatchThe official embroidered patch for the Ares 1-X rocket test flight, is available for purchase.Apollo CollageThis beautiful one piece set features the Apollo program emblem surrounded by the individual mission logos.Expedition 21The official embroidered patch for the International Space Station Expedition 21 crew is now available from our stores.Hubble PatchThe official embroidered patch for mission STS-125, the space shuttle’s last planned service call to the Hubble Space Telescope, is available for purchase. | | | | 2014 Spaceflight Now Inc.Cassini spacecraft spies Saturn’s moon Iapetus CASSINI PHOTO RELEASEPosted: August 22, 2004 The dark material that coats one hemisphere of Saturn’s moon Iapetus is very dark, as these two processed views of the same image demonstrate. Credit: NASA/JPL/University of ArizonaDownload larger image version The image on the left has been cleaned of cosmic rays and magnified; in this otherwise un-enhanced view, only a small part of the moon’s surface, at the bottom, is visible because it is part of the bright side of Iapetus. (Only the right hand side of Iapetus is illuminated by sunlight.) The same image, shown on the right, has been contrast-enhanced to make visible the part of the illuminated side of Iapetus that is coated with dark material. The image was taken in visible light, with the Cassini spacecraft narrow angle camera from a distance of 2.9 million kilometers (1.8 million miles) from Iapetus, and at a Sun-Iapetus-spacecraft, or phase angle of 89 degrees. The image scale is 17 kilometers (11 miles) per pixel. The image has been magnified by a factor of four to aid visibility. The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the Cassini-Huygens mission for NASA’s Office of Space Science, Washington, D.C. The Cassini orbiter and its two onboard cameras, were designed, developed and assembled at JPL. The imaging team is based at the Space Science Institute, Boulder, Colo.Ares 1-X PatchThe official embroidered patch for the Ares 1-X rocket test flight, is available for purchase.Apollo CollageThis beautiful one piece set features the Apollo program emblem surrounded by the individual mission logos.Expedition 21The official embroidered patch for the International Space Station Expedition 21 crew is now available from our stores.Hubble PatchThe official embroidered patch for mission STS-125, the space shuttle’s last planned service call to the Hubble Space Telescope, is available for purchase. | | | | 2014 Spaceflight Now Inc.Cassini successfully arrives at Saturn BY WILLIAM HARWOOD

  7. STORY WRITTEN FOR & USED WITH PERMISSIONPosted: January 8, 2011 Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, 40, an Arizona Democrat married to veteran astronaut Mark Kelly, was shot in the head during a public meeting outside a Tucson supermarket Saturday. A dozen bystanders also were shot — and some reportedly killed, including a 9-year-old child — when a lone gunman allegedly opened fire. Space shuttle commander Mark Kelly and Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who were married in 2007. Credit: Giffords Flickr photostreamScheduled to command the shuttle Endeavour in April, Kelly immediately flew to Tucson from Houston, officials said. His twin brother Scott, in orbit commanding the International Space Station, was informed of the shooting by flight controllers at the Johnson Space Center.”She’s in critical condition,” said Peter Rhee, a surgeon at the University of Arizona trauma center where 10 gunshot victims were taken. “The neurosurgeons have finished operating on her and I can tell you … I’m very optimistic about recovery.”He said he was optimistic “because she was following commands. She was shot one time, in the head, through and through. I can’t tell you right now, obviously, for forensic purposes what direction (the bullet went). But she was shot through and through on one side of the head. It went through her brain.”Asked if he was optimistic about a full recovery, Rhee said “we cannot tell what kind of recovery, but I’m about as optimistic as it can get in this situation.”President Obama said in a statement the shooting was “an unspeakable tragedy.””While we are continuing to receive information, we know that some have passed away, and that Representative Giffords is gravely wounded,” he said. “We do not yet have all the answers. What we do know is that such a senseless and terrible act of violence has no place in a free society. I ask all Americans to join me and Michelle in keeping Representative Giffords, the victims of this tragedy, and their families in our prayers.”The shooting occurred in front of a Safeway supermarket in Tucson where Giffords was hosting an event called “Congress on Your Corner” intended to let members of the 8th Congressional District to meet their congresswoman.According to The New York Times, a former emergency room doctor who witnessed the shooting said the gunman approached Giffords from behind, “held a gun about a foot from her head and began firing.””He must have got off 20 rounds,” the witness told the Times. The gunman was tackled by bystanders and later was identified as Jared Laughner. Police said he used a pistol with an extended magazine.Some initial media reports said Giffords was killed, but other officials later said she was alive, in surgery and in critical condition. By 4 p.m., officials were saying she was expected to survive, which Rhee later confirmed.”I am horrified by the senseless attack on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and members of her staff,” said Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio. “An attack on one who serves is an attack on all who serve. Acts and threats of violence against public officials have no place in our society. Our prayers are with Congresswoman Giffords, her staff, all who were injured, and their families. This is a sad day for our country.”Elected to the House in 2006 and only the third Arizona woman to serve in Congress, Giffords was considered a centrist Blue Dog Democrat and a supporter of the military and immigration control. She is a member of the House Committee on Armed Services, the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Committee on Science and Technology.Giffords was unusually accessible and held scores of public meetings, prompting the Arizona Republic to dub her “the Energizer rabbit with a brain.” The Washington Post quoted former Labor Secretary Robert Reich as saying “I wouldn’t be surprised if she’s the first or second female president of the United States. She’s of that caliber.”In her capacity as chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics, Giffords played a key role in recent debate over NASA’s future direction and was widely respected for her thorough knowledge of the issues. She married Kelly, veteran of three shuttle flights, in November 2007.An ardent supporter of the manned space program, Giffords questioned the Obama administration’s decision to scuttle the Constellation moon program, an initiative promoted by President Bush, and the Ares rockets NASA was designing to replace the space shuttle.The administration’s change of course was based in large part on a report by a presidential panel led by aerospace executive Normal Augustine that concluded the Constellation program was not sustainable given realistic budget expectations. The panel supported a shift to commercial launch providers in the near term and development of a new heavy lift rocket for deep space exploration in the long term.But the Augustine panel also said NASA would need significant additional funding to make any manned space option viable.Giffords was critical of the Augustine panel’s options, saying “I thought we were going to take a hard, cold, sobering look at the Constellation program and tell us exactly what we needed to do here in Congress, with our budget, in order to maximize the chances of success. But that’s not what I see.””Instead of focusing on how to strengthen the exploration program in which we’ve invested so much time — four years, billions of dollars — we have a glancing attention to Constellation, even referring to it in the past tense in your summary report and instead spending the bulk of the time crafting alternative options that do little to illuminate the choices that I think are really confronting the Congress and the White House.”So where does that leave us? I think in place of a serious review of potential actions that could be taken to strengthen and improve the Constellation program, we’ve been given a set of alternatives that in some sense look almost like cartoons, lacking detailed costs, schedule, technical, safety, other programmatic specifics that can’t be subjected to the rigorous and comprehensive analysis and validation that NASA’s required to go over.”So I guess I’ll ask my colleagues on this committee, what are we going to do with this report? I know that we are going to see more details. But in the absence of mismanagement or technological show stoppers … none of which the Augustine panel has indicated has occurred in this program, can any of us in good conscience recommend canceling the exploration systems development programs that Congress has funded and supported over the past four years?”Giffords said she did not see “the logic of scrapping what the nation has spent years and billions of dollars to develop.””And for the nation’s sake, I hope we can break this cycle of false starts that was mentioned by many of my colleagues before,” she said. “The future of America’s human spaceflight is really at risk. And I’m hoping before the panel is dismantled we can get some real, solid numbers … so we can make the decisions as to what to do with our future in manned spaceflight.”Giffords strongly disagreed with a compromise later put forward by the Senate, and ultimately approved by the administration, that called for an additional shuttle flight and immediate development of a new heavy lift rocket to replace the shuttle.Speaking on the House floor before a key vote Sept. 30, Giffords said the legislation “lacks serious budgetary discipline” and includes an “unfunded mandate to keep the shuttle program going through all of fiscal year 2011 even after the shuttle is retired, which NASA estimates will cost the agency more than half a billion dollars.”Giffords criticized the proposed heavy lift rocket as a launcher designed “not by our best engineers, but by our colleagues over on the Senate side. By NASA’s own internal analysis, they estimate this rocket will cost billions more than the Senate provides.””In short, the Senate bill forces NASA to build a rocket that doesn’t meet its needs, with a budget that’s not adequate to do the job and on a schedule that NASA’s own analysis says is unrealistic,” Giffords said. “That is not my idea of an executable and sustainable human spaceflight program.”Final Shuttle Mission PatchFree shipping to U.S. addresses!The crew emblem for the final space shuttle mission is now available in our store. Get this piece of history!STS-134 PatchFree shipping to U.S. addresses!The final planned flight of space shuttle Endeavour is symbolized in the official embroidered crew patch for STS-134. 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Credit: KARIThe Korea Space Launch Vehicle 1, a two-stage rocket made from Russian and Korean components, is slated to lift off in a window stretching from 0740-0920 GMT (3:40-5:20 a.m. EDT) Wednesday from the new Naro Space Center about 300 miles south of Seoul.Korean news outlets reported officials will likely target launch for around 0800 GMT (4 a.m. EDT), or about 5 p.m. local time.Fueling of the KSLV’s first stage should begin about two hours before launch and an automated countdown sequence will commence 15 minutes before the appointed liftoff time, according to the Korea Aerospace Research Institute.The 108-foot-tall rocket will head south from its island launch pad, crossing over the Sea of Japan and accelerating to more than 17,000 miles per hour in less than eight minutes.See our for more details.If successful, the historic launch will place South Korea in an elite group of spacefaring countries with a domestic orbital launch capability.The former Soviet Union launched the world’s first artificial satellite, Sputnik 1, in October 1957. The United States followed with the successful launch of Explorer 1 in January 1958.France, Japan, China, the United Kingdom, India and Israel later developed and successfully flew their own space launchers.Iran joined the club in February when it launched an experimental communications satellite with a Safir 2 rocket.Engineers rolled the KSLV 1 rocket from an assembly hangar to the launch pad on Monday. Ground controllers rehearsed countdown procedures and gave a “go” for launch on Tuesday.South Korea began designing the rocket in 2002 and originally hoped to launch the booster in 2005.After early development trouble, Russian rocket-maker Khrunichev signed on to the KSLV 1 project in 2004, spearheading the first stage and construction of the Naro launch site in Jeolladam-do province in the southwestern part of the country.The first stage is powered by an RD-191 main engined fueled by kerosene and liquid oxygen. Designed by Russian engine-builder Energomash, the propulsion system is based on the RD-171 and RD-180 engines that propel Zenit and Atlas rockets toward space.Officially named the Universal Rocket Module, the first stage was developed for Russia’s next-generation Angara rocket, a modular design engineers hope will haul small, medium-sized, and heavy satellites into orbit.But Angara’s development has been stymied by a series of delays, and the first stage of the new rocket will make its maiden flight from South Korea.About 160 Russian engineers are present at the Naro launch site to support the mission, according to reports from the Korea Times.Wednesday’s launch was postponed from July 30 and Aug. 11 to give Khrunichev officials more time to analyze results of a critical engine test in Russia late last month.The RD-191 engine will ramp up to 430,000 pounds of thrust at liftoff, burning for nearly four minutes to guide the rocket to an altitude of more than 120 miles.After coasting through space for almost three minutes, the KSLV’s Korean-bult solid-fueled second stage will ignite for a one-minute firing to accelerate the rocket to orbital velocity.The launcher will deploy the mission’s 219-pound payload nine minutes after liftoff, according to KARI.The Science and Technology Satellite 2, or STSAT 2, will measure radiation in Earth’s atmosphere and demonstrate several key technologies Korean scientists could use on future spacecraft.Officials may not know the outcome of the mission until STSAT 2 passes over a communications station about 13 hours after launch.STS-134 PatchFree shipping to U.S. addresses!The final planned flight of space shuttle Endeavour is symbolized in the official embroidered crew patch for STS-134. 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Credit: Pat Corkery/ULAGass told reporters Monday the decision to ramp up Delta 4 rocket production was part of a contingency plan adopted by ULA under the U.S. Defense Department’s policy of assured access to space, which led to the development of the Atlas 5 and Delta 4 rocket families in the 1990s.”The first thing we’re doing is making sure we’re implementing that contingency plan, which includes the acceleration of Delta 4 production, so some of that work is underway,” Gass said.ULA was formed in 2006 by the merger of Lockheed Martin’s Atlas 5 rocket program with the Boeing-designed Delta 4, which uses U.S.-built engines, in a bid to cut overhead costs while maintaining two independent launch vehicle families.The future of ULA’s Atlas 5 rocket, which has a first stage powered by Russian-built RD-180 engines, was muddled twice in the last three weeks, first when a U.S. federal judge issued a temporary injunction ordering ULA and the U.S. Air Force to stop purchasing the engine from Russia.The preliminary order was issued April 30 after SpaceX filed a lawsuit in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims attempting to block the sole-source award of 28 rocket launches to ULA. In its filing with the court, in which the company claimed it could launch U.S. military satellites at a quarter of ULA’s costs, SpaceX alleged the purchases of the RD-180 engine might violate sanctions levied against Russian officials in the wake up the annexation of Crimea.The judge lifted the injunction May 8 after U.S. government officials submitted letters to the court saying they have no evidence the engine trade violates any sanctions.Then Russian deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin, who is charged with managing Russia’s space and defense sectors, announced May 13 that Russia would restrict future RD-180 engine exports to only missions which serve civilian purposes.Gass said Monday he was not aware of any order from the Russian government to NPO Energomash, the manufacturer of the RD-180 engine, regarding the engine’s export to the United States.”Mr. Rogozin’s comments were certainly a reaction to some comments that our country made about escalating the next round of sanctions,” Gass said.There are 16 RD-180 engines currently in the United States. One of the engines will fly on an Atlas 5 rocket launch from Cape Canaveral scheduled for Thursday. Five more engines were due for delivery to the United States the second half of this year, according to Gass, and ULA has already purchased RD-180 engines to cover its commitments to the Pentagon in the Air Force’s order of 36 rocket cores last year. File photo of an Atlas 5 launch in May 2013. Credit: Pat Corkery/ULAThe 36-core block buy is equivalent to 28 launches because four of the flights will use the Delta 4-Heavy, which is comprised of three first stage rocket cores to boost performance for heavier payloads. Of the 36 rocket cores ordered by the Air Force, Gass said 20 are for the Atlas 5 and 16 are for the Delta 4.If the Atlas 5 continued to launch at the same rate as recent years — assuming no more RD-180 engine imports — the supply would run out some time in 2016. The Atlas 5 is scheduled to launch U.S. military communications satellites, GPS navigation spacecraft, intelligence-gathering payloads for the National Reconnaissance Office, a NASA lander to Mars, and at least two commercial satellites over that period.”We’ve kept a safety stock of engines in place to help with a smooth transition to move all those payloads to Delta 4 if necessary,” Gass said.If Rogozin’s statements are backed up with actions limiting RD-180 engine exports to support only civil launches, Gass said ULA and its RD-180 contractor, RD AMROSS, would take delivery of the engines anyway and use them on launches for NASA, commercial satellites, and commercial crew spacecraft under development to fly on Atlas 5.”In that contingency plan, there will be certain missions that for sure will probably stay on Atlas because they’re best configured for Atlas,” Gass said. “Ones already dual-integrated on Delta 4 will be the easiest ones to switch. We’re working different contingency plans for that.”The Delta 4 rocket costs more than an Atlas 5 to put the same mass into orbit, requiring strap-on solid rocket boosters to loft a satellite that an Atlas 5 could launch with just its liquid-fueled first and second stages.Some larger U.S. military payloads, such as the Navy’s Mobile User Objective System communications satellites, would have to upgrade to a $350 million Delta 4-Heavy rocket if they were removed from the Atlas 5 launch manifest.Those satellites will likely stay on the Atlas 5, Gass said, using the engines already delivered to the United States.Hastening the pace of Delta 4 manufacturing could reduce its cost in the long run, perhaps bringing its price into parity with the Atlas 5, according to Gass.”The premise right now in the price sheet is that Delta 4, by similar capability, is more [expensive] than Atlas, but those were prices based on a certain build rate,” Gass said. “Now, we’re going to accelerate the build rate, and the Delta prices will come down accordingly. How much? We’ve got to go negotiate how much.” Photo of the most recent Delta 4 launch on May 16 with a GPS navigation satellite. Credit: ULAGass said ULA did not decide to advance production of the Delta 4 launcher at the request of the Defense Department.”United Launch Alliance is committed, first and foremost, to the nation,” Gass said. “We hold our commitments, so we’re just going to move out and do it. We’re not waiting for customers to ask us.”ULA has already launched discussions with Delta 4 suppliers to move up deliveries.”We have material on order with all our suppliers to support the block buy, so [we will] take what we already ordered and just accelerate the production of that, get it earlier and then supplant that with some additional long-lead material to make sure we can sustain a high production rate into the third and fourth years of the block buy contract,” Gass said.The Delta 4’s launch rate since the beginning of 2012 has been approximately one-half of the Atlas 5’s.If Defense Department payloads are forced to swap rockets to the Delta 4, Gass said ULA’s contract with the Air Force allows for flexibility to re-allocate launches between the company’s two vehicles.But Gass would not say whether ULA or the U.S. government would have to pay the difference if satellites assigned to Atlas 5 end up riding on more expensive Delta 4s.Gass said his interpretation of Rogozin’s announcement on the RD-180 engine was that the Russian deputy prime minister was discussing Russia’s actions in response to U.S. sanctions.In a transcript of Rogozin’s press conference posted to an official Russian government website, the deputy prime minister said Russia was taking steps to warn its partners in about potential reciprocal action against sanctions.”It was a comment that if the United States did something, this is something he may do,” Gass said of Rogozin’s statement.Rogozin and Oleg Ostapenko, head of the Russian Federal Space Agency, raised concerns that restrictions on exports of defense-related products to Russia would disrupt Russian rocket businesses that rely on the international satellite market. Almost all large telecommunications satellites contain components built in the United States and Europe.Industry officials forecast little disruption for companies planning launches on Russian rockets this year, at least in terms of export licensing. Russia’s Proton rocket is grounded after a May 15 launch failure, forcing customers booked to fly on it to pivot from worrying about political trouble to technical reliability.Most satellite export licenses for upcoming missions have already been issued, with no clear sign the U.S. State or Commerce departments plan to revoke them, despite public pronouncements claiming they could.RD-180 engines shipped to ULA up to now have been approved for dual-use missions, meaning they can be launched for military or civilian purposes, such as for NASA or a commercial customer.”He said some important words that he would hold back for military use, which is just clearly a response to our country’s comment about holding back exports for military use,” Gass said. “It was truly a quid pro quo comment.”Follow Stephen Clark on Twitter: .John Glenn Mission PatchFree shipping to U.S. addresses!The historic first orbital flight by an American is marked by this commemorative patch for John Glenn and Friendship 7.Final Shuttle Mission PatchFree shipping to U.S. addresses!The crew emblem for the final space shuttle mission is available in our store. 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The design features the space shuttle Columbia’s historic maiden flight of April 12, 1981.Mercury anniversaryFree shipping to U.S. addresses!Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Alan Shephard’s historic Mercury mission with this collectors’ item, the official commemorative embroidered patch.Fallen Heroes Patch CollectionThe official patches from Apollo 1, the shuttle Challenger and Columbia crews are available in the store. | | | | 2014 Spaceflight Now Inc.World Cup stadiums seen from spaceSPACEFLIGHT NOWPosted: June 13, 2014 The 12 stadiums hosting World Cup matches across Brazil have been sighted by France’s high-resolution Pleiades Earth observing satellites.Airbus Defence & Space, owner of the satellites, released the imagery as workers put finishing touches on the facilities ahead of Thursday’s 2014 FIFA World Cup opening match.Photo credit: Airbus Defence & Space/Spot Image

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  10. MR. RICHARD WOLFFE:? Well, there is a debate here and, and partly because they’ve spent so much money not changing anything–or at least the current administration has.? If the focus is on psychology, I think they are on a very long and difficult path.? We’re halfway through this recession by many conservative estimates.? It will be a long time before the psychology turns around.? It’s about confidence in the marketplace, for sure.? But also growth. What they’re really focusing on is growth in the broader economy.? Until that really moves on, nobody’s going to be spending money.? Companies are not going to be investing capital.? So the question is, not just specifically about the housing market.? Of course there are troubled institutions, troubled pieces of paper.? So much money has been thrown at that.

  11. STORY WRITTEN FOR & USED WITH PERMISSIONPosted: December 15, 2006NASA managers, thrilled with the success of a space station re-wiring spacewalk Thursday, plan to remotely shake and jiggle a partially retracted solar array Friday in a bid to free a hung up guide wire and coax the blankets into full retraction. One proposed test includes having an astronaut work out with a resistive exercise device to impart forces known to shake, or excite, the fragile solar arrays.Engineers are still assessing the feasibility of a fourth, unplanned spacewalk to manually free the guide wire. But they have ruled out adding any such work to an already planned spacewalk Saturday to finish re-wiring the station. NASA managers would prefer to avoid an additional EVA if at all possible because it would force the Discovery astronauts to forego a final heat shield inspection after undocking next week.A third option is to simply leave the array as is and attempt retraction later, either by a station crew or during the next shuttle visit in March.”We’re looking at all these options, we haven’t made any decisions,” Mike Suffredini, space station program manager at the Johnson Space Center, told reporters late Thursday. “Right now, the ISS is in a very good configuration relative to this array. … We’ve got plenty of time in this configuration, there’s no cause for alarm.”The astronauts Wednesday attempted to remotely fold up one wing of the solar arrays that provided interim power to the space station, the first step in on-going work to switch the lab complex to its permanent power system. The retraction was required to provide the clearance needed for newly installed arrays on the end of the station’s main power truss to begin rotating to track the sun.But the P6-4B array wing refused to cooperate, with its pleated blind-like slats failing to smoothly fold up. After repeated extension-retraction cycles over more than six-and-a-half hours, the astronauts finally managed to retract the blankets about halfway. That was enough to permit the newly installed P4 arrays to rotate as required. At that point, the astronauts were told to shift gears and prepare for Thursday’s spacewalk.Engineers now believe a guide wire is hanging up in a grommet due to friction and that if the array can be shaken a bit, the wire might slide free, permitting the blankets to fold smoothly.Crew wakeup Friday is scheduled for 9:47 a.m. At some point during the next hour or so, commands will be sent to rock the arrays by rotating a central mast one way and then the other in a motion siimilar to changing the pitch of a propeller.”If that doesn’t work, there’s actually another technique that will make you laugh a little bit, we have what we call the IRED (Interim Resistive Exercise Device), it’s a resistive exercise device the crew uses,” Suffredini said. “We found through experience a few increments ago that if they exercise at the right rate, they can excite the solar arrays. In fact, Leroy Chiao was exercising and we noticed through the camera that the array was really getting a work out.”No word yet on who might be asked to perform the ultimate power squats this time around, but if it happens it will follow a water dump scheduled to end around 1:45 p.m. Friday. First, the team will attempt to shake the arrays by rotating the mast.”There’s a water dump that we’ve got scheduled tomorrow (and) we didn’t want to perturb that, so we wanted to see if this wiggle test will work before 10 a.m. local time (CST) tomorrow,” said lead space station flight director John Curry. “So we’re going to do that test sometime before 10 a.m. then we’ll have a Mission Management Team meeting to discuss the results of that and then go from there.””If either one of these techniques clears it, then what we will do probably later in the day is try this retraction technique,” Curry said. “We’ll probably retract it a bay or two at a time and stop and let the whole system settle out … and see if we can’t ease it back into the blanket box that way.”Otherwise, the astronauts plan to hold traditional joint crew news conference at 3:47 p.m. and to make preparations for a third and final spacewalk Saturday to complete the space station’s switch over to its permanent power system.Astronauts Robert Curbeam and Swedish flier Christer Fuglesang re-wired two of the station’s four major electrical circuits during a five-hour spacewalk Thursday. Flight controllers also successfully activated a powerful ammonia coolant pump to keep the newly activated electronic gear from overheating.”Today went as close to without a hitch as you can possibly have a spacewalk go,” Curry told reporters. “From a programmatic perspective, and from an ops perspective for this particular spacewalk, this one scared me as one of those that I was worried about, all the potential contingencies that could occur, what if the software doesn’t come up right, what if the pump doesn’t come up right, what if the power doesn’t do what it’s supposed to do?”And all that stuff worked exactly and precisely the way folks designed it and tested it and we executed the EVA and the crew, both of them, they were just machines, couldn’t have gone better. … We’ve simmed this particular day hundreds of times. And the fact that it went the way it did today gives me a lot o confidence that when we go to do the exact same thing again (on Saturday), that the same thing will happen. I’m hopeful, because obviously we proved a lot of things today.”Curbeam and Fuglesang finished their work an hour ahead of schedule Thursday. But even if Saturday’s spacewalk by Curbeam and Sunita Williams goes just as smoothly, no solar array troubleshooting can be added to the excursion because the station’s robot arm will not be in position to get an astronaut to the array.”It just flat doesn’t fit,” Suffredini said.Video coverage for subscribers only:VIDEO:WIDESCREEN VIEW FROM PLAYALINDA BEACH TRACKER VIDEO:DISCOVERY’S LAUNCH THROUGH FUEL TANK SEPARATION VIDEO:SHORT CLIP OF DISCOVERY BLASTING OFF VIDEO:ASTRONAUTS DEPART QUARTERS FOR PAD VIDEO:CREW FINISHES DONNING SPACESUITS VIDEO:ASTRONAUTS IN DINING ROOM VIDEO:TIME-LAPSE MOVIE OF PAD GANTRY ROLLBACK VIDEO:LONGER LENGTH MOVIE OF THE SCRUB VIDEO:SCRUB CALLED DUE TO LOW CLOUDS VIDEO:ASTRONAUTS DEPART QUARTERS FOR PAD VIDEO:CREW FINISHES DONNING SPACESUITS VIDEO:ASTRONAUTS IN DINING ROOM THURSDAY VIDEO:PAD’S ROTATING SERVICE STRUCTURE ROLLED BACK VIDEO:POST-ARRIVAL COMMENTS FROM THE CREW VIDEO:ASTRONAUTS ARRIVE IN WAVE OF T-38 JETS VIDEO:BIOGRAPHIES OF THE DISCOVERY ASTRONAUTS VIDEO:NARRATED STS-116 MISSION PREVIEW MOVIE VIDEO:WEDNESDAY’S SHUTTLE BRIEFING IN ITS ENTIRETY BRIEFING SOUNDBITES:VIDEO:THE ISSUES DISCUSSED AT FRR VIDEO:NOT YOUR FATHER’S FRR VIDEO:READY TO RESUME NIGHT LAUNCHES VIDEO:LAUNCH PREPS PROCEEDING WELL VIDEO:YEAR-END ROLLOVER CONCERNS VIDEO:REASSESSING TANK FOAM RISK VIDEO:STATION SOLAR ARRAY DRIVE SYSTEM PROBLEM VIDEO:PRESSURIZATION PRECAUTIONS AT THE PAD VIDEO:OVERVIEW OF STS-116 MISSION VIDEO:SHUTTLE/ISS PROGRAM PERSPECTIVE VIDEO:PREVIEW OF MISSION’S SPACEWALKS VIDEO:ASTRONAUTS’ PRE-FLIGHT NEWS BRIEFING VIDEO:COVERAGE OF PRACTICE COUNTDOWN ACTIVITIES VIDEO:DISCOVERY ROLLS TO THE PAD VIDEO:DISCOVERY MATED TO TANK AND BOOSTERS VIDEO:SHUTTLE HOISTED VERTICALLY INSIDE VAB VIDEO:DISCOVERY HAULED FROM HANGAR TO VAB VIDEO:PORT 5 TRUSS PAYLOAD PACKED UP VIDEO:CREW VISITS KENNEDY SPACE CENTER VIDEO:EXTERNAL FUEL TANK MATED TO BOOSTERS MORE: Final Shuttle Mission PatchFree shipping to U.S. addresses!The crew emblem for the final space shuttle mission is now available in our store. 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The capsule is one of the key elements of returning astronauts to the Moon.Fallen Heroes Patch CollectionThe official patches from Apollo 1, the shuttle Challenger and Columbia crews are available in the store. | | | | 2014 Spaceflight Now Inc.Space Shuttle Flight History COMPILED BY WILLIAM HARWOODPosted: Sept. 28, 2006 Ares 1-X PatchThe official embroidered patch for the Ares 1-X rocket test flight, is available for purchase.Apollo CollageThis beautiful one piece set features the Apollo program emblem surrounded by the individual mission logos.Expedition 21The official embroidered patch for the International Space Station Expedition 21 crew is now available from our stores.Hubble PatchThe official embroidered patch for mission STS-125, the space shuttle’s last planned service call to the Hubble Space Telescope, is available for purchase. | | | | 2014 Spaceflight Now Inc.Spaceflight Now +Premium video content for our Spaceflight Now Plus .STS-1: America’s first space shuttle missionThe space shuttle era was born on April 12, 1981 when astronauts John Young and Bob Crippen rode Columbia into Earth orbit from Kennedy Space Center’s launch pad 39A. The two-day flight proved the shuttle could get into space as a rocket and return safely with a runway landing. Following the voyage of STS-1, the two astronauts narrated this film of the mission highlights and told some of their personal thoughts on the flight. STS-2: First reusable spaceshipSeven months after the successful maiden voyage of space shuttle Columbia, astronauts Joe Engle and Richard Truly took the orbiter back into space on mission STS-2. The November 12, 1981 launch demonstrated that the space shuttle was the world’s first reusable manned spacecraft. Although their mission would be cut short, Engle and Truly performed the first tests of the shuttle’s Canadian-made robotic arm. The crew tells the story of the mission in this post-flight presentation.Space shuttle launch schedule gets a makeover BY WILLIAM HARWOOD

  12. “Ok, that makes sense. Just let us know what you want to do,” an Atlantis astronaut replied. “And you don’t need OCA router for all that, right? We can go ahead and tear that down?”

  13. STORY WRITTEN FOR & USED WITH PERMISSIONPosted: December 18, 2006Astronauts Robert Curbeam and Christer Fuglesang, Sweden’s first man in space, are preparing for a fourth spacewalk today to help coax a recalcitrant solar array to fully retract. The astronauts are running a few minutes ahead of schedule and the spacewalk, the 77th devoted to station assembly and maintenance since construction began in 1998, is expected to begin around 2 p.m.This will be Curbeam’s fourth spacewalk during this mission – a space shuttle record – and his seventh overall. He currently ranks 13th on the list of most experienced spacewalkers with 38 hours and 56 minutes of EVA time.”This is the first time that one crew member has been asked to do four spaceswalks in one (shuttle) mission,” said lead EVA planner Tricia Mack at the Johnson Space Center. “And really, if anyone can do it, it’s Beamer. He is rock solid. … he’s calm under pressure, he is just a machine, he is an EVA machine. He does everything right, he says all the steps and he can do other people’s tasks, he works quickly and effectively, he reacts well to change.”Curbeam, call sign EV-1, will be wearing a suit with red stripes around the legs. Fuglesang, call sign EV-2, will wear an unmarked suit. Here is a timeline of today’s activity (in EST and mission elapsed time; includes items from rev. F of the NASA TV schedule):EST……..DD…HH…MM…EVENT09:17 AM…08…12…30…STS crew wakeup09:47 AM…08…13…00…ISS crew wakeup09:52 AM…08…13…05…EVA-4: 14.7 airlock repress10:12 AM…08…13…25…EVA-4: Hygiene break10:37 AM…08…13…50…EVA-4: 10.2 airlock depress11:02 AM…08…14…15…EVA-4: Campout preps12:32 PM…08…15…45…EVA-4: Spacesuit purge12:47 PM…08…16…00…EVA-4: Spacesuit oxygen pre-breathe01:37 PM…08…16…50…EVA-4: Airlock depress02:12 PM…08…17…25…EVA-4: Spacesuits to battery power02:17 PM…08…17…30…EVA-4: Airlock egress02:42 PM…08…18…00…EVA-4: P6-4B troubleshooting/retraction05:42 PM…08…21…30…EVA-4: Payload bay cleanup06:12 PM…08…23…25…EVA-4: Airlock ingress06:37 PM…08…23…50…EVA-4: Airlock repress08:47 PM…09…00…00…Rendezvous tools checkout10:30 PM…09…01…43…Mission status briefing on NASA TV12:47 AM…09…04…00…STS/ISS crew sleep begins01:00 AM…09…04…13…Daily video highlights reel on NASA TV08:47 AM…09…12…00…STS crew wakeupThe P6 solar array, made up of two wings known as 2B and 4B, was attached to the station six years ago to provide interim power during the initial stages of assembly. Construction has now reached the point where the arrays need to be moved to the station’s main solar array truss and wired into the lab’s permanent power system.To do that, the two wings are being folded up one at a time, with 4B scheduled for retraction during Discovery’s mission and the still fully extended 2B wing during a shuttle mission next March. In September, another crew plans to move the stowed arrays to the left end of the main truss and re-extend both wings.The Discovery astronauts attempted to retract the 4B wing on Wednesday but they were only able to pull it in about half way. Several of the slats in the folding blankets, held in alignment by guide wires similar to the cords in pleated blinds, failed to fold evenly, stopping the process in its tracks. Repeated attempts to free a presumably jammed grommet and guide wire were unsuccessful.On Saturday, during a spacewalk by Curbeam and Sunita “Suni” Williams to finish the Discovery crew’s goal of re-wiring the space station, NASA’s Mission Management Team approved a fourth spacewalk to help get the P6-4B wing retracted. Curbeam and Williams, meanwhile, finished their electrical work early and ventured up to the stalled array for an up-close inspection.The spacewalkers then repeatedly shook the solar array storage box, setting up ripples in the hinged slats of the solar cell blankets, freeing up stuck grommets and permitting their crewmates inside to retract the central mast an additional six bays. But they eventually ran out of time and had to call it a day, leaving 11 of the mast’s 31 open-framework bays still extended.For today’s spacewalk, Curbeam and Fuglesang will be equipped with a variety of tools, all insulated with non-conducting tape, to free grommets and guide wires as needed. The solar array will be shunted to lower its electrical potential. In addition, Curbeam will work from the end of the station’s robot arm, allowing him to access possible trouble spots that otherwise might be beyond his reach.NASA has budgeted three hours for the repair work, but the spacewalk can be extended several hours if necessary.Video coverage for subscribers only:VIDEO:WIDESCREEN VIEW FROM PLAYALINDA BEACH TRACKER VIDEO:DISCOVERY’S LAUNCH THROUGH FUEL TANK SEPARATION VIDEO:SHORT CLIP OF DISCOVERY BLASTING OFF VIDEO:ASTRONAUTS DEPART QUARTERS FOR PAD VIDEO:CREW FINISHES DONNING SPACESUITS VIDEO:ASTRONAUTS IN DINING ROOM VIDEO:TIME-LAPSE MOVIE OF PAD GANTRY ROLLBACK VIDEO:LONGER LENGTH MOVIE OF THE SCRUB VIDEO:SCRUB CALLED DUE TO LOW CLOUDS VIDEO:ASTRONAUTS DEPART QUARTERS FOR PAD VIDEO:CREW FINISHES DONNING SPACESUITS VIDEO:ASTRONAUTS IN DINING ROOM THURSDAY VIDEO:PAD’S ROTATING SERVICE STRUCTURE ROLLED BACK VIDEO:POST-ARRIVAL COMMENTS FROM THE CREW VIDEO:ASTRONAUTS ARRIVE IN WAVE OF T-38 JETS VIDEO:BIOGRAPHIES OF THE DISCOVERY ASTRONAUTS VIDEO:NARRATED STS-116 MISSION PREVIEW MOVIE VIDEO:WEDNESDAY’S SHUTTLE BRIEFING IN ITS ENTIRETY BRIEFING SOUNDBITES:VIDEO:THE ISSUES DISCUSSED AT FRR VIDEO:NOT YOUR FATHER’S FRR VIDEO:READY TO RESUME NIGHT LAUNCHES VIDEO:LAUNCH PREPS PROCEEDING WELL VIDEO:YEAR-END ROLLOVER CONCERNS VIDEO:REASSESSING TANK FOAM RISK VIDEO:STATION SOLAR ARRAY DRIVE SYSTEM PROBLEM VIDEO:PRESSURIZATION PRECAUTIONS AT THE PAD VIDEO:OVERVIEW OF STS-116 MISSION VIDEO:SHUTTLE/ISS PROGRAM PERSPECTIVE VIDEO:PREVIEW OF MISSION’S SPACEWALKS VIDEO:ASTRONAUTS’ PRE-FLIGHT NEWS BRIEFING VIDEO:COVERAGE OF PRACTICE COUNTDOWN ACTIVITIES VIDEO:DISCOVERY ROLLS TO THE PAD VIDEO:DISCOVERY MATED TO TANK AND BOOSTERS VIDEO:SHUTTLE HOISTED VERTICALLY INSIDE VAB VIDEO:DISCOVERY HAULED FROM HANGAR TO VAB VIDEO:PORT 5 TRUSS PAYLOAD PACKED UP VIDEO:CREW VISITS KENNEDY SPACE CENTER VIDEO:EXTERNAL FUEL TANK MATED TO BOOSTERS MORE: Final Shuttle Mission PatchFree shipping to U.S. addresses!The crew emblem for the final space shuttle mission is now available in our store. 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  14. The latest report shows little progress in curbing abuse in Afghan prisons despite efforts by the U.N. and international military forces in Afghanistan. The report released Sunday also cites instances where Afghan authorities have tried to hide mistreatment from U.N. monitors.

  15. Similar teams were sent to Libya on Wednesday after the attack that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans in Benghazi, and to Yemen on Friday

  16. And indications are that neither the extremes nor their consequences are evening out. For example, Lake Michigan is predicted to drop two feet by the end of this century with untold effects on wildlife, tourism and commerce.

  17. “I realized that I didn’t know anything [about filmmaking],” RZA explained to us, “And so therefore, instead of trying to figure it out myself, I went and spent time with a master. You can only learn so much from a book, but now you need to know how to apply it. Go to a master, and they’ll show you how to apply it.”

  18. Christine Beerli, vice president of the International Committee of the Red Cross, at the opening for signature of the Arms Trade Treaty at the U.N., said: “The preamble recognizes the consequences, in humanitarian terms, of the illicit and unregulated trade in conventional arms.”

  19. Immigration, Garrett noted, seems to be untouched by this week’s events. “I’ve talked to a significant number of Republicans and people at the White House and Democrats who are allies of the White House on the immigration bill,” he said. “(The immigration bill) is moving on its own momentum, a momentum that Republicans and Democrats largely share. … That doesn’t appear to be in any way slowed by this scandal or controversy.

  20. Hyman and Estelle tied the knot on the eve of what could be called a marriage boom. While they got hitched relatively late — both were 28 years old — the pressure to marry young heightened after the war. The rate of marriage spiked all through the 1940s, before reaching a record high in 1950: by then, 78 percent of American households were occupied by a husband and wife, according the Pew Research Center. The median age of marriage was at its youngest in 1950, too; it dropped from 21.5 to 20.3 for women and from 24.3 to 22.8 for men within the decade.

  21. Stalling the cuts from January to March, however, has only exacerbated the problem, the White House argues in its fact sheet, noting that the government has fewer months to enact the first year’s worth of cuts — not the full year. “These large and arbitrary cuts will have severe impacts across the government,” the fact sheet says.

  22. Texas accounts for about half of cases in the entire country. Dallas County alone has 270 cases of West Nile virus, with 11 deaths. Previously, from 2003 through 2011, Dallas County only saw 10 total West Nile deaths.

  23. “All sorts of methods have been discussed to keep track of [the weapons], right down to numbering the shells and distributing them to specific groups. But these groups fight with one another. [And] There’s a thriving black market in arms. So it’s going to be very hard – no, impossible – to keep track of them,” Palmer said.

  24. Welcome to week seven of my series, . In this post, I’ll focus on the most common Social Security retirement benefits people receive. I won’t cover disability or family survivor benefits, since they typically won’t apply for people who are retiring. I’ll provide a checklist of things to learn, steps to take and important decisions to make.

  25. Spindler also revealed that a retired London police officer had contacted Scotland Yard to report that he investigated Savile in the 1980s after a young woman accused him of assaulting her inside his trailer while it was parked on BBC premises. The ex-officer said there hadn’t been sufficient evidence to prosecute Savile at the time, Spindler said.

  26. The poorest households have felt the sharpest losses as a consequence of the recession: “While many Americans lost wealth during the Great Recession, younger, less-educated and nonwhite families lost the greatest percentage of their wealth,” James Bullard, president of the St. Louis Fed, said in a statement. “Household deleveraging, or paying down debt, has played a key role in the recent recession and the slow recovery.”(CBS News) MARTHA’S VINEYARD, Mass. – A story that ends like a fairy tale, but begins like a mystery is this week’s “On The Road.”

  27. “You don’t want to give a really lofty engagement present and then realize, ‘Now, I don’t have enough money to spend on the wedding present. You really want to plan and allocate what you’re giving ahead of time,” said Jamie Miles of .

  28. “It’s always a good idea to find out what coverage you have, particularly if you have a home that’s updated with things like granite countertops,” said Loretta Worters, spokeswoman for the Insurance Information Institute. “You want to make sure you have the right amount, but also the right type of coverage.”

  29. The easiest way to determine the amount of income you might expect from Social Security is to use the . If you input your Social Security number, the calculator will estimate your benefits (using your actual covered earnings history) if you start at age 62, at your FRA, and at age 70. Then you can input other start dates to see the impact of starting your income at different ages. The system automatically calculates your benefits using the early or delayed factors described above, if they’re applicable to you.

  30. Abu Idris (an adopted name, his real name is Abdel Wahab Qayed), now free from prison, has started appearing in online videos at Libyan security conferences, giving statements to reporters as the head of the National Border Guard for southern Libya – an agency run by the new Libyan government’s Defense Ministry.

  31. Views of the national economy among Republican primary voters were decidedly more negative in Louisiana than they were in Illinois: 60 percent of voters in Louisiana said the economy is getting worse, compared to 45 percent in Illinois. And though it has been a strength for Romney in many of the contests so far, 45 percent of voters in Louisiana who said the economy was the most important issue chose Rick Santorum.

  32. “I pledge to continue to work everyday to create jobs and do everything I can to make life more affordable for Minnesota’s families,” she continued. “Our children and grandchildren deserve a future filled with opportunity in a country that is safe and secure, and that’s what I’m fighting for in Washington.”(CBS/AP) FRESNO, Calif. – Yosemite park rangers said on Friday that up to 10,000 people who stayed in the national park may have been exposed to the rodent-borne hantavirus, which kills one-third of the people it infects.

  33. On “THE Dish,” a different famous chef each week reveals what he or she would have if they could have just one meal. That’s because for us, “THE Dish” is about the moment, the place, and the person you would share it with. It’s about the emotion behind the food, it’s about the conversation and the meal itself. We want to get to know these chefs on a deeper level and hope our viewers do, as well.

  34. Says Morley Safer about McCullough: “David McCullough is in love with America’s history, from its struggling birth to its soaring achievements. In turn, American readers are in love with David McCullough — more than 10 million copies of his books are in print.”

  35. While most Congressional committees can be toothless, the supecommittee had a big incentive to come up with a plan: If they could NOT come to an agreement, there would be a trigger – an automatic $1.2 trillion in spending cuts would occur-half from domestic spending (see next question for what would be spared) and the other half from the Pentagon. When the supercommittee failed to reach an agreement last year, the automatic spending cuts became a fait accompli and the first $110 billion in automatic cuts will start Jan. 2, 2013.

  36. And if you’re financial situation is a little rocky, a good idea may be to give a personal gift. “It can save you money, and the bride and groom may think, ‘Wow, she really thought about that and it really meant something to me.'”

  37. Other drugs continued declines in use from earlier surveys. Hallucinogen use fell 19 percent for this year’s survey, and cocaine and methamphetamine use has been on the decline sine 2006, with 44 percent and 40 percent reductions respectively.

  38. A tornado killed 13 people as it charged down Interstate 40 in Oklahoma City’s western suburbs on Friday night, twisting billboards and scattering cars and tractor-trailers along a roadway clogged with rush-hour motorists leaving work or fleeing the storm’s path. Officials say the tornado’s victims include at least four children and nine adults. Flash floods in Arkansas killed three early Friday, including a sheriff attempting a water rescue.

  39. At the heart of the surveillance operations are small, unarmed turboprop aircraft disguised as private planes. Equipped with hidden sensors that can record full-motion video, track infrared heat patterns, and vacuum up radio and cellphone signals, the planes refuel on isolated airstrips favored by African bush pilots, extending their effective flight range by thousands of miles.

  40. The menu also offers innovative Zappetizers like Tater Chips, Spicy Fried Mushrooms and Fried White Cheddar Bites, as well as a variety of Party Platterz perfect for any family gathering or special occasion.

  41. In some years, the race changed quite a bit between May and November. For example, a CBS News Poll conducted in late May 2004 found John Kerry leading President George W. Bush by eight points – 49 to 41 percent. President Bush was suffering from growing public concern about the war in Iraq and the prisoner abuse scandals at Abu Ghraib. Kerry led Mr. Bush in most polls until September, but throughout the fall the polls showed a race that was neck and neck. Mr. Bush won re-election by 3 points.

  42. One of the trends you may have noticed is that all three types of geniuses may benefit from professional help. The connection between mental illness and crisis leadership is made in by Nassir Ghaemi — required reading (in my opinion) for anyone who wants to attract great talent.

  43. According to the Observatory tally, the Assad regime’s armed backers have suffered more casualties than any other group during the war, with 41,786 killed. Non-combatant civilians, according to Observatory founder Rami Abdurrahman, account for 35,757 of those killed since the beginning of the conflict. By contrast, Aburrahman told CBSNews.com that 14,777 rebel fighters had been killed.

  44. When asked why so late in life, Ma quipped, “I’m a slow learner. … It’s when I realized that all the things I loved about life outside of music had to do with people. My interest in cultures and education and anthropology and just in the world actually could be fulfilled through doing music.”

  45. The Business Roundtable said Wednesday that its April-June quarterly survey found 32 percent of its members expect to expand payrolls in the next six months. That’s up from 29 percent in the January-March survey. And 78 percent expect their sales to increase. That’s up from 72 percent from the previous survey.

  46. While unemployment eased slightly from 2010 to 2011, the gap between rich and poor increased. The median, or midpoint, household income was $50,054, 1.5 percent lower than 2010 and a second straight annual decline.

  47. Less than one-half of Americans engage in the minimum-recommended amount of physical activity of 2.5 hours a week, a 2012 study from the (CDC) found. The report, however, did show 62 percent of Americans went on a 10-minute walk each week, up from 56 percent five years ago.

  48. “The DPRK has continued its efforts to import and export items relevant to missile and nuclear programs and arms,” the panel said, using the initials of the country’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

  49. The area of Qusair is strategically important to the regime because it links the capital, Damascus, with the coastal region, where regime loyalists are concentrated. This includes Alawites, followers of an offshoot of Shiite Islam to which the Assad family also belongs.

  50. Washington’s Liquor Control Board has advertised for consulting services in four categories. The first is “product and industry knowledge” and requires “at least three years of consulting experience relating to the knowledge of the cannabis industry, including but not limited to product growth, harvesting, packaging, product infusion and product safety.”

  51. Police have also discovered that a woman contacted Scotland Yard in 2003 to allege that Savile had touched her inappropriately in the 1970s but did not seek to press charges. In addition, authorities acknowledged that Savile was questioned in 2007 over an allegation tied to a school in Surrey but prosecutors declined to bring charges.

  52. Nordstrom is expected to testify Wednesday before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Deputy Assistant Director for International Programs Charlene Lamb, who approves security requests, and Lt. Col. Andy Wood, the former head of a U.S. Special Forces “Site Security Team” in Libya, are also scheduled to testify.

  53. He made his first diary entry while a private at Camp Elliott in San Diego, a little less than a year before he was killed. He described it as “my life history of my days in the U.S. Marine Corps … And most of all my love for Laura Mae for whom my heart is completely filled. So if you all get a chance please return it to her. I (am) writing this as my last life request.”

  54. To hear why Stahl and two 60 Minutes producers went all the way to Moscow to interview an amateurish girl band with a dirty name, watch the above Overtime video. (Note to viewers: The voice of the band’s drummer has been altered by the broadcast for her safety.)

  55. The 28-year-old is in the fight of her life. She was diagnosed in February with an aggressive form of inflammatory breast cancer. She started chemotherapy on Valentine’s Day and underwent a double mastectomy less than six weeks later.

  56. While Mr. Obama has said unequivocally that Assad must go, the administration has said it’s still aiming for his regime to engage with the opposition to reach a political settlement. In the absence of a political settlement, Rhodes said Syria would be left with “for all intents and purposes, a civil war” that Hezbollah and Iran would jump into. Syria’s position in the heart of the Middle East makes the scenario particularly unpredictable.

  57. Colonel Hamid Hassi, a senior Libyan army officer, told CBS News correspondent Elizabeth Palmer he believes American intelligence knows exactly where the alleged Benghazi attackers – the militant group Ansar al Sharia – are at all times.

  58. Bruce D. Meyer, an economist at the University of Chicago, said it was disappointing that poverty levels did not improve. He described it as a sign of lingering problems in the labor market, even with recent declines in the unemployment rate. “The drop in the unemployment rate has been due in significant part to workers leaving the labor force, because they are discouraged, back in school, taking care of family or other reasons,” he said.

  59. Tustin, CA? ()? Celebrating 25 years of serving its signature fish taco, Wahoo’s Fish Taco, a community mainstay and worldwide pop culture phenomenon since 1988, announces the opening of its newest location in Woodland Hills, Calif. Located at 19960 Ventura Boulevard, the new restaurant offers all of Wahoo’s distinct signature flavors including charbroiled or spicy marinated fish, chicken, steak, and tofu fillings in a variety of items such as tacos, burritos, bowls, salads, and the original fish taco.

  60. Emerging from the briefing, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., chairwoman of the Intelligence committee, said the government must gather intelligence to prevent plots and keep Americans alive. “That’s the goal. If we can do it another way, we’re looking to do it another way. We’d like to.”

  61. Kerry and Westerwelle spoke a day after Assad suggested that his regime received a first shipment of the state-of-the-art anti-aircraft system, which would reduce pressure on it to negotiate with the opposition, make foreign intervention more difficult and alarm Israel. The United States has made Israel’s qualitative military edge one of its prime strategic interests in the region.

  62. “It is possible that anti-government armed groups may access and use chemical weapons…. though there is no compelling evidence that these groups possess such weapons or their requisite delivery systems,” the report said.

  63. The musician, who recently was honored at the White House, receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom in February, picked up the cello at just 4 years old, even though the violin was his parents’ first choice.

  64. In Monroe’s history with men — from Arthur Miller to Laurence Olivier — the film tells takes on an aberration in her usual pattern of relationships — an interest in a younger man who was less influential than she was, Curtis said.

  65. Instead, Metzgar wore long, baggy sweat pants and shirts to hid his erection. It was difficult to ride his motorcycle or complete every day tasks like bend over to get his newspaper.

  66. In addition to Bloom, look out for Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel, a new character created just for the Hobbit movies, and Luke Evans (the main villain in this summer’s “Fast & Furious 6”) as the human Bard the Bowman.

  67. These three questions have become particularly significant as companies continue to abandon traditional pension plans, meaning plans in which your employer takes responsibility for funding and paying you a monthly retirement income for the rest of your life. Without these safety nets in place, retirement planning now falls heavily on the shoulders of employees everywhere.

  68. The popularity of Cullen was fleeting. In 2010, it was the fastest rising name for boys. Edward Cullen is a vampire in the “Twilight” books and movies.

  69. Other categories cover quality testing, including how to test for levels of THC, the compound that gets marijuana users high; statistical analysis of how much marijuana the state’s licensed growers should produce; and the development of regulations, a category that requires “a strong understanding of state, local or federal government processes,” with a law degree preferred.

  70. This article originally appeared on .According to UBS analysts, Yum! Brands, Inc.’s () profitability should begin to improve in China, as the company is reaching an inflection point following its poultry problems. As such, the analysts upgraded YUM on Friday.

  71. He denounced the killing of the American ambassador in Libya. “This is something we reject and Islam rejects. To God, the attack on a person to Allah is bigger an attack on the Kaaba,” he said, referring to Islam’s holiest site in Mecca.

  72. Navi Pillay, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, said Friday her team has reported a troop buildup around the town of Qusair, which is just six miles from the Lebanese border in Syria’s Homs province.

  73. But to clinch a conviction on this count, prosecutors will need to prove not just that the false statements were made, but also that whoever made them knew it at the time. The distinction between having omitted certain facts without actually lying is another defense against the “false statements” charge, which will likely be a key factor in any criminal case.

  74. Between Dec. 2012 and May 31, 2013, Yahoo says it received between 12,000 and 13,000 government requests for data. Like the other companies, Yahoo says it did not distinguish between Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) request and criminal investigations because those numbers are classified. The company said it will also launch its first transparency report later this year.

  75. No word from the White House on whether President Barack Obama asked Lew to clean up his signature before nominating him for the Treasury post – or if the Senate will make that a condition of his confirmation.(CBS News) The U.S. Senate on Thursday moved closer to passing a bill that could put an end to tax-free shopping online. A final vote has been delayed until May 6, when lawmakers return from vacation.

  76. “After the hearing was over my staff and I gave his office a chance to amend his answer,” Wyden said in his statement. “Now public hearings are needed to address the recent disclosures and the American people have the right to expect straight answers from the intelligence leadership to the questions asked by their representatives.”

  77. Speaking of music and its ability to unite people, Ma said, “It’s really strange because, biologically, people have so much more in common than separate them. For some reason, we’re always focused on the little, tiny differences and we blow it up to unbelievably huge proportions. … So if there’s a mechanism that we have that’s coded either genetically or that we could actually do that actually brings people together and we see the commonalities, you know, I would go for that.”

  78. But, collars may slip off. Microchipping, or placing a small computer chip that contains your contact information under the pet’s skin, can be invaluable. Dr. Jessi Cullen, a senior emergency clinician with Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners in Virginia Beach, Va., said implanting the chip is an outpatient procedure that can be done when the pet is getting a vaccine. While it might sting a little bit when they get the shot, pets don’t even know it’s there, she assured. Cullen herself had her microchipped cat returned to her five years after it went missing, so she’s a firm believer.

  79. Control of the desktop has been the source of Microsoft’s strength because it also enabled the company to build the Office franchise. To embrace only Metro going forward is an amazingly foolish and pigheaded strategy. Sure, sometimes companies need to change products and make room for the new, but to do so in a way that could seriously damage the company’s prospects is bewildering. Has Steve Ballmer been loading up on Apple and Google stock recently?()? Wok Box has signed on for growth and store development for the State of Florida with a commitment for 45 stores in eight years. The first locations will be opened within the next 12 months with several sites in and around Orlando being targeted.

  80. Such meddling underscores what is widely known but rarely discussed outside intelligence circles: Despite inarguable ties between the U.S. and its closest ally in the Middle East and despite statements from U.S. politicians trumpeting the friendship, U.S. national security officials consider Israel to be, at times, a frustrating ally and a genuine counterintelligence threat.

  81. The embassy building is heavily protected. It is near an area where several other embassies are located, including that of Germany and France. Police sealed off the area and journalists were being kept away.

  82. Glatter explained that potentially dangerous crush injuries to the arms and legs are often caused by fallen masonry, beams and infrastructure in buildings. That first leads to muscle swelling, numbness and tingling of the trapped extremities, often progressing to crush syndrome.

  83. “In countries which have not abolished the death penalty, the sentence of death can be imposed only for the most serious crimes, which do not include drug crimes. Cases that do not meet these standards are tantamount to arbitrary executions,” noted the experts, who are appointed by the Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Council to report on specific human rights themes.

  84. Schieffer spilled coffee on Shriver on-air. Check out the clip above to see the memorable moment in all its embarrassing glory!Country Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill has sold more than 26 million albums, won 20 Grammys and 18 CMA Awards. He’s back at his craft again with more tunes that will pull at your heartstrings, and yet surprise longtime fans with some powerful and unexpected guitar riffs – a new side of Gill that he and fellow musicians are embracing.

  85. Following the hearing, Under Secretary of State for Management Patrick Kennedy told reporters at an impromptu press conference that the U.S. did what it was supposed to, and intends to keep working with the fragile Libyan government closely, but it is unsure if it will put another consulate in Benghazi.

  86. Let the chicken fry for about 8 minutes, until it’s golden brown. Pull the chicken pieces out of the fryer with tongs and put them on a rack set on a baking sheet. Sprinkle each piece of chicken with the seasoning mixture, using the tongs to turn the piece so it’s coated on all sides.

  87. Regardless of my concerns (don’t ever try this at home!),has definitely earned himself a big triple-rainbow salute of absolutely fearless from us here at! And to check out more extreme work fromCBS News’ Chief White House correspondent Norah O’Donnell and CBS News chief Washington correspondent Bob Schieffer have anchored “The Early Show” this week from Iowa, covering the Republican caucuses there.

  88. “To date, Afghan officials have acted in only one instance,” Allen said in the letter. In that case Afghan authorities did not fire the official in question, but transferred him from Kandahar province to Sar-e-Pul in the north.

  89. The move by Starbucks comes as the Food and Drug Administration irons out the details of a regulation that would require companies with more than 20 locations to post calorie information on their menus. Other chains including McDonald’s Corp. have also moved ahead with posting the information, saying they’re providing it to be more transparent rather than because they’re being forced to.

  90. About a dozen air bases have been established in Africa since 2007, according to a former senior U.S. commander involved in setting up the network. Most are small operations run out of secluded hangars at African military bases or civilian airports.

  91. The Brotherhood and Morsi himself have vowed to work with the West and have thus far respected the nation’s long-standing treaties with Israel, but the far more extreme (and far fewer in number) Salafist Muslims – the militants and extremists who wish to topple democratic governments in Muslim countries and implement Sharia law (many of whom backed Morsi’s candidacy) are now freer to operate openly in the country, and to spread the ideology based on a contrived war between the West and Islam.

  92. Cecile Pouilly, of the U.N.’s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, said the global body would be offering a revised death toll for the Syrian crisis “in the next couple of weeks.” She did not indicate what the revisions would include, or whether it would include a breakdown of civilian, and pro- versus anti-regime deaths.

  93. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Monday that internal administration discussions were focused on “helping the Syrian opposition serve the essential needs of the Syrian people and hasten a political transition.”

  94. In Colorado, a 24-member task force began work on pot regulations this week. The state’s Department of Revenue must adopt the regulations by July, with sales possible by year’s end.Soon after the horrific elementary school shooting in Connecticut Friday, White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters that “I do not think today is [the] day” to have “the usual Washington policy debates” over gun control.

  95. ZTE is a publicly-listed global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions with the most comprehensive product range covering virtually every telecommunications sector, including wireless, access & bearer, VAS, terminals and professional services. The company delivers innovative, custom-made products and services to over 500 operators in more than 160 countries, helping them to meet the changing needs of their customers while growing revenue. ZTE commits 10 per cent of its annual revenue to research and development and has leadership roles in several international bodies devoted to developing telecommunications industry standards. ZTE is committed to corporate social responsibility and is a member of the UN Global Compact. The company is China’s only listed telecom manufacturer that is publicly traded on both the Hong Kong and Shenzhen Stock Exchanges (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ). For more information, please visit .ZTE Corporation (?ZTE?) (código accionario H: 0763.HK / código accionario A: 000063.SZ), un proveedor mundial líder de equipos de telecomunicaciones, soluciones de redes y dispositivos móviles que cotiza en bolsa, se complace en anunciar que se ha adjudicado la mayor parte de los nuevos contratos en la primera fase del programa de adquisición de redes CDMA 2013 de China Telecom Group. Por sexto a?o consecutivo el mercado chino muestra su confianza en ZTE como proveedor líder de CDMA.

  96. 4. Drain the potatoes, and using a cross-cutting method at an angle, cut the potatoes into 1/8 inch slices. Each slice should have a waffle- or lattice-like design. Pat the potato slices dry with a paper towel.

  97. The new recruits — all veterans who served after 9/11 — gathered in Los Angeles for training. All commit to serve six months at non-profits in their local communities. They get a modest stipend of about $300 a week, some job skills and a healthy dose of tough love.

  98. With that final note, I hope you all have a really wonderful upcoming weekend,(CBS News) One of the conflicts I run into having thecome out late in the week is some items just don’t feel as fresh by the time Friday rolls around. To give an idea, while I had planned on I’ve enjoyed from the moment I first saw them , I called an audible at the last moment to “keep things fresh.” (Don’t worry, this quarterback feels confident on the switch!) So check out the uplifting and soothing sounds ofin their new music video for the song “The War Within” above.

  99. In a report, the International Atomic Energy Agency also says that Iran has installed about 1,000 of new machines used to make material that can be used to make nuclear warheads at an underground site fortified from air attack.

  100. CBS Boston reported that people who visit Bulger speak to him from the opposite side of a transparent wall via a telephone receiver, and that jail officials say both parties are always aware they are being recorded.

  101. One of the more explosive allegations in the report is the “continuous use of Palestinian children as human shields and informants,” of which the report says 14 cases have been reported in the last 3 years.

  102. The White House puts the blame squarely on Republicans, noting that Mr. Obama has worked with Congress to enact more than $2.5 trillion in cuts. The fact sheet says the president is interested in enacting more cuts and closing tax loopholes to raise revenues.

  103. Yosemite officials said the cabins have been closed and the park is reaching out to overnight guests who have stayed in the cabins. Yosemite National Park spokeswoman Kari Cobb told CBSNews.com said that part of the problem is that the “signature” tents are made out of an outer layer and inner later. The space inbetween them is filled with insulation, and authorities believe .

  104. U.S. Ambassador Francis Ricciardione told reporters that a guard at the gate was killed in the 1:15 p.m. blast, and a Turkish citizen was wounded. Reuters quoted Ricciardione as saying the slain guard was a Turkish national. U.S. Embassies are usually guarded by a combination of local security personnel and American diplomatic security forces.

  105. Credit: Victor R. Caivano/APAmid unfolding drama about alleged political discrimination perpetrated by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), President Obama’s political adversaries, and even some of his allies, are calling for heads to roll — and more.

  106. “The National Security Agency’s seizure and surveillance of virtually all of Verizon’s phone customers is an astounding assault on the Constitution,” said Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. “After revelations that the Internal Revenue Service targeted political dissidents and the Department of Justice seized reporters’ phone records, it would appear that this administration has now sunk to a new low.”

  107. CBS News correspondent Elizabeth Palmer, who has reported extensively from inside Syria and has spoken with her contacts there following the Obama administration’s decision, said it is “pretty much guaranteed” that some of the U.S.-supplied weapons will go astray, despite whatever safeguards the U.S. put in place.

  108. Oryem says M23 representatives, who are in talks with top army officials in Uganda, are asking “many questions” and need “another day or two.” Regional leaders have called on Congo to listen to M23’s “legitimate grievances.”LONDON — The scale of the child sex abuse scandal engulfing the BBC expanded on Thursday as authorities announced that 300 potential victims had come forward with accusations against one of the broadcaster’s most popular children’s entertainers and that others might have acted with him.

  109. There’s also additional medications that can help a patient wean themselves off an addiction. One method uses Naltrexone, which blocks opioid receptors and stops people from getting high. It can also decrease cravings.

  110. Vaughn Ross is to die Thursday evening in Huntsville for the fatal shooting of a university dean and an 18-year-old woman who was with him in a car. Prosecutors say Viola McVade was the sister of Ross’ girlfriend and had been feuding with Ross. They say Tech’s associate dean of libraries, 53-year-old Douglas Birdsall, was at the wrong place at the wrong time.

  111. Last week, on the two-year anniversary of the health care overhaul’s passage into law, Republicans launched a full-scale assault on the reforms, seeking to remind voters of what they don’t like about the law. Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney was as vigorous in his attacks as any Republican, calling the reforms “.”

  112. In a lot of Republican districts that do have a substantial portion Hispanic, the Hispanic vote is not really a “swing” vote that needs to be courted for them to win. Most of these districts are safely Republican even assuming that Hispanics vote heavily Democratic. The map shows that there are a handful of GOP-held House districts with a sizeable Hispanic population and which might profile as potentially competitive – but not many.

  113. Contact the Washington investigative team at dcinvestigations(at)ap.orgWASHINGTON — U.S. says it will raise concerns with China over a map printed in its new passports because it is causing “tension and anxiety” among claimant states in the disputed South China Sea.

  114. He also warned anew that the use of chemical weapons is a “red line” for the Obama administration. At the same time, he said intelligence and evidence that such weapons have, in fact, been used, is still being vetted for 100-percent certainty.

  115. Safety in the kitchen is super important. You really need to know how to use your tools. And those are some of the first lessons you learn in culinary school: how to hold your knife, how to use towels as oven mitts, how to use a mandoline without chopping your fingers off…you get the point.

  116. The Muslim Brotherhood had called for more demonstrations today in Cairo, as did authorities in Iran and the Gaza strip. Large protests were expected in Baghdad and Iraq’s second-largest city, Basra, as well as Amman, Jordan. Israel was stepping up security in anticipation of demonstrations after Muslim prayers.

  117. A former Navy SEAL, Eric Greitens understood that. A suicide truck bomb attacked his team in Ira, destroying their Fallujah barracks. Greitens recovered, but many of his teammates were severely injured and their military careers over.

  118. Battery: Failed batteries result in more calls to roadside service than any other cause, according to AAA. And it isn’t just hot weather that is tough on batteries. If your battery is more than three years old, have a mechanic check it with a measuring device to see if it needs replacement.

  119. “Preparedness is peace of mind,” Dr. Heather Case, director of the scientific activities division of the American Veterinary Medical Association, told CBSNews.com. “Obviously it’s too late for Oklahoma victims, but there are lessons that others can learn because we are at the beginning of this (tornado) season. Thinking ahead is certainly helpful.”

  120. If you weren’t directly affected by the tragic explosion, it’s a good reminder to take another look at your insurance coverage. There were 150 incidents of man-made disasters, including fires and explosions, last year in the U.S., causing just under $6 billion damages, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

  121. Oleh : anna nisaAKU tahan hati yang terasa hampir meletup. Berani-berani dia panggil aku spatula? Apa, dia ingat kalau dia kahwin dengan anak Dato’ yang ada PhD tu, dia boleh hidup bahagia? Helo, kalau tak reti buat kerja rumah pun tak guna jugak…

  122. Oleh : nabihah taquddinButir-butir pasir menyinari mataku yang tertutup rapat. Cahayanya amat menyilaukan. Sukar untukku membuka mata. Dalam rasa lemah dan lesu, aku membenarkan sinar itu memasuki mataku perlahan-lahan. Aku menutup kembali mataku. Sinarnya…

  123. The state-run Bank of China Ltd. said last week that it halted business with North Korea’s Foreign Trade Bank. Washington accuses the bank of financing Pyongyang’s missile and nuclear programs. It’s the latest sign of Beijing’s displeasure with its ally.WASHINGTON North Korea may be just one to two months away from following through on its threat to restart a plutonium reactor that can produce fissile material for nuclear bombs, a U.S. research institute said Monday.

  124. Sejak peristiwa pengantin lelaki melarikan diri semasa hari perkahwinan, Zara terus menjadi murung. Tidak banyak bercakap walaupun dulu dia seorang gadis yang petah. Selepas hampir seminggu peristiwa itu, Zara pulang ke Kuala Lumpur. Berat hati Mak Yah dan Pak Hussin tetapi demi anaknya itu, mereka lepaskan pergi.

  125. The participants’ similar genetic makeup has made it possible for Barzilai’s team to isolate a supergene called “CETP.” The gene appears to have helped centenarians like Irving Kahn stay healthy longer.

  126. Since 2010, the issue of health care has fallen by the wayside as voters turned their attention back to the economy. But if the court ruled in June to uphold the health care law, “maybe that excites the right and gives them even more energy to try to repeal it through the legislative process,” said Doug Thornell, a Democratic strategist at SKDKnickerbocker who has worked for the campaign arms of Congress.

  127. Oleh : JYE SUHANA MALEKJari-jemari mulusnya memetik gitar berwarna merah jambu di atas ribanya itu.Komputer riba dihadapannya merakam setiap aksinya. Hanya badan dan gitar merah jambu itu yang kelihatan di dalam rakaman itu.Malu baginya untuk menampaknya…

  128. The survey found a 14 percent decline in prescription drug use for non-medical purposes among people aged 18 to 25, which reflects 300,000 fewer young adults abusing such drugs compared with . Prescription abuse rates among children 12 to 17 and adults over 26 remained unchanged.

  129. Hacking is at the top of the list of concerns among novice users, who aren’t tech savvy. Bitcoin owners store their shares in a virtual wallet on a computer or mobile device. But Reiner says some of the best experts in the field are working to improve security measures.

  130. On Wednesday, however, a U.S. source told CBS News there was also a possibility that al Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), the terror group’s North Africa franchise – and, according to CBS News terrorism consultant Jere Van Dyk, it’s most well-funded – might have been involved in the attack on the Benghazi consulate.

  131. “The civilian side is looking into doing something and is running into a lot of pushback from the military side,” the analyst said. “The resistance that is coming from the military side is because the military has both worked in the region and trained in the region. So they are more realistic.”

  132. But leaders of Congress’ intelligence panels dismissed the furor over what they said was standard three-month renewal to a program that’s operated for seven years. Committee leaders also said the program recently helped thwart what would have been a significant domestic terrorist attack.

  133. “You want to contribute as much as possible, but your bare minimum is to contribute enough to get the company match,” she said. “Don’t walk away from the free money.”(MoneyWatch) For most people, Social Security income will be crucial to their retirement security. The program of income for almost two-thirds of retirees receiving the federal benefits and 90 percent of income for about one-third.

  134. En 2012, ZTE lanzó la unidad de radio remota R8881 de última generación, aportando a China Telecom una solución más compacta y de menor consumo energético. Además, para ayudar a China Telecom a resolver el problema del impacto que tiene el volumen de usuarios en los sistemas de se?alización 3G, también llamado ?signaling storm?, ZTE desarrolló una solución personalizada que resolvió dicho problema, causado siempre por las aplicaciones en línea.

  135. “Ambassador Ford is in Istanbul right now and continues the Secretary’s urgent work on behalf of the Syrian people every single day,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement. “He will continue his work and we have no announcements at this time.”

  136. The game maker emphasized that the company doesn’t store personal payment information, so no credit or debit card information was stolen. However, since passwords could have been stolen, the company is recommending that users change their passwords on any other website where they used the same or a similar password.

  137. At the Gloversville-Johnstown wastewater plant west of Albany, it’s pipelined from the nearby Fage yogurt plant, where it goes into a 1.5 million-gallon tank filled with anaerobic bacteria. The resulting methane gas from the “anaerobic digester” becomes combustible fuel that generates nearly enough electricity to power the plant.

  138. The Libyan government is so wary of the U.S. investigation expanding into unilateral action that it refused requests to arm the drones now being flown over Libya. Libyan officials have complained publicly that they were unaware of how large the U.S. intelligence presence was in Benghazi until a couple of dozen U.S. officials showed up at the airport after the attack, waiting to be evacuated — roughly twice the number of U.S. staff the Libyans thought were there. A number of those waiting to be evacuated worked for U.S. intelligence, according to two American officials.

  139. “60 Minutes” correspondent Lara Logan says for the intelligence agencies of the West, what’s “important is to look at the ideology that’s fueling them … because it’s the same all over the world, with every group that’s al Qaeda or al Qaeda-affiliated … they’re driven by a belief that the United States is engaged in a war with Islam.”

  140. Email address. With rare exception, anyone who gets your message has your email address by virtue of having the email. Putting an address at the bottom is a waste of space and can be seen as stupidly redundant.

  141. The British High Commissioner Patrick Pillay says they were a welcome breath of fresh air with their warmth and humility.Simon Curtis, the director of “My Week with Marilyn,” said on “The Early Show” shortly after the Golden Globe nominations that Michelle Williams deserves “everything coming her way.”

  142. The Louisville, Kentucky-based company, parent to KFC, said that though it expects to see a decline in Chinese sales for the next couple of months, the figure is starting to rebound. The company expects to see sales growth in China by the fourth quarter.

  143. Thousands took to the streets in at least eight cities in Brazil, demonstrations that voiced the deep frustrations Brazilians feel about carrying heavy tax burdens but receiving woeful returns in public education, health, security and transportation.

  144. As journalist Reg Sherren observed to CBS News, “They’re the most popular couple in the world at the moment, so is what we’re seeing actually celebrity interest, star worship, or is it renewed interest in the monarchy? That’s the rreal question.”

  145. “Clearly, the 91 percent recovery of wealth losses portrayed by the aggregate nominal measure paints a different picture than the 45 percent recovery of wealth losses indicated by the average inflation-adjusted household measure,” the report said. “Considering the uneven recovery of wealth across households, a conclusion that the financial damage of the crisis and recession largely has been repaired is not justified,” the researchers said.

  146. Two protesters died and at least 29 were injured in clashes with police at the embassy in Tunisia, according to the country’s official news agency. Another protester was killed in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli after a crowd and Arby’s restaurant. At least 25 were wounded in Tripoli, 18 of them police.

  147. Where do the parties stand? Republicans want to make the Bush tax cuts permanent and concentrate spending cuts in Medicare, Medicaid and discretionary areas. Democrats argue for increasing taxes on Americans who earn more than $250,000 in combination with spending cuts. Currently, groups of lawmakers are trying to come up with a compromise, but most believe that a near-term deal is a long shot.

  148. “I didn’t feel that [marriage] was something I needed for myself,” Lindsey said. “But when I met Jessica, we decided we wanted to be committed…It just became, I wanted to advance our relationship further.”

  149. In another of the three recordings played in court Tuesday, Bulger mimics the “rat-tat-tat” sound of a machine gun when speaking about a local bar owner, Edward Connors. Prosecutors say Bulger and his partner, Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi, gunned down Connors in a phone booth because they were afraid he’d tie them to the killing of a Bulger rival.

  150. One of the biggest losses for low to middle wage earners will be the Earned Income Tax Credit, which was a refundable credit (meaning that even if your credit exceeds your tax liability, you don’t lose the excess and are entitled to receive any overage as a refund) for married couples filing jointly with 2011 earned income under $49,078 and singles with income under $43,998.

  151. Ubisoft makes hit video games such as “,” “Just Dance,” and “Tom Clancy’s The Division.” The company won’t specify how hackers breached its system; it only said, “credentials were stolen and used to illegally access our online network.”

  152. The Clementis recently started in honor of their son, hoping to decrease the suicide rate among gay and lesbian teens. Studies show teens who are homosexual are seven times more likely to consider suicide.

  153. The report also touched upon a more than six-year stalemate in agency efforts to probe suspicions Tehran may have worked on nuclear weapons. It said that ? barring Iran’s cooperation ? it may not be able to resolve questions about `’possible military dimensions to Iran’s nuclear program.”

  154. “These guys were equal partners. One was not subservient to the other,” said Michael Kendall, a former federal prosecutor who investigated several of Bulger’s associates.

  155. Palmer also noted that one of the factors behind the new sense of urgency to aid the rebels has been the , which have been aided by the Iranian-backed militia Hezbollah. Those gains are seen by the administration, in effect, as victories for Iran.

  156. But Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., a member of House Intelligence committee, said the U.S. shouldn’t get drawn into the conflict. “We have a poor track record of intervening in sectarian civil wars,” he said. “We need to be mindful of limitations in our ability to shape the outcome and very resistant to being pulled in in a way that we cannot later extricate ourselves very easily.”

  157. Jose Francisco Benitez Paz told the The Associated Press it was fairly sophisticated smuggling effort that included packets of drugs attached to the seat bottoms with metal hooks – a task that would have been impossible for a passenger like Maldonado.

  158. The second story concerns my 91-year-old mother. Her retirement is funded by a monthly lifetime annuity she got as a result of my father’s employment as a professor at the University of Southern California (my father passed away in 2005). She supplements that annuity and her Social Security income with interest and dividends earned from a carefully saved portfolio that’s invested in stocks and bonds (401(k) plans didn’t exist in her day).

  159. At a Capitol Hill hearing Wednesday, Attorney General Eric Holder said there has been “very, very substantial progress” in the investigation into who was responsible for the attacks in Benghazi. Earlier this month, the FBI said it was seeking information on three people who were on the grounds of the diplomatic mission when it was attacked.

  160. According to the London-based Arabic newspaper al-Hayat, Abu Idris al-Libi was elected to the Libyan parliament in July. While there’s no evidence that Abu Idris is now connected to the terror group which deputized his brother, he was locked up by Qaddafi and sentenced to death as a senior member of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG). Abu Yaha al-Libi and at least one other former senior member of al Qaeda came to the organization from the LIFG.

  161. A Pentagon official confirmed to CBS Radio News correspondent Cami McCormick that Marine Gen. John Allen made his recommendations to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, but could not confirm what specific troop levels he has proposed as options.

  162. “I’ve always thought this was a treasonous act. Apparently so does the U.S. Department of Justice,” said Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla. a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, who has been outspoken on the Snowden case. “I hope Hong Kong’s government will take him into custody and extradite him to the U.S.”

  163. Friday night’s storm formed out on the prairie west of Oklahoma City, giving residents plenty of advance notice. When told to seek shelter, many ventured out and snarled traffic across the metro area ? perhaps remembering the damage from May 20.

  164. After learning of the controversial IRS practice, Miller also wrote at least two letters to Congress explaining the process for reviewing tax-exempt status applications; in neither of those letters did he mention the targeting.

  165. CBS News chief White House correspondent Major Garret reports that the administration hasn’t drawn up a specific list of weapons and don’t want to make public a full inventory because if they do, the Syrian government will have a better chance of intercepting those weapons.

  166. White House spokesman Jay Carney called the attack “an act of terror” ? one that comes as the U.S. State Department is transitioning to new leadership amid ongoing concerns about diplomatic security around the world. Outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s final day on the job is Friday, after which Sen. John Kerry will take the reins as America’s top diplomat.

  167. Clapper has come under fire for the , when Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., asked him, “Does the [National Security Agency] collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?”

  168. He said only one patient died, a 30-year-old man from Abingdon, Md., who had the operation in November 2011 to treat late-stage cancer of the windpipe. He died about four months later of uncertain causes, Macchiarini said.

  169. But Bulger’s neighbor never suspected anything — not until the FBI showed up in June of 2011 with pictures of his neighbors on a wanted poster. Bond said he was “pretty shocked” when he saw them.

  170. It was Jacob’s 14th straight year at the top. Next were Mason, Ethan, Noah and William. Liam cracked the top 10 for the first time, coming in at No. 6. Daniel slipped out of the top 10 for the first time since 1998, to No. 11.

  171. While the Clementis processed that surprise, Tyler Clementi began college at Rutgers, where he roomed with 19-year-old Dharun Ravi. Ravi is accused of using a webcam to secretly stream video to the internet of a sexual encounter between Clementi and another man.

  172. Dausey concurs, noting that on the surface it may look like there’s less dry water. But underground sewers and catch basins that contain stagnant water also provide the nutrient-rich conditions mosquitoes seek. He also speculates that the economic and housing crisis may play a role in some urban areas, if people have abandoned homes with swimming pools or other sources of stagnant water, allowing mosquitoes to breed.

  173. By making all the pieces fit together, you see what life could look like. And that may inspire you to make changes. Looking at my fictional consultant’s schedule, I realized that I really needed to find a sitter who could work weekend nights. My husband and my first date night in a while is now on the calendar.

  174. U.N.-Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has appointed a U.N. team to investigate alleged chemical weapons attacks in Syria after the Syrian government asked him to investigate a purported attack by rebels on March 19 on Khan al-Assal village in the northern city of Aleppo. But the Syrian government insists that a probe be limited to that incident.

  175. The group surveys CEOs about sales, capital spending and hiring. The results are combined into an index which gauges their outlook for the economy. That index rose to 84.3 from 81 in March and only 65.6 in December. Any reading above 50 suggests expansion. The current reading is above its long-term average of 79.2. The survey has been conducted for 11 years.The U.S. military would keep between 6,000 and 20,000 troops in Afghanistan after 2014 under recommendations submitted by the outgoing top American commander there, The New York Times in Thursday’s editions.

  176. New control panel. The “control center” is a new screen that gives you rapid access to a dozen or so of the most important settings on your phone — airplane mode and Wi-Fi, screen brightness, device lock, music and more.

  177. For the study, researchers took UV photographs of 585 12-year-old children and compared the skin damage shown with melanoma factors. Those with the most sun damage tended to be non-Hispanic white people, and those who had red hair, blue eyes, increased facial freckling, light skin, and a greater number of pigmented birthmarks called nevi. Freckling was the strongest indicator of sun damage. All other visual melanoma risk factors were highlighted in the UV photographs.

  178. If the voice sounds familiar, it’s because McCullough is a regular narrator of documentaries, as well as of the movie “Seabiscuit.” And if the writing sounds familiar, it’s because McCullough is the author of nine best-selling books that have brought history alive for millions of readers.

  179. Typically, says Laura Wattenberg, author of “The Baby Name Wizard” and founder of Babynamewizard.com, “You don’t get a lot of Messiahs. You can have a lot more Majors.”

  180. The overall poverty rate stood at 15 percent, statistically unchanged from the 15.1 percent rate in the previous year. Experts had expected a rise in the poverty rate for the fourth straight year, but unemployment benefits and modest job gains helped stave that off, the bureau reported. For last year, the official poverty line was an annual income of $23,021 for a family of four.

  181. Dausey agreed that in the future Americans may see malaria resurface, for which the country is likely unprepared. He said officials should have been able to predict a West Nile virus outbreak this year because of this interaction between mosquito biology and the weather, and preventative efforts should have been in place all year.

  182. A Census Bureau report released Wednesday provided a mixed picture of the economic well-being of U.S. households for 2011 as the nation enters the final phase of a presidential election campaign in which the economy is the No. 1 issue.

  183. The panel said North Korea “has continued to defy the international community in a series of actions which has heightened concerns about its intentions.” It cited the North’s ballistic missile launch on Dec. 12, its third nuclear test on Feb. 12, and its declaration that it would reactivate nuclear facilities at its Yongbyon nuclear complex.

  184. Obama already has ruled out any intervention that would require U.S. military troops on the ground. Other options such as deploying American air power to ground the regime’s jets, gunships and other aerial assets are being more seriously debated, officials said, but they cautioned that a no-fly zone or any other action involving U.S. military deployments in Syria were far less likely right now. The U.S. can provide weapons without sending soldiers into Syria, either by sending materiel to rebels in neighboring Turkey and Jordan or working with regional allies.

  185. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to talk publicly about the sensitive intelligence and diplomatic issues between the two countries.

  186. “There is the age old question of how long you can survive without access to food or water before dehydration and malnutrition will kill you,” Glatter said in an email. “It depends on how healthy you are, any chronic medical problems, as well as how much fluid you are losing through sweat or evaporation.”

  187. Still, a new Tea Partier – Ted Cruz of Texas – joins the Senate and some of the movement’s original trailblazers who helped lead a disciplined standoff against raising the debt ceiling, among other resolutions, will return to Congress next year, putting them in position to help strike – or barricade – a long-term deal for the looming fiscal cliff.

  188. In a separate episode, according to another two former U.S. officials, a CIA officer in Israel came home to find the food in the refrigerator had been rearranged. In all the cases, the U.S. government believes Israel’s security services were responsible.

  189. Five people are ill from the outbreak reported last week by park officials, who said up to 10,000 guests could have been exposed to hantavirus pulmonary syndrome from sleeping in the cabins since June 10.

  190. In spite of the loss, Mitt Romney retains an edge on the issue of electability. As they have in every contest so far, a plurality of voters in Louisiana think beating Barack Obama is the most important quality in a candidate from a list of four (38 percent), and 52 percent of those voters cast their ballot for Mitt Romney.

  191. Marsalis began performing at the age of eight. At 14, he performed with the New Orleans Philharmonic, and during his high school years he was performing with the orchestras and jazz bands around his New Orleans. At the age of 17, he was the youngest musician ever admitted to Tanglewood’s Berkshire Music Center, where he received the Harvey Shapiro Award for outstanding brass student. The following year, he moved to New York City to attend the Juilliard School, and soon afterwards began performing at venues around the city. In 1980, he joined Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, and in 1981 he formed his own band, spending the next 15 years on the road, performing more than 120 concerts a year and working with jazz legends such as Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Sweets Edison, Sarah Vaughn, Herbie Hancock and Sonny Rollins.

  192. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.: Thursday, Gillibrand announced legislation to strengthen procedures for preventing and prosecuting sexual assaults in the military. Gillibrand touted the Military Justice Improvement Act as bipartisan and bicameral. The announcement came on the same day Mr. Obama met with Defense Department officials at the White House to discuss the issue.originally appeared on .

  193. Skeptics of the U.S. policy shift may be fueled by the increasing presence of radical elements within the at-times fractious rebel movement and the concern that American weapons could fall into their hands. Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes expressed confidence Friday that the CIA could keep the aid away from extremists.

  194. In a letter to Obama on Monday, Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, the ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations committee, urged the president to start providing lethal aid as soon as possible to “shift momentum away from radical Islamist groups, the Assad regime and its militias toward more moderate elements.”

  195. Prosecutors and police said Tuesday that if Smith had been accused today, he would be charged and prosecuted. Police said although Smith cannot be charged posthumously, officials should publicly recognize that the boys had been sexually and physically abused.

  196. In October, Abdulmutallab said the bomb in his underwear was a “blessed weapon” to avenge poorly treated Muslims around the world. It failed to fully detonate aboard an Amsterdam-to-Detroit flight but caused a fire that badly burned his groin.

  197. Apple says it received between 4,000 and 5,000 requests for customer data from federal, state and local authorities. Of those requests, between 9,000 and 10,000 accounts or devices were specified. Facebook said it received between 9,000 and 10,000 requests for data regarding 18,000 to 19,000 user accounts. Microsoft says it received between 6,000 and 7,000 requests, which affected between 31,000 and 32,000 customer accounts.(CBS News), one day after the Yahoo board approved the $1.1 billion purchase. The Tumblr acquisition is said to be part of Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer’s of making Yahoo — which has a large but aging audience — a daily visit for all Internet users.

  198. In Egypt, rebels didn’t have to break down prison walls to free Islamic Jihadists as they battled the Mubarak regime. The country’s military leaders deliberately liberated dozens of hardline Muslim radicals, hoping the extremists would divide the opposition movement and thus make it easier to control. The move backfired.

  199. The clashes with police have led to dozens of injuries and at least one reported death, but the travel warning from a government accused of using warplanes to in its own territory is more a jab at an old friend-turned-foe than a manifestation of serious concern for the safety of traveling Syrians.

  200. Several surveys show that the most prevalent method of drawing down 401(k) balances is to take out what is needed to cover living expenses; call it a “pay as you go” retirement. Unfortunately, the most likely result of “winging it” in this fashion is that retirees will experience “money death” before actually passing away.

  201. >In an election year in which Republican voters seem less than enthused about their leaders, the GOP establishment would like nothing more than to reignite the Tea Party base that came out in force in 2010. This week’s Supreme Court case reviewing President Obama’s health care law could do the trick.

  202. “It wasn’t something that we posted in our most prevalent places,” she said. “In the last 100 years, we’ve literally only had two cases aside from this cluster of eight. It wasn’t something that Public Health thought was a major problem and it wasn’t something that the park thought was a major problem.”

  203. Details of the weapons used in Connecticut are still emerging, but CBS News has reported that there were two guns found with the shooter: A Glock and a Sig Sauer nine millimeter. Both are handguns, but both have the capability to be used with the high-capacity clips that McCarthy sought to ban. In the shooters’ car was a .223 caliber semi-automatic assault rifle. It is not yet clear if that weapon was used in the massacre.(MoneyWatch) As summer vacation season starts, motorists are casting a wary eye on the gas pump, concerned that rising prices could siphon off money they would rather spend on having fun.

  204. Clinton’s final months in office were dominated by the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, which left four Americans dead, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens. The Obama administration’s initial characterization of the consulate attack as being linked to a protest drew heavy fire from Republican critics and still generated fireworks when Clinton testified on the assault before lawmakers last week.

  205. Hannah outlived their expectations and has thrived despite the grim prognosis and other abnormalities including an undeveloped voice box that prevented her from speaking. Now that she has a windpipe and can breathe more normally, doctors expect the larynx to grow and function normally. She will work with speech therapists to help her learn to talk.

  206. He said factors he thinks have contributed to fewer adults smoking include rising state and federal tobacco taxes, more spending on prevention and cessation programs, and more laws banning smoking in public.

  207. “She doesn’t accept any of the accusations that are being made,” he said. “She is sad because of the situation, in which she’s being accused of a crime she didn’t commit.”

  208. Include all the background information. Include enough info that you won’t have to go around three times just to get enough clarification that the original question can be answered.

  209. Jase Robertson is a character on the reality TV show “Duck Dynasty,” about a family that runs a business making duck calls and other duck hunting gear. Gael GarcDia Bernal is a Mexican film actor and director.

  210. “I think really what’s happening here… is politicians are using this issue to boost their own political aspirations, their own political positions – and they’re bulling women and their liberties, their personal constitutionally-guaranteed liberties, in the process,” she said.

  211. In a viewpoint published on July 1 in , Dr. David S. Ludwig, an endocrinologist at Boston Children’s Hospital, and Dr. Walter C. Willet, Fredrick John Stare professor of epidemiology and nutrition chair at the Harvard School of Public Health in Cambridge, Mass., questioned why low-fat milk was given the OK over the whole milk option.

  212. China, which is Pyongyang’s closest ally and economic lifeline, supported the U.N. sanctions. In a sign of growing discontent with the North, the state-run Bank of China Ltd., one of the country’s largest, halted business earlier this month with a North Korean bank accused by the U.S. of financing Pyongyang’s missile and nuclear programs.

  213. Your income is based on a 35-year average of your covered wages (that’s wages from your employer or self-employment income). Social Security doesn’t count any wages above the Social Security Wage Base ($113,700 in 2013). Each year’s wages are adjusted to account for wage inflation before being used in your 35-year average wage. The 35 years out of your entire working career that produce the highest average are used; they don’t need to be consecutive. If you worked for fewer than 35 years, you’ll have some zeros entered into your 35-year average, which will drag down your average earnings.

  214. Schulz explains that most of us go through life assuming that “we are basically right, basically all the time, about basically everything.” And that “our indiscriminate enjoyment of being right is matched by an almost equally indiscriminate feeling that we are right. Occasionally, this feeling spills into the foreground as we make predictions or place bets.” I would add this feeling also affects us when we make investments.

  215. As the College of Cardinals descends on Rome this week to select the world’s next pope, most U.S. Catholics want the new pope to be younger, to have new ideas, and to liberalize the church’s teachings on issues like birth control, ordaining women, and permitting priests to marry, according to a new poll by CBS News/New York Times.

  216. “I’m angry, and I was the one that wrote the law. And I think that the Justice Department and the NSA have abused this by going to far,” said Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wisc., who helped craft the Patriot Act.

  217. As a result, the official poverty rate takes into account the effects of some stimulus programs passed in 2009, such as unemployment benefits, as well as jobs that were created or saved by government spending. It does not factor in non-cash government aid such as tax credits and food stamps.

  218. They found that workplace bullying increased the number of prescriptions in both men and women who were targeted or witnessed the attack. In addition to increased prescription drug use for those who were bulled, women and men who witnessed the bullying were 53 percent and almost 200 percent more likely to be on antidepressants, tranquilizers or sleeping pills as well.

  219. “There is a certain poetic justice that Stevie is ratting out Whitey,” Kendall said. “They know each other’s secrets better than anybody else and they are equal to each other in terms of their criminal behavior and depravity.”(AP) BOSTON – The new judge presiding over the James “Whitey” Bulger case has granted prosecutors’ motion to bar the reputed Boston mobster from arguing immunity at trial.

  220. On the subject of developing a special operations unit, U.S. officials received approval from Congress well before the Benghazi attack to reprogram some funding in the budget that could be used for the commando program in Libya. But the details are still being discussed with the Libyans and also must get final approval from Congress, according to the defense official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.

  221. But the North’s ability to put the five-megawatt reactor back to work will depend on the availability of fresh fuel rods to power it, and the institute says that remains uncertain.

  222. Photo courtesy of Flickr user(MoneyWatch) We have a massive problem with our employment system, which robs companies of great talent, and creates cultures of mediocrity. The problem is that we don’t know how to employ geniuses.

  223. “In addition,” Edson continued, “there were numerous other disturbing irregularities reported at polls across St. Lucie County including the doors to polling places being locked when the polls closed, in direct violation of Florida law, thereby preventing the public from witnessing the procedures used to tabulate results.”

  224. Second, set development goals that bring the person closer to a 4 or 5 on the ability scale in the problem areas. Many geniuses need professional advice, and managers shouldn’t play amateur psychologists. Others need someone to help them develop a sense that most of us already have — like saying inappropriate words in public needs to stop. There are training programs, books, and coaches for just about every type of problem. Overwhelm the genius with offers of help. The message has to be: We value you (the whole person, not just the ability), and we want to help you make this work.

  225. He contends that the mild winter the country experienced, followed by the early spring, extended the mosquito season past when they typically would have died in the winter. That allowed mosquitoes to repopulate themselves quickly come spring. Also, for a spring and summer that’s seen high temperatures and drought across the country, the warm weather speeds up the life-cycle of the mosquito, allowing them to reach a biting age quicker, Dausey said.

  226. What programs will NOT be cut? Social Security, Medicaid, supplemental security income, refundable tax credits, the children’s health insurance program, the food stamp program and veterans’ benefits. The White House has also said military personnel would be exempt from the cuts.

  227. Milk contains valuable nutrients including calcium, potassium and vitamin D, which helps the body balance levels of calcium and phosphorous for stronger bones. said that milk and other dairy products have been known to improve bone health and reduce the risk of osteoporosis. It’s especially important to drink and eat dairy at a young age when bones are forming. In addition, dairy has been associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes, as well as blood pressure in adults.

  228. — Make a home inventory by taking video, pictures and making a list of items. Store the list away from your home in a bank safety deposit box or even at a friend’s house. Insurance companies also often offer a digital place to store this information online in the cloud, so ask your agent for help. Maintain and update your inventory annually, or whenever you make a significant purchase.

  229. In a letter to staff, Sulzberger said he was satisfied that Mark Thompson, who was the BBC’s director general until last month, had no role in the decision to scrap an investigative segment about the abuse allegations against the late Jimmy Savile.

  230. The new report, from the CDC’s , is from a survey of about 35,000 U.S. adults. Current smokers were identified as those who said they had smoked more than 100 cigarettes in their lifetime and now smoke every day or some days.

  231. “(The White House has) hunkered down and trying to get its message out over the din of scandal-related questions,” Garrett said. “The White House feels today that they have succeeded in putting some distance between the president and the , a great distance between the president and the scandal involving the Justice Department search of , and they are , but they believe that wound has largely been cauterized by the release of more than 100 pages of emails about all the conversation there. So in balance the White House feels like it’s in stronger position today than it was on Monday when it felt like it was a bit under siege.”

  232. Shares of Yum! Brands () have a dividend yield of 1.84% based on Friday’s intraday trading price of $72.73 and the company’s annualized dividend payout of $1.34 per share.

  233. At a minimum, it’s all a distraction as the president tries to tackle big issues like immigration reform and taxes. And it could serve to erode trust in Obama as he tries to advance his second-term agenda and cement his presidential legacy.

  234. A recent study sponsored by the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia titled “” made a splash by analyzing how young people are viewing marriage as a “capstone” more than a “cornerstone” to their adult lives: Rather than the launching point for prosperity and happiness, marriage is more likely to be viewed as an endpoint after establishing “financial and psychological independence.” Other recent data points to marriage as no longer being necessary in a successful life: The that almost half of all first births are born out of wedlock, and a that nearly four in 10 Americans believe marriage is becoming obsolete.

  235. French President Hollande told reporters Friday that the use of chemical weapons by Assad “confirms that we must exercise pressure on the regime.” But Foreign Ministry spokesman Philippe Lalliot would not say whether the U.S. claim of chemical weapons adds momentum to arming rebels.

  236. On Friday, Republicans leaked what they said was a quote from Rhodes: “We must make sure that the talking points reflect all agency equities, including those of the State Department, and we don’t want to undermine the FBI investigation.”

  237. How did the spending cuts come about? One outcome of the August, 2011 debt ceiling debacle was the creation of the Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction (aka “the supercommittee”), a bipartisan committee charged with finding a way to slash the nation’s government spending by $1.2 trillion over the next ten years.

  238. Iran denies that either its enrichment program or the reactor will be used to make nuclear arms. Most international concern has focused on its enrichment, because it is further advanced than the reactor and already has the capacity to enrich to weapons-grade uranium.

  239. If it’s a co-worker or a distant friend, TheKnot.com recommends spending at least $75-$100 on the wedding present. If you’re attending a relative or a friend’s wedding, the wedding website suggests somewhere between $100 and $125. TheKnot.com also took the pulse of what real brides and grooms have spent on weddings in the past in its registry study. “On average, friends spend $79 on the bride and groom’s present,” said Miles. Family members, meanwhile, spend on average of $146.

  240. Four to 10 days after infection, people may experience severe coughing and shortness of breath and the lungs can become filled with fluid. The disease kills about 38 percent of people who become infected, according to the .

  241. ZTE es un proveedor mundial de equipos de telecomunicaciones y soluciones de red que cuenta con la más completa gama de productos, que abarcan prácticamente todos los sectores del mercado de las telecomunicaciones, incluyendo servicios profesionales, inalámbricos, de acceso y portador, servicios de valor agregado (SVA) y terminales. La empresa ofrece productos innovadores y servicios personalizados a más de 500 operadores en más de 160 países, ayudándoles a satisfacer las distintas necesidades de sus clientes a la vez que obtiene continuos aumentos en sus ingresos. ZTE dedica el 10% de sus ingresos anuales a investigación y desarrollo, y asume un papel de liderazgo en un amplio abanico de organismos internacionales que desarrollan estándares de telecomunicaciones emergentes. ZTE tiene fuertes compromisos con las iniciativas de responsabilidad social corporativa y es miembro del Pacto Mundial de Naciones Unidas. ZTE es el único fabricante de telecomunicaciones que cotiza en la bolsa de China, con acciones negociables en las bolsas de valores de Hong Kong y Shenzhen (código accionario H: 0763.HK / código accionario A: 000063.SZ). Para más información, visite: .

  242. Marsalis has been Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center since 1987. Under his direction, the organization offers a full array of education, performance and broadcast productions, including national and international touring by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and others.

  243. “They had no place to go, and that’s always a bad thing. They were essentially targets just waiting for a tornado to touch down,” Randolph said. “I’m not sure why people do that sort of stuff, but it is very dangerous.”

  244. When the Clementis were asked by CBS News correspondent Michelle Miller if they’re angry at Ravi, Jane Clementi said, “We’re just overly sad by the whole situation.” Joseph Clementi responded, “For me, it’s not anger. It’s really, more heartbreak.”

  245. Health officials say the disease isn’t spread from person to person. There is no cure for the virus, which can affect people of any age. The disease is carried in the feces, urine and saliva of deer mice and other rodents and carried on airborne particles and dust.

  246. At present, Lute says, Mr. Obama and Karzai will be more focused on what post-2014 missions might require U.S. troops in Afghanistan and what authorities the U.S. would need to implement those missions rather than exactly how many troops they’d require.

  247. They Can Help You Shake If you’re not getting paid to work, taking an unpaid gig might be a valuable move. “When you’re laid off or terminated from a position, your self-esteem can suffer. If you couple that with social isolation, you launch a downward spiral that can hamper your success in job interviews,” says Meg Montford and president of “Even if your internship is unpaid, you are still reaping valuable rewards to keep your work and social skills sharp and fresh.”

  248. The report to the U.N. Security Council committee monitoring sanctions against North Korea recommended imposing sanctions on four additional North Korean companies and 11 individuals.

  249. Chief Executive Group enhances the effectiveness of CEOs and the organizations they lead. The company produces Chief Executive magazine (published since 1977), ChiefExecutive.net, original research, conferences and roundtables that enable top corporate officers to discuss key subjects and share their experiences within a community of peers. Visit ChiefExecutive.net for more information.

  250. Frieden added to AP that many doctors and patients don’t realize how addictive prescription painkillers can be. He believes they are often given for conditions that could have been managed with less addictive drugs.

  251. Marijuana remains illegal under federal law. President Barack Obama indicated last week that going after individual users won’t be a priority, but there’s no firm indication yet what action the Justice Department might take against states or businesses that participate in the nascent pot market, which has the potential to be large. For example, analysts have estimated that a legal pot market could bring Washington state hundreds of millions of dollars a year in new tax revenue for schools, health care and basic government functions.

  252. However, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said the West fears that an Iranian presence would be counterproductive, and that Tehran would try to leverage the Syria crisis to win international acquiescence in its suspected nuclear weapons program.

  253. The confirmed use of chemical weapons could escalate the international response to the more than two-year-old conflict, which has killed more than 70,000 people, according to the United Nations.

  254. Schulz notes that the view that others make errors but not us is the greatest error of them all, as “wrongness” is a vital part of how we learn and change. In other words, even smart people make mistakes. (For example, I used to be an active investor.) However, once smart people learn that a behavior is a mistake, they change their ways. This is what separates them from fools who keep repeating the same mistakes while expecting different outcomes.

  255. White House spokesman Jay Carney said Obama’s Syria policy was under constant review to find “what policy tools will help achieve our goal, which is a transition in Syria to a post-Assad government that respects the rights of the Syrian people and that gives that country a chance for a better future, a democratic future and an economically prosperous future.”

  256. KFC was the first quick-service restaurant chain to enter China in 1987. Today, KFC is the number one quick-service restaurant brand in China and?opens more than one new KFC every day. In addition to Original Recipe chicken, KFC has an extensive menu featuring beef, seafood, rice dishes, fresh vegetables, soups, breakfast, desserts, and other products that appeal to Chinese consumers’ tastes.

  257. The first U.S. ambassador in five years assigned to Syria, Ford is a fluent Arabic speaker and former Deputy Chief of Mission in Baghdad. He is currently stationed in Washington, D.C. Ford will work in the inspector general’s office until retirement.(CBS/AP) Fewer Americans are getting cancer, according to the latest report that looked at three decades worth of U.S. cancer rates. The new report, released Wednesday, found the overall cancer death rate has dropped by 1.5 percent annually in adults and 1.7 percent in children.

  258. One customer found the female couple’s behavior odd, telling the station, “Everybody should do their own thing but doing it at 5 o’clock in the afternoon in a McDonald’s bathroom – whether you’re female and female, female and male or male and male – what the f—?”

  259. When a spouse dies, the benefit amount received from Social Security by the survivor will depend on three things: 1) whether the deceased spouse had begun to collect benefits prior to his death; 2) the time at which the deceased spouse first began to collect his Social Security benefits; and 3) the age of the surviving spouse when she begins to collect survivor’s benefits.

  260. Continuing with this theme of “keeping it fresh” this week, our lesser-known artist or amateur performance second item this week comes in the form of a U.S. Army soldier by the name ofwho has managed to impress us all here atwith his caught-on-camera,candid coverof the song “Stay” by Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko. Click play on the (somewhat sadly, vertical) video below from YouTube userto start sharing in that same sentiment.

  261. At the same time, Clapper offered new information about the phone program and another one that collects the audio, video, email, photographic and Internet search usage of foreign nationals overseas who use any of the nine major Internet providers: AOL Inc., Apple Inc., Facebook Inc., Google Inc., Microsoft Corp., Yahoo Inc., Skype, YouTube and Paltalk.

  262. An alternative to fast food, Zaxby’s offers its guests prepared-at-order Chicken Fingerz, Traditional or Boneless Wings, sandwiches, Zalads and Zappetizers, along with a variety of nine sauces ranging from Wimpy and Tongue Torch to Nuclear and Insane. Childhood friends Zach McLeroy and Tony Townley hatched the Athens, Ga.-based chain in 1990 to provide a fun, relaxing atmosphere that would keep guests coming back for more. The company ranked number seven in the 2012 Top 10 Excellent Large Fast-Food Chains With 500 Or More U.S. Units Quick-Track study published by Sandelman & Associates. The chain also ranked number five in the nation for total sales and number one in the chicken segment in the 2012 Top 150 Fast-Casual Chain Restaurant Report published by Technomic. In honor of the thousands of children the restaurant chain serves every year, Zaxby’s is a proud supporter of Make-A-Wish. The company operates more than 575 locations in 13 states, including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. For more information, please visit , or follow on Twitter .ZTE Corporation (“ZTE”) (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ), a publicly-listed global provider of telecommunications equipment, network solutions and mobile devices, is pleased to be awarded the most new contracts in phase 1 of China Telecom Group’s 2013 CDMA network procurement program, the sixth successive year in which ZTE had been entrusted as the leading CDMA vendor in the China market.

  263. Welcome to the final two weeks of my series, . If you’ve followed my posts during the previous weeks, you’ve done a lot of homework. Now it’s time to put it all together and crunch the numbers to see if your retirement income will cover your living expenses for the rest of your life, no matter how long you live and no matter what happens in the economy. It’s a tall order, but it’s what you need to do to find out exactly when you can retire.

  264. Pets should always have a collar with your phone number so people can contact you if they find them. But, cell phone towers may have been knocked down, rendering your personal line useless. If there is space, put the phone number of a person who is out of the area who would be able to get a hold of you or send a message to you during an emergency, Case said.

  265. Among the many insights Schulz provides is that our ability to forget our mistakes is keener than our ability to remember them. During her research, Schulz met many people who said she should interview them as they make mistakes all the time. Yet when asked to gives specific examples of their mistakes, they were hard-pressed to come up with any. The inability to remember mistakes leads to overconfidence, which in turn leads to other mistakes, especially investment mistakes — such as taking too much risk and failing to diversify — which can be very expensive.

  266. “We’ve all seen it go on,” Dr. Nadine Kaslow, vice chair of psychiatry at Emory University in Atlanta, who was not involved with the study told . “It’s that bystander effect; nobody wants to do anything about it.”

  267. McCormick reports the White House and the Pentagon are focusing on troop levels for after 2014 first and then will center on the pace of drawing down this year from the about 66,000 troops currently serving in Afghanistan.

  268. And some people who might not entertain the thought of consuming insects might already be eating them. Many insects are ingested inadvertently.VIENNA The U.N. atomic agency on Wednesday detailed rapid Iranian progress in two programs that the West fears are geared toward making nuclear weapons, saying Tehran has upgraded its uranium enrichment facilities and advanced in building a plutonium-producing reactor.

  269. “It’s not the only tool that we have — it’s a critical tool, but it’s not the only tool,” Mr. Obama said of Section 5 in an interview with Joe Madison, host of The Black Eagle on Sirius XM Satellite Radio, which was taped Thursday and aired this morning. “I know in the past, some folks have worried that somehow, if the Supreme Court strikes down Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, people are going to lose their right to vote – that’s not the case. People will still have the same rights not to be discriminated against when it comes to voting, you just won’t have this mechanism, this tool, that allows you to kind of stay ahead of certain practices that may discourage people from voting.”

  270. “There’s no great surprise here,” Ornstein told CBSNews.com. “You always have presidential candidates and members of Congress who have an easier time taking starker, black-and-white positions, because they don’t have to deal with nuances or shades of gray or difficulty of implementation.”

  271. The Social Security Administration’s website provides lists of the top 1,000 baby names for each year, dating to 1880. The top baby names that year were John and Mary. John is now No. 28 and Mary has fallen to No. 123 ? the lowest for both names.

  272. But what people may not realize is that opioids are the same class of drugs as heroin, only in prescription form. The doctors say that they both are seeing more and more people turning to heroin use. Sack believes part of the reason is that after a while opioid drugs can become expensive, and black tar heroin is much cheaper. At that point, many addicts are what Johnson likes to call “polysubstance abusers.”

  273. These new habits were particularly apparent to me after I helped my mom cater a party for 20 of her friends. I found myself chasing her mess around, trying to clean as we went. I barely recognized myself. I mean, to me she’s the best cook in the world…who cares how her kitchen looks?(CBS News) The West Nile virus outbreak of the summer of 2012 is on track to be the worst ever in the United States. Health officials said earlier this week that there have been 1,118 reported cases of the disease reported in 38 states, including 41 deaths.

  274. Scientists hope to eventually use the method to create solid organs, including kidneys and livers, said Dr. Anthony Atala, director of Wake Forest University’s Institute for Regenerative Medicine. He said the operation on Hannah Warren “is really showing that the technique is workable.”

  275. An analysis being published Monday by 38 North says a new system to provide cooling for the reactor appears almost finished, and two underground water tanks are now in place next to a building that would hold spent fuel. External activity suggests that work is continuing inside the reactor building.

  276. The rate of new cancer cases has been inching down at a rate of about half a percent each year since 1999. The report has been issued annually since 1998 by a group of government agencies and other organizations, including the CDC and the American Cancer Society. The new report includes nearly every cancer case reported in the United States through 2008.

  277. The bomb appeared to have exploded inside the security checkpoint at the side entrance of the embassy, but did not do damage inside the embassy itself. Footage showed that the door had been blown off its hinges and debris littered the ground and across the road. An Associated Press journalist saw a body in the street in front of an embassy side entrance.

  278. The second film of the three Hobbit movies — following last year’s “An Unexpected Journey” — begins where “Journey” left off, with the hobbit Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) traveling with wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and a dwarf contingent led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) back to the dwarf kingdom of Erebor, which was destroyed and taken by the ginormous Smaug.

  279. This comes after the Saudi Press Agency reported the kingdom sent a request to Google Inc., YouTube’s owner, to “veil” all links containing the video, which was produced in the United States and which ridicules the Prophet Muhammad.

  280. “It is not helpful to have the S-300 transferred to the region while we are trying to organize this peace (conference) and create peace,” Kerry told reporters at a joint news conference with Westerwelle after they met at the State Department.

  281. But in 2008 – weeks after claiming the Democratic presidential nomination – Mr. Obama President Bush through FISA limited authority to spy on communications of U.S. residents making international calls, despite past insistence he would filibuster such a bill. Congressional scholar Norm Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute pointed out the clear denominator at work behind the president’s seeming change of heart on government surveillance reach.

  282. “Every single person has some amount of money that they waste. There’s leakage in our wallets,” she said. “If you could clamp down on some of that, a few dollars a week, it makes a huge difference over time.”

  283. Those angling for the job were expected to learn more Wednesday in Tacoma. The state Liquor Control Board, the agency charged with developing rules for the marijuana industry, reserved a convention center hall with a capacity of 275 people ? plus an overflow room ? for its bidding experts to take questions about the position and the hiring process.

  284. The prince and Kate jet to Los Angeles on July 8 and will host a gala dinner there the next night to introduce up-and-coming British film talent to Hollywood executives.

  285. For the annual survey, researchers from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) polled 70,000 people ages 12 and older, asking them about drugs they may or may not have taken within the month. The survey, which looked at data from 2011, provides a nationally representative look at current substance abuse around the country, according to its authors.

  286. Both became FBI informants, and by the late ’70s, the two men were meeting together regularly with former FBI Agent John Connolly and providing him with information on the rival Mafia, as well as other criminals, prosecutors say.

  287. “It’s not that I love theater more than film — they’re different mediums,” she said. “But in the theater — the theater’s the one place where — apart from the terrible prices of the tickets…it’s the one place where everyone can come and where, where you’ve come from doesn’t matter. Your age doesn’t matter. Your race doesn’t matter. Your religion doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t got a religion, what your politics, doesn’t matter. You’ve come to listen and share and experience. Churches divide people, with all respect, and people make their choices, but theater, which includes, doesn’t. It brings people together to listen, and there’s not many chances in this world to listen and consider and take things in slowly.”

  288. Schulz explained that we tend to view errors as things that happen to others, yet somehow we feel that it is implausible that they’ll happen to us. She believes this is because “our beliefs are inextricable from our identities.” “We’re so emotionally invested in our beliefs that we are unable or unwilling to recognize them as anything but the inviolate truth.” She said that “we tend to fall in love with our beliefs once we have formed them.” And that explains why “being wrong can so easily wound our sense of self.” It also explains why we experience cognitive dissonance — the uncomfortable feeling and/or anxiety we feel when someone disproves a long-held belief. It also explains why we ignore evidence — even when it is compelling — and why we resist change.

  289. The trailer is creepy crawling with large spiders, dark forests, orcs and various other dangerous beings and traps awaiting our heroes. Plus, there are lots and lots of elves and little ones. Perhaps the most exciting thing for “Lord of the Rings” fans, though, is the presence of Orlando Bloom’s beautiful Legolas, who was not in the first Hobbit movie.

  290. “It’s not that we’re taking everyone who’s 100 years old,” Barzilai said. “We’re trying to get the best of the best because we want really to understand the biology of those who are best. Those who are likely to maybe get to 110 without diseases.”

  291. The National Security Agency historically has kept tabs on Israel. The U.S., for instance, does not want to be caught off guard if Israel launches a surprise attack that could plunge the region into war and jeopardize oil supplies, putting American soldiers at risk.

  292. In this piece, let’s define a genius as a person with some ability that would rate a 9 or 10 on a ten-point scale. Genius usually shows up in certain contexts and not others. Someone I worked with recently discovered a gift for “inspiring small technology companies that their work, if successful, can change the world.” Because genius is context-specific, the same person probably wouldn’t be able to ignite the first spark of inspiration in workers at Walmart, Kaiser, or Starwood Hotels. Genius is often so narrow that it passes unidentified through competency screenings that many companies use to find “the right people.”