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OTD August 3 - Messenger launch

NASA

2004: NASA launches the spacecraft Messenger to study Mercury's chemical composition, geology and magnetic field. It would successfully enter Mercury's orbit on March 18, 2011, and send back the first photo from Mercury orbit on March 29, 2011.

Spacecraft to make death dive into Mercury

The NASA spacecraft MESSENGER (an acronym for MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging) is about to crash onto Mercury.

California pipeline explosion

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Gas pipeline explosion injures at least 11, 3 critically

A gas pipeline explosion near Fresno, California, injured at least 11 people and shut down a section of highway for several hours Friday afternoon, the Fresno Fire Department said.

8 test scandal educators maintain innocence

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Atlanta educators say they're innocent

Educators sentenced to prison in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal proclaimed their innocence Friday. Eight administrators and teachers were given prison terms ranging from one to seven years Tuesday.

Australian police terror arrests

Australia police hold 5 in anti-terror action

Five young men were arrested Saturday in Melbourne, Australia, in what police called a major counterterrorism operation.

Male silverback gorilla

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Gorilla charges window, sends family running

A family trip to a Nebraska zoo turned terrifying for one family after the gorilla they were looking at leaped toward the exhibit window, cracking it.

OTD August 3 - Messenger launch

NASA

2004: NASA launches the spacecraft Messenger to study Mercury's chemical composition, geology and magnetic field. It would successfully enter Mercury's orbit on March 18, 2011, and send back the first photo from Mercury orbit on March 29, 2011.

Spacecraft to make death dive into Mercury

The NASA spacecraft MESSENGER (an acronym for MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging) is about to crash onto Mercury.

California pipeline explosion

KCRA

Gas pipeline explosion injures at least 11...

A gas pipeline explosion near Fresno, California, injured at least 11 people and shut down a section of highway for several hours Friday afternoon, the Fresno Fire Department said.

8 test scandal educators maintain innocence

CNN

Atlanta educators say they're innocent

Educators sentenced to prison in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal proclaimed their innocence Friday. Eight administrators and teachers were given prison terms ranging from one to seven years Tuesday.

Australian police terror arrests

Australia police hold 5 in anti-terror action

Five young men were arrested Saturday in Melbourne, Australia, in what police called a major counterterrorism operation.

Male silverback gorilla

Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Gorilla charges window, sends family running

A family trip to a Nebraska zoo turned terrifying for one family after the gorilla they were looking at leaped toward the exhibit window, cracking it.

GoPro Hero 4

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America's highest paid CEO earns $285 million

Apparently GoPro's "extreme" culture even applies to how much money it pays its founder and CEO.

Nick Woodman, the surfer turned billionaire, is about to become the highest paid executive in America.

The 39-year-old GoPro CEO was awarded a package of...

United Airlines

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FBI pulls security expert from United flight

A computer security expert was pulled from his United Airlines flight in Syracuse on Wednesday afternoon, after the FBI feared he had hacked the plane.

Terrorists

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ISIS claims blast near U.S. Consulate in Iraq

ISIS claimed responsibility for a suicide car bomb attack Friday near the U.S. Consulate in the Kurdish Iraqi city of Irbil, according to several Twitter accounts linked to the terror group.

The U.S. Consulate was the target of the attack, ISIS said.

Mike Huckabee, April 2014

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Huckabee: 2016 announcement coming May 5

After teasing reporters earlier Friday that he was set to reveal his presidential ambitions for 2016, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee went on Fox News to instead say that he will announce his plans in his home state next month.

"Come to Hope on May...

Wall Street bad day

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Dow tumbles 279 points as stocks nosedive...

Investors probably wish the weekend had started early. Stock markets around the world are ugly Friday.

The Dow tumbled nearly 280 points. The tech-heavy Nasdaq finished the day down 1.5%. You know it's bad when the best performing sector in the S&P 5...

Police in Ferguson

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Mo. guardsmen: Ferguson protesters the '...

As the Missouri National Guard prepared to deploy to help quell riots in Ferguson, Missouri, that raged sporadically last year, the guard used highly militarized words such as "enemy forces" and "adversaries" to refer to protesters, according to docu...

Measles vaccine

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Officials: California measles outbreak over

A measles outbreak that affected more than 130 Californians since December is over, the California Department of Public Health declared Friday.

It has been 42 days since the last known case of B3 strain of measles, the equivalent of two successive inc...

electronic cigarette smoking

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E-cig use triples among teens

Use of e-cigarettes among high school-aged children has tripled in the last year alone, according to a Center for Tobacco Products survey.

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Verizon FIOS to let you pick, choose...

Verizon FIOS will start letting customers opt in -- and out -- of the cable channels they get as part of their pay television service -- the first move by a major provider toward a la carte service.

Comcast, Time Warner Cable

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Report: Comcast, Time Warner Cable merger...

A Bloomberg report on Friday cast new doubts on Comcast's long-gestating bid to buy Time Warner Cable.

The news wire, citing anonymous sources, reported that "staff attorneys at the Justice Department's antitrust division are nearing a recommendation ...

Now Hiring sign

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No more credit checks for NYC job seekers

Job seekers in New York City can now rest assured that their credit history won't impact their employment prospects.

Starbucks

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S'Mores Frappuccino coming to Starbucks

Combine the innocence of a childhood treat with the marketing genius of Starbucks and you get the S'Mores Frappuccino.

The specialty drink will hit stores on April 28. Bottles of the specialty flavor have been for sale in some grocery stores since las...

George Lucas

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George Lucas wants to build affordable...

George Lucas wants to build affordable housing for 224 families in wealthy Marin County, California.

The project is proposed for the same spot where the Star Wars creator once wanted to build a new production studio. He withdrew that plan in 2012 afte...

Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri

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Hussein deputy al-Douri killed, Iraqi TV says

Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, a former top deputy to Saddam Hussein and more recently a key figure in Sunni extremist groups battling the Iraqi government, has been killed in a security operation in that country, Iraqi state-run television reported Friday....

Cardinal George Chicago

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Reports: Chicago's Cardinal George dies at 78

Cardinal Francis George, who led the U.S. bishops' fight against the Affordable Care Act and played an important role in the church's response to its sex abuse scandal, has died, The Associated Press reported.

Aaron Hernandez in court

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What prison life will be for Aaron Hernandez

Prison life won't be pretty for Aaron Hernandez, the former NFL player and convicted murderer sentenced to life without parole.

After correction officers evaluate him, he will be shipped to Massachusetts' flagship maximum-security prison, one of the m...

Ramadi Iraq

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McCain: Pentagon in 'denial' on Ramadi

Senior Republican Sen. John McCain blasted Pentagon officials on Friday for dramatically downplaying the role of Ramadi as the key Iraqi city stood on the brink of being taken over by ISIS.

"Disregarding the strategic importance of Ramadi is a denial ...

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Italians free fishing boat crew off Libya

The Italian navy has boarded and retaken control of a fishing boat that had been seized hours earlier by gunmen off the coast of Sicily, the Italian military said Friday.

The boat, named Airone, was intercepted some 90 kilometers (56 miles) from the L...

MacBook Air

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Apple could be America's first $1 trillion...

Just 18 years ago Apple flirted with bankruptcy. Now it's trying to become America's first $1 trillion company.

McDonald's

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McDonald's franchise owners are not loving it

McDonald's is trying to get its groove back, but franchise owners are not feeling it.

Morale has hit an all-time low among the independent owners of McDonald's restaurants, who make up 90% of the fast-food restaurant's locations.

Franchise owners say...