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1 Marine killed, 11 hurt when helicopter makes hard landing

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A group of U.S. Marines was practicing how to exit a hovering helicopter by sliding down ropes when the aircraft had to land …

North Korea marks Korean War anniversary with threat to 'leave no Americans alive'

North Korea rails against US imperialism as the reclusive state celebrates 62 years since an armistice brought the three-year Korean War to an end<p>North Korean leaders have warned the United States that another war on the Korean Peninsula would leave no Americans alive, as the reclusive state marked …

North Korea

Earth 2.0: NASA finds planet that matches our own

Astronomers hunting for another Earth have found the closest match yet, a potentially rocky planet circling its star at the same distance as the Earth orbits the Sun, NASA has said.<p>Named Kepler 452b, the planet is about 60 percent larger than Earth. It could have active volcanoes, oceans and …

Telescopes

Detroit mom pleads guilty to killing 2 children found in basement freezer

A Detroit woman who was arrested after two of her children's bodies were found in a basement freezer pleaded guilty to their murders Monday, prosecutors said.<p>Mitchelle Angela Blair, 35, pleaded guilty to two counts of murder for the deaths of son Steven Gage Berry, 9, and daughter Stoni Ann Blair, …

Crime

Man accused of raping women during fake sleep study, putting video of attacks online

<b>(CNN) —</b> Police say around 100 women in Japan who thought they were participating in a sleep study were actually drugged and raped, their attacks recorded and sold to porn sites.<p>Authorities arrested 54-year-old Hideyuki Noguchi, after one of the women saw herself in a video. Police investigated and …

Sony Hack: North Korea Demands Joint Probe With U.S.

The White House responded Saturday to North Korea’s denial that it carried out the cyberattack against Sony Pictures, saying the FBI stands by its conclusion that the reclusive country is behind the “destructive attack.”<p>“As the FBI made clear, we are confident the North Korean government is …

North Korea

'Sony-pocalypse': Why the Sony hack is one of the worst hacks ever

In a single week, hackers have brought a major Hollywood studio to its knees.<p>Sony Pictures is dealing with more than downed computers and frozen email. Movies have been leaked, and internal documents have exposed private company memos, along with employees' salaries, Social Security numbers and …

Splashdown! Orion Spaceship Aces First Flight Test on Road to Mars

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA's Orion deep-space capsule hit a historic peak during its first robotic test flight on Friday, and then splashed down into the Pacific Ocean for a picture-perfect ending.<p>On the way down, the cone-shaped spacecraft went through a "trial by fire" during which the heat of …

Space Exploration

North Korea warns 'catastrophic consequences' over UN rights ruling

Secretive state's military says resolution to try leaders for crimes against humanity is 'political fraud'<p>North Korea's top military body on Sunday warned of "catastrophic consequences" for supporters of the latest UN censure on its human rights record, as state media reported leader Kim Jong Un …

Rosetta: Scientists await news of 'bouncing' comet probe

<b>Scientists are facing a tense wait to learn the fate of a robot probe that made a historic landing on a comet - but did not stay in place as planned.</b><p>Data from the Philae craft indicates it landed at least three times on the comet, after harpoons failed to attach it to the surface on the first …

Tiny spacecraft nails target, comet 300M miles away

The anxiety isn't over yet.<p>After a nerve-racking 7-hour descent, a miniature spacecraft drifted softly onto the surface of a comet more than 300 million miles away from Earth on Wednesday morning. It was the first craft in history to land on a comet, and the apparently successful feat provoked …