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Dispute heats over who should own 8 "Lunar Bibles"

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TULSA, Okla. — Ten microfilm Bibles once launched hundreds of thousands of miles into space sit landlocked today inside an Oklahoma courthouse while a legal battle rages in two states over who is the rightful owner of the celestial keepsakes. Eight of the 10 tiny holy books in dispute landed on …

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Marijuana tax money helping Colorado students pay for college

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DENVER — Marijuana is a $1.3 billion industry in Colorado, and the ensuing tax revenue is helping students pay for college. Pueblo County is one area benefiting from an influx of marijuana tax money. Now the county is doing something that’s a first in Colorado: distributing pot-funded scholarships to college students. …

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San Francisco power outage snarls traffic, closes businesses

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SAN FRANCISCO — A power outage struck a wide area of San Francisco on Friday, blacking out utility customers, snarling traffic as intersection signals went dark and stopping the famed cable cars for a time. Pacific Gas & Electric crews were assessing the problem and there was no immediate estimate …

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Mars rover embarks on new mission

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NASA’s veteran Mars rover Opportunity has been driving across the Red Planet’s surface for more than 13 years, but it’s not done exploring yet.  The tenacious robot has embarked on yet another leg of its historic mission, seeking more evidence of Mars’ watery history as it rolls onward around the …

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ISIS claims responsibility for deadly Paris attack

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Last Updated Apr 20, 2017 6:58 PM EDT PARIS — The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has claimed responsibility for the shooting on Paris’ Champs-Elysees in which a gunman killed a police officer and left two others gravely wounded. In a statement from its Amaq news agency, the …

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Will a populist wave sweep over France, and change Europe?

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PARIS — The French presidential election campaign of unprecedented twists and turns is saving its biggest surprise for last. With French voters in a rebellious mood and many hesitant to the end about their choices, the identities of the two candidates who will progress to a winner-takes-all May 7 runoff …

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Soyuz craft lifts off with veteran, rookie bound for space station

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Veteran cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin and rookie flight engineer Jack Fischer were boosted into orbit Thursday after a picture-perfect midday launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, kicking off a six-hour flight to the International Space Station. Taking off from the same launch pad that Yuri Gagarin used to become the …

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Terrifying ball of slithering snakes surprises jogger

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While out on a jog on a popular running trail Monday morning, Christine Proffitt spotted something moving in the shrubs beside her. When she stopped to take a closer look, the Charlotte, North Carolina, woman let out a shriek. Rolling around in the bushes was a large ball of snakes …

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