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  • Attention all units, we have a Code Jurassic. A dinosaur has been kidnapped.

    And now, recovered.

    On Thursday, North Carolina State Capitol Police arrested a man and woman in connection with the theft of a baby dinosaur model from a display at the state's Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh on Monday.

    Logan Todd Ritchey, 21, and Alyssa Ann Lavacca, 21, of Holly Springs, have been charged with two counts of theft or destruction of property of public libraries, museums, etc., according a news release from the Capitol Police. The two turned themselves in to authorities.

    Surveillance footage showed a man and woman entering the exhibit, seemingly empty of other visitors. The man climbed the barrier, grabbed the small dinosaur replica, and then placed it in a large purse or bag carried by the woman, the video showed.

    It wasn't exactly a caper worthy of "Ocean's Eleven," but the stolen object, a 12- to 14-inch model of a duck-billed Edmontosaurus hatchling, is worth approximately $10,000,

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  • A helicopter flying over a region of Sibera referred to as the “end of the world,” recorded footage of a mysterious, giant crater in the middle of the ground estimated to be 260 feet in diameter.

    At first, skeptical observers thought the images must be a fake. After all, it appears to be something out a summer science fiction blockbuster, with the giant hole appearing to descend infinitely below the surface.

    But Russian officials confirmed the crater’s existence and say they are sending a team of experts to investigate the site located in an area known as the Yamal peninsula. Scientists from the Center for the Study of the Arctic and the Cryosphere Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences plan to take samples from around the scene.

    So, what is responsible for the giant crater?

    A mysterious giant hole appeared in Siberia, and scientists are puzzled by how it formedA mysterious giant hole appeared in Siberia, and scientists are puzzled by how it formed"We can definitely say that it is not a meteorite. No details yet," a spokesperson from Russia’s Emergencies Ministry told the Siberian Times.

    Experts say it’s probably not the result of a giant meteor crash

    Read More »from Mysterious 260-foot crater discovered in remote region of Siberia
  • An artist's illustration of NASA's 36-year-old ISEE-3 spacecraft near the moon. The private ISEE-3 Reboot Project aims to restart the vintage probe to perform new science in space.An artist's illustration of NASA's 36-year-old ISEE-3 spacecraft near the moon. The private ISEE-3 Reboot Project aims to restart the vintage probe to perform new science in space.

    As NASA prepares to launch a powerful new satellite into space, a team of experts from America’s space agency said it's increasingly likely that alien life will be discovered within 20 years.

    In a posting on its site, NASA said the new research tools will show that “finding life beyond Earth is within reach.”

    “I think in the next 20 years we will find out we are not alone in the universe,” NASA astronomer Kevin Hand said during a panel discussion at NASA’s headquarters in Washington, D.C.

    Hand pointed to growing evidence suggesting that some form of alien life may be in our own galactic neighborhood on Europa, one of Jupiter’s moons that is home to massive amounts of water.

    NASA announced that it plans to launch the Transiting Exoplanet Surveying Satellite and James Webb Space Telescope in 2017, which will work in conjunction with other existing technology to search for habitable, Earth-like planets within the Milky Way galaxy.

    “Just imagine the moment, when we find potential

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  • BlackBerry shares up after unconfirmed report on possible Lenovo bid

    By Euan Rocha TORONTO (Reuters) - BlackBerry shares rose more than 3 percent on Monday after a news website said Chinese computer maker Lenovo Group might offer to buy the Canadian technology company. Benzinga.com, citing an unnamed source familiar with the matter, said an offer worth $15 a share could come as early as this week. Lenovo and BlackBerry said their companies did not comment on rumors and speculation. Rumors of a Lenovo bid for BlackBerry have swirled many times over the last two years. ...

  • Can this man save California's GOP?
    Can this man save California's GOP?

    California GOP gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari may or may not believe that he can beat Democratic incumbent Jerry Brown. But what he does believe is even more grandiose and improbable than that. He believes he's on the verge of remaking the entire Golden State GOP in his own image. The crazy thing is, he could be right.

  • Fading inflation good for consumers but hints at lurking threats

    Falling oil prices have given households a break and could help the economy, but receding inflation also reflects lurking threats overseas that could harm the U.S. if they persist.

  • Japan trade, justice ministers quit amid scandals
    Japan trade, justice ministers quit amid scandals

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan's trade and justice ministers resigned Monday after allegations they misused campaign funds in the biggest setback so far for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's conservative administration.

  • Wanted: Cities interested in hosting 2024 Olympics
    Wanted: Cities interested in hosting 2024 Olympics

    LONDON (AP) — Rejected time and again for the 2022 Winter Olympics, the IOC will soon be seeking suitors for the 2024 Summer Olympics.

  • 'Deflationary pressure is bearing down' on global economy: Dan Alpert
    'Deflationary pressure is bearing down' on global economy: Dan Alpert

    "We've leveled the wings of the plane, is it really flying or are we actually going to fall into the same disinflationary or deflationary trap as Europe?"

  • Obama makes rare campaign trail appearance, people leave early
    Obama makes rare campaign trail appearance, people leave early

    By Jeff Mason UPPER MARLBORO Md. (Reuters) - President Barack Obama made a rare appearance on the campaign trail on Sunday with a rally to support the Democratic candidate for governor in Maryland, but early departures of crowd members while he spoke underscored his continuing unpopularity. With approval levels hovering around record lows, Obama has spent most of his campaign-related efforts this year raising money for struggling Democrats, who risk losing control of the U.S. Senate in the Nov. 4 midterm election. ...

  • IBM to pay Globalfoundries $1.5 billion to take chip unit

    By Abhirup Roy (Reuters) - IBM Corp said it would hive off its loss-making semiconductor unit to contract-chipmaker Globalfoundries Inc to focus on cloud computing and big data analytics. IBM will pay Globalfoundries $1.5 billion in cash over the next three years to take the chip operations off its hands, the companies said in a statement on Monday. IBM took a related pre-tax charge of $4.7 billion in its third quarter. It also reported a 4 percent drop in revenue on Monday, hurt by weak sales in its software and services businesses. IBM's shares fell 8 percent to $167 in premarket trading. ...

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