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  • Catch the Orionid meteor shower this weekend

    Star gazers will want to be looking upward this weekend: The Orionid meteor shower is one of the best meteor showers of the year and should not be missed.

    According to NASA's website: "Earth will pass through a stream of debris from Halley's Comet, (the) source of the annual Orionid meteor shower. Forecasters expect 25 meteors per hour when the shower peaks on Oct. 21."

    The best part of this cosmic display: No telescope required—but you may need an alarm clock. According to L.A.'s Griffith Observatory, the brightest displays will fall between 11 p.m. Saturday and 5:40 a.m. Sunday, Pacific time.

    Bill Cooke, the head of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office, noted in a statement, "With no Moon to spoil the show, observing conditions should be ideal." He added, "The Orionid meteor shower isn't the strongest, but it is one of the most beautiful showers of the year."

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  • A cat led its owner into an ancient Roman tomb that may be 2,000 years old. (AFP/Reuters)Mirko Curti was chasing his cat through the streets of his village on Tuesday night when the cat inadvertently discovered a set of ancient Roman ruins.

    "The cat managed to get into a grotto and we followed the sound of its meowing," Curti told the Guardian.

    When he caught up to the animal, it had crawled into an opening in the side of a cliff. Inside the opening, Curti stumbled upon a 2,000-year-old tomb "piled with bones" and ancient Roman urns.

    The tomb was discovered just outside a residential area in the Roman city of Via di Pietralata.

    Archeologists who were called to the site have speculated that it dates back to sometime between the 1st century B.C. and the 2nd century A.D.

    Curti described the discovery as "the most incredible experience" of his life.

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    Kim Han Sol, the grandson of longtime North Korean leader the late Kim Jong Il, has two earrings in his left lobe and a Libyan roommate at school.

    These were among several revelations that Kim Han Sol, who speaks English very well, told former Finnish Defense Minister Elisabeth Rehn in an interview for Finnish television.

    "It was quite an interesting experience throughout the year having a Libyan roommate," Kim told Rehn. "And especially the revolution, when it happened he was really enthusiastic about it, and he was telling me many stories ... how he went home and saw different Libya. ... It was really interesting."

    Kim is the son of Kim Jong Nam, who was the heir apparent to succeed Kim Jong Il, at one point, before Kim Jong Un. But according to ForeignPolicy.com, Kim Jong Nam fell out of favor, pushing the boundaries of tolerance of North Korean officials after allegedly trying to defect to Japan.

    [Related: North Korean First Lady 'missing' from public view]

    Kim, a freshman at

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