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  • Woman who stopped to save ducklings on highway gets $100 ticket

    A woman who stopped on a New Hampshire highway to help a group of ducklings whose mother had been struck and killed by a car was given a $100 ticket by state police for stopping on the median.

  • Supersonic missile downed Malaysia Airlines plane, photos suggest

    New photographic evidence of the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 suggests that a Soviet-era supersonic missile most likely took down the Boeing 777 jetliner over Ukraine last week. Photos published by the New York Times yesterday (July 21) offer a close-up view of debris from the plane crash, with pieces of the commercial jet riddled with small holes that experts say were likely caused by high-velocity shrapnel from an SA-11 missile. After analyzing the photo evidence from the crash, Reed Foster, an analyst with defense consultancy firm IHS Jane, told the Washington Post that the holes in the surface of the aircraft are fairly uniform in size, indicating that a fragmentation warhead likely caused them. This feature allows the missile to determine the appropriate distance from its target at which to detonate, said Ian Williams, Director of Advocacy for the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance in Alexandria, Virginia.

  • Dutch say black box damaged but voice data ok
    Dutch say black box damaged but voice data ok

    EINDHOVEN, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch investigators say that the voice recorder from the Malaysia Airlines plane shot down over Ukraine was damaged but not manipulated, and its data is still intact.

  • How Science and Technology Can Help Make You Happier
    How Science and Technology Can Help Make You Happier

    Can you really click your way to happiness? You've heard of Fitbit and FuelBand — high-tech ways to get physically fit. Now there are apps for "emotional fitness" and Happify is one of them. Happify is a digital tool that offers science-based games and activities to boost your level of happiness.

  • World suspension of Israel flights a 'great victory': Hamas
    World suspension of Israel flights a 'great victory': Hamas

    Hamas said Wednesday that the suspension of international flights to and from Israel over security concerns about Gaza rocket fire was a "great victory." "The success of Hamas in closing Israeli airspace is a great victory for the resistance, and is the crown of Israel's failure," Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said in a statement. The flight ban was still in place on Wednesday, as Israel bombarded Gaza for a 16th straight day in an operation to stop rocket fire and destroy tunnels constructed by Hamas, the main power in the territory.

  • Two Ukrainian fighter jets shot down over rebel-held territory
    Two Ukrainian fighter jets shot down over rebel-held territory

    By Natalia Zinets and Gabriela Baczynska KIEV (Reuters) - Kiev said two of its fighter jets were shot down over the rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday, and the missiles that brought them down might have been fired from Russia. A spokesman for Ukraine's military operations said the planes were shot down near Savur Mogila, not far from where a Malaysian airliner was brought down last week, killing all 298 passengers on board. Ukraine's Security Council said the military jets were hit at the altitude of 5,200 meters by missiles that, according to preliminary information, were launched from Russia. The terrorists do not have such professionals," said Andriy Lysenko, the council's spokesman, referring to pro-Russian rebels fighting the government forces in eastern Ukraine.

  • Brooklyn Bridge White Flag Mystery Deepens: Cops Don't Know Who Did It
    Brooklyn Bridge White Flag Mystery Deepens: Cops Don't Know Who Did It

    NYPD Looking for Help Figuring Out Who Bleached the American Flags

  • Asian stars excited for LPGA team showdown
    Asian stars excited for LPGA team showdown

    After two decades of watching US and European women golfers play for the Solheim Cup, top worldwide rivals have their chance at a team title in the LPGA International Crown. The inaugural edition of the event will begin Thursday at suburban Baltimore's Caves Valley Golf Club with eight teams of four women seeking global bragging rights and the richest share of $1.6 million in prize money. "Every time I was watching Solheim Cup, I always wish I can be there playing," Taiwan's third-ranked Tseng Ya-Ni said. The Americans feature world number one Stacy Lewis, fifth-ranked teen Lexi Thompson, former world number one Cristie Kerr and veteran Paula Creamer -- all ranked in the world top 12.

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