April 26, 2013 |
NEW YORK -- A large chunk of an airplane part believed to be from one of the jetliners hijacked on Sept. 11, 2001, was found with a piece of rope twined around it, adding to the mystery of how it ended up wedged between two buildings in Lower Manhattan for the past 12 years. Surveyors working on a construction project behind a building housing a once-controversial Islamic center spotted the piece of metal Wednesday and called police. On Friday, after officials from the FBI and National Transportation Safety Board had inspected the object, police said it appeared to be a piece of landing gear from one of the two jets that crashed into the World Trade Center towers.
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April 22, 2013 |
A beach in San Diego County was open Monday after a military explosive found there led to a two-hour evacuation of the area, officials said. The undetermined type of explosive was found Sunday on Cardiff State Beach, leading to the evacuation of a stretch of the beach, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said. A beachgoer at the northern San Diego County site found the explosive and took it to lifeguards, who called sheriff's deputies. The arson-bomb squad removed the explosive for disposal, and the beach was reopened, officials said.
April 20, 2013 |
"All the President's Men Revisited," which premieres Sunday on Discovery Channel, returns us to those thrilling days of yesteryear when everyone read newspapers and the legislative and judicial branches of the U.S. government were capable of acting out of something other than political self-interest and scorched-earth partisan intransigence. No, young people, I am not making that up. Narrated by executive producer Robert Redford, who produced and starred in "All the President's Men," the 1976 film of the 1974 book by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, it is not merely the story of the historical events but of the transformation of those events into a work - a pretty great work - of popular art. News footage alternates with scenes from the movie.
April 20, 2013 |
Robert Redford never planned to play Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward in "All the President's Men," the Oscar-winning 1976 adaptation of Woodward and Carl Bernstein's account of their investigation of the 1972 Watergate break-in and the cloak-and-dagger cover-up by the Richard Nixon White House. Redford didn't even want the movie to be in color. "I originally wanted to make a black-and-white, small film with two unknowns," said Redford, who also served as producer on the film, which was directed by Alan J. Pakula and costarred Dustin Hoffman, Jason Robards, Jack Warden, Martin Balsam and Hal Holbrook.
April 18, 2013 |
Twitter is finally jumping into music discovery . The influential microblogging site has released a new service, Twitter #music , that will allow its more than 500 million users to explore the tracks that people are buzzing about in 140 characters or less. The new app, which is separate from its primary social network, was made available to iPhone users through the iTunes App Store (sorry Android owners) and online Thursday. Last week, Twitter rolled out the service exclusively to musicians to test out. So how does it work?
April 12, 2013 |
Twenty years ago, veteran caver Chris Nicola received an offer from a Ukrainian friend to explore the well-known gypsum giant caves in the western part of the European country. Nicola quickly accepted the invitation. "My family on my mother's side had Cossack roots and they were known to come from the Ukraine," the New Yorker said over the phone this week. "I thought in the back of my mind I could do some family research. " But his main reason was to visit the 77-mile long Priest's Grotto cave, which is part of an extensive gypsum cave system.
April 8, 2013 |
Ellen DeGeneres' discovery on YouTube of two British cousins -- who loved to sing and dance in pink frilly dresses -- marked "the beginning of a beautiful friendship," to borrow from Humphrey Bogart in "Casablanca. " In this case, the friendship that blossomed was between "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and YouTube, the popular video website owned by Google. Executives at YouTube and Warner Bros., which produces DeGeneres' afternoon talk show, pinpoint the first appearance of the pint-sized crooners, Sophia Grace and Rosie, on DeGeneres' show in late 2011 as a spark that helped ignite DeGeneres' social media supernova status.
April 3, 2013 |
The shark tooth weapons were the kind of cool stuff that drew marine conservation biologist Joshua Drew to the Field Museum of natural history in Chicago. The postdoctoral researcher was admittedly a bit burned out from a job search and the demands of a newborn child. So Drew and his colleagues went down a floor to check out the collection of menacing swords and knives laced with dozens of shark's teeth, which once were used to hack enemies to death in the Central Pacific's Gilbert Islands.
April 2, 2013 |
Honey Boo Boo should be getting a nice box of chocolates in the mail. David Zaslav, the chief executive of cable programming giant Discovery Communications, had a 2012 compensation package worth $49.9 million, according to the company's proxy statement. Besides Discovery Channel, Discovery Communications also owns TLC, home to the reality show "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. " Other Discovery Channels include Animal Planet and Discovery ID. It also is partners with Oprah Winfrey on the OWN Network and with Hasbro on the Hub, a cable channel aimed at kids and families. ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll While a pay package worth $49.9 million is nothing to sneeze at, it is actually a reduction from 2011, when Zaslav's compensation was valued at $52.4 million.
March 23, 2013 |
Scientists and space junkies got some good news from NASA on Friday: The space agency announced it would keep the Hubble Space Telescope 's science operations going at least through April 30, 2016. The three-year extension will cost NASA $76 million, according to the announcement . The Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore manages Hubble's science operations for NASA through a contract with the Assn. of Universities for Research in Astronomy. PHOTOS: Hubble's Brilliant Images of Space Launched in 1990 from the shuttle Discovery, Hubble has contributed to many scientific breakthroughs . My personal favorite is the 1998 discovery that the universe is expanding at an accelerated rate, pushed apart by a mysterious force called dark energy.