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March 27, 2014 | By Sheri Linden
In the ill-conceived and poorly executed "Awakened," a young woman returns to her hometown to solve the mystery of her mother's death. Audiences will likely ponder a bigger mystery: why experienced actors - or for that matter, experienced moviegoers - signed on to the project. If the ostensible thriller contained a single believable moment, let alone an ounce of suspense, its nonsensical final twist might be grounds for concern. But by the time the Man in Fedora Hat (as he's called in the credits)
March 26, 2014 | By Amina Khan
Planet-hunters scouring the heavens have found thousands of distant worlds around other stars, but astronomers may have overlooked one lurking much closer to home. Scientists searching for glimmers of light beyond Pluto say they've discovered a new dwarf planet - and that its movements hint that an invisible giant planet far larger than Earth may inhabit the solar system's mysterious frontier. The new dwarf planet, dubbed 2012 VP113 and described in a study published in Thursday's edition of the journal Nature, helps confirm the existence of an "inner Oort cloud" in an interplanetary no man's land that was once thought to be barren but could be teeming with rocky objects.
March 23, 2014 | By Bob Pool
A monthlong mystery over who illuminated the big grin on Simi Valley's Happy Face Hill has been solved: Two sisters, ages 3 and 7, did it. "They wanted to surprise me because they knew how much I love the happy face," said their mother, Allison Robertson of Simi Valley. Robertson is a business administration student at Moorpark College who tries to do her studying on weekends. Her husband, Doug, takes Tabitha and Evelyn on Saturday jaunts to give her some peace when she hits the books.
March 20, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
Now that the Google Barge has left the San Francisco Bay and set sail for less choppy waters, Silicon Valley needs another good mystery. And thanks to the city of San Jose, we've got one!  On Wednesday, the city of San Jose gave swift approval to a gargantuan 10-building complex to be built in the northern part of the city along U.S. Highway 101, reports the  San Jose Mercury News. It's 2 million square feet of office-cubicle goodness, just a short drive from the city's airport.  STORY: Silicon Valley is having an architectural breakthrough And because it will be able to fit up to 10,000 workers, whoever is going to occupy this baby will become the city's second largest employer, behind Cisco Systems, says the Mercury News.
March 20, 2014
A posthumous musical collaboration between Roy Orbison and three of his sons will be included on a 25 th anniversary reissue of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer-songwriter's final studio album, “Mystery Girl.” The deluxe reissue is due May 20 and in addition to the album's original 10 tracks will include previously unreleased studio tracks and working demo recordings. It also will come with a “making-of” documentary “Mystery Girl: Unraveled” on DVD exploring the creation of that album and the new cross-generational track “The Way of Love” featuring Roy's original vocals accompanied by harmonies and instrumental backing provided by Roy Jr., Alex and Wesley Orbison.
March 15, 2014 | By Shelby Grad
The mystery of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight has focused attention on instances in which planes disappear and wreckage is never found. One such case got much media attention 50 years ago in Los Angeles. In April 1964, a DC-4 plane bound for Los Angeles from Wake Island disappeared over the Pacific Ocean. Nine people, including two children, were aboard and presumed killed. According to The Times reports at the time, the pilot radioed about engine problems just before the plane lost contact about 500 miles southwest of Los Angeles.
March 14, 2014 | By August Brown
Sebastian Ingrosso is terrified of cheetahs.  Fans at SXSW learned this during a scene in the new Swedish House Mafia documentary "Leave the World Behind" in which the band, in the midst of its farewell tour, visits a wildlife sanctuary. The other members - Axwell and Steve Angello - sidle up next to a pile of bored-looking big cats, while the usually floppy and fun-loving Ingrosso suddenly turns stiff and panicked. As one cheetah gently licks his hand, he suddenly bolts for the door of the enclosure, and stays behind a locked gate while the rest of the band laughs at him. The scene in the film (which premiered Wednesday at SXSW)
March 13, 2014 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING --  The mystery of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 deepened amid allegations that the airplane flew four hours longer than originally thought and might have traveled more than 1,000 miles away from where search-and-rescue teams are looking. Citing U.S. national security sources, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that government personnel were pursuing the possibility that the plane was commandeered “with the intention of using it later for another purpose.
March 12, 2014 | By Alan Zarembo
More than two decades since the first U.S. invasion of Iraq, medical authorities can't agree on a definition of Gulf War illness, the mysterious array of ailments afflicting many veterans of the conflict. In the latest attempt to settle the debate, the Department of Veterans Affairs commissioned the prestigious Institute of Medicine to develop a definition. But in a report released Wednesday, its experts said the symptoms - including joint pain, fatigue, headaches, rashes, digestive problems and cognitive impairment - vary so widely that there was no way to reach a scientific consensus.
March 11, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer
Last year, a couple walking the usual route around their California Gold Country property happened upon a can sticking out of the ground. They pulled it out and uncovered seven others, all filled with hundreds of U.S. gold coins. Experts announced the find last month after a year of work researching and authenticating the 1,427 coins, worth an estimated $10 million. But the origin of the Saddle Ridge hoard remains a tantalizing mystery, one that has coin buffs and amateur sleuths on the case.
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